Atmospheric

How Urban Trees Increase Ozone

Though the trend has been to listen to environmental claims about the benefits of trees in cities, in science they have a well-established dark side: in urban cities, they produce a lot of ground-level ozone, the very thing environmentalists spent decades ...

Article - News Staff - May 18 2017 - 8:59am

Can't Sleep? Blame Air Pollution

Tablet and phone marketing executives can sleep well tonight. While those devices are commonly blamed for recent sleep problems, beams of pure digital energy shot straight into the eyeballs will do that, a new paper seeks to shore up the failing claim that ...

Article - News Staff - May 22 2017 - 7:03am

Organic Food Leads To Surge In Manure Methane Emissions

The realization that livestock like cows are ruminants- and produce a lot of methane while chewing- was a real boon to vegetarian activists because they got to say curbing meat would mean less global warming. Methane has 23X the warming power of the more p ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 29 2017 - 9:33am

Exploding Stars: How Atmospheric Ions Cloud Climate Change Studies

Cosmic rays from supernovae can influence Earth´s cloud cover and how that influences climate could be useful for making better models. A new study shows how atmospheric ions, produced by the energetic cosmic rays raining down through the atmosphere,help t ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 19 2017 - 6:30am

California's Cap-And-Trade Is Great- For Other States

Five years ago, California set out to be a world leader in adopting ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and created the world's fourth-largest carbon-trading program. Not bad for one state. Except it isn't helping the state, it is subsidiz ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 11 2018 - 10:44am

The Cooling Effect Of Historic Wildfires

Historically, large atmospheric events like fires and volcanic eruptions have had cooling effects. It is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", for example, part of which was inspired by the gloom from a volcanic eruption th ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 9 2018 - 2:05pm

Centralized Energy Will Be Better For Emissions And Health In Poor Countries- Even If It's Coal

In countries that have embraced centralized energy and migrated away from individual cooking with dung or wood, both public health and the emissions have improved. So why not pay for all developed countries to switch? The World Bank wanted to do that half ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 27 2018 - 6:13am

Global Warming Could Lead To Global Beer Shortages By 2100

Beer, the most popular alcoholic drink in the world, consumes around 17% of global barley production, but this share varies across major beer-producing countries; 83% in Brazil to 9% in Australia. What if global warming hits and temperatures rise more than ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 15 2018 - 10:00am

Space Weather Has A Bigger Impact Than Many Realize, Better Forecasting Will Help

Space weather and its changes to earth's magnetic fields has an outsized impact in Arctic regions through effects on electricity networks, mining operations and shipping. A new technique called Fractional Derivative Rate (FDR) published in Space Weath ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 11 2019 - 10:41am

European Air Is Clean, But Diesel Black Carbon Could Be An Issue For Respiratory Issue Sufferers On These Streets

Air in England, the United States and most of Europe is now cleaner than it's been in over a century, but you wouldn't know that if you read populist epidemiology claims, which have redefined pollution from PM 10, dangerous soot like black carbon ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 1 2019 - 1:37pm