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Bakken Oil Field emitting roughly 2% of Earth's ethane, says new report 2 May 2016

Bakken Oil Field emitting roughly 2% of Earth's ethane, says new report

New research in Geophysical Research Letters and partially funded by CPO's AC4 program found that the Bakken Formation, an oil and gas field in North Dakota and Montana, is responsible for roughly 2 percent of the globe's ethane--about 250,000 tons per year. 

Semi-arid regions may be key to understanding and predicting variations in the land CO2 sink 10 June 2015

Semi-arid regions may be key to understanding and predicting variations in the land CO2 sink

Terrestrial ecosystems pull about one-fourth of anthropogenic CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere per year, serving as a sink for CO2 since industrialization.

The Chemistry of Atmospheric Brown Carbon 3 April 2015

The Chemistry of Atmospheric Brown Carbon

A team of scientists partially funded by CPO's Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, & Climate (AC4) program published a Chemical Reviews article on the chemistry of atmospheric "brown carbon,"-- the atmospheric aerosol contributing to the brown color of smoggy air.

Pollution in urban vs. oil and gas producing regions 2 April 2015

Pollution in urban vs. oil and gas producing regions

A multi-institution collaboration of scientists, including those from NOAA/ESRL/CSD and those partly funded by CPO/AC4 program has resulted in an interesting study comparing the origins of similar levels of formic acid (a potential precursor to aerosols) in very different environments.

Direct measurements of methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania 9 December 2014

Direct measurements of methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania

New research supported by the Climate Program Office's Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, & Climate (AC4) program was published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science on Dec. 8, 2014.

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