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Did underground explosions create Titan’s lakes?

The lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan are filled with liquid methane, not water, and some are surrounded by steep rims. A new study suggests these features might have been caused by explosions of warming nitrogen, which created Titan’s lake basins long ago.

Are We Overestimating How Much Trees Will Help Fight Climate Change?

Bob Marra navigated his way to the back of a dusty barn in Hamden, Connecticut, belonging to the state’s Agricultural Experiment Station.  There, past piles of empty beehives, on a wall of metal shelves, were stacks of wooden disks —…

AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see weather disasters worsening – The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly three-quarters of Americans see weather disasters, like Hurricane Dorian, worsening and most of them blame global warming to some extent, a new poll finds. And scientists say they’re right. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs…

Plant gene discovery could help reduce fertilizer pollution in waterways

(Boyce Thompson Institute) Excess phosphorus from fertilized cropland frequently finds its way into nearby rivers and lakes, resulting in a boom of aquatic plant growth, plunging oxygen levels in the water, fish die-offs and other harmful effects. Researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute have uncovered the function of a pair of plant genes that could help farmers improve phosphate capture, potentially reducing the environmental harm associated with fertilization. The work was published in Nature Plants.

UMich Wants To Fight Climate-Change ‘Myths’ On FaceBook Using Its Guidelines

(h/t Raining Sky) A recent effort by the University of Michigan aims to prevent the spread of what the institution has deemed “fake news” about climate change. Researchers there hope to stop the spread of “myths” that cause people to…

Using artificial intelligence to track birds’ dark-of-night migrations

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Cornell University have unveiled a machine learning system called ‘MistNet’ to extract bird data from the radar record and to take advantage of the treasure trove of bird migration information in the decades-long radar data archives.

U.S. Fracking Boom Likely Culprit in Rapid Rise of Global Methane Emissions

The boom in U.S. shale gas and oil production may have ignited a significant global spike in methane emissions blamed for accelerating the pace of the climate crisis, according to research.  Scientists at Cornell University have found that the “chemical…

Life on other planets may glow like coral to protect itself from an angry sun

Every now and then, astronomers looking for alien life will spot a planet that checks a lot of boxes. Is it in the “Goldilocks zone” — in other words, does it orbit not too far and not too close from…

Climate change: fracking may be doing more damage than we thought – Vox.com

As greenhouse gases go, methane gets less attention than carbon dioxide, but it is a key contributor to climate change. Methane doesn’t stay in the atmosphere as long as CO2 and is reabsorbed into terrestrial cycles via chemical reactions within…