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Nutrients limit carbon uptake to slow climate change

6 days ago

Nitrogen and phosphorus found in soils are limiting the amount of carbon uptake stored in plants and soils,…
Breathing? Thank volcanoes, tectonics and bacteria

December 4, 2019

Earth’s breathable atmosphere is key for life, and a new study suggests that the first burst of oxygen…
Something old, something new in the Ocean’s blue

November 20, 2019

Microbiologists at the Max Planck Institutes in Marburg and Bremen have discovered a new metabolic process in the…
Where Liquid Meets Air: Unearthing How Air Pollutants Form

November 14, 2019

Scientists offer new clues about importance to climate of water, light, and particle surfaces Global climate change is…
Research offers new thoughts on how carbonates record global carbon cycle

November 11, 2019

Calcium carbonates, the most ubiquitous forms of carbonate, are minerals that precipitate from seawater and form layered sedimentary…
Investigation of oceanic black carbon uncovers mystery in global carbon cycle

November 8, 2019

In the global carbon cycle, “black carbon” — decay-resistant carbon molecules altered by exposure to fire or combustion…
When will we observe significant changes in the ocean due to climate change? New study offers road map

August 21, 2019

Sea temperature and ocean acidification have climbed during the last three decades to levels beyond what is expected…
Ice sheets impact core elements of the Earth’s carbon cycle

August 20, 2019

The Earth’s carbon cycle is crucial in controlling the greenhouse gas content of our atmosphere, and ultimately our…
Ice sheets underpin core elements of the Earth’s carbon cycle

August 19, 2019

Scientists once believed that the ice sheets covering about 10 percent of Earth’s land surface were frozen wastelands,…
Researchers Say We Could Pump CO2 Into Ocean Rocks: Pros and Cons

August 17, 2019

There’s an ongoing push from scientists and industries alike to figure out how to reduce CO2 emissions, or at…
Carbon hides in sediment, keeping oxygen in atmosphere

June 17, 2019

A new study by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Harvard University may help settle a long-standing question:…
Full circle to protect the planet: Argonne works with industry to examine circular carbon economy

June 14, 2019

Argonne looks to change mindsets — from ​“make it, break it, throw it away” to ​“reuse and recycle.”…
Scientists are moving closer to understanding how carbon reaches the deep ocean

May 2, 2019

There is a phenomenon, called the biological gravitational pump. It is a well-established way of deposing carbon onto…
OCO-3 Ready to Extend NASA’s Study of Carbon

May 1, 2019

When the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, OCO-3, heads to the International Space Station, it will bring a new…
Plastic’s Carbon Footprint

April 18, 2019

Researchers conduct first global assessment of the lifecycle of greenhouse gas emissions from plastics. From campaigns against microplastics…
World’s forests increasingly taking up more carbon

February 27, 2019

The world’s forests are increasingly taking up more carbon, partially offsetting the carbon being released by the burning…
A New Hope: GEDI to Yield 3D Forest Carbon Map

November 8, 2018

A new NASA laser instrument set to launch to the International Space Station in December will help scientists…
UO projects to look at climate stresses on West Coast rangeland

October 18, 2018

Prairies from California to Washington state are catching the heat not just from wildfires but also from warming…
Carbon emissions from Amazonian forest fires up to four times worse than feared

October 9, 2018

Carbon losses caused by El Niño forest fires of 2015 and 2016 could be up to four times…
Amazon mangrove forest stores twice as much carbon per acre as region’s famous rainforest

September 26, 2018

Scientists have determined for the first time that Amazon’s waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut…
Cash, carbon, crude: Stanford study highlights a path and price to coax emissions back into oil reservoirs

September 21, 2018

In February 2018, Donald Trump signed into law new tax credits that reward oil companies for capturing carbon…
Research to focus on microbes in peat moss

September 13, 2018

Mention “peat moss” and many people will conjure up the curly brown plant material that gardeners use. “Oh,…
In warming Arctic, major rivers show surprising changes in carbon chemistry

September 5, 2018

Over the past several decades, the Arctic has begun to show signs of significant ecological upheaval. The rate…
Drought increases CO2 concentration in the air

August 30, 2018

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises faster during drier years because struggling ecosystems absorb less…
Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation

August 24, 2018

Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago.…
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Species-Rich Forests Better Compensate Environmental Impacts

August 22, 2018

To offset CO2 emissions, China is reforesting. If a mixture of tree species instead of monocultures were planted,…
It Looks Like Plate Tectonics are not Required to Support Life

August 6, 2018

When looking for potentially-habitable extra-solar planets, scientists are somewhat restricted by the fact that we know of only…
In the ocean’s twilight zone, tiny organisms may have giant effect on Earth’s carbo cycle

July 19, 2018

Deep in the ocean’s twilight zone, swarms of ravenous single-celled organisms may be altering Earth’s carbon cycle in…
Protecting tropical forest carbon stocks may not prevent large-scale species loss

July 18, 2018

Protecting tropical forest carbon stocks may not prevent large-scale species loss Tropical forests are rich in carbon and…
Scientists believe ‘lost carbon’ during last Ice Age was stored in ocean via physics and dust

July 3, 2018

During the last ice age, atmospheric carbon dioxide was about one-third lower than it is today and scientists…
NSF, NASA scientists explore ocean’s ‘twilight zone’ to uncover links between carbon and plankton

June 29, 2018

Equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, a team of scientists will set sail…
Scientists proved that carbon capturing technology can be safe for thousands of years

June 28, 2018

We are emitting too much CO2. It is not good for the environment, it contributes to climate change,…
NASA, NSF expedition to study ocean carbon embarks in August from Seattle

June 25, 2018

Dozens of scientists, as well as underwater drones and other high-tech ocean instruments, will set sail from Seattle…
Life, Death and Carbon

June 22, 2018

Seven years in the making, an ambitious, international and multidisciplinary endeavor to better understand the movement of carbon…
Ocean’s heat cycle shows that atmospheric carbon may be headed elsewhere

June 22, 2018

A recent study in the journal Nature Geoscience examined the global carbon cycle and suggests that existing studies may…
NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

June 19, 2018

A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will…
Scientists analyze first direct images of dissolved organic carbon from the ocean

June 8, 2018

 In a first, researchers from the University of California, Irvine – as well as Switzerland’s University of Zurich,…
NASA Invested in Cracking Earth’s Carbon Puzzle

June 1, 2018

It’s a scientific conundrum with huge implications for our future: How will our planet react to the increasing…
Maine Forest Management Hampering Ability of Forests to Reap Climate Benefits

May 31, 2018

Over the last 20 years, Maine’s forests have become younger and less dense. As a result, forests are…
Invisible barrier on ocean surface reduces carbon uptake by half

May 29, 2018

An invisible layer of biological compounds on the sea surface reduces the rate at which carbon dioxide gas…
Microbes in underground aquifers beneath deep-sea Mid-Atlantic Ridge ‘chow down’ on carbon

April 25, 2018

All life on Earth — from blue whales to microbes — uses carbon in one form or another.…
University of Utah CO2 sensor network shows effects off metro growth

March 9, 2018

In February 2001, before the Olympic cauldron in Salt Lake City roared to life and focused the world’s…
Carbon Neutrality in Three Steps

March 1, 2018

Universities across the country have set ambitious goals to shrink their carbon footprints. The University of California launched…
Forest fires during droughts are major source of Amazonian carbon emissions

February 27, 2018

Despite significant achievements by the Brazilian authorities in curbing carbon emissions from deforestation, these gains could be undermined…
Leading research universities form international coalition to speed local climate action

February 8, 2018

The University of Washington joins 12 other leading North American research universities in the new University Climate Change Coalition,…
Arctic lakes are releasing relatively young carbon

February 7, 2018

When Arctic permafrost soil thaws, greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, but most of the carbon currently…
Scientists find oxidized iron deep within the Earth’s interior

January 25, 2018

Scientists digging deep into the Earth’s mantle recently made an unexpected discovery. Five hundred fifty kilometres below the…
Undersea Topography Generates Hot Spots of Ocean Mixing

December 4, 2017

To understand the important role of the seafloor in mixing ocean water, imagine a liquid in a blender.…
Diversity of large animals plays an important role in carbon cycle

October 16, 2017

Trees in tropical forests are well known for removing carbon dioxide from the air and storing the potent…
New Insights From OCO-2 Showcased in Science

October 13, 2017

High-resolution satellite data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 are revealing the subtle ways that carbon links everything on…
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