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In a recent op-ed, grad student Lauren Oakes reviewed research on the environmental hazards of the plastic microbeads commonly found in facewash.

March 3, 2014

A review of more than 200 earlier studies confirms that U.S. emissions of methane are considerably higher than official estimates. Leaks from the nation's natural gas system are an important part of the problem. This finding has important implications for natural gas as a possible replacement fuel for coal.

February 21, 2014

A surprising new report in Science concludes that switching buses and trucks from traditional diesel fuel to natural gas could actually harm the planet’s climate.

February 13, 2014

Scientists figured out a way to use ocean waves to simulate the ground motion that occurs in real earthquakes, and they’ve confirmed that Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable to a large quake along the southern San Andreas Fault.

January 24, 2014

Fishing vessels that follow icebreakers into the Antarctic sea ice run the risk of getting stuck, writes Cassandra Brooks.

January 13, 2014

Based in Spain, the BBVA Foundation selected Prof. Chris Field to receive its Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change

January 10, 2014

Grad student Daniel Swain explains the role of a persistent mass of warm air over the north Pacific Ocean, which he's dubbed the "ridiculously resilient ridge", in California's extreme dry spell.

January 9, 2014

The journal Nature chose Chris Field as one of five people to watch in 2014 for his work on the upcoming IPCC report on climate change.

December 19, 2013

An abandoned mine in California is providing scientists with important data that could lead to a possible new weapon to fight global warming.

December 11, 2013

The international magazine Foreign Policy selected Prof. David Lobell as one of 100 "Leading Global Thinkers," in good company with others including founder Jeff Bezos, New York Times writer and author Thomas Friedman, and Pope Francis. Lobell was cited for helping farmers feed the world.

December 11, 2013

Noah Diffenbaugh and five other tornado experts cowrote an op-ed that aims to set the record straight about tornadoes.

December 3, 2013

Sally Benson thinks that if done the right way, the United States can achieve its goal of reducing its dependence on greenhouse gas emitting energy sources by 80 percent.

December 3, 2013