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Atmospheric CO2 Levels Reach a New All-Time High yet Again

November 25, 2019

On Monday, 25 November 2019, less than a week before the UN Climate Change Conference, the World Meteorological…
Two million-year-old ice cores provide first direct observations of an ancient climate

November 22, 2019

Gas bubbles trapped in the cores — which are the oldest yet recovered — contain pristine samples of carbon…
Two million-year-old ice provides snapshot of Earth’s greenhouse gas history

November 5, 2019

Two million-year-old ice from Antarctica recently uncovered by a team of researchers provides a clearer picture of the…
A drone sniffs for methane leaks in the Mobile Monitoring Challenge at the test site in Colorado. Image credit: Sean Boggs/Environmental Defense Fund
Promising mobile technologies find methane leaks quickly

September 11, 2019

On trucks, drones and airplanes, 10 promising technologies for finding natural gas leaks swiftly and cheaply competed in…
Why Methane Emissions Regulations Are Being Rolled Back: What to Know

September 10, 2019

Much of the Trump Administration’s current environmental policy centers on cutting things the Obama Administration previously put in…
Methane-producing microorganism makes a meal of iron

September 9, 2019

A new understanding of how an important methane-producing microorganism creates methane and carbon dioxide could eventually allow researchers…
Offshore oil and gas rigs leak more greenhouse gas than expected

August 19, 2019

A survey of offshore installations extracting oil and natural gas in the North Sea revealed far more leakage…
A small number of leaky natural gas wells produce large emissions of greenhouse gases

August 5, 2019

Wells that extract natural gas from underground often leak large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into…
Cow farts are a big problem, but scientists are already tackling it

July 17, 2019

Methane is greenhouse gas. It contributes to global warming and is generally undesirable in places where people live.…
Rising Tundra Temperatures Create Worrying Changes in Microbial Communities

July 10, 2019

Rising temperatures in the tundra of the Earth’s northern latitudes could affect microbial communities in ways likely to…
Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows

July 9, 2019

An international team of scientists has shown it is possible to breed cattle to reduce their methane emissions.…
Where Does Mars’ Methane Go? New Study Provides Possible Answer, with Implications in the Search for Life.

July 5, 2019

For centuries, scientists have speculated about the existence of life on Mars. But it was only within the…
This image was taken by the left Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on June 18, 2019, the 2,440th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. It shows part of "Teal Ridge," which the rover has been studying within a region called the "clay-bearing unit." Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Curiosity Detects Unusually High Methane Levels.

June 24, 2019

This week, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover found a surprising result: the largest amount of methane ever measured during…
Creating ways to quickly, accurately and inexpensively find natural gas leaks

June 10, 2019

As it flows through pipelines from wells to stovetops, natural gas is prone to leaking, threatening not only…
Need for rigorous procedures within electrochemical production of ammonia

May 24, 2019

Many experimental studies of electrochemical synthesis of ammonia are flawed—a new study in Nature highlights the need for…
Stanford researchers outline vision for profitable climate change solution

May 21, 2019

A relatively simple process could help turn the tide of climate change while also turning a healthy profit.…
Methane-consuming bacteria could be the future of fuel

May 13, 2019

Known for their ability to remove methane from the environment and convert it into a usable fuel, methanotrophic…
Methanotrophic Bacteria could be the Future of Fuel, Researchers Claim

May 13, 2019

Researchers have long been fascinated with methanotrophic bacteria, i.e., bacteria capable of turning the potent greenhouse gas methane…
In pursuit of an instrument that could detect a methane-cleansing chemical in the atmosphere, a Goddard team discovered that its instrument was highly sensitive to ozone, a tropospheric pollutant. Here, Goddard instrument engineer Andrew Swanson and scientist Reem Hannun are shown with the instrument now slated for an aircraft campaign this summer. Credits: NASA/W. Hrybyk
NASA Instrument to More Accurately Measure Ozone Discovered by “Accident”

May 1, 2019

NASA research scientist Tom Hanisco set out to build an instrument capable of measuring a short-lived chemical that…
Grad-undergrad student duo pursues sustainable methane conversion methods

April 18, 2019

Two University of Virginia student researchers are seeking a better way to convert methane, the main component of…
Hundreds of bubble streams link biology, seismology off Washington’s coast

March 22, 2019

Off the coast of Washington, columns of bubbles rise from the seafloor, as if evidence of a sleeping…
Flipping crab led to discovery that a commercially harvested species feeds at methane seeps

February 22, 2019

Researchers have documented a group of tanner crabs vigorously feeding at a methane seep on the seafloor off…
Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent

February 11, 2019

Arctic permafrost is thawing as the Earth warms due to climate change. In some cases, scientists predict that…
Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Leeds Dwayne Heard, third from left, recently visited Sandia National Laboratories’ Combustion Research Center. From left, Craig Taatjes, Rebecca Caravan, Heard, Lenny Sheps, David Osborn and Judit Zador. (Photo by Dino Vournas/Sandia)
Digesting hydrocarbons

February 9, 2019

Sandia research investigates how organic reactions affect Earth’s atmosphere Volatile organic compounds can be found in the air…
Melting ice sheets release tons of methane into the atmosphere, study finds

January 8, 2019

The Greenland Ice Sheet emits tons of methane according to a new study, showing that subglacial biological activity…
Biology—Methane mystery solved

December 4, 2018

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have confirmed that methane-producing microorganisms known as methanogens are responsible for the…
Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers

November 21, 2018

Large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane are being released from an Icelandic glacier, scientists have discovered.…
Finally, a Robust Fuel Cell that Runs on Methane at Practical Temperatures

November 5, 2018

Fuel cells have not been particularly known for their practicality and affordability, but that may have just changed.…
Heavy metals control the ‘breath’ of wetlands

October 25, 2018

The wind in the willows might be the sound of the wetlands breathing. Respiring bacteria at the water’s…
Seismic Research Cruise Provides New Data on U.S. Atlantic Margin

September 24, 2018

Data acquired by the U.S. Geological Survey on the U.S. Atlantic Margin in August 2018 reveal new information…
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