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New Species of Microbes That ‘Breathe’ Sulfate Discovered Under Ocean Crust

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Large freshwater aquifers can be found under the porous crust of Earth’s oceans. Though it has been difficult to obtain aquifer samples for study without contaminating the sample or the source with the ocean’s saltwater, it has been predicted that they contain as much as 1/3 of the world’s biomass. A new study into these aquifers has revealed a new species of microbes that Continue reading New Species of Microbes That ‘Breathe’ Sulfate Discovered Under Ocean Crust

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Five Ways Chemicals Can Save The World From Climate Change

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When it comes to the environment, the chemical industry doesnt have the best reputation. Yet it has a vital role to play in developing technological solutions to help save us from climate catastrophe, and could create significant opportunities for global economic development at the same time.

1. Energy storage and transport

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California’s Drought Likely The Worst In 1,200 Years

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California has been experiencing a drought since 2012, which is the worst that has been recorded in the last century. But how does it compare to droughts that occurred before human weather records? Though droughts in California aren’t particularly rare, a recent study has found that this drought is the most intense that has occurred in the area over the last 1,200 years. The research was performed by Daniel Griffin and Kevin Anchukaitis of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and their paper w Continue reading California’s Drought Likely The Worst In 1,200 Years

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Incredible Time-Lapse Video Shows All Of 2015’s Wild Weather

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Last year was a pretty busy year forweather presenters. Not only was it the hottest year on record, it also saw the likes of Hurricane Patricia and an exceptionally powerful El Ni Continue reading Incredible Time-Lapse Video Shows All Of 2015’s Wild Weather

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Our Taste For Meat And Dairy Is Risking Climate Goals

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When you pick up that bacon double cheeseburger with a side of six chicken nuggets and a vanilla milkshake, your first thought is probably not “perhaps I shouldn’t eat this; it’s bad for the environment.” But maybe it should be, because our lack of awareness about the environmental impacts of livestock could be preventing us from reaching climate targets, a <a href="http://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/field/field_document/20141203LivestockClimateChangeBaileyFroggattWell Continue reading Our Taste For Meat And Dairy Is Risking Climate Goals

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Medieval Warm Period Not So Warm In Greenland

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Glacier remnants indicate that Greenland was substantially colder when the Vikings settled it a thousand years ago than it is today. The findingundercuts the perception that Greenland was colonized because the climate was relatively inviting at the timea belief that has been given great weight by those disputing evidence for global warming.

In Science Advances, Columbia University’s Professor Nicolas Youngreports on the berylliumsamples he collectedfrom boulde Continue reading Medieval Warm Period Not So Warm In Greenland

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Prospects Revived For Life Around Low-Mass Stars

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The climate of planets in close orbit around low-mass stars may be more like Earth than previously thought, according to a new study, potentially greatly expanding the chance of life existing around some of the sun’s nearest neighbors.

When we look into the sky, most of the stars we see are brighter and more massive than the sun. That’s just selection bias though. Most of the stars in the galaxy are low-mass red dwarfs. Within 15 light-years, Continue reading Prospects Revived For Life Around Low-Mass Stars