The plastic problem isn’t separate from climate change.
Plastic has become a major part of the carbon cycle, a discovery that has implications for how we tackle climate change.
The UK's marshes, bogs and fens provided the bare necessities of daily life for many centuries.
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It depends on where and how it's grown, and how it is disposed of or recycled.
Warmer temperatures cannot increase the amount of carbon deciduous trees absorb in each growing season, a new study suggests.
The updated methods are providing a clearer picture of how Earth and its inhabitants evolved over the past 60,000 years - and thus, providing new insight into its future.
The age of a forest can influence how effectively it offsets our emissions.
Weathering of rocks like these basalt formations in Idaho triggers chemical processes that remove carbon dioxide from the air.
To avoid global warming on a catastrophic scale, nations need to reduce emissions and find ways to pull carbon from the air. One promising solution: spreading rock dust on farm fields.
Tree planting projects that use non-native trees risk releasing more carbon back into the atmosphere, undermining efforts to fight climate change.
Earth's has gone through major climate changes in the past. They happened on time scales of millions of years and triggered mass extinctions. Our emissions are changing the climate much faster.
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'Black carbon' from rainforest fires is settling on glaciers and making them melt faster, according to new research.
A lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Lakes are the final resting place for many of the Earth's plants – and these organic graveyards are about to get a whole lot busier.
Rapid population growth and increased consumption are now seen as the main drivers of environmental changes.
Discussions about climate change often skirt around the issue of population growth, but it is the main driver of rising carbon dioxide levels and many other environmental changes on a planetary scale.
Droplets rising from the Champagne vent on the ocean floor in the Mariana Islands. Fluids venting from the site contain dissolved carbon dioxide.
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Thousands of years ago, carbon gases trapped on the seafloor escaped, causing drastic warming that helped end the last ice age. A scientist says climate change could cause this process to repeat.
Vast 'underwater meadows' would lock up lots of carbon.
Carbon dioxide flux over China, measured by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite.
New data from a NASA satellite show in unprecedented detail the flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Future satellites should even be able to detect the signatures of individual power stations.
March for Science, Washington, D.C., April 29, 2017.
Why is it so hard to reach consensus about how to slow climate change? Multiple time lags get in the way: some make it hard to convey the risk, while others prolong the search for solutions.
Pollution has increased carbon in our soils - which is good for climate change. But this carbon may not stay there for long.
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Scientists want to exploit a natural process of carbon storage.
Dry period in semi-arid central Australia.
Extreme wet years are getting wetter and more common. This means Australia's terrestrial ecosystems will play a larger role in the global carbon cycle.
Forests and other land-based carbon stores held onto more carbon during colder historical climates.
When temperatures dipped between 1500 and 1750, the world's landscapes responded by storing more carbon. Now, with temperatures climbing, it's possible they will do the opposite and release even more.