Finding ways to fix the climate before it is too late
14 hours ago
Scientists and policymakers rely on complex computer simulations called Integrated Assessment Models to figure out how to address climate change. But these models need tinkering to make them more accurate.
Decoded microbial metabolism explains biofuel yield
16 hours ago
To unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium's sugar-processing complexities may ...
US contributes $500 million to UN Green Climate Fund
20 hours ago
The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House.
Bay Area methane emissions may be double what we thought
Jan 17, 2017
Emissions of methane—a potent climate-warming gas—may be roughly twice as high as officially estimated for the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of the emissions come from biological sources, such as landfills, but natural ...
Study of microbes reveals new insight about Earth's geology and carbon cycles
Jan 16, 2017
Tiny microbes play a big role in cycling carbon and other key elements through our air, water, soil and sediment. Not only do microbes capture and release carbon, contributing to a cycle that is central to life on Earth, ...
Trudeau says Canada's oil sands must be phased out
Jan 14, 2017
Canada must "phase out" Alberta's oil sands and end the country's dependence on hydrocarbons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
Report recommends new framework for estimating the social cost of carbon
Jan 11, 2017
To estimate the social cost of carbon dioxide for use in regulatory impact analyses, the federal government should use a new framework that would strengthen the scientific basis, provide greater transparency, and improve ...
Semiconductor eyed for next-generation 'power electronics'
Jan 10, 2017
Researchers have demonstrated the high-performance potential of an experimental transistor made of a semiconductor called beta gallium oxide, which could bring new ultra-efficient switches for applications such as the power ...
Polar bear plan doesn't seek direct action on climate change (Update)
Jan 09, 2017
Five years ago, in a meeting room in Alaska, two dozen federal wildlife biologists joined other experts to begin formulating a recovery plan for polar bears because the animals' primary habitat, sea ice, was melting beneath ...
Company stands by plan to bury nuke waste near Lake Huron
Jan 04, 2017
A Canadian company that wants to bury waste from nuclear power plants near Lake Huron said Tuesday a study of alternative sites had found none better than a location already targeted, which has drawn strong opposition on ...