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US power plant emissions down

Power plants that use natural gas and a new technology to squeeze more energy from the fuel release far less of the greenhouse gas...

Scientists explore old mine to store CO2 as a solid

An abandoned mineral mine near Stanford University is providing geoscientists with new insights on how to permanently entomb greenhouse gas emissions inside the earth. For...

How house paint pollutants make it into the environment

Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial additives in house paint are present in dangerous quantities in the Vauchère river basin in the city of Lausanne, says a study to be presented the 9th of December, at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference in Sa...

Scientists subject rocks to hellish conditions to combat global warming

A team of Earth scientists at Stanford University is subjecting chunks of rock to hellish conditions in the laboratory – all in the name...

‘Double tsunami’ doubled Japan destruction

Researchers have discovered that the destructive tsunami generated by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake was a long-hypothesized "merging tsunami" that doubled in intensity over rugged ocean ridges, amplifying its destructive powe...

New drought record from long-lived Mexican trees may illuminate fates of...

WASHINGTON -- A new, detailed record of rainfall fluctuations in ancient Mexico that spans more than twelve centuries promises to improve our understanding of the role drought played in the rise and fall of pre-Hispanic civilizations. Prior e...

Pakistan floods last summer could have been predicted

WASHINGTON -- Five days before intense monsoonal deluges unleashed vast floods across Pakistan last July, computer models at a European weather-forecasting center were giving clear indications that the downpours were imminent. Now, a new scientifi...

Improved measurements of sun to advance understanding of climate change

WASHINGTON -- Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change. In a new study of laboratory and satellite ...

NASA’s LRO creating unprecedented topographic map of moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is allowing researchers to create the most precise and complete map to date of the moon's complex, heavily cratered landscape. "This dataset is being used to make digital elevation and terrain maps that w...

Tiny 3-D images shed light on origin of Earth’s core

To answer the big questions, it often helps to look at the smallest details. That is the approach Stanford mineral physicist Wendy Mao is taking to understanding a major event in Earth's inner history. Using a new technique to scrutinize how minute ...

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