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Environmental Science News
September 29, 2020

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Volcanic Ash Could Help Reduce CO2 Associated With Climate Change

Scientists investigating ways of removing carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases from our atmosphere believe volcanic ash could play an important ...

Lessons from a Cooling Climate

Usually, talk of carbon sequestration focuses on plants: forests storing carbon in the trunks of massive trees, algae blooming and sinking to the seabed, or perhaps peatlands locking carbon away for ...

The Arctic Is Burning in a Whole New Way

'Zombie fires' and burning of fire-resistant vegetation are new features driving Arctic fires -- with strong consequences for the global climate -- warn international fire ...

Despite High Hopes, Carbon Absorbed by Amazon Forest Recovery Is Dwarfed by Deforestation Emissions

After calculating how much carbon had been lost through deforestation, scientists have discovered that, in more than 30 years, the regrowth of ...
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Many Ventilation Systems May Increase Risk of COVID-19 Exposure, Study Suggests

Ventilation systems in many modern office buildings, which are designed to keep temperatures comfortable and increase energy efficiency, may increase the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, ...

Are China's Pollution Remediation Efforts Making the Planet Warmer?

A 10-year effort by China to improve air quality and reduce pollution-related health risks has caused warming in areas across the northern hemisphere, according to new ...

Untapped Potential Exists for Blending Hydropower, Floating Solar Panels

Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to a ...

New Way of Analyzing Soil Organic Matter Will Help Predict Climate Change

A new way of analyzing the chemical composition of soil organic matter will help scientists predict how soils store carbon -- and how soil carbon may affect climate in the ...

Major Wind-Driven Ocean Currents Are Shifting Toward the Poles

The severe droughts in the USA and Australia are the first sign that the tropics, and their warm temperatures, are apparently expanding in the wake of climate ...

Reusing Tableware Can Reduce Waste from Online Food Deliveries

In China, approximately 10 billion online food orders were served to over 400 million customers in 2018. All of these orders came in single-use plastic packaging, with single-use plastic tableware. ...

How Earthquake Swarms Arise

A new fault simulator maps out how interactions between pressure, friction and fluids rising through a fault zone can lead to slow-motion quakes and seismic ...

Unusual Climate Conditions Influenced WWI Mortality and Subsequent Influenza Pandemic

Scientists have spotted a once-in-a-century climate anomaly during World War I that likely increased mortality during the war and the influenza pandemic in the years that ...

Newly Identified 'Landfalling Droughts' Originate Over Ocean

Researchers have identified a new type of 'landfalling drought' that originates over the ocean before traveling onto land, and which can cause larger, drier conditions than other ...

Camera Traps Show Impact of Recreational Activity on Wildlife

The COVID-19 pandemic has fired up interest in outdoor activities in our parks and forests. Now a new study highlights the need to be mindful of how these activities may affect wildlife living in ...

Provide Shady Spots to Protect Butterflies from Climate Change

Researchers have discovered significant variations in the ability of different UK butterfly species to maintain a suitable body temperature. Species that rely most on finding a suitably shady ...

Climate Pledges 'Like Tackling COVID-19 Without Social Distancing'

Current global pledges to tackle climate change are the equivalent of declaring a pandemic without a plan for social distancing, researchers ...

Driven by Climate, More Frequent, Severe Wildfires in Cascade Range Reshape Forests

New research found that while the increased wildfire activity is causing widespread changes in the structure and composition of these mid-to-high elevation forests, the new landscapes are also likely ...

Island-Building in Southeast Asia Created Earth's Northern Ice Sheets

Tectonic processes are thought to have triggered past ice ages, but how? A new analysis of mountain building in the maritime tropics of Southeast Asia attributes the last ice age, which reached a ...

Amazonia Racing Toward Tipping Point, Fueled by Unregulated Fires

Amazonia is closer to a catastrophic ecological tipping point than any time in the last 100,000 years, and human activity is the ...

UK Lockdown and Air Pollution: Nitrogen Dioxide Halved but Sulfur Dioxide Doubled

A new study of air pollution in the United Kingdom during the first 100 days of lockdown has revealed that while nitrogen oxide levels were cut by half, levels of sulfur dioxide increased by over 100 ...

Flood Risks: More Accurate Data Due to COVID-19

Emerging use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) makes it possible to continuously measure shallow changes in elevation of Earth surface. A study now shows that the quality of these ...

This Tiny Device Can Scavenge Wind Energy from the Breeze You Make When You Walk

Most of the wind available on land is too gentle to push commercial wind turbine blades, but now researchers have designed a kind of 'tiny wind turbine' that can scavenge wind energy from ...

Stability Check on Antarctica Reveals High Risk for Long-Term Sea-Level Rise

The warmer it gets, the faster Antarctica loses ice - and much of it will then be gone forever. That's what a team of researchers has found out in their new study on how much warming the ...

First Evidence That Air Pollution Particles and Metals Are Reaching the Placenta

Pollution particles, including metals, have been found in the placentas of fifteen women in London, according to new ...

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