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Totten Glacier

Antarctic glacier melt could raise sea level by 3m

24 May 16 - One of Antarctica’s great glaciers could become unstable if global warming continues at the present pace.

Student finds way to make use of dumped plastic

Lionel Taito-Matamua

20 May 16 - A New Zealand student has come up with a plan to recycle waste plastic in Pacific nations using 3-D printers.

South joins North in breaching carbon dioxide milestone

Cape Grim, Tasmania

18 May 16 - The background atmospheric carbon dioxide levels measured at Cape Grim on Tasmania’s northwest coast have officially passed the 400 parts per million mark.

April hottest ... and that makes seven months in a row

17 May 16 - April this year was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records. The latest figures smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever recorded.

RISING SEAS: It all depends on your neighbourhood

13 May 16 - The world’s sea level is expected to rise by up to 82cm by the end of the century. Some areas of the world, such as the north-east coast of North America and the Western Pacific, will be more affected than others.

Rainstorms whip up airborne dust problem

12 May 16 - Researchers have identified an unexpected generator of the fine organic dust that blows in the wind. They blame it on raindrops.

Can we save the algae biofuel industry?

10 May 16 - Algal biofuels are in trouble. This alternative fuel source could help to reduce overall carbon emissions without taking land from food production, like many crop-based biofuels do.

Cow-gas fix no silver bullet for us, says researcher

9 May 16 - A new feed-supplement shown in trials to cut methane emissions from dairy cows by 30 per cent is exciting, but no silver bullet for New Zealand, says the head of the research consortium charged with...

Why scientists must challenge poor media reporting

4 May 16 - Ocean acidification is causing fundamental and dangerous changes in the chemistry of the world’s oceans yet only one in five Britons has even heard of ocean acidification, let alone believes it a...

Scientists see the future in natural resources

2 May 16 - From creating transparent wood for solar panels or windows to turning carbon dioxide and plant waste into plastic bottles, scientists are finding ingenious ways to sidestep fossil fuels.

How ancient warm periods can help to predict climate change

28 Apr 16 - Several more decades of increased carbon dioxide emissions could lead to melting ice sheets, mass extinctions and extreme weather becoming the norm. We can’t yet be certain of the exact impacts, but...

Soil could save Earth from overheating

19 Apr 16 - New research shows that changing the way we farm and manage soils so they store carbon rather than lose it would help to avoid dangerous climate change.

Scientists to join forces on 1.5C climate report

15 Apr 16 - Scientists from around the world will contribute to a major UN report on how global temperatures can be held to a rise of 1.5degC and what the impact might be on sea level rises, the bleaching of...

Blame burning fossil fuels for most sea-level rise

15 Apr 16 - Global average sea level has risen by about 17 cm between 1900 and 2005. This is a much faster rate than in the previous 3000 years.

If our ecosystems are threatened, let’s move them

12 Apr 16 - Picking up and moving entire ecosystems at risk of being wiped out by climate change is a technique that has already been used to deal with other human impacts - at the Stockton mine on the West...

Drought-ravaged California is feeling the pressure

11 Apr 16 - Scientists say that storms carrying desperately needed water to California are being diverted by a band of high pressure that coincides with rainfall and temperature extremes.

Plants find cool response to warming

6 Apr 16 - Everyone can breathe just a little easier about the future according to research predicting that warming may mean plants expel less carbon dioxide.

Scientists crack secrets of wood-based glass

4 Apr 16 - Swedish researchers have developed a transparent wood-based material that could be used in future to make biodegradable windows and photovoltaic panels.

Nasa readies green fuel to drive its spacecraft

Nasa's Green Propulsion Spacecraft

1 Apr 16 - Nasa says its first “green” rocket fuel will be ready for use next year.

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