Oceans becoming less effective carbon sinks

A new analysis of the oceans' ability to absorb carbon has concluded that climate change is hampering their ability to act as a carbon sink.

Global warming may help trees store more carbon

It's been known for a while that global warming speeds the decomposition of organic matter in soil, speeding up carbon dioxide release.

Team improves supercapacitor performance for better energy storage

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a greatly enhanced supercapacitor, improving energy storage in everything from energy grids and electric cars to consumer electronics.

Thawing permafrost to release vast quantities of carbon

Up to two-thirds of Earth's permafrost will probably disappear by 2200, say scientists, unleashing vast quantities of carbon into the atmosphere.

2010 drought could presage end of Amazon carbon sink

Two 'once-in-a-century' droughts have hit the Amazon rainforest in just five years, scientists say, removing the region's ability to act as a carbon sink.

Carbon sequestration could cause earthquakes

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) underground could trigger earthquakes, a Stanford geophysicist warns.

The diamond as big as a planet

It's a long way to go, but it could be worth it: most of the rocks on an odd gas giant 1,200 light years away could be made of diamond, astronomers say.

Recession triggers cut in carbon emissions

The world economic recession appears to have been responsible for a fall in global emissions of carbon dioxide betweem 2008 and 2009.

Strange magma eruptions could affect world's climate

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have observed the Earth's crust forming in an entirely unexpected way — and one that could affect the world’s climate.

Carbon sequestration could poison water supplies, study finds

Carbon sequestration - much touted as a cure-all for unsustainable levels of polluting emissions - could increase contaminants in drinking water ten-fold, a new study has found.

Government report backs controversial carbon sequestration plans

Despite concern that it's ineffective and potentially dangerous, a government task force has concluded that there's no reason carbon sequestration shouldn't be introduced on a large scale within the next ten years.

Buckyballs found for the first time in space

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered the spherical carbon molecules known as 'buckyballs' in space for the first time.

Developed world 'outsourcing' carbon emissions

Europe is effectively outsourcing a third of its carbon emissions overseas, according to a new study.