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 | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

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

Plants will make future river flooding way worse

The next time a river overflows its banks, don't just blame the rain. New research identifies another culprit: Leafy plants.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine | Oct. 25, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change floods plants rain water

Ocean waves spew ancient organic molecules into the air

Ocean waves inject tiny particles called aerosols into the air—and those aerosols carry organic molecules more than 5,000 years old.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide greenhouse-gas oceans waves

Earth could warm even faster as climate change progresses

Looking to Earth's past is giving researchers a better picture of the planet's future under climate change, and the news isn't good.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Oct. 1, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

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

Humans have never faced such high CO2 levels

"...this current high-carbon dioxide environment is not only an experiment for the climate and the environment—it's also an experiment for us..."

Texas A&M University | Sept. 25, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured carbon-dioxide climate-change

United States land might not be such a good carbon sink

Scientists may have overestimated the amount of carbon that US land can suck out of the atmosphere.

Fred Love-Iowa State | Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide emissions soil

Tiny iron-breather could help control methane levels

Understanding more about how a microorganism produces methane and carbon dioxide could help scientists cut greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Gail McCormick-Penn State | Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change iron methane microbes oceans

Reactor turns carbon dioxide to pure liquid fuel

A new catalytic reactor can take carbon dioxide, one of the most common greenhouse gases, and turn it into a pure form of liquid fuel.

Mike Williams-Rice | Sept. 4, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology carbon-dioxide fuel-cells greenhouse-gas nanotechnology renewable-fuels

How much longer will trees suck up CO2?

Trees are great at removing carbon dioxide from the air, which can help fight climate change, but how long will that help last?

Rob Jordan-Stanford | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change conservation deforestation forests trees

Ancient plankton hint at climate to come

Plankton fossils from the Pliocene, an era with CO2 levels similar to those today, may help scientist predict what's in store for our climate in the future.

U. Arizona | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change fossils plankton temperature

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