Soot packs a punch on Tibetan Plateau’s climate

RICHLAND, Wash. — In some cases, soot — the fine, black carbon silt that is released from stoves, cars and manufacturing plants — can pack more of a climatic punch than greenhouse gases, according to a paper published in the journal Atmospheri…

Global warming may reroute evolution

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Rising carbon dioxide levels associated with global warming may affect interactions between plants and the insects that eat them, altering the course of plant evolution, research at the University of Michigan suggests.
The …

War, plague no match for deforestation in driving CO2 buildup

Stanford, CA — Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes had an impact on the global carbon cycle as big as today’s annual demand for gasoline. The Black Death, on the other hand, came and went too quickly for it to cause much of a blip in the global car…

Virus killer gets supercharged

A simple technique to make a common virus-killing material significantly more effective is a breakthrough from the Rice University labs of Andrew Barron and Qilin Li.
Rather than trying to turn the process into profit, the researchers have put it …

Carbon swap bank to beat climate change

Australian researchers have suggested that nations should abandon the concept of carbon emissions trading in favor of a carbon swap bank that might lead to genuine reductions in the amount of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere and…

‘Greener’ climate prediction shows plants slow warming

GREENBELT, Md. — A new NASA computer modeling effort has found that additional growth of plants and trees in a world with doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would create a new negative feedback — a cooling effect — in the Earth’s c…

Rewarding eco-friendly farmers can help combat climate change

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Financially rewarding farmers for using the best fertilizer management practices can simultaneously benefit water quality and help combat climate change, finds a new study by the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrat…

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