April 16, 2015

7:42 PM | Court Hears Arguments Surrounding EPA Power Plant Rule
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments Thursday in a set of cases (Murray Energy v. EPA andWest Virginia v. EPA) challenging the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. There was skepticism from at…

April 13, 2015

10:24 PM | NASA’s Curiosity Rover Has Discovered Liquid Water Below the Surface of Mars
For years, scientists thought that the freezing temperatures and extremely dry climate on Mars made it impossible for liquid water to exist there. Now, all that has changed. New measurements taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover indicate that there is actually liquid water just below the Martian surface. “The evidence so far is that any water would be in the form of permafrost. It’s the first time we’ve had evidence of liquid water there now,” says Andrew […]

April 09, 2015

6:13 PM | Frozen Soils Could Become Major Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Thawing permafrost in the Artic and sub-Arctic regions will likely produce a gradual and prolonged release of large quantities of greenhouse gases spanning decades as opposed to an abrupt release in a decade or less, says a new study published in the journal Nature. As the Earth’s climate continues to warm, researchers are working to [...]

April 06, 2015

3:30 PM | Microbes Are Partly To Blame For Arctic’s Melting Permafrost
The whole idea behind the term permafrost, is that it is a permanently frozen layer of soil. Perma = Permanent, Frost = Brrr. Perma + Frost = You aren't getting warm again…
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