Environment

Coral Reef
Coral Reefs Could Survive Longer In Warming Planet Than Previously Thought
Apr 26, 2014 18:29 PM E
Some coral may be more resistant to climate change than we thought. A new study shows that individual adaptation and evolutionary adaptation will keep one species alive in the face of global warming.
Iceberg
Giant Iceberg Spotted By NASA Satellite In Antarctica Drifting Out To Sea [VIDEO]
Apr 24, 2014 13:07 PM E
A massive iceberg that broke off of Antarctica last year is drifting out to sea and could eventually contribute to seal-level rise or interfere with shipping lanes, NASA says.
Earth
For Earth Day, NASA's 'Global Selfie' Campaign Seeks To Build Composite Image Of Our Ailing Planet
Apr 22, 2014 16:04 PM E
NASA is trying to gather enough selfies through its #GlobalSelfie hashtag to assemble a mosaic image of the planet for Earth Day. They say they'll post the results in May.
Diversity Is Not Declining, Just Fading
Biodiversity Crisis Redefined: Flora And Fauna Are Becoming More Homogenous
Apr 22, 2014 15:57 PM E
A new study finds that diversity among animals isn't what it used to be.
Scientists Try a New Method for Artificially Triggering Lightning and Rain
‘Dressed’ Double Laser May Give Scientists the Ability to Trigger Lightning and Rain
Apr 20, 2014 02:31 AM E
Researchers have discovered a way to emit a laser beam safely into a thundercloud. This will allow scientists to trigger lightning and rain on demand and alleviate long-term drought.
soil
Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration Rates Under Question As New Methods Give Different Estimates
Apr 19, 2014 16:05 PM E
Studies measuring the amount of carbon captured organically by soil, known as soil sequestration may have been misleading. Scientists have now developed a more accurate definition for the process.
Solar Energy Storage
Solar Power For When The Sun Doesn't Shine: New Material Uses Chemical Method To Store Sun's Energy
Apr 19, 2014 16:00 PM E
Solar energy can be absorbed and stored in chemical form, then triggered for on-demand power with a new material discovered by researchers at MIT and Harvard.
Biting Off More Than She Cud Chew
Cows’ Burps and Farts Can Make Methane Gas To Make A Car Run (And Not Just Away)
Apr 18, 2014 08:43 AM E
Argentina, a country rich in cows, is hoping the methane gas they produce can be redirected into bio-fuels to power a car, and maybe even entire villages.
Arctic Glacier
Ice Ages Study Uses Ancient Plankton To Determine Temperature And Sea Level Over 5.3 Million Years
Apr 16, 2014 13:06 PM E
Scientists have used to ancient plankton to determine that cold temperatures preceded the onset of massive ice sheets when the current ice age began more than 2 million years ago.
Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest Is Burning: Drought-Related Fire Sharply Increases Tree Deaths
Apr 14, 2014 15:41 PM E
Climate change will lead to longer dry seasons in the Amazon, which leads to more fires. Woods Hole researchers say the rainforest will become even more flammable in the future.
Melting Glacier
Global Warming Isn't Natural: To Remaining Climate Change Skeptics, This Study 'Will Be A Blow'
Apr 11, 2014 14:44 PM E
A physicist at McGill University says his new probability analysis of historic temperatures puts the odds that humans didn't cause climate change at less than 1 percent.
Ethanol
Scientists Turn Carbon Monoxide Into Ethanol: Could CO2 Be The Next Clean Energy Source?
Apr 10, 2014 09:26 AM E
Chemists at Stanford University have discovered a more efficient method of turning carbon monoxide into ethanol, a major source of U.S. energy.
 Manhattan Shrouded in Smog
Air Pollution Underestimated For A Decade Due to Escaped Vapors Hiding Behind Lab Walls
Apr 07, 2014 15:47 PM E
For 10 years, chemical engineers have been underestimating the presence in the atmosphere of toluene, a volatile chemical that is emitted by auto exhaust. A testing flaw is the culprit.
arid land
Arid Lands May Help Stave Off Excess Carbon Emissions
Apr 06, 2014 14:18 PM E
Though most people might look to the rain forests and other green areas to help with absorbing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a new study finds that arid areas also help — a lot.
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