Ocean acidification puts deep-sea coral reefs at risk of collapse

Deep-sea coral reefs face challenges as changes to ocean chemistry triggered by climate change may cause their foundations to become brittle, a study suggests.

Effective pathway to convert CO2 into ethylene

The scientists developed nanoscale copper wires with specially shaped surfaces to catalyze a chemical reaction that reduces greenhouse gas emissions while generating ethylene --...

Turbulence affects aerosols and cloud formation

Turbulent air in the atmosphere affects how cloud droplets form. New research in a cloud chamber changes the way clouds, and therefore climate, are...

The persistence of plastic

The amount of synthetic microfiber we shed into our waterways has been of great concern over the last few years, and for good reason:...

Biologists developing global citizen network to monitor insect abundance

Biologists are building a volunteer network of citizen scientists to help monitor the abundance of dragonflies and damselflies.

Colorado’s famous aspens expected to decline due to climate change

Using computer modeling, researchers simulated how the distribution of quaking aspen, a native tree known for its brilliant yellow and orange foliage in fall...

Marine animals live where ocean is most breathable, ranges may shrink with climate change

New research shows that a wide variety of marine animals -- from vertebrates to crustaceans to mollusks -- already inhabit the maximum range of...

Coconut rhinoceros beetle makes unexpected ‘host shift’ to Guam’s cycad trees

Researchers have documented what biologists call a 'host shift' of the coconut rhinoceros beetle in Guam. The beetle, first documented as an invasive species...

Researchers ask: how sustainable is your toothbrush?

Researchers have examined the sustainability of different models of the most commonly used oral health product - the toothbrush - to ascertain which is...

Siberia’s permafrost erosion has been worsening for years

The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet. As a result, permafrost that is thousands of years old is now...

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