Surprising: NASA's Global visualization in 3D of Carbon Dioxide in Earth's Atmosphere

From NASA Goddard via the OCO-2 Satellite Carbon dioxide is the most important greenhouse gas released to the atmosphere through human activities. It is also influenced by natural exchange with the land and ocean. This visualization provides a high-resolution, three-dimensional view of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015.…

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Dueling press releases: Plants have been helping to offset climate change, but now it’s up to us

Our previous story, Study suggests increased atmospheric CO2 creates a 30% growth in plant photosynthesis during last two centuries look almost entirely different than this press release from the CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE on the very same study. Plants have been helping to offset climate change, but now it’s up to us Findings affirm estimates used in…

Study suggests increased atmospheric CO2 created a 30% growth in plant photosynthesis during last two centuries

From the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – MERCED and the “CO2 is plant food, but, it’s still terrible department” (see text) Research shows global photosynthesis on the rise Plant photosynthesis was stable for hundreds of years before the industrial revolution, but grew rapidly in the 20th century, according to new research published today in Nature. “Virtually…

Where did the 2016 El Niño's heat come from?

Guest essay by Mike Jonas 1. The basic physics 2016 was claimed as the “hottest year ever”. Well, the hottest for a few centuries, anyway, if the global temperature measures are to be believed. Let’s suppose that they are. It is known that 2016 was an El Niño year, and that the “hottest year ever”…

CO2, Good or Bad?

Guest essay by Andy May This version corrects an error in the average concentration of water vapor in the atmosphere. The Earth’s dry atmosphere is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 0.9% argon. These are not greenhouse gases and they total 99.9%, leaving little space for the greenhouse gases methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor. The…

Serendipity yields a process to convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.,—In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. Video follows. “We discovered…