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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth's history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most

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White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

While the Obama Administration has thus far focused on reducing carbon emissions to tackle climate change, pressure has been mounting to do something about methane pollution. Although methane accounts for

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Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

At one point, permanently-frozen ground, or permafrost, covered nearly 1/4 of the land on Earth -- but that’s changing as global warming is melting the ice and changing the landscape in places like

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Study Shows Christmas Trees Suck Up Super Potent Greenhouse Gas

Study Shows Christmas Trees Suck Up Super Potent Greenhouse Gas

Christmas tree photo from Shutterstock Researchers at Lund University and Stockholm University in Sweden discovered that spruces, pines, and firs are exceptionally adept at absorbing

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Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2

Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2

If you thought CO2 and methane were contenders for the most destructive greenhouse gases on the planet, then you will be shocked to learn that researchers have discovered another chemical that is

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Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado cities passed moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing Nov. 6 by surprisingly high margins. Residents of Boulder, Lafayette and Fort Collins all voted by significant margins to reject gas and

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Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracking. It’s a process that involves injecting gallons of water, sand, and chemicals at enormous pressure to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock formations.

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U.S. Natural Gas Flaring Emissions Equivalent to One Million Additional Cars on the Road

U.S. Natural Gas Flaring Emissions Equivalent to One Million Additional Cars on the Road

Photo via Shutterstock As President Obama continues to push for climate change action by reducing carbon pollution, is he literally burning up his global warming plan by also promoting hydraulic

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Living Biofilters Could Use Bacteria to Help Manage Methane Emissions

Living Biofilters Could Use Bacteria to Help Manage Methane Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock Just ask any dairy farmer, climate scientist, or landfill site director about methane emissions, and they will tell you they are a serious challenge to manage. Methane is about

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Low Methane Producing Cows Could Be Created Through Breeding and Diet Change

Low Methane Producing Cows Could Be Created Through Breeding and Diet Change

Photo via Shutterstock When looking into the big, docile eyes of the domestic cow, it is hard to imagine that something sinister lurks beneath the surface. That is, until they burp. Cows are prolific

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

Yury Taranik / Shutterstock Researchers led by experts from Oxford University warn that a 1.5C temperature rise would melt Siberia's permafrost, which would in turn release hundreds of gigatonnes of

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Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock For this year's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, the ball won't be the only thing being passed. Three thousand dairy cows from Green Meadows Farm in Michigan will do what they do

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Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Do you feel a twinge of guilt every time you fill your tank with dirty gasoline? What if you could power your car with a carbon neutral fossil fuel substitute? Introducing Audi's new e-fuel, an energy

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World Meteorological Organization Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions at a Record High

World Meteorological Organization Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions at a Record High

Photo from Shutterstock First, it was a jarring report by the Renewable Energy Industry Institute. Then, a paper and call to action by the World Bank. Now, the World Meteorological Association (WMO)

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Explosive Reservoir of Methane Under Antarctic Could be Unleashed if Ice Melts

Explosive Reservoir of Methane Under Antarctic Could be Unleashed if Ice Melts

A new study from the University of California has revealed that a vast reservoir of methane underneath the Antarctic ice sheet could be unleashed into the atmosphere if the ice melts. The report, which

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NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

Last week, NASA pulled off one of its greatest feats ever by safely landing a one-ton robotic rover named Curiosity over 150 million miles away on Mars. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the space

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Awe-Inspiring Thatched Mozambique Home is Draped in Solar Panels

Awe-Inspiring Thatched Mozambique Home is Draped in Solar Panels

The solar panels provide sufficient energy to electrify and illuminate the home and are partially used to heat water. Gas is added to the mix as well, but other than that, this Indian ocean home is

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Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

The designers behind Ski Dubai's artificial ski slope, Snow World and B01 Arquitectos, have teamed up to improve on their original design with the world's very first carbon-neutral indoor ski slope in

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NASA Study Says Air Pollution Controls Could Slow Climate Change and Boost Agriculture Yield

NASA Study Says Air Pollution Controls Could Slow Climate Change and Boost Agriculture Yield

A recent NASA study completed in New York City at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) found that fourteen key air pollution control measures could not only help to curb climate change, but

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POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

Some hardcore carnivores have a hard time finding meat alternatives such as soy protein or tofu burgers to be palatable. But non-meat eaters may lose their appetite along with their carnivorous friends

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Study Shows Natural Gas Fracking is More Harmful Than Coal

Study Shows Natural Gas Fracking is More Harmful Than Coal

Natural gas may be a marginally cleaner fossil fuel than coal, but obtaining it through the processing of fracking turns out to be more damaging to the climate than coal ever was. Fracking is a process

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New Process Can Turn Nine Billion Pounds of Meat and Bone Meal into Plastic

New Process Can Turn Nine Billion Pounds of Meat and Bone Meal into Plastic

Cows continue to have a disastrous environmental impact long after they meat their unhappy fate at the slaughterhouse. In order to keep America Mad Cow Disease-free, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Flatulence as fuel may sound like a joke, but it's becoming a reality in Brooklyn. Already in the works, National Grid is building a gas processing facility in Greenpoint, set to open in 2012. The

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Rwanda Taps Volcanic “Exploding Lake” for Power

Rwanda Taps Volcanic “Exploding Lake” for Power

Photo by Julien Harneis Rwanda is harnessing the natural gas in one of three known “exploding lakes” to generate electricity in a nation where just 1 in 14 houses has access to power. The

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Are Arctic Farts Accelerating Global Warming?

Are Arctic Farts Accelerating Global Warming?

A study released in Friday's Journal of Science says that 8 million tons of previously unrecorded methane is leaking into the atmosphere every year. The methane is seeping from deep within the Earth's

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New Report Shows Arctic Melt Could Cause $24 Trillion in Damages by 2050

New Report Shows Arctic Melt Could Cause $24 Trillion in Damages by 2050

If the threat of rising seas and altered ecosystems isn't enough to convince lawmakers we need some serious climate legislation, maybe the financial bottom line will. A report released today indicates

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Trash-Powered Street Lamp!

Trash-Powered Street Lamp!

Think about how much trash goes into a bin in, say, New York City's Times Square on a daily basis. What if all that garbage could be used to generate energy? That's the thinking behind designer Haneum

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NASA Unveils Chemical-Sniffing Device for the iPhone

NASA Unveils Chemical-Sniffing Device for the iPhone

Is there anything the iPhone can't do? Researchers at NASA's Homeland Security Cell-All program have brought the latest mind-boggling application to Apple's phone in the form of a stamp-sized chemical

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15 Year Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System

15 Year Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System

Thanks to 15 year old Texan Javier Fernández-Han, we feel a little more hopeful about the next generation's ability to adapt to a world of limited resources. The high school student developed a fully

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