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Boreal Forests Expected To Shift Poleward
2013-05-06 04:58:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online What will happen to the climate in various parts of the world as the effects of global warming become amplified? Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new way to predict what will occur as temperatures rise across the Earth. The research, which was published in Sunday´s online edition of the journal Nature Geoscience, is anticipating major changes for boreal forests, which the authors...

2013-02-12 14:14:20

Emissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight. In a study published today in Angewandte Chemie, Monash University and CSIRO scientists for the first time discovered a photosensitive metal organic framework (MOF) - a class of materials known for their exceptional capacity to store gases. This has created a powerful and cost-effective new tool to...

Study Measures Vulnerability Of Earth’s Lungs
2013-02-07 09:46:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Because they draw in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, tropical rainforests are often called "the lungs of the planet." However, yearly variations in climate can cause the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed and released by these forests to vary considerably. A new study conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Exeter, the Met Office-Hadley Centre and the Natural Environmental Research Council´s (NERC) Centre...

Increasing Shrubs Reduce The Positive Climate Contribution Of Peatlands
2012-12-26 05:44:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bogs and mires are important ecosystems that also play an important role the storage of global atmospheric carbon emissions. According to a study in Nature Climate Change, the peat mosses, which are found in boglands and drive the production of peat, are being outcompeted by vascular plants, resulting in bog degradation. In the study, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) closely...

Greenhouse Gasses Hit Record High
2012-11-20 12:15:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Greenhouse gas levels, which are capable of driving global warming over the coming decades, reached new highs in 2011, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations agency. The volume of carbon dioxide grew by two parts per million (ppm) to reach 390.9 ppm, about 40 percent above the pre-industrial level, the survey said. The survey added that the levels of two other greenhouse gases,...

2012-11-12 11:06:46

Fertilizing one's lawn is considered a necessary practice, as is with most agricultural crops. But how many people know about fertilizing a commercial forest, and how that might affect the environment and their investment? Dr. Jason Vogel, assistant professor of forest ecosystem science within the Texas A&M University department of ecosystem science and management, is studying just how much difference fertilization can make to the productivity of the forest and carbon sequestration....

Global Warming Could Prevent Next Ice Age
2012-11-09 10:30:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online We hear reports every day about the dangers and evils of carbon emissions, but could there be a good side? A research team at the University of Gothenburg thinks so. Their new study, published in Mires and Peat, suggests that mankind's emissions of fossil carbon, and the temperature rise that accompanies it, could prove to be our salvation from the next ice age. The current increase in peatland extent could reverse this effect,...

2012-11-01 10:24:38

Halving the amount of nitrogen fertilizer used in certain areas of China would substantially decrease greenhouse gas emissions without affecting crop productivity and the area's natural carbon sink. This is according to a new study, published today, 1 November, in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters, which showed that a 60 per cent reduction in fertilizer use would significantly reduce emissions from areas that are, anyway, "over-fertilized", such as the North China Plain and...

2012-10-03 10:02:15

Plants´ ability to absorb increased levels of carbon dioxide in the air may have been overestimated, a new University of Minnesota study shows. The study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that even though plants absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide and actually can benefit from higher levels of it, they may not get enough of the nutrients they need from typical soils to absorb as much CO2 as scientists had previously estimated. Carbon dioxide...

2012-08-31 12:09:43

In a surprising finding, North Carolina State University researchers have shown that certain underground organisms thought to promote chemical interactions that make the soil a carbon sink actually play a more complex, dual role when atmospheric carbon levels rise. In a paper published in the Aug. 31 edition of Science, North Carolina State University researchers show that important and common soil microscopic organisms, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), play a role in sequestering...