Dying star ashes hold clues to carbon in Milky Way

New research sheds light on how and when stars in our galaxy made carbon, "ending up within the raw material from which the sun and its planetary system..."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space carbon stars science-and-technology white-dwarfs

Bad tree-planting campaigns can totally backfire

Poorly planned tree-planting efforts may risk actually adding to climate change and cutting biodiversity, research on a campaign in Chile finds.

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change conservation biodiversity carbon trees forests chile featured earth-and-environment

Some plants gain carbon from their root fungi

Plants don't just get carbon from photosynthesis, new research suggests. Up to 40% may also get a portion from fungi in their roots.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: carbon plants photosynthesis science-and-technology roots

Cookstoves may be more dangerous than believed

Though scientists knew the black smoke from cookstoves contained dangerous carbon, new research indicates that's only half the problem.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution carbon food greenhouse-gas health-and-medicine

Old trees play big role in rainforest carbon storage

“People have been arguing about whether these long-lived pioneers contribute much to carbon storage... We were surprised to find that they do."

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: carbon trees forests rainforests earth-and-environment

Chemical industry could go totally carbon neutral

Despite difficulties, the chemical industry really can become carbon neutral, researchers say. They identify three ways that it could happen.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change carbon emissions earth-and-environment

Getting into the groove keeps nanotubes orderly

Researchers were baffled when they lined up nanotubes side by side like dry spaghetti. New research explains how it happened.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: carbon nanotechnology materials-science science-and-technology

Aerial view of forest chemistry adds to climate fallout models

Aerial maps of tropical forests that show the chemistry of the canopy could shed light on how forests will react to climate change.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 12, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change carbon trees plants forests earth-and-environment

Volcanic eruptions might have given Earth its first oxygen

A new theory involving volcanoes may partly explain the appearance of the first oxygen on Earth 2.5 billion years ago, researchers say.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: carbon volcanoes oceans oxygen alien-life science-and-technology early-earth tectonics

Buckyballs in space may come from dying stars

Scietists have puzzled over the existence of buckyballs in space, but a new idea about how the carbon molecules form could solve the mystery.

U. Arizona • futurity
Nov. 14, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: space carbon stars science-and-technology

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