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Aug. 8, 2016
As Peat Bogs Burn, a Climate Threat Rises
Kristyn Housman grabbed the end of a sampling auger, a steel tube that two colleagues had just drilled into a moss-covered hummock in a peat bog, and poked through a damp, fibrous plug of partly decomposed peat. >

July 6, 2016
NASA Flights to Track Greenhouse Gases Across Eastern US
This month, NASA begins an airborne experiment to improve scientists’ understanding of the sources of two powerful greenhouse gases and how they cycle into and out of the atmosphere. >

June 13, 2016
Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone
Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study. >

April 25, 2016
United States absorbed carbon dioxide despite a drought
The warm spring of 2012 in the U.S. caused plants to absorb more carbon, thereby compensating for reductions during the subsequent summer drought, researchers have demonstrated. >

March 16, 2016
Trees Deal With Climate Change Better Than Expected
The bend-don’t-break adaptability of trees extends to handling climate change, according to a new study that says forests may be able to deal with hotter temperatures and contribute less carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than scientists previously thought. >

Feb. 26, 2016
Consumers care about carbon footprint
How much do consumers care about the carbon footprint of the products they buy? Would they care more if the goods were labeled with emissions data? >

Feb. 25, 2016
How Northern European waters soak up carbon dioxide
The seas around the UK and the rest of northern Europe take up a staggering 24 million tonnes of carbon each year. >

Feb. 24, 2016
New climate model better predicts changes to ocean-carbon sink
Since pre-industrial times, the world's oceans have absorbed 41 percent of the carbon dioxide humans have released into the atmosphere. The remainder stays airborne, warming the planet. >

Feb. 22, 2016
Antarctic ice sheet is more vulnerable to carbon dioxide than expected
Results from a new climate reconstruction of how Antarctica's ice sheets responded during the last period when atmospheric carbon dioxide reached levels like those expected to occur in about 30 years, plus sediment core findings reported in a companion... >

Jan. 7, 2016
A carbon sink that can't be filled
Forests can store as much as 45 percent of the world's terrestrial carbon, making them a critical part of the process of regulating climate change. >

Jan. 4, 2016
Melting of massive ice 'lid' resulted in huge release of carbon dioxide at the end of the ice age
A new study of how the structure of the ocean has changed since the end of the last ice age suggest that the melting of a vast 'lid' of sea ice caused the release of huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. >

Dec. 7, 2015
Warm nights could flood the atmosphere with carbon under climate change
A new study suggests that hotter nights may wield more influence than previously thought over the planet's atmosphere as global temperatures rise -- and could eventually lead to more carbon flooding the atmosphere. >

Nov. 12, 2015
As Earth Warms, NASA Targets 'Other Half' of Carbon, Climate Equation
Carbon dioxide from wildfires and urban sources blankets the Northern Hemisphere. Credit: NASA/GSFC/GMAO >

Nov. 12, 2015
Seven Case Studies in Carbon and Climate
Every part of the mosaic of Earth's surface -- ocean and land, Arctic and tropics, forest and grassland -- absorbs and releases carbon in a different way. >

Oct. 29, 2015
Excitement Grows as NASA Carbon Sleuth Begins Year Two
Scientists busy poring over more than a year of data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission are seeing patterns emerge as they seek answers to the science questions that drive the mission. >

Sept. 15, 2015
As "good" as it gets
The common adage “good things will come to those who wait” cannot ring truer than for NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission and team members. A little more than a year after launch, the team is proud to make their first milestone in demonst >

Aug. 7, 2015
Great plains agricultural greenhouse gas emissions could be eliminated
Researchers from the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University and their partners have completed a historical analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. Great Plains that demonstrates the potential to completely eliminate agricultu >

Aug. 6, 2015
U.S. carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low
Heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday. >

Aug. 5, 2015
Feds: US heat-trapping carbon dioxide pollution from power plants drops to lowest since 1988
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Energy Department says heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April. >

Aug. 5, 2015
The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here
The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen — and much faster than climate scientists expected >


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