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A Cheaper and Cleaner Catalyst for Burning Methane
2012-08-10 12:57:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Natural gas has become an increasingly important energy source as the world's accessible oil reserves are depleted. The primary component of natural gas is methane, which releases less carbon dioxide than many other hydrocarbon fuels. However, because the methane molecule is so stable, the energy within can't always be accessed, and escaping unburned methane is a greenhouse gas twenty times more powerful than carbon dioxide. This...

Meteor Smoke Helps Form Noctilucent Clouds
2012-08-08 13:33:19

Watch the Video : [ Meteor Smoke Makes Strange Clouds ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bits of "meteor smoke" have been detected in a noctilucent cloud (NLC), supporting an already existing theory. Noctilucent clouds were first noticed in 1885 about two years after the eruption of Krakatoa. Ash from the volcano caused great sunsets, making it a global past time for people to sit and look up at the sky at dust. A German named T.W. Backhouse, who is credited...

Diseased Trees Are A New Source Of Climate Gas
2012-08-08 10:03:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies asserts that diseased trees may be a significant new source of methane gas that causes climate change. The study, "Elevated Methane Concentrations in Trees of an Upland Forest," which will be published in Geophysical Research Letters sampled sixty trees at the Yale Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut. The Yale Myers Forest is 7,480 acres of mixed...

Heat Wave 2012 - What's Behind It?
2012-08-05 05:17:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online More than half of the contiguous states in the US were experiencing drought by early July 2012, and over 170 all-time American heat records were tied or surpassed during the month of June, according to new research released by NASA scientists on Friday. Many of the record highs experienced during the sixth month of the year surpassed records originally set during the months of July and August, which historically have been hotter...

Antarctic Was Tropical During The Eocene Epoch
2012-08-02 10:22:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the world´s greatest athletes compete for gold, silver, and bronze in London, new scientific evidence suggests that future summer Olympics could be hosted in a more remote location: Antarctica. An international team of climate scientists has discovered 50 million-year-old fossilized pollen in the seabed off the eastern coast of the polar continent, according to their report published this week in the journal Nature. The...

Two New Views Of Carbon Sinks
2012-08-02 05:35:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the last 50 years, man has quadrupled his CO2 output, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels. That is a startling and sobering concept. So far, though, Mother Nature seems to be keeping pace. In a new study released August 2, 2012, in the journal Nature, researchers from NOAA and the University of Colorado assert that Earth's carbon sinks continue to soak up roughly half of the carbon output. Carbon sinks are areas of...

Tropical Climate In The Antarctic
2012-08-01 14:14:47

Palm trees once thrived on today's icy coasts 52 million years ago Given the predicted rise in global temperatures in the coming decades, climate scientists are particularly interested in warm periods that occurred in the geological past. Knowledge of past episodes of global warmth can be used to better understand the relationship between climate change, variations in atmospheric carbon dioxide and the reaction of Earth's biosphere. An international team led by scientists from the Goethe...

As Area Burned By Wildfire Increases Washington's Forests Will Lose Stored Carbon
2012-07-26 10:33:45

Even small increases in area burned could have significant impacts on carbon storage Forests in the Pacific Northwest store more carbon than any other region in the United States, but our warming climate may undermine their storage potential. A new study conducted by the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station and the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington has found that, by 2040, parts of Washington State could lose as much as a third of their carbon...

2012-07-26 02:24:30

BANGKOK, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Environmental Investigation Agency: For the fourth year in a row, Brazil, China and India have prevented formal talks at the Montreal Protocol on proposals to end global production and use of the most powerful known greenhouse gases (GHGs). Their positions at this week's MP Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group were in direct contravention of language that all three nations agreed to in last...

Removing Carbon Dioxide From Air Important In Warmer World
2012-07-25 14:13:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although their development and implementation can be costly, techniques to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere may become increasingly important as the planet potentially shifts into permanently warmer state, according to a paper about to be published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Economic and political costs often hamper the development of techniques that could potentially lower the...


Latest Greenhouse gas Reference Libraries

Earth's Atmosphere
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Earth's Atmosphere -- Earth's atmosphere consists of nitrogen (78.1%) and oxygen (20.9%), with small amounts of argon (0.9%), carbon dioxide (variable, but around 0.035%), water vapor, and other gases. The atmosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation and reducing temperature extremes between day and night. 75% of the atmosphere exists within 11km of the planetary surface. Temperature and the Atmospheric Layers The temperature of the Earth's atmosphere...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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