Environment News

Mon, 01/30/2017
“There’s no question that carbon dioxide is the biggest contributor to human-caused climate change, so that’s the big focus of mitigation efforts. But there are a number of others that are also significant,” says Jessika Trancik, the Atlantic Richfield Career Development Associate Professor in Energy Studies at MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society.
When hearing the words “greenhouse gas,” most people think immediately of carbon dioxide. This is indeed the greenhouse gas that is currently producing the greatest impact on the Earth...
Mon, 01/23/2017
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We’ve all either seen pictures of cities shrouded in smog or actually been somewhere where it was difficult to breathe because of all of the pollution in the air. We’re all aware...
Wed, 11/23/2016
The Sahara is the largest source of windblown dust to the Earth’s atmosphere. But researchers from MIT, Yale University, and elsewhere now report that the African plume was far less dusty...
Thu, 07/28/2016
It stands to reason in a healthy environment that prey should always vastly outnumber the predators that eat them. But researchers reporting in Current Biology on July 28 have found that sometimes,...
Thu, 07/28/2016
Even if people completely stopped converting tropical forests into farmland, the impacts of tropical deforestation would continue to be felt for many years to come. That's the conclusion of...
Thu, 03/31/2016
If someone had suggested ten years ago that drones would be the next hot item, they would have been called crazy. After all — drones are military technology, right? Also called unmanned aerial...
Thu, 09/24/2015
Fluctuating sea levels and global cooling caused a significant decline in the number of crocodylian species over millions of years, according to new research. Crocodylians include present-day...
Thu, 08/27/2015
Each spring, powerful dust storms in the deserts of Mongolia and northern China send thick clouds of particles into the atmosphere. Eastward winds sweep these particles as far as the Pacific, where...

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