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This is Sundial Peak, in the Wasatch Mountains, with Lake Blanche (elevation 8920 feet, 2718 meters) in the foreground, May 2016.

Clouds provide clue to better climate predictions

A research group from the CERN Cloud experiment, including scientists from Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering and Mellon College of Science, have uncovered the processes behind the formation and...

Following tricky triclosan

Students Karen Vallejo (background) and Ashley Garcia (foreground) examine triclosan extracts from plant tissues.Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Triclosan seems to be everywhere. When we wash our hands, brush our teeth, or...

Many unknown chemicals in the Baltic Sea

These are fish from the Baltic Sea beeing disected.The researchers examined data from research and monitoring reports from the years 2000-2012, to see what chemicals have been analysed in Baltic Sea fish.

Wildfire -- it's not spreading like wildfire

Prof Stefan Doerr of Swansea University with controlled fire, as part of his research into wildfiresA new analysis of global data related to wildfire, published by the Royal Society, reveals major misconceptions about wildfire and its social and economic impacts.

Barium leaches directly from fracked rocks, Dartmouth team finds

Mukul Sharma, a professor of earth sciences at Dartmouth College, and his colleagues are shedding light on the early chemical reactions in the organic sediments that would ultimately become the Marcellus Shale.Dartmouth College researchers are shedding light on the early chemical reactions in the organic sediments that would ultimately become the Marcellus Shale, a major source of natural gas and petroleum.

'Canaries' of the ocean highlight threat to world's ecosystems

Fifty-nine finfish species have 'disappeared' from fishermen's catches in the world's most species rich and vulnerable marine region, new research has shown.

Tropical Cyclone 01B named Roanu and is strengthening

Satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Roanu as it slides over India.Tropical Cyclone 01B became more organized and was named Roanu early on Thursday, May 19, 2016. This makes it the first cyclone of the monsoon season. Before this...

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Natural regeneration of tropical forests helps global climate mitigation and forest restoration

Small patches of tropical dry forest are regrowing spontaneously in a former pastureland.Climate scientists have long recognized the importance of forest conservation and forest regrowth in climate mitigation and carbon sequestration -- capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. But the detailed...

Scientists predict extensive ice loss from huge Antarctic glacier

This is a picture of the Totten Glacier front.Current rates of climate change could trigger instability in a major Antarctic glacier, ultimately leading to more than 2m of sea-level rise.

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Paris climate agreement cannot be met without emissions reduction target for agriculture

Lini Wollenberg, leader of the CCAFS Low Emissions Development research program, based at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics says: "Countries want to take action on agriculture, but the options currently on offer won't make the dent in emissions needed to meet the global targets agreed to in Paris. We need a much bigger menu of technical and policy solutions, with major investment to bring them to scale."Scientists have calculated, for the first time, the extent to which agricultural emissions must be reduced to meet the new climate agreement's plan to limit warming to 2°C in 2100.

Small offshore oil spills put seabirds at risk: Industry self-monitoring failing

This is an Oiled Thick-billed Murre, Cripple Cove (near Cape Race), Newfoundland November 28, 2004.Seabirds exposed to even a dime-sized amount of oil can die of hypothermia in cold-water regions, but despite repeated requests by Environment Canada, offshore oil operators are failing when it...

The future of sonar in semiheated oceans

Scientists are studying how climate change will affect the speed of sound under water to help prepare the U.S. Navy for operating in progressively warmer oceans.

Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife

Within the study site of Madison, Wisconsin, researchers found that while the growing season lasted up to a week longer in the city's densest areas, its parks subdued the warming effect and thus helped to normalize the growing season length.With spring now fully sprung, a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers shows that buds burst earlier in dense urban areas than in their suburban and rural surroundings. This...

A warning system for tsunamis

Seismologists have created a new algorithm that could one day help give coastal cities early warning of incoming tsunamis.

Scientists discover methane-producing microbes in California rocks

The Cedars, shown here, is a small, isolated set of springs flowing out of a large patch of red rock from Earth's mantle in Sonoma County, California. The Cedars is one of the few easily-accessible sites of serpentinization on land. Scientists report in a new study that they have found evidence of hardy, methane-producing microbes in water that surfaces from deep underground at The Cedars.Deep in vents on the ocean floor, methane-producing microbes feed off chemical reactions between water and rock. Now evidence of this process has been found on land in a freshwater...

Can legumes solve environmental issues?

This is a field of peas.It's a win-win situation for the environment and the economy when it comes to introducing legumes into agricultural systems, says new research published in Frontiers in Plant Science, carried out...

Temporary oilfield workers are major factor in increased water use in N. Dakota Bakken region

A row a tanker trucks transport water from Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota's Bakken region to oil well production sites. The water is injected under high pressure into a wellbore to fracture deep rock formations in order to release the flow of natural gas and petroleum in a process call hydraulic fracturing.Increased water use in the rapidly growing oil industry in North Dakota's Bakken oil shale region, or play, is surprisingly due not only to oil well development but also to...

Atmospheric aerosols can significantly cool down climate

It is possible to significantly slow down and even temporarily stop the progression of global warming by increasing the atmospheric aerosol concentration, shows a new study from the University of...

Hornbills in the Kalahari desert may keep cool by losing heat through their beaks

Hornbills in the Kalahari desert may keep cool by losing heat through their beaksWhen temperatures are scorching, southern yellow-billed hornbills in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa dilate blood vessels in their beaks to thermoregulate and cool off, according to a study published...

New study finds major earthquake threat from the Riasi fault in the Himalayas

anoramic photograph looking west of the Riasi fault system. For scale, an elevation of 300 m separates an older river terrace, the Bidda terrace, to the modern Chenab River.New geologic mapping in the Himalayan mountains of Kashmir between Pakistan and India suggests that the region is ripe for a major earthquake that could endanger the lives of as...

Bubble volcano: Shaking, popping by earthquakes may cause eruptions

Snapshots of the same box box, filled with a green syrup as well as bubbles and plastic flakes (grey color), used to study magma in volcanoes.  Researchers place the box on top of a specialized shaking table where it first rests (left) and then shakes side-to-side (right).A new study on the connection between earthquakes and volcanoes took its inspiration from old engineering basics. Future applications of these results may enable better predictions of the likelihood of...

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