Curbing climate change: carbon storage is good, forests are oft-times better

If it ain’t broken, don’t replace it with a powerplant.

Grasslands could overtake forests as the most reliable carbon sink ecosystems

But this doesn’t mean we should stop focusing on forests — on the contrary.

The Milky Way seems to be full of toxic ‘space grease’

The universe is stickier than scientists used to think.

Ancient volcanism shows our emissions can trigger a mass marine extinction

Ancient volcanism offers a glimpse into the future effects of climate change.

Help win the war (for our planet) by planting a Climate Victory Garden

Fighting climate change is as easy as growing some food!

Trump Administration shuts down CO2 monitoring program, as greenhouse gas levels skyrocket

It’s a damn shame.

Pee, Poop, and Perspiration Will Be Useful in Traveling to Mars

Astronauts’ waste will not be wasted.

Silicon-based life on Earth? Only artificially, so far — but maybe natural on other planets

A team of researchers forced bacteria to create carbon-silicon bonds, and their experiment showcases why life on our planet chose carbon.

“Felting” carbon nanotubes could finally allow us to use the wonder-material at large

Carbon nanotubes are one of the most promising materials humanity is looking into today — problem is, they tend to break when mixed with anything else.

Hard-pressed by humans, rainforests lost their ability to act as carbon sinks

Instead, they now release around 8% of global emissions.

Exotic carbon molecule has six bonds, breaking the four-bond limit

This molecule doesn’t play by the rules.

Australian researchers develop harder-than-diamond artificial diamond

Blinging hard!

Comprehensive study finds that sustainable eating could save the planet

Cutting down on meat could drastically reduce global warming.

Scientists coax bacteria towards silicon-based life

Silly bacteria, carbon-based life is best life!

NASA prepares mission to intercept asteroid

NASA is preparing for a potentially game-changing mission: intercepting an asteroid and bringing a sample back home.

Transportation takes lion share of carbon emissions in U.S. after 40 years — both good and bad news

Basically, it’s because coal is done and gone.

Google used DeepMind to cut their electricity bill by a whopping 15%

That adds up to a lot of money.

Trees trade carbon through their roots, using symbiotic fungi networks

A forest’s trees capture carbon not only for themselves, but also engage in an active “trade” of sorts with their neighbors, a new study found. University of Basel botanists found that this process, conducted by symbiotic fungi in the forest’s soil, takes place even among trees of different species.

Taking a look into Mercury’s dark secrets

When the MESSENGER spacecraft found carbon rich material on Mercury, researchers were surprised and couldn’t quite explain the source. Now, they believe that the material may be the remnants of a primordial graphite crust, which would also explain why Mercury looks darker than expected.

Scientists find new phase of carbon at room-temp that’s harder than diamond

To make diamonds, the industry typically resorts to subjecting graphite to immense pressure and temperature, which makes production volumes low and costly. This paradigm is about to change, since researchers at North Carolina State University found a new phase for carbon called Q-carbon, produced at ambient temperatures and pressure. This is surprisingly close to diamond in structure, with the added benefit of exhibiting a couple of unique properties.