Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one

Health, economic benefits of capturing agricultural nitric oxide outlined in a study. Date: July 27, 2017, Source: Rice University Summary: Biochar could reduce local air pollution from agriculture by reducing emissions of nitric oxide from soil. Researchers argue that a better understanding of nitric oxide response to biochar will save lives […]

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How climate change will affect the quality of our water

Algae blooms in Lake St. Clair and in western Lake Erie in 2015. Photo: NASA by Alessandra Potenza@ale_potenza  Jul 27, 2017, 2:00pm EDT Last year, slimy green and foul-smelling algae took over Florida’s beaches, releasing toxins that killed fish and shellfish and sickened people. The algal bloom prompted the Florida governor to declare a state […]

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South Asia’s climate hazard hotspots

Mapping risks and estimating impacts on people and agriculture Extreme climate events are taking a heavy toll in countries around the world, destroying lives and livelihoods. Since the late 1980s, the frequency of such disasters has increased – from an average of 195 per year during 1987-1998 to […]

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Climate models underestimate global warming by exaggerating cloud brightening

Date:April 7, 2016Source:DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Summary: Researchers have found that climate models are aggressively making clouds ‘brighter’ as the planet warms. This may be causing models to underestimate how much global warming will occur due to increasing carbon dioxide. Many clouds surround the Southern Ocean. Lawrence Livermore […]

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Paying people to protect forests is worth it

Participants in the PES program receiving their payments for conserving trees. A new Northwestern University study suggests that paying people to conserve their trees could be a highly cost-effective way to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions and should be a key part of the global strategy to fight […]

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