Catalyst recycles carbon dioxide into useful fuels

A new catalyst turns carbon dioxide into useful fuels and chemicals really efficiently . It could pave way for large-scale CO2 recycling, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability carbon-dioxide emissions earth-and-environment catalysts

Homes of wealthy Americans spew 25% more emissions

The giant houses of wealthy Americans offset progress toward lower greenhouse gas emissions, report researchers. See the map.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change money housing emissions featured earth-and-environment neighborhoods

Methane emissions hit record-breaking levels

Methane emissions have reached the highest levels on record, researchers say. And more than half of all methane emissions now come from human activities.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: climate-change methane maps emissions featured earth-and-environment

Uber or Lyft electric car swap saves 3X more carbon than yours

Swapping out a gas-powered Uber or Lyft vehicle with an electric car cuts emissions three times more than when an individual driver makes that switch, research finds.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
July 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability emissions transportation apps earth-and-environment vehicles

Dusty air ups infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new study in Sub-Saharan African shows that increases in dust air pollution boosts infant mortality. Climate change could make things even worse, too.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change pollution emissions childrens-health babies featured health-and-medicine sub-saharan-africa dust

Sun and permafrost make emissions outlook even bleaker

Arctic permafrost stores one trillion metric tons of carbon. New research on photomineralization suggests more of that carbon will be released.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change permafrost light emissions earth-and-environment

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

A few ‘super polluters’ spew most industrial pollution

Just a handful of facilities that emit unusually high levels of toxic chemicals account for the majority of industrial pollution year after year.

Shelly Leachman-UCSB • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution emissions air-quality earth-and-environment

COVID-19 is a ‘global experiment’ for the environment

It will take a long time and lots of data to figure out exactly how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the environment, researchers say.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change covid-19 pollution emissions health-and-medicine

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

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