How Farmers Could Mitigate Nitrous Oxide Emissions

Farmers may be able to help reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) by incorporating copper into crop fertilisation processes – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Global agricultural emissions of the gas have increased by 20 per cent in the last century as a result of widespread use of nitrogen-based synthetic fertilizers. But new research into the processes of nutrient cycling published today reveals how farmers could mitigate the effects of this harmful…

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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Reach Record 36 Billion Tonnes in 2013

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes – according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA). The 2.1 per cent rise projected for 2013 means global emissions from burning fossil fuel are 61 per cent above 1990 levels, the baseline year for the Kyoto…

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IKEA to Install Solar Panels on Future Miami Store in Sweetwater

Array to be south Florida’s largest structure IKEA today announced solar energy is planned for its Miami-Dade-area store under construction in Sweetwater, FL. Pending permits, installation of solar panels on the store’s roof will begin in several months, with completion by grand opening in Summer 2014. The array will be the largest such installation in South Florida. Combined with rooftop arrays in Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise, this fourth solar project will keep IKEA as the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.…

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CleanWorld’s Sacramento BioDigester Named “International Bioenergy Project of the Year”

Sacramento anaerobic digestion facility places first, edging out 16 projects in global competition Monday night was a momentous occasion for CleanWorld, the US anaerobic digestion company that has drawn global attention to Northern California for its success in developing, building, and operating proprietary, US-made technologies that produce renewable natural gas and bioelectricity from food and organic waste. Competing against a field of sixteen applicants representing bioenergy projects across the globe, CleanWorld received the highly sought “International Bioenergy Project of the…

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Livermore researchers find tie between global precipitation and global warming

The rain in Spain may lie mainly on the plain, but the location and intensity of that rain is changing not only in Spain but around the globe. A new study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists shows that observed changes in global (ocean and land) precipitation are directly affected by human activities and cannot be explained by natural variability alone. The research appears in the Nov. 11 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Emissions of…

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Princeton study: Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western US

Understanding our interconnected and interdependent world: In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires. The researchers report in the Journal of Climate that an Amazon stripped bare could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal Northwest and…

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Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests

A new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming. The findings, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, have important implications for conservation since there are now many re-growing forests in South and Central America. The new study is the first large-scale analysis of the recovery of both plant biodiversity and carbon pools in re-growing forests. Over half…

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