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


Our breath gets mosquitoes looking out for blood

"Our breath is just loaded with CO2. It's a long-range attractant, which mosquitoes use to locate a potential host that could be more than 100 feet away."

James Urton-Washington | July 22, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains carbon-dioxide insects mosquitoes senses smells vision

Rocks cooled the whole planet 15 million years ago

Scientists have debated what kept a long period of global cooling going 15 million years ago. New research may debunk a popular theory.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | July 16, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology carbon-dioxide climate-change ice-age rocks

As tundras warm, microbes could make climate change worse

A warmer tundra means more greenhouse gases from microbes, new research shows. That's bad news for fighting climate change.

John Toon-Georgia Tech | July 12, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change emissions methane microbes temperature tundra

Ocean’s CO2 absorbing powers change over time

The ocean is one of the biggest absorbers of carbon dioxide, but that absorption isn't always steady.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | July 1, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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

Strategy could turn CO2 emissions into useful chemicals

Capturing and using carbon emissions to make chemicals and plastics could help fight climate change, but there are a few caveats.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | May 20, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change emissions plastics renewable-energy sustainability

Microbes near volcanoes help store a whole bunch of CO2

New research shows "a new way that tiny microorganisms can have an outsized impact on a large-scale geological process and the Earth's climate."

Todd Bates-Rutgers | April 25, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide microbes volcanoes

Oceans have a bunch of ways to lock away carbon

As a runaway climate scenario looms, scientists are hurrying to fully understand Earth's largest carbon sink: its oceans.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | April 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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