Atmospheric drying will lead to lower crop yields, shorter trees across the globe

A global observation of an ongoing atmospheric drying -- known by scientists as a rise in vapor pressure deficit -- has been observed worldwide...

Researchers develop improved recycling process for carbon fibers

The process retains properties of fibers at a higher rate than previous methods, demonstrating a retention strength of up to 90 percent. Recycling of...

‘Island of Rats’ recovers

A coordinated conservation effort that removed rats from Hawadax Island, formerly known as 'Rat Island,' has become a new example of how ecosystems can...

Novel hydrogen fuel purification membrane paves the way for greener future

Hydrogen is a clean source of fuel, but its purification has been challenging until now. Now, a group of scientists has found a solution...

Research shows we’re surprisingly similar to Earth’s first animals

The earliest multicellular organisms may have lacked heads, legs, or arms, but pieces of them remain inside of us today, new research shows. According...

Unique sensor network for measuring greenhouse gases

Munich is home to the world's first fully automated sensor network for measuring urban greenhouse gas emissions based on ground-based remote sensing of the...

Switzerland’s energy transition

Can Switzerland, as planned, cut its CO2 emissions to zero by 2050? Researchers have investigated what measures would be necessary to achieve this reduction...

Irrigation management key for bioenergy production to mitigate climate change

To avoid a substantial increase in water scarcity, biomass plantations for energy production need sustainable water management, a new study shows. Bioenergy is frequently...

New ‘split-drive’ system puts scientists in the (gene) driver seat

New research describes novel achievements designed to make the implementation of gene drives safer and more controllable. The new split drive and home-and-rescue systems...

Coastal changes worsen nuisance flooding on many U.S. shorelines

Nuisance flooding has increased on U.S. coasts in recent decades due to sea level rise, and new research has uncovered an additional reason for...

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