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How Can We Reduce Concrete’s Hefty Carbon Footprint?

How Can We Reduce Concrete’s Hefty Carbon Footprint?

A roomful of materials scientists, gathered at UCLA for a recent conference on “grand challenges in construction materials,” slowly passed a brick-size white block around the room. They held in their hands, briefly, part of the solution to one of those grand challenges. The white block, rock solid and surprisingly lightweight, was a new alternative… Read More

The Suit Against the Clean Power Plan, Explained

The Suit Against the Clean Power Plan, Explained

The Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s most sweeping climate change policy, is being challenged in federal appeals court and its future is expected to hinge on the outcome of at least one court decision — and possibly two — over the next year. The merits of the lawsuit are set to be argued June 2 before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … Read More

Farmland Could Play Key Role in Tackling Climate Change

Farmland Could Play Key Role in Tackling Climate Change

The earth’s soil stores a lot of carbon from the atmosphere, and managing it with the climate in mind may be an important part of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature. “Climate-smart” soil management, primarily on land used for agriculture, can be part of an … Read More

These Tiny Mangroves Hold Vast Stores of Carbon

These Tiny Mangroves Hold Vast Stores of Carbon

Squat mangrove forests that seem at first blush to simply eke by along the coasts of Baja California are sitting on a big secret — one with with sweeping implications in an era of accelerating climate change. Despite their diminutive appearance, scientists discovered that these mucky coastal ecosystems store huge amounts of carbon, helping to slow… Read More

Study Calls For Leaner ‘Carbon Budget’ to Slow Warming

Study Calls For Leaner ‘Carbon Budget’ to Slow Warming

If the world hopes to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, humanity must emit less than half the carbon dioxide than previously thought in the coming years, a new study shows. In order to keep global warming to no more than 2°C (3.6°F) — the basis for the Paris climate agreement struck last year — scientists have devised a … Read More

Rainforests May Store Less Carbon As Climate Changes

Rainforests May Store Less Carbon As Climate Changes

Humans appear to be delivering one-two punches to tropical rainforests, with new research projecting that climate change will reshape how the ecosystems recover following logging. Scientists simulated how different trees in tropical rainforests will respond to prolonged droughts triggered by climate change, based on 14 years of data from Costa … Read More

Oil Leasing Protests a New Front in Climate Policy Fight?

Oil Leasing Protests a New Front in Climate Policy Fight?

Federal oil and gas lease sales are often dour bureaucratic affairs, but 100 climate protesters hope their actions at a sale in Salt Lake City this week represent the growth of a new front in the national policy fight over global warming. Climate activists, part of what’s known as the “Keep It in the Ground” movement, have pivoted from their … Read More

Europe’s Shift to Dark Green Forests Fuels Warming

Europe’s Shift to Dark Green Forests Fuels Warming

An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures. Forest changes have nudged Europe's summer temperatures up by 0.12 degree Celsius (0.2 Fahrenheit) since 1750, largely… Read More

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Water, Water, Everywhere: 2011’s Floods Images from the major floods that struck three countries this week: Australia, Brazil, and Sri Lanka

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