Opponents of natural gas fracking on environmental grounds (groundwater pollution, seismicity, and socioeconomic disruption, to name a few) have a much stronger argument against the practice since the publication of two methane studies in scientific journals and a lay summary in Scientific American last week. Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]
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US “clean gas” wells in operation (Irekia-Eusko Jaurlaritza in blogs.lse.ac.uk) Turns out that just about everyone (including President Obama) has been hugely underestimating the methane pollution levels of so-called “clean gas.” The booming American economy now seems to come at a greater cost than we originally thought when we found out that natural gas produces […]
A new study has found that logging can increase the risk of catastrophic wildfires by changing the predominant variety of tree to one that is younger and therefore more prone to fire.
The first estimate of the amount of radiation that leaked from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in the wake of the devastating tsunami have been released by atmospheric chemists from the University of California, Sa Diego.
The affects that climate change will have on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is the focus of a recent study which looked specifically on how the cycle of fire and regrowth will change as temperatures continue to rise over the rest of the 21st century.
Scientists have long known that climate change was happening in West Greenland over the past 5,000 years, but until now they have not been able to quantify the specific conditions of that change. New research has allowed scientists to predict that abrupt temperature changes by as much as 4 or 5 degrees Celsius will have had profound implications for the peoples that occupied western Greenland during that time.
According to a new study, the increase in global temperatures may play a significant role in altering the capacity trees have to store carbon dioxide, by changing the forest nitrogen cycle.