Warming global temperatures may not affect carbon stored deep in northern peatlands
Deep stores of carbon in northern peatlands may remain stable despite rising temperatures, according to a team of researchers from several U.S.-based institutions. And that is good news for now, the researchers said.
Global Carbon Budget: Fossil fuel CO2 emissions growth nearly flat; atmospheric concentration continues to rise
The latest annual Global Carbon Budget shows the growth of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel use is likely to be nearly flat for the third year in a row, with fewer emissions from coal burning a possible factor. Even with that slowdown, however, atmospheric CO2 continues to climb—growing by a record high of 23 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2015 and projected to grow 25 Gt in 2016.
New study of water-saving plants advances efforts to develop drought-resistant crops
As part of an effort to develop drought-resistant food and bioenergy crops, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered the genetic and metabolic mechanisms that allow certain plants to conserve water and thrive in semi-arid climates.
Melissa Allen: The atmosphere’s the limit
Melissa Allen, an aspiring scientist in the Climate Change Science and the Urban Dynamics Institutes, is guided by her curiosity and is inspired to pursue what she loves – music, flying and climate science. And she credits her family and many mentors who have helped her along the way.