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Glowing dirt could help scientists develop new biofuels and super crops

Glowing dirt could help scientists develop new biofuels and super crops

A new way to explore some of the tiniest life on the planet could have a huge impact on efforts to replace fossil fuels with green alternatives, make crops resistant to drought, and even clean up the environment, researchers have announced. Dubbed BONCAT, the technique allows scientists to better investigate the mysteries of life right under our feet, in the very soil itself.

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NASA gives climate change skeptics the melting ice data to crunch themselves

NASA gives climate change skeptics the melting ice data to crunch themselves

NASA has announced the availability of ICESat-2 global data containing height measurements for regions around the globe, including measurements of the sea ice around Antarctica and glaciers in Greenland. The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) was launched in September 2018; it uses 10,000 laser pulses per second to take height measurements in what NASA calls 'unprecedented detail.'

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Mysterious ozone-depleting CFC emissions source finally discovered

Mysterious ozone-depleting CFC emissions source finally discovered

Around this time last year, a study was published revealing that at least one entity somewhere in the world was likely engaging in the production of a banned ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon gas called CFC-11. Scientists had discovered that CFC-11 levels were rising despite its ban in 2010, indicating that it was still being used somewhere in the world, though no one could definitely point toward the source at that time.

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Unchecked climate change may cause 6.5ft ocean rise by 2100

Unchecked climate change may cause 6.5ft ocean rise by 2100

If climate change is allowed to continue at its current rate, the world may face a 6.5ft rise in ocean levels by the year 2100. The warning comes from nearly two dozen ice sheet experts who were quizzed on plausible sea level rise (SLR) based on anticipated ice sheet melting under global temperature increase projections. Such a drastic ocean level increase would be catastrophic for many coastal cities around the world.

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Audacious climate change plan appeals to wallets more than ethics

Audacious climate change plan appeals to wallets more than ethics

Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to improve climate change seems paradoxical, but Stanford researchers argue that new tech and the promise of bottom line profits could coax big industry into getting greener. A new study proposes a more pragmatic approach to greenhouse gases, along with a financial lure to maximize compliance.

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We’re to blame for Earth’s droughts – and it’s only getting worse

We’re to blame for Earth’s droughts – and it’s only getting worse

The human impact on global drought conditions is unmistakable, a new NASA study concludes ominously, with climate change only likely to worsen conditions unless addressed head-on. The new study is unstinting in its blunt assessment of the impact human behaviors are having on the planet, and the disruptions climate change can provoke on the essential conditions for life to continue.

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Atmospheric methane is rocketing and the climate change implications are huge

Atmospheric methane is rocketing and the climate change implications are huge

A new study has revealed that atmospheric methane levels increased substantially over the last four years, raising questions over whether the Paris Agreement goals can be met. According to the research, the increase in atmospheric methane started in 2007, but accelerated 'very rapidly' starting in 2014, persisting at that clipped rate through 2017. The reasons for this surprise increase remain unclear.

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Seeing Climate Change: This map shows your city’s hot future

Seeing Climate Change: This map shows your city’s hot future

A new interactive map aims to push an understanding of the near-future in climate change here in the United States. What once was difficult to comprehend for the average person can now be visualized with great ease. Not that you wouldn't be able to understand climate change otherwise - it's just a whole lot more visceral once you can visualize what it'll be like to live in your city in the near future with climate change in play.

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Study finds Texas coast has more plastic trash than other Gulf states

Study finds Texas coast has more plastic trash than other Gulf states

A new study cataloged the marine debris found on Gulf Coast state shores, determining the types of waste that had washed onto the beaches, as well as the quantities found in different states. According to the findings, plastic comprised the overwhelming majority of the trash, in some cases as much as 95-percent, including items like straws and plastic bottles.

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This NASA space laser has climate change in its sights

This NASA space laser has climate change in its sights

NASA's mission to measure the impact of climate change and other factors on melting polar ice caps is off to a good start, with ICESat-2 set to use lasers to track just how precarious the situation is. ICESat-2 - or the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 - will pick up where its predecessor left off, only with a much higher degree of accuracy.

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Climate change is making Earth wobble more as it spins

Climate change is making Earth wobble more as it spins

The Earth, as many of us are (hopefully) already aware, rotates on its own axis, and that rotation serves as the basis for our 24-hour day. However, the Earth doesn't exactly experience what can be described as a smooth rotation, as it wobbles as it spins. Scientists with NASA have discovered new causes of this spin-axis drift, dubbed "polar motion," and it seems that climate change is behind one of the three.

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Melting Antarctic ice is a bigger problem than we thought

Melting Antarctic ice is a bigger problem than we thought

New satellite research has confirmed that Antarctica's ice is melting, but that it's more complicated than simply shrinking glaciers. For years, scientists have been concerned about the impact of climate change on ice changes and how that impacts sea level contribution from the continent. However, the sheer scale of Antarctica has made measuring that problematic.

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