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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Barley Straw Shows Potential as Transport Biofuel Raw Material

Sep. 30, 2015 — The hemicellulose sugars of barley straw can be effectively fermented into biobutanol, when starch is added during the pre-treatment or fermentation process, shows a new study. Seeking to find ... read more

New Prototype Cleans Air and Removes Pollution

Sep. 29, 2015 — A prototype of a new device could eliminate pesticide residues, grease, detergents, deodorants and general pollution from the atmosphere, reducing health ... read more

Ice Samples from Greenland, Russia Provide Clues to Past, Future Climate Change

Sep. 28, 2015 — Scientists have discovered evidence of carbonaceous aerosols -- organic dust -- transported from Asia and deposited in the Arctic over the last 450 years, according to a study. They have also found ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid using a ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Biomass burning has positive environmental and public-health effects, A new study documents. Co-firing oat hulls with coal reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, particulate matter, and heavy metals, ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Researchers have used radiocarbon measured in deep-sea fossil corals to shed light on carbon dioxide levels during Earth's last deglaciation. Fossil corals have the unique advantage that they ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — A huge volcanic eruption in Iceland emitted on average three times as much of a toxic gas as all European industry combined, a study has revealed. Discharge of lava from the eruption at Bárðarbunga ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — A survey of nearly 700 scientists from non-climate disciplines shows that more than 90 percent believe that average global temperatures are higher than pre-1800s levels and that human activity has ... read more

Curbing Short-Lived Pollutants: A Win-Win for Climate and Air Quality

Sep. 24, 2015 — Ozone, methane and aerosols (tiny pollutant particles) remain in the atmosphere for a shorter time than CO2, but can affect both the climate and air quality. Yet environmental policies tend to ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Fluctuating sea levels and global cooling caused a significant decline in the number of crocodilian species over millions of years, according to new research. In the future, the researchers suggest ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Machines that are much smaller than the width of a human hair could one day help clean up carbon dioxide pollution in the oceans. Nanoengineers have designed enzyme-functionalized micromotors that ... read more

Could Indigenous Knowledge Systems Combat Climate Change?

Sep. 23, 2015 — As the global scientific community combines technology and brains to track climate change patterns and effects, the indigenous populations across the world have, for generations, already been noting ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — A new research study examines the market potential and environmental trade-offs of using natural gas in marine fuels. Natural gas is considered by many to be a 21st century energy resource that will ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Human caused climate change is increasingly apparent today through multiple lines of evidence. But now researchers have revealed for the first time when and where the first clear signs of global ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Researchers around the globe are on a quest for materials capable of capturing and storing greenhouse gases. This shared goal led researchers to team up to explore the feasibility of vertically ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Smokey Bear has spent decades reminding picnickers "only you can prevent forest fires" and has even been known to cry over the devastation they leave in their wake. Now researchers say the ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Many studies predict that future sea-level rise along the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts will increase flooding. Others suggest that the human-caused warming driving this rise will also boost the ... read more

Emissions from Melting Permafrost Could Cost $43 Trillion

Sep. 21, 2015 — New analysis of the effects of melting permafrost in the Arctic points to $43 trillion in extra economic damage by the end of the next century, on top of the more than the $300 trillion economic ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Findings of low-oxygen tolerance among blue crabs contradict earlier studies, thus helping to explain what had been somewhat of an ecological mystery. The researchers undertook the study in light of ... read more

Greening the Electric Grid With Gas Turbines

Sep. 21, 2015 — Much of the nation's energy policy is premised on the assumption that clean renewable sources like wind and solar will require huge quantities of storage before they can make a significant dent ... read more

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