Atmosphere
Major deep carbon sink linked to microbes found near volcano chains  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Up to about 19% more carbon dioxide than previously believed is removed naturally and stored underground between coastal trenches and inland chains of volcanoes, keeping the... more
Clean air for some: Unintended spillover effects of regional air pollution policies  Science Magazine · 8 hours
China has enacted a number of ambitious pollution control policies to mitigate air pollution in urban areas. Unintended side effects of these policies to... more
NASA examines Tropical Cyclone Kenneth in infrared light  PHYS.ORG · 11 hours
The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Kenneth and analyzed the storm in infrared light. more
Rapid destruction of Earth-like atmospheres by young stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 11 hours
The discoveries of thousands of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system has made questions about the potential for life to form on these planets. Fundamentally important for the habitability of a... more
Plant signals trigger remarkable bacterial transformation  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
The cycad Cycas revoluta is a palm-like plant that grows on rocky coastal cliffs in the sub-tropics and tropics. It has a symbiotic relationship with the Nostoc species of bacteria that can convert nitrogen from the... more
Rapid destruction of Earth-like atmospheres by young stars  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
The discoveries of thousands of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system has made questions about the potential for life to form on these planets fundamentally important in modern science. Fundamentally important... more
Why Pluto is losing its atmosphere: winter is coming  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
The ominous warning – "winter is coming", popularised by fantasy series Game of Thrones – applies equally well to Pluto. more
Arctic warming will accelerate climate change and impact global economy  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Carbon released into the atmosphere by the increasing loss of Arctic permafrost, combined with higher solar absorption by the Earth's surface due to the melting of sea ice... more
Chive Media’s out-of-home TV spinoff Atmosphere raises $10M  TechCrunch · 2 days
When Chive Media Group spun out its out-of-home TV business last year, co-founder and CEO Leo Resig said the structure should help the new company, called Atmosphere, raise venture capital. Looks like... more
Scientists create largest collection of coral reef maps ever made  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A study from scientists at the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science offers a new... more
Large-scale forest carbon sequestration could cause food prices to skyrocket  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Paris Agreement calls for reducing greenhouse gases enough to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius from preindustrial levels. This could be done by... more
Arctic warming will accelerate climate change and impact global economy  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Carbon released into the atmosphere by the increasing loss of Arctic permafrost, combined with higher solar absorption by the Earth's surface due to the melting of sea ice... more
Climate change has worsened global economic inequality  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A new Stanford University study shows global warming has increased economic inequality since the 1960s. Temperature changes caused by growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere have enriched cool countries like Norway and... more
Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 status  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle last fall, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters to posthumously upgrade it from a Category 4 storm to a... more
Salt takes a quick step before falling out of water  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
When a drop of sea spray lands on a rock and heats under the midday sun, the salt crystalizes and falls out of the evaporating water as a... more
Fuel cells in bacteria  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The exchange of nitrogen between the atmosphere and organic matter is crucial for life on Earth because nitrogen is a major component of essential molecules such as proteins and DNA. One major route for this exchange, discovered only in the... more
What Earth's Gravity Reveals About Climate Change  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
On March 17, 2002, the German-US satellite duo GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) were launched to map the global gravitational field... more
On This Day in Space! April 18, 2014: LADEE Crashes into the Moon  SPACE.COM · 6 days
On April 18, 2014, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) ended its mission by crashing into the moon. See how... more
Synergy of anthropogenic emissions and atmospheric processes may cause severe haze in northern China  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Regional severe haze in northern China is characterized by exceedingly high concentrations of fine particulate matter and exhibits extensive temporal... more
Solution to riddle of ocean carbon storage  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Research by a team of the world's leading oceanographers has proposed a new explanation for how the ocean absorbs and stores carbon, solving a riddle that has long puzzled scientists. It's well established that... more
Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water From Moon  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, report that streams of meteoroids striking the Moon... more
Predicting the variable ocean carbon sink  Science Magazine · 1 week
Strong decadal variations in the oceanic uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) observed over the past three decades challenge our ability to predict the strength of the ocean carbon sink. By assimilating atmospheric and oceanic observational data... more
ARIEL Data Challenge Series launched to build global community for exoplanet data solutions  nanowerk · 1 week
ARIEL, a mission to make the first large-scale survey of exoplanet atmospheres, has launched a global competition series to find innovative solutions... more
NASA study verifies global warming trends  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study has verified the accuracy of recent global warming figures. The team used measurements of the 'skin' temperature of the Earth taken by a satellite-based infrared measurement system called AIRS (Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder) from... more
How to defend the Earth from asteroids  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The Chelyabinsk meteor caused extensive ground damage and numerous injuries when it exploded on impact with Earth's atmosphere in 2013; to prevent another such impact, scientists plan to use a simple yet ingenious way... more
Meet the first judges for The Europas Awards (27 June) and enter your startup now!  TechCrunch · 1 week
I’m excited to announce that The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups is really shaping up! The awards... more
LADEE Detects Water Molecules from Meteoroid Strikes on Moon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Using data from NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), a team of researchers has discovered that... more
What Earth's gravity reveals about climate change  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
On March 17, 2002, the German-U.S. satellite duo GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) was launched to map the global gravitational field with unprecedented precision. The mission lasted 15 years, more than three times... more
Researchers explore machine learning to automate sorting of microcapsules in real-time  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Micro-encapsulated CO2 sorbents (MECS)—tiny, reusable capsules full of a sodium carbonate solution that can absorb carbon dioxide from the air—are a promising technology for capturing carbon... more
Cometary Surprise Found Inside Meteorite  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
An ancient sliver of the building blocks from which comets formed was discovered encased inside a meteorite like an insect in amber by a Carnegie-led research... more
How inland waters 'breathe' carbon—and what it means for global systems  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
For a long time, scientists evaluating the global carbon cycle considered rivers and streams akin to pipes, channeling carbon and other solutes from the land to... more
How to defend the Earth from asteroids  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A mere 17-20 meters across, the Chelyabinsk meteor caused extensive ground damage and numerous injuries when it exploded on impact with Earth's atmosphere in February 2013. more
Scientists Find Cometary Fragment in Primitive Asteroidal Meteorite  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
A cometary building block has been discovered inside the LaPaz Icefield (LAP) 02342, a carbonaceous chondrite meteorite found in Antarctica... more
Unlocking earth's climate past: A new tracer identifies weathering intensity over time  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Nanjing University have developed a more accurate way to study the global carbon cycle—specifically, one of the... more
Microplastics have even been blown into a remote corner of the Pyrenees  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Microplastics have been discovered in a remote area of the French Pyrenees mountains. The particles travelled through the atmosphere and were blown into the... more
Meteoroid strikes eject precious water from moon  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor, according to researchers using data from NASA's LADEE spacecraft. The findings will help scientists understand the history of... more
Meteoroid strikes eject precious water from moon  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, report that streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor. more
Stardust machine fabricates high quantities of complex nanoparticles  nanowerk · 1 week
At the heart of a new project is the 10 m-long Stardust machine, designed to mimic conditions in the outer atmospheres of red giant stars. In a series of five ultra-high-vacuum chambers,... more
Bridging the gap between radar meteorology/hydrology/engineering and weather prediction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Accurate weather prediction depends on a fundamental understanding of storm dynamics and cloud microphysics and their representation in numerical weather prediction (NWP) models, as well the optimal use of high-resolution... more
It Rains on the Sun (Just Not the Way You Think)  SPACE.COM · 1 week
Astronomers have detected "plasma rain" pouring down over the solar surface, which may explain why the sun's outer atmosphere is so much hotter than the star's... more
First Results from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, and a surprising lack... more
Fireworks of Blue Lightning and Gamma-rays Above Thunderclouds  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
After only one year in space, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) on the International Space Station has given researchers a... more
Jupiter's Atmosphere Heats up under Solar Wind  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
New Earth-based telescope observations show that auroras at Jupiter's poles are heating the planet's atmosphere to a greater depth than previously thought... more
NASA sees El Nino conditions prevail in the Central Pacific Ocean  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An El Niño that began to form last fall has matured and is now fully entrenched across the Pacific Ocean. Changes in sea surface temperatures (SSTs)... more
George Monbiot Q + A – How rejuvenating nature could help fight climate change  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Natural climate solutions let nature do the hard work in the fight against climate change by restoring habitats such as... more
Climate change made the Arctic greener. Now parts of it are turning brown.  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Arctic browning could have far-reaching consequences for people and wildlife, affecting habitat and atmospheric carbon uptake as well as increasing wildfire risk. more
Martian methane mystery: First results from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, and a surprising lack of methane, are among the scientific... more
No nausea for Beth Moses, Virgin's space tourist trainer  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Beth Moses was in the cabin of a Virgin Galactic spaceship when it climbed to 56 miles above California's Mojave Desert on February 22, crossing the boundary of the atmosphere... more
SpaceX Postpones First Falcon Heavy Commercial Launch Due to Strong Wind  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
SpaceX postponed Wednesday what would have been its first commercial launch with the Falcon Heavy rocket, citing strong wind in the upper atmosphere. more
SpaceX postpones first commercial launch due to strong wind  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
SpaceX postponed Wednesday what would have been its first commercial launch with the Falcon Heavy rocket, citing strong wind in the upper atmosphere. more
NASA Launches Two Rockets Studying Auroras  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
NASA successfully launched the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment or AZURE mission on April 5 from the Andøya Space Center in Norway. Two Black... more
SpaceX Postpones Falcon Heavy Launch Due to High Winds  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
SpaceX called off the much-anticipated second launch of its massive Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday (April 10) due to unacceptable upper-atmosphere winds. more
First results from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter  ESA · 2 weeks
New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, and a surprising lack... more
Fireworks of blue lightning and gamma rays above thunderclouds  ESA · 2 weeks
After only one year in space, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) on the International Space Station has given... more
Jupiter's atmosphere heats up under solar wind  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
New Earth-based telescope observations show that auroras at Jupiter's poles are heating the planet's atmosphere to a greater depth than previously thought—and that it is a rapid response to the solar wind. more
Carbon-negative power generation for China  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
If we're going to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, as laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement, it's going to take a lot more than a transition to carbon-neutral energy sources such as... more
Pollen detectives work to predict asthma and hay fever  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The presence of different strains of grass pollen in the atmosphere can help predict when hay fever and asthma could strike, a study involving a University of Queensland researcher has... more
Image: Mars dust devil detail  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Mars may have a reputation for being a desolate world, but it is certainly not dead: its albeit thin atmosphere is still capable of whipping up a storm and, as this image reveals, send hundreds – maybe even... more
Mercury pollution from decades past may have been re-released by Tasmania's bushfires  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Tasmania's bushfires may have resulted in the release of significant amounts of mercury from burnt trees into the atmosphere. Our research shows that industrial... more
Dire future etched in the past: CO2 at 3-million year-old levels  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Planet-warming carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere—at its highest level in three million years—is poised to lock in dramatic temperature and sea level rises over a timescale... more
Scientists discover deep microbes' key contribution to Earth's carbon cycle  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Hydrocarbons play key roles in atmospheric and biogeochemistry, the energy economy, and climate change. Most hydrocarbons form in anaerobic environments through high temperature or microbial decomposition of organic... more
Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere  REUTERS · 3 weeks
The Pentagon said on Thursday that it stood by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's assessment last... more
Deep microbes' key contribution to Earth's carbon cycle  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Hydrocarbons play key roles in atmospheric and biogeochemistry, the energy economy, and climate change. Most hydrocarbons form in anaerobic environments through high temperature or microbial decomposition of organic matter. Subsurface microorganisms can... more
Tracking a supercell thunderstorm across the Great Plains  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The most ambitious drone-based investigation of severe thunderstorms to date will soon be launched by atmospheric scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and three partner institutions: Texas Tech University, the University of... more
Carbon dioxide levels highest in 3 million years, shows unprecedented computer simulation  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
CO2 greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are likely higher today than ever before in the past 3 million years. During this time, global... more
More CO2 than ever before in 3 million years, shows unprecedented computer simulation  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
CO2 levels in the atmosphere are likely higher today than ever before in the past 3 million years. During this time, global... more
Mid-Pleistocene transition in glacial cycles explained by declining CO2 and regolith removal  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Variations in Earth’s orbit pace the glacial-interglacial cycles of the Quaternary, but the mechanisms that transform regional and seasonal variations in solar insolation into... more
Urban heat island: Aerodynamics or imperviousness?  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
More than half of the world’s population now live in cities, which are known to be heat islands. While daytime urban heat islands (UHIs) are traditionally thought to be the consequence of less evaporative cooling in... more
Study looks to iron from microbes for climate help  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Distributing iron particles produced by bacteria could "fertilize" microscopic ocean plants and ultimately lower atmospheric carbon levels, according to a new paper in Frontiers. more
Permian volcanism contributed to atmospheric greenhouse gas content in Antarctica  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The Choiyoi magmatic Province, with an estimated volume of ~1.3 million square kilometers, represents a voluminous Permian subduction-related volcanic episode that has thus far been described only from... more
Permian volcanism contributed to atmospheric greenhouse gas content in Antarctica  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Choiyoi magmatic Province, with an estimated volume of ~1.3 million square kilometers, represents a voluminous Permian subduction-related volcanic episode that has thus far been described only from... more
When storms turn carbon sinks into carbon sources  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Chris Osburn is an associate professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences at NC State. His latest work, published in Geophysical Research Letters, looks at the effect that large, destructive storms –... more
Turn up the volume with this one-day sale on Sony's XB40 Bluetooth speaker  Windows Central · 3 weeks
Would you like some extra bass with that speaker? Best Buy has Sony's XB40 portable Bluetooth speaker on sale for just $99.99.... more
Scientists Find Likely Source of Methane on Mars  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
In the 15 years since a European probe reported traces of the gas in the Martian atmosphere, debate has raged over the accuracy of the readings showing methane. more
Natural climate processes overshadow recent human-induced Walker circulation trends  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that the recent intensification of the equatorial Pacific wind system, known as Walker Circulation, is unrelated to... more
NASA's Mars helicopter passes flight tests video - CNET  CNET · 3 weeks
A vacuum chamber re-created atmosphere and gravity similar to the Red Planet. The helicopter hovered 2 inches off the ground, satisfying test flight requirements for its Mars 2020 mission. more
We've been thinking of how ice forms in cirrus clouds all wrong  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Pores in atmospheric particles allow water to condense, leading to the formation of ice crystals in humid but unsaturated air. This is a new... more
Natural climate processes overshadow recent human-induced Walker circulation trends  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new study shows that the recent intensification of the equatorial Pacific wind system, known as Walker Circulation, is unrelated to human influences and can be explained by natural processes.... more
Rapid global shift to renewable energies can save millions of lives  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Reducing global air pollution can prevent millions of premature deaths according to an international team of scientists, led by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. The... more
Salt's love of water can play a key role in safe CO2 storage  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Subsurface storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the most promising technologies for removing large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.... more
Cutting-edge VLTI Instrument Reveals Details of a Storm-wracked Exoplanet Using Optical Interferometry  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
The GRAVITY instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has made the first direct observation of an exoplanet using optical interferometry. This method... more
Keeping plants nourished: The workings of a photosynthesis backup system  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Photosynthesis is how plants 'make their food' and feed the rest of the planet. The key ingredient in that recipe is carbon. So, the process captures energy from... more
Solar variability weakens the Walker cell  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
An international team of researchers from United Kingdom, Denmark, and Germany has found robust evidence for signatures of the 11-year sunspot cycle in the tropical Pacific. They analyzed historical time series of pressure, surface winds and... more
New carbon dioxide capture technology is not the magic bullet against climate change
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