Nitrous oxide from penguin poo made researchers feel loopy

Researchers in Antarctica accidentally experienced an odd source of "laughing gas." The nitrous oxide came from large amounts of penguin guano.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: greenhouse-gas nitrous-oxide antarctica penguins science-and-technology earth-and-environment feces

50% less animal-based food gets US 25% closer to climate goal

Cutting half of the animal-based food in US diets would be equivalent to cutting the annual emissions of 47.5 million passenger vehicles.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change food greenhouse-gas united-states meat featured earth-and-environment dairy

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

How concrete production can help or hurt our environment

"Air pollution and climate change problems are really intertwined when we talk about solutions." Strategies for making concrete production greener are an example.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
March 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change pollution greenhouse-gas materials-science emissions earth-and-environment

AI makes detecting methane leaks less confusing

A new method uses hyperspectral imaging and machine learning to more accurately detect methane emissions, say researchers.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: machine-learning climate-change artificial-intelligence greenhouse-gas methane emissions earth-and-environment imaging-technology

Fossil fuels cause more methane emissions than estimated

Scientists have been underestimating how much methane in the atmosphere comes from fossil fuels, research finds. Here's the silver lining.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change fossil-fuels greenhouse-gas methane emissions featured earth-and-environment ice-cores

1 way to wash dishes is greener than the rest

There's one technique for washing dishes by hand that uses less water and energy than any machine or other hand-washing method, researchers say.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change water greenhouse-gas emissions earth-and-environment

Genetically modified poplar trees won’t pollute the air

Genetic modification can keep poplar trees from emitting greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, while not messing with their growth potential.

U. Arizona • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change pollution agriculture trees greenhouse-gas genetic-engineering earth-and-environment renewable-fuels

Ice on Earth’s rivers is in rapid decline

For every degree of increase in global temperature, there will be about 6 days less of ice per year on rivers that freeze, researchers say.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change greenhouse-gas ice rivers temperature earth-and-environment

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 • futurity
Oct. 24, 2019 ~4 min

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

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