Latest science news in Earth & Climate

Could Pond Scum Undo Pollution, Fight Global Warming And Alleviate World Hunger?

10 years ago from Science Daily

Three plant biologists at Rutgers' Waksman Institute of Microbiology are obsessed with duckweed, a tiny aquatic plant with an unassuming name. Now they have convinced the federal government to focus...

G8 leaders pledge to halve carbon emissions by 2050

10 years ago from SciDev

G8 leaders pledge to cut carbon emission levels to 50 per cent by 2050, but developing countries continue to insist on more concrete targets.

Coal-generated Carbon Dioxide Captured In Australia -- A First

10 years ago from Science Daily

In a first for Australia, carbon dioxide has been captured from power station flue gases in a post-combustion-capture pilot plant at Loy Yang Power Station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley.

Geologists Discover Magma and Carbon Dioxide Combine to Make 'Soda-Pop' Eruption

10 years ago from Physorg

This discovery overturns a longtime belief by geologists, who thought that carbon dioxide was incapable of dissolving in magma, said Calvin Barnes, professor of geosciences and lead investigator.

Crop Management: How Many On-the-go Crop And Soil Sensors Do Growers Need?

10 years ago from Science Daily

The use of on-the-go crop and soil sensors has greatly increased the precision with which farmers can manage their crops. Recent research in Agronomy Journal questions whether more precise management...

Satellite View Of Cloud Tops Might Warn Of Storms

10 years ago from Science Daily

For three years, a new way to use data collected by NOAA weather satellites has been giving North Alabama short-term warnings of "pop-up" thunderstorms. This new computer program is now...

Climate change amplified in the Arctic

10 years ago from UPI

WOODS HOLE, Mass., July 9 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists predict human-induced climate change will be greatly amplified in the Arctic, both on the surrounding continents and in the...

Summer Arctic Sea Ice Expected To Be Among Lowest On Record

10 years ago from Science Daily

The ice cover in the Arctic Ocean at the end of summer 2008 will lie, with almost 100 per cent probability, below that of the year 2005 -- the year...

Observatory: Way Under the Sea, Violent Eruptions From Volcanoes

10 years ago from NY Times Science

New research suggests that explosive eruptions occurred on the seafloor, at depths of 13,000 feet.

Europeans Reconsider Biofuel Goal

10 years ago from NY Times Science

European officials proposed scaling back drastically on their goal of increasing Europe’s use of biofuels, a major about-face on a central environmental and energy issue.

Boat, Moved Only by Waves, Sails to a Seafaring First

10 years ago from NY Times Science

The Suntory Mermaid II completed a 4,350 mile trip, marking the longest known voyage by a wave-powered boat.

Cheney’s Office Sought to Change Climate Testimony

10 years ago from NY Times Science

The vice president’s office pushed for major deletions in congressional testimony on climate change, a former E.P.A. official said.

Opinion: The UN climate change numbers hoax

10 years ago from Science Alert

The IPCC needs to come clean on the real numbers of scientist supporters, according to Tom Harris and John McLean.

Feature: Budget’s green side draws a mixed response

10 years ago from Science Alert

There have been mixed responses to the environmental decisions made in the Australian Government's 2008–09 Budget. Mary-Lou Considine explores both sides of the discussion.

Solving P.E.I. nitrates problem will take decades: report

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

It took decades to raise nitrate levels in P.E.I.'s groundwater to serious levels, and it will take decades to fix the problem, says a commission study.

Developing economies don't back G-8 climate goal

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- A joint gathering of major developed and developing nations on Wednesday agreed that climate change was "one of the great global challenges of our time" and pledged...

Polar bear harassment by oil companies challenged

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the Bush administration's decision to let oil companies unintentionally harass or harm polar bears and walruses off the...

Cargill rolling out natural, no-calorie sweetener

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Agribusiness giant Cargill Inc is starting to roll out Truvia, its natural, no-calorie sweetener on Wednesday, and expects the product to be on grocery shelves across...

How Intense Will Storms Get? New Model Helps Answer Question

10 years ago from Science Daily

A new mathematical model indicates that dust devils, water spouts, tornadoes, hurricanes and cyclones are all born of the same mechanism and will intensify as climate change warms the Earth's...

Some Plants Can Adapt To Widespread Climate Change

10 years ago from Science Daily

While many plant species move to a new location or go extinct as a result of climate change, grasslands clinging to a steep, rocky dale-side in Northern England seem to...

In Silicon Valley, A Sea Lion Rescue

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

A wayward sea lion showed up in an office park stream, three miles from San Francisco Bay. John Blackstone reports on his arrival and eventual rescue.

Most Popular Baby Names Change Dramatically

10 years ago from Live Science

When Sunday Rose Kidman Urban was born this week, news of her distinctive name created only a small stir.

Researchers study ground cover to reduce impact of biomass harvest

10 years ago from Physorg

Ground cover may be one workable method to reduce the effects of erosion that future biomass harvests are predicted to bring. Iowa State University researchers are looking at ways to...

NASA Mission to be Crystal Ball into Oceans' Future, Mirror to the Past

Imagine the lives that could be saved from flash floods, and the homes that could be spared from the effects of coastline erosion if only scientists could more accurately predict...

Nutrition: The best foods of summer

10 years ago from CBC: Health

'Tis the season for big bowls of salty chips, creamy potato salad and hefty mouth-watering burgers. Top that off with ice cream, cold beer and tangy margaritas, and your summer...

Improving swine waste fertilizer

10 years ago from Physorg

Swine production generates large amounts of waste. While this waste contains nutrients that may serve as fertilizer when applied to agricultural fields, the ratio of nutrients in the waste is...

Some European Grasslands May Resist Warming

10 years ago from National Geographic

A grassland like those found throughout Western Europe shows very little change in species composition even after 13 years of controlled exposure to higher temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns, a...

Airship designed to fly through remote skies

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A Calgary company is spearheading a new aircraft, filled with helium and powered by four rotors, that will be used to move materials in remote areas including the Canadian North.