Tuesday, November 21, 2017
 
New NOAA-led study measures soot from North Dakota  flaring in oil and gas fields

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New NOAA-led study measures soot from North Dakota flaring in oil and gas fields

Flaring produces an estimated 4 tons of black carbon per day, not considered significant for climate

In the lonely reaches of northwestern North Dakota and across the border into Saskatchewan, the vast Bakken oil field hosts extensive activities to extract both crude oil and natural gas. Business is booming—production increased by 30 percent between May 2013 and May 2014. More than a quarter of the total gas produced from the Bakken operations can’t be processed fast enough, though, and the common industry practice is to flare it—burn it off as it is vented to the atmosphere. Jutting 30 feet upward like enormous lit matchsticks, the flares pose a new question for atmospheric scientists: What do the flares put into the air? A new NOAA-led study has produced the first direct measurements of how much black carbon—a major component of airborne particles that are commonly referred to as soot —is emitted by the Bakken flaring operations.

New study explains wintertime ozone pollution in Utah oil and gas fields

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New study explains wintertime ozone pollution in Utah oil and gas fields

Chemicals released into the air by oil and gas exploration, extraction and related activities can spark reactions that lead to high levels of ozone in wintertime, high enough to exceed federal health standards, according to new NOAA-led research, published online today in Nature.
New study finds direct evidence of summer climate change

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New study finds direct evidence of summer climate change

In many parts of the world, summers just aren't what they were a generation or two ago. Summer climates in some places are changing—mostly, but not always, warming—according to a new analysis of 90 years of observational data.
New study gives first independent confirmation of global land warming

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New study gives first independent confirmation of global land warming

A new observational study that did not use temperature recordings from land stations has confirmed global land warming.

New study: Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms

Monday, April 22, 2013

New study: Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms

As our planet is warming, not only have Earth’s climate zones begun to shift – the pace of change is expected to accelerate, according to a new study led by the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado.

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