Researchers find mushrooms may hold clues to effect of carbon dioxide on lawns
Apr 12, 2017
Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has rapidly increased. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire set out to determine how rising carbon dioxide concentrations and different ...
Watching the planet breathe—studying Earth's carbon cycle from space
Apr 12, 2017
Carbon is a building block of life on our planet. It is stored in reservoirs on Earth – in rocks, plants and soil – in the oceans, and in the atmosphere. And it cycles constantly between these reservoirs.
Carbon and nitrogen cycles interact with vegetation shifts
Apr 07, 2017
Carbon cycle feedback: When it comes to understanding the forests' role in both giving off and capturing carbon dioxide, those are three words that contain a lot of science. In a new study, researchers led by Pacific Northwest ...
Fragmentation of tropical forests increases global emissions of greenhouse gases
Mar 30, 2017
When talk is of important ecosystems, tropical forests are top of the list. After all, half of the carbon stored in all of the Earth's vegetation is contained in these ecosystems. Deforestation has a correspondingly fatal ...
Biologists quantify the carbon consumption of bacterioplankton to better understand the ocean carbon cycle
Mar 16, 2017
The oceans are great at absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, but when their deep waters are brought to the surface, the oceans themselves can be a source of this prevalent greenhouse gas.
How much biomass grows in the savannah?
Feb 16, 2017
Savannahs form one of the largest habitats in the world, covering around one-fifth of the Earth's land area. They are mainly to be found in sub-Saharan Africa. Savannahs are home not only to unique wildlife, including the ...
Scientists investigate what breaks down permafrost carbon
Feb 14, 2017
A Florida State University researcher is delving into the complexities of exactly how permafrost thawing in the Earth's most northern regions is cycling back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and further fueling climate ...
New findings on carbon cycle feed climate research
Jan 23, 2017
A Florida State University researcher is taking a deep dive into the carbon cycle and investigating how carbon moves from the ocean surface to greater depths and then remains there for hundreds of years.
Climate policies alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests
Jan 17, 2017
A focus on policies to conserve tropical forests for their carbon storage value may imperil some of the world's most biologically rich tropical forests, says new research.
Neutron diffraction probes forms of carbon dioxide in extreme environments
Dec 20, 2016
Carbon dioxide is a key component in the carbon cycle of Earth, both in the atmosphere and in the mantle, or hot layer under Earth's crust. Studies of high pressure, high temperature phases of solid carbon dioxide are important ...