Entre 1982 y 2009, nuestro planeta ganó 18 millones de kilómetros cuadrados de verde: el equivalente a toda la extensión de América del Sur. Irónicamente, el 70% de esa transformación ecológica se debe a las emisiones de dióxido de carbono que la sociedad tiene que reducir para frenar el cambio climático.
El problema de la contaminación en China es algo que ha existido durante muchos años, pero actualmente está alcanzando niveles críticos y por ello el gobierno asegura que tomará medidas drásticas. Entre sus planes está reducir la emisión de CO2 un 60% para 2020, haciendo énfasis en la industria energética.
Bill Gates está en la Cumbre de París presentando Breakthrough Energy Coalition, un proyecto para el que ha conseguido poner de acuerdo a una treintena de los empresarios más poderosos del mundo. El plan es invertir miles de millones de dólares en el desarrollo de fuentes de energía limpias y baratas.
A new bulletin from the World Meteorological Organization reports that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high in 2014 that could become a ‘permanent reality.’
The authors of stunning new study on climate change in the Middle East start off with a very symmetrical observation: The region that gives the world so much of its fuel could be made dangerously hot by the emissions created by that fuel–unless we as a planet decide to mitigate our CO2 emissions.
El cemento es probablemente el material de construcción más popular del mundo. Ese polvo gris que endurece al mezclarse con agua no es especialmente contaminante, pero el proceso para hacerlo sí. Una nueva técnica abre la puerta a un futuro de cero emisiones para el cemento.
They might look more like candy, but these micro-capsules are rather more special than that. Their shiny shell allows CO2 to pass straight through—where it can be trapped by a liquid held in their core.
This mesmeric animation shows how CO2 travels around the surface of our planet, pushed by winds from its sources to travel around the globe.
One of the staples of time travel stories is the idea that our heroes will visit earlier geological periods in Earth's history. Of course — because they'll want to see dinosaurs with ostrich feathers and giant millipedes. But they generally forget something very important about Earth's past.
A highway overpass is the last place most of us would think to install a farm. But algae, that wonderful little ecological miracle, is different. Since it consumes sunlight and CO2 and spits out oxygen, places with high emissions are actually the perfect growing area. Which is why this overpass in Switzerland has its…
El CO2, al que se le atribuía la peor parte del llamado Efecto Invernadero, es un chiste comparado con el PFTBA o perfluorotributilamina, un nuevo compuesto de origen industrial. El PFTBA se produce, por ejemplo, en instalaciones industriales eléctricas, sus emisiones no están reguladas, y es 7.000 veces más dañino…
On Friday the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put its collective foot down about global warming. It's happening and it's our fault. But as with any issue that affects all of humanity, the most important question is what's gonna happen to you? Will you have to give up air conditioning? Will the song "White…
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has this morning a landmark report which places the blame for climate change squarely at the feet of humankind.
Plants grown and sustain themselves through photosynthesis—a seemingly invisible process that converts sunlight into energy. Now, NASA scientists have developed a way to measure photosynthesis from satellites with unprecedented detail.
Have you ever noticed that near the end of a long meeting in a sealed conference room everyone's a little sleepy? It obviously has nothing to do with your clipart-filled PowerPoint slides—it's actually related to a build-up of CO2 making it hard for everyone to think and concentrate. It's an unfortunate by-product of…
The amygdala is popularly referred to as the brain's "fear center," due to the central role it plays in regulating the body's fear response. So pivotal is this small, almond-shaped structure's involvement, that S.M. (a woman whose amygdala has been ravaged by a rare condition known as Urbach–Wiethe disease), has been…
In 2010, New York City pumped out 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. That figure's close to meaningless for most of us, though—so here's what it would look like if you could actually see it.
Streaming is fast becoming the way most of us consume media, whether it's music, TV of film. But caught up by the sheer convenience of it all, it's easy to forget to question its environmental impacts. Could streaming actually be bad for the planet?
There's a never-ending stream of scientific explanations for obesity. The latest suggests that CO2 contributes to our weight gain and that as we pump more of it in to the atmosphere, the fatter we become. But can that really be the case?
According to the research of one Remco Suer, mosquitoes might somehow be attracted to the bacteria in your sweat-soaked feet. That means finding a way to isolate these odors could reduce their nuisance and even slow the spread of disease.