Understanding new evidence of the impact of climate change in the Early Jurassic Period
Jan 18, 2017
Geochemical and biological research offers academics a window into earth history, enabling them to piece together events that occurred before records began. Much of our understanding of past climate change is based on geology, ...
Astronomers spot strange, bow-like structure in Venus' atmosphere
Jan 17, 2017
Venus is known both as the "planet of love" and the Earth's "evil twin". And although research suggests its environment is more hellish than romantic, there's actually a lot we don't know about our celestial neighbour. Now ...
Short-lived greenhouse gases cause centuries of sea-level rise
Jan 09, 2017
Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, coastal regions and island nations will continue to experience rising sea levels for centuries afterward, according ...
Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen?
Jan 02, 2017
For the development of animals, nothing—with the exception of DNA—may be more important than oxygen in the atmosphere.
Carbon dots dash toward 'green' recycling role
Dec 16, 2016
Graphene quantum dots may offer a simple way to recycle waste carbon dioxide into valuable fuel rather than release it into the atmosphere or bury it underground, according to Rice University scientists.
NASA releases new eye-popping view of carbon dioxide
Dec 14, 2016
A new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency's satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most realistic views yet of how this critical ...
What is the weather like on Venus?
Dec 05, 2016
Venus is often called Earth's "Sister Planet" because of all the things they have in common. They are comparable in size, have similar compositions, and both orbit within the Sun's habitable zone. But beyond that, there are ...
When permafrost melts, what happens to all that stored carbon?
Dec 05, 2016
The Arctic's frozen ground contains large stores of organic carbon that have been locked in the permafrost for thousands of years. As global temperatures rise, that permafrost is starting to melt, raising concerns about the ...
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