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 | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

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

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 | Nov. 14, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology carbon space stars

Loss of tropical forests will have ‘terrifying’ climate impact

"Losing Earth's remaining wilderness is devastating by itself, but climate impacts 626% greater than expected is terrifying."

Dominic Jarvis-Queensland | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured carbon-emissions climate-change forests

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

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