Earth, Energy & Environment

Scientists Turn Atmospheric CO2 Into Coal

Scientists say they have found a way to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into coal, after which it can be...

New Tree Ring Analysis Method May Open Insights to Past Climate

Satellite imagery of earth’s vegetation, measurements of carbon dioxide in the air and computer models all help scientists understand how climate is affecting carbon dynamics and the...

Warm Seas Scatter Fish

Fish provide a vital source of protein for over half the world’s population, with over 56 million people employed by or subsisting on fisheries....

Did an Asteroid Cancel Dinosaurs? The Truth is in the Lava

About sixty-six million years ago a planet-wide catastrophe brought the non-avian dinosaurs to their demise, and the end of the Cretaceous period was marked...

Raindrops launch plant spores into the wind, spread fungi

That distinctive smell following rainstorms arises from dry particles unearthed when raindrops strike soil. By a similar process, rain that hits plants disturbs spores on...

Honeybees’ waggle dance no longer useful in some cultivated landscapes

For bees and other social insects, being able to exchange information is vital for the success of their colony. One way honeybees do this...

Climate change makes summer weather stormier yet more stagnant

Climate change is shifting the energy in the atmosphere that fuels summertime weather, which may lead to stronger thunderstorms and more stagnant conditions for...

Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia

Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence...

Your home is a hidden source of air pollution

Cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality...

Data Visualization Tool Shows Carbon Footprint of Everyday Products

A Columbia researcher affiliated with the Data Science Institute and the Earth Institute has created a data-visualization tool that shows the carbon footprints of hundreds of consumer products....

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