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Trash Burning Worldwide Significantly Worsens Air Pollution

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Unregulated trash burning around the globe is pumping far more pollution into the atmosphere than shown by official records. A new study led by NCAR estimates that more than 40 percent of the world’s garbage is burned in such fires, with emissions that can substantially affect human health and climate.

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Geologist Discovers Natural Methane Seepage in an Unlikely Place

New questions about geology, oceanography and seafloor ecosystems are being raised because of research by a Mississippi State University geologist.

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Climate Clues: Sunlight Controls the Fate of Carbon Released From Thawing Arctic Permafrost

Just how much Arctic permafrost will thaw in the future and how fast heat-trapping carbon dioxide will be released from those warming soils is a topic of lively debate among climate scientists.

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Colorado State University Hosts Cookstove Testing Marathon as Part of Climate Study

Colorado State University is hosting an intensive laboratory testing campaign for biomass cookstoves this month as part of a $1.5 million study on the air quality, climate and health effects of cookstove smoke.

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No One-Size-Fits-All Approach in a Changing Climate, Changing Land

As climate change alters habitats for birds and bees and everything in between, so too does the way humans decide to use land. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Aarhus University in Denmark have, for the first time, found a way to determine the potential combined impacts of both climate and land-use change on plants, animals and ecosystems across the country.

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Study: World's Primary Forests on the Brink

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An international team of conservationist scientists and practitioners has published new research showing the precarious state of the world’s primary forests.

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Story Ideas From NCAR: Seasonal Hurricane Forecasts, El Niño/La Niña, Wind Energy, and More

Researchers at NCAR and partner organizations are making significant headway in predicting the behavior of the atmosphere on a variety of fronts. Highlights include improving weather forecasts, advancing renewable energy capabilities, helping satellites avoid space debris, and estimating the risk of a crop slowdown due to climate change.

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A Global Temperature Conundrum: Cooling or Warming Climate?

When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently requested a figure on global temperature trends for its annual report, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Zhengyu Liu knew that was going to be a problem. Liu and his colleagues describe a consistent global warming trend over the course of the Holocene counter to a study published last year.

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Helping Farmers Adapt to Changing Growing Conditions

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Spring rains that delayed planting and a cool summer have farmers concerned about whether their corn will reach maturity before the first frost. Two new online decision-making tools available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Useful to Usable research project will help, according to state climatologist and South Dakota State University associate professor Dennis Todey. Farmers are producing crops under more variable conditions, so these tools can be critical to both food safety and the farmers’ economic survival.

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Innovations with Far-Reaching Potential for the Environment and Health 


The Kavli Foundation Lecture series features two prominent scientists: one in the booming area of ionic liquids, the other in medical materials. The former has made a novel compound with the potential to lower the energy it takes to capture carbon dioxide. The latter has engineered tissues and medical materials such as a stretchy glue that could transform surgery. They are presenting at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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