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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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Economic Downturn Helps Climate—a Bit
6 April 2009 11:30 am
In the department of silver linings in very gloomy clouds come news that carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants dropped 3% last year due to the recession.
It's certainly not the first time that economic changes have had big and perhaps unexpected effects on carbon emissions. Projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have proved far too optimistic when it comes to greenhouse gas pollution in the developing world. In that case, models predicted slower than actual economic growth in the developing world.
The new emissions data from the United States, culled from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are, by contrast, lower than expected. But it's not really good news for the climate because greenhouse gas emissions from power plants are up 4.5% since 1998.