New theory on how Earth’s crust was created

Conventional theory holds that all of the early Earth's crustal ingredients were formed by volcanic activity. Now, however, earth scientists have published a theory...

Growth of East Antarctic Ice Sheet was less than previously suggested

Scientists have known for over a decade that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been losing mass and contributing to sea level rise.

Antarctic study shows central ice sheet is stable since milder times

Central parts of Antarctica's ice sheet have been stable for millions of years, from a time when conditions were considerably warmer than now, research...

New technology measures small-scale currents that transport ocean plastics, oil spills

Researchers have developed a new technology to measure the currents near the ocean's surface that carry pollutants such as plastics and spilled oil.

Battered Earth revived by mineral weathering after mass extinction

Bedrock of Earth got severely beaten up by hothouse climate conditions during one of planet’s mass extinctions some 200 million years ago. But the...

Biofuel pays for itself with goods made from waste

A recent discovery may unlock the potential of biofuel waste -- and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum. The researchers solved the structure of...

Snow in Hawai’i: What does the future hold?

Researchers, led by climate modelers, used satellite images to quantify recent snow cover distributions patterns on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, Hawai'i. They developed...

Noise created by humans is pervasive in US protected areas

Anthropogenic, or human-caused, noise pervades many US protected areas and habitats of endangered species, but is rarely managed as a threat in these highly...

Current climate change measurements mask trade-offs necessary for policy debates

Scientists and policymakers use measurements like global warming potential to compare how varying greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, contribute to climate change....

Policies to curb short-lived climate pollutants could yield major health benefits

A commitment to reducing global emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane and black carbon could slow global warming while boosting public...

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New research, December 24-31, 2018

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. Climate change Temperature, precipitation, wind Trend analysis of climate time series: A review of methods (open access) Strong...

Angola’s oil dependency thwarted its exit from the group of poorest nations

Graduation from the UN group of least developed countries is usually seen as a win, but Angola deferred the move after oil exports plummeted...