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Trees Emit Natural Aerosols That Seed Clouds

Researchers uncover processes behind the creation and evolution of natural aerosols, small atmospheric particles free from the influence of pollution, that can seed cloud formation. From Carnegie Mellon…



Evidence Of An Ice Age On Mars

Scientists discover evidence of an ice age on Mars from space probe radar imagery of the Martian north pole. Data reveal information about climate change….


El Niño Ends: Stand By For La Niña

El Niño ends as tropical Pacific Ocean returns to neutral and climate models suggest La Niña is likely to form during the June–August period, according to…






Earth’s Albedo Is Stable Says Study

New data on the variability of the Earth’s reflectance – its albedo – over the last 16 years has been published in Geophysical Research Letters. The…


Atmospheric Aerosols Can Cool Climate

Climate engineering using atmospheric aerosols could lead to significant cooling to help offset climate change, according to a new study – but it would still mean greenhouse…







Poor Countries Will Suffer Extreme Heat First

Poor countries will bear the brunt of climate change and experience extreme heat on a daily basis sooner than developed nations despite emitting least carbon dioxide, according to a new…





Bacterial Ocean Life Stabilises Climate

Tiny specks of ocean life, from the bacterial group Pelagibacterales, thought to be among the most abundant organisms on Earth, plays an important function in the stabilisation…


Farms Main Source Of Aerosol Air Pollution

Farms are the dominant source of fine particulate air pollution across much of the world, according to new research.  Ammonia from heavily fertilized fields and livestock…




Young Forests Capture Lots Of Carbon

Carbon capture is substantial in secondary tropical forests, according to a new study. Regeneration helps reach global climate mitigation and forest restoration goals. So just protecting natural…



Pacific Carbon Dioxide Mystery Solved

Researchers solve one of the great scientific mysteries of the ice ages concerning Pacific carbon dioxide: what happened to the carbon-rich water from the depths of the…


Wild Fires: More People, Fewer Fires

We have thought that climate change increases the number of wild fires. But a study shows that in large parts of the world, however, the total area…



NASA Urges CSIRO To Keep Aerosol Monitors

Australia’s Fairfax Media is reporting that US space agency NASA has appealed to Australia not to close down an atmospheric aerosol monitoring network as part…