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US oil & gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than estimated

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:11:54 EDT ~ The US oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas methane from its operations each year, 60 percent more than estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. Find out more...

Antarctic ice sheet is melting, but rising bedrock below could slow it down

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:11:19 EDT ~ An international team of researchers has found that the bedrock below the remote West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising much more rapidly than previously thought, in response to ongoing ice melt. Find out more...

New World Atlas of Desertification shows unprecedented pressure on planet's resources

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:19:58 EDT ~ The World Desertification Atlas by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre provides the first comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of land degradation at a global level and highlights the urgency to adopt corrective measures. Find out more...

Scientists calculate impact of China's ban on plastic waste imports

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:02:08 EDT ~ Scientists have calculated the potential global impact of China's ban on plastic waste imports and how this policy might affect efforts to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the world's landfills and natural environment. Find out more...

Short-term responses to climate change-mediated disasters can be maladaptive in long-term

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:59:02 EDT ~ Short-term management responses to climate change-mediated disasters can be maladaptive in the long-term. Find out more...

Beetles exploit warm winters to expand range, study confirms

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:49:08 EDT ~ A new study confirms that increasing minimum winter temperatures allow beetles to expand their range but reveals that overcrowding can put the brakes on population growth. Find out more...

'Green'-feed: Industrial microbes could feed cattle, pigs, chicken

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:48:25 EDT ~ Today, producing feed for pigs, cattle and chicken causes immense impacts for the climate and the environment. In the future, animal feed production is likely to be shifted from croplands to large-scale industrial facilities as it could bring both financial and environmental benefits. Replacing 2 percent feed with protein-rich microbes could decrease agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, global cropland area and nitrogen losses by over 5 percent. Find out more...

Climate change to overtake land use as major threat to global biodiversity

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:08:46 EDT ~ Climate change will have a rapidly increasing effect on the structure of global ecological communities over the next few decades, with amphibians and reptiles being significantly more affected than birds and mammals, a new report finds. Find out more...

Machine learning may be a game-changer for climate prediction

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:35:47 EDT ~ New research demonstrates that machine-learning techniques can be used to accurately represent clouds and their atmospheric heating and moistening, and better represent clouds in coarse resolution climate models, with the potential to narrow the range of climate prediction. This could be a major advance in accurate predictions of global warming in response to increased greenhouse gas concentrations that are essential for policy-makers (e.g. the Paris climate agreement). Find out more...

Palm oil: The carbon cost of deforestation

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:30:18 EDT ~ Palm oil has become part of our daily lives, but a recent study serves as a reminder that intensive farming of this crop has a major impact on the environment. Both short- and long-term solutions exist, however. The article analyzed the carbon costs and benefits of converting rainforests into oil palm plantations. Find out more...