How much carbon and nitrogen is there on planet Earth?
Nov 29, 2016
Carbon and nitrogen are central to life on Earth – life cannot exist without them, but an overabundance in the atmosphere imperils the life we have. So how much carbon and nitrogen is there on (and in) planet Earth? And ...
Homes storing CO2, just like trees
Nov 25, 2016
Houses built with bio-based materials, such as timber, straw and hemp, act as CO2 banks. Experts explain how citizens can become custodians of atmospheric carbon dioxide and thus help reduce air pollution
Soybean plants with fewer leaves yield more
Nov 18, 2016
Using computer model simulations, scientists have predicted that modern soybean crops produce more leaves than they need to the detriment of yield—a problem made worse by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. They tested their ...
How molluscs build their shells in the sub-zero waters of Antarctica
Nov 11, 2016
A new study on how molluscs build their shells in the sub-zero waters of Antarctica is published today (Friday 11 November) in the journal Scientific Reports.
Soil could become a significant source of carbon dioxide, experts warn
Nov 03, 2016
If people continue using and changing the land over the next century in the same way they currently do, soils will have limited potential to counter the effect of climate change and will become a net source of atmospheric ...
New heights reached for solids that capture carbon dioxide at low concentrations in gas mixtures
Oct 26, 2016
Carbon dioxide capture is a high-profile area of chemical research offering a direct approach to tackling the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. This greenhouse gas is largely blamed for global warming and climate change.
Why does our planet experience an ice age every 100,000 years?
Oct 26, 2016
Experts from Cardiff University have offered up an explanation as to why our planet began to move in and out of ice ages every 100,000 years.
Indirect effects of rising CO2 levels on ecosystems more important than previously thought
Oct 26, 2016
The indirect effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, such as changes in soil moisture and plant structure, can have a bigger impact on ecosystems than previously thought.
What the ancient CO2 record may mean for future climate change
Oct 24, 2016
The last time Earth experienced both ice sheets and carbon dioxide levels within the range predicted for this century was a period of major sea level rise, melting ice sheets and upheaval of tropical forests.
'Time machine' study warns of long-term dangers of ocean acidification
Oct 12, 2016
New research into the effects of ocean acidification suggests that, while marine organisms may be able to cope with the effects of climate change in the short term, the biological cost of doing so may be too high to guarantee ...