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Microbial mats in Shark Bay, Western Australia, similar to those that lived around 200 million years ago. Yalimay Jimenez Duarte WA-OIGC, Curtin University

How chemical clues from prehistoric microbes rewrote the story of one of Earth’s biggest mass extinctions

The end-Triassic mass extinction was a cataclysm for the world's prehistoric species, killed off by volcanoes that altered Earth's seas and skies. But new research shows it didn't happen when we thought.
Sukree Sukplang/Reuters

Emissions of methane – a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide – are rising dangerously

In Australia, methane emissions from fossil fuels are rising due to expansion of the natural gas industry, whereas agriculture emissions are falling.
Compost awaiting distribution at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s Rancho Las Virgenes compost facility, Calabasas, Calif. Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

City compost programs turn garbage into ‘black gold’ that boosts food security and social justice

Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
The Cape Grim observatory, home of the ‘world’s cleanest air’… and rising greenhouse gases. CSIRO

Why there’s more greenhouse gas in the atmosphere than you may have realised

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are at 414 parts per million. But thanks to a recalculation of methane's warming power, the total amount of greenhouse gases is now equivalent to more than 500.

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