CO2 emissions have dropped 17% during pandemic

The drop in carbon dioxide emissions during the COVID-19 pandemic shows we can change our energy-hungry behavior—and how much further we have to go.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change covid-19 emissions pollution

‘Early Bird’ makes training AI greener

As the energy demands of training AI deep neural networks rise, a new method could help brings those demands back down, resarchers say.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment artificial-intelligence carbon-dioxide electricity

Yes, human activity is to blame for sea-level rise

New research digs into the history of sea-level rise and confirms that modern changes do result from human activity.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change oceans sea-levels

Recent climate models may overestimate future warming

Some newer climate change models may overestimate how much the temperature will increase in the future, researchers report.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change prediction temperature

North Pole will be ice-free in future summers

By 2050, sea ice at the North Pole could be gone, researchers say. But how long the disappearance lasts is up to us.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment arctic carbon-dioxide climate-change conservation emissions ice

Volcanic CO2 emissions triggered Triassic extinction

201 million year ago, climate change wiped out nearly half of the species on Earth. New research shows volcanic CO2 emissions played a direct role.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
April 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change extinction volcanoes

Tiny meteorites shed light on Earth’s early atmosphere

Ancient micrometeorites may have run into CO2 on their way to Earth's surface, which gives researchers a clearer view of the early Earth's atmosphere.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology carbon-dioxide early-earth meteorites space

Team turns banana peels and other trash into ‘flash graphene’

A new method turns just about any kind of carbon-based trash, from banana peels to coffee grounds, into "flash graphene" to make building materials greener.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology buildings carbon-dioxide graphene materials-science nanotechnology waste-disposal

Fake photosynthesis turns CO2 into ‘green methane’

An artificial photosynthesis panel could use sunlight and water to convert carbon dioxide from smokestacks into usable "green methane."

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide methane nanotechnology photosynthesis sunlight

Carbon capture might not be such a great idea

Carbon capture technologies could actually produce more carbon dioxide than they suck up. Focusing on renewables is a better solution, researchers say.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change coal electricity renewable-energy sustainability

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