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Southern Ocean confirmed as strong carbon dioxide sink

Southern Ocean confirmed as strong carbon dioxide sink

A new study published this week in the journal Science estimates the Southern Ocean absorbs 550 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere per year, confirming its role as a significant carbon sink.

December 3, 2021 0 Comments
Atmospheric carbon dioxide rebounds as global pollution rates approach pre-Covid levels

Atmospheric carbon dioxide rebounds as global pollution rates approach pre-Covid levels

November 5, 2021 0 Comments
Urban areas across the U.S. are undercounting methane emissions, a new study shows

Urban areas across the U.S. are undercounting methane emissions, a new study shows

An eight-year study of Boston’s natural gas system has revealed that emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are significantly higher than previously estimated.

October 28, 2021 0 Comments
Researchers head to the mountains to improve weather and water forecasting tools

Researchers head to the mountains to improve weather and water forecasting tools

A new NOAA-led study of precipitation high in the Colorado Rockies aims to give water managers better forecasts for runoff in the critically important Colorado River Basin. 

October 20, 2021 0 Comments
This solar geoengineering idea has a Goldilocks problem

This solar geoengineering idea has a Goldilocks problem

Marine cloud brightening, a geoengineering approach to cooling the surface of the Earth by increasing the reflectivity of marine clouds, may be more difficult to execute than anticipated, according to a new NOAA study. 

October 13, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA’s new uncrewed glider poised to help vastly increase high-altitude research

NOAA’s new uncrewed glider poised to help vastly increase high-altitude research

NOAA scientists are testing a reliable, low-tech, uncrewed glider that can return a small payload of scientific instruments from the stratosperhere to a pre-determined landing spot, potentially opening up vast new reaches of the atmosphere to scientific investigation. 

October 7, 2021 0 Comments
A new way to measure how Arctic plant communities respond to climate change

A new way to measure how Arctic plant communities respond to climate change

NOAA scientists have devised a new way to monitor how Arctic plants and soil are responding to increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. 

August 16, 2021 0 Comments
Fragrant consumer products a key source of ozone-forming pollution in New York City

Fragrant consumer products a key source of ozone-forming pollution in New York City

New research from NOAA finds that fragrant personal care products - the stuff that makes you smell good - are now responsible for a significant amount of the ozone pollution known as smog that plagues major urban areas.

August 3, 2021 0 Comments
Low-oxygen waters off Washington, Oregon coasts risk becoming large 'dead zones'

Low-oxygen waters off Washington, Oregon coasts risk becoming large 'dead zones'

A large area of poorly oxygenated water is growing off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Scientists say oxygen levels may fall low enough to create "dead zones." 

July 21, 2021 0 Comments
Deforestation, warming flip part of Amazon forest from carbon sink to source

Deforestation, warming flip part of Amazon forest from carbon sink to source

New results from a nine-year research project in the eastern Amazon rainforest finds that significant deforestation in eastern and southeastern Brazil turned what was once a forest that absorbed carbon dioxide into a source of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions.

July 14, 2021 0 Comments
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