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23 Nov 2018

Could an anti-global warming atmospheric spraying program really work?

A program to reduce Earth’s heat capture by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere from high-altitude aircraft is possible, but unreasonably costly with current technology, and would be unlikely to remain secret. Those are the key findings of new research published today in Environmental Research Letters, which looked at the capabilities and costs of various methods...

11 Oct 2018

‘Sentinels of the sea’ at risk from changing climate

Climate change’s effect on coastal ecosystems is very likely to increase mortality risks of adult oyster populations in the next 20 years. That is the finding of a new study led by the University of Nantes, the LEMAR (the Marine Environmental Science Laboratory) in Plouzané and the Cerfacs (European center for research and advanced training...

06 Sep 2018

IOP adds Environmental Research Communications to its journal lineup

IOP Publishing is launching Environmental Research Communications (ERC) as the newest addition to its journal portfolio. ERC is an inclusive open access journal for the rapid publication of high-quality research in all areas of environmental science. Holly Young, ERC’s Publisher at IOP Publishing, said: “We are very excited about the launch of Environmental Research Communications....

22 May 2018

Electric vehicles could help save billions on energy storage

Using electric vehicles (EVs) as mobile power storage could eliminate the need to build costly stationary grid storage for energy from renewable sources. That is the key finding of a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California, published this month in Environmental Research Letters. Using California as a case study,...

03 Apr 2018

‘Dieselgate’ impacted climate as well as human health

Improved diesel technology, combined with generally better fuel economy, has led to the widespread belief that diesel vehicles are more environmentally friendly than their petrol counterparts. But a new study shows diesel cars with ‘defeat devices’ may have no environmental benefit over petrol cars. The research looked at the on-road driving impact of Volkswagen (VW)...

08 Feb 2018

Reports of coal’s terminal decline are premature

Rapid expansion of coal power plants in Turkey, Indonesia and Vietnam – Climate targets need active policy While fewer new coal-fired power plants are now being built in China and India, the planned expansion in the use of coal in fast-growing emerging economies, such as Turkey, Indonesia and Vietnam, will in part cancel out the...

20 Dec 2017

Action needed now to save forest area the size of India

An area of forest the size of India will be lost by 2050 unless carbon pricing and anti-deforestation policies are put in place. That is the primary finding of a new study carried out by researchers from the Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, published today in Environmental Research Letters....

13 Dec 2017

More ambitious climate targets could save coastal ecosystems

The difference between the Paris climate agreement’s two alternative temperature targets – 1.5°C (2.7°F) and 2.0°C (3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels – may be the difference between life and death for some coastal ecosystems threatened by sea-level rise. That is a key finding of new research from Tufts University, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the Potsdam Institute...