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Environment

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Looking to Space to Quantify Natural Gas Leaks on Earth

DENVER, March 24, 2015 — The recent increase in natural gas production could provide a bridge to a lower carbon future because it generates half the carbon dioxide (CO2) of coal when burned. However, natural gas that is leaked into the atmosphere could speed global warming and climate change. That’s because its primary component, methane,

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

World on Track to Meet Ambitious Forest Restoration Goal

Bonn, Germany, March 21, 2015—New restoration initiatives were announced today by Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa at the second international Bonn Challenge conference on forest landscape restoration taking place in Germany. With these announcements, a total of 61.9 million hectares have now been contributed to the Bonn Challenge – a global movement to restore 150

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Sri Lanka Develops Cheap Device to Forecast Rainfall

COLOMBO, March 12, 2015—Scientists in Sri Lanka have developed mobile weather stations capable of capturing and transmitting near real-time rainfall data.

Monday, March 9th, 2015

The Climate is Starting to Change Faster

COLLEGE PARK, Md., March 9, 2015—An analysis of changes to the climate that occur over several decades suggests that these changes are happening faster than historical levels and are starting to speed up. The Earth is now entering a period of changing climate that will likely be faster than what’s occurred naturally over the last

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Conservation Organizations Need to Keep Up with Nature

KNOXVILLE—Nature is on the move. As the impacts of climate change reveal themselves, species and ecosystems are moving in response. This poses a fundamental challenge to conservation organizations—how do you conserve something that won’t stay still?

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Engineers Find Switchgrass Removes PCBs From Soils

Feb. 20, 2015—University of Iowa researchers have found a type of grass that was once a staple of the American prairie can remove soil laden with PCBs, toxic chemicals once used for cooling and other industrial purposes.

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Researchers Work to Understand Forces of Abrupt Climate Change

Feb. 20, 2015—By studying African lake sediments from the past 20,000 years, scientists are learning more about abrupt climate shifts, advancing their understanding of changing weather patterns.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Defining and Assessing Forest Governance

Feb. 19, 2015—Research into forest governance issues is a popular and timely endeavour. The high relevance of international forest governance research is further reflected by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) dedicating to this very topic its group 9.05 on Forest Policy and Governance, which includes a special working group 9.05.02 on Forest

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Secretary Kerry and EPA Administrator McCarthy to Launch International Air Quality Program

WASHINGTON—Today, Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will meet at 2 p.m. EST in the U.S. Department of State’s Treaty Room for a signing ceremony to launch a joint air quality program at select U.S. diplomatic missions overseas.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Evidence of Climate Change Found in Northern China Region Dating Back Thousands of Years

WACO, Texas, Feb. 17, 2015 — Using a relatively new scientific dating technique, a Baylor University geologist and a team of international researchers were able to document—for the first time—a drastic climate change 4,200 years ago in northern China that affected vegetation and led to mass migration from the area.

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