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  • Right kind of collaboration is key to solving environmental problems
    on August 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Society's ability to solve environmental problems is tied to how different actors collaborate and the shape and form of the networks they create, says a new study. […]

  • Measuring global biodiversity change
    on August 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    A new article shows how Essential Biodiversity Variables can be produced to measure biodiversity change at a global scale. […]

  • Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Scientists have explored alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change. […]

  • Probiotics help poplar trees clean up contaminated groundwater
    on August 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Researchers have conducted the first large-scale experiment on a Superfund site using poplar trees fortified with a probiotic -- or natural microbe -- to clean up groundwater contaminated with trichloroethylene, or TCE. […]

  • 'Inefficient' sailing fleet keeps oyster fishery alive
    on August 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Oyster stocks in a Cornish fishery are sustained thanks to 'inefficient' traditional fishing methods, new research suggests. […]

  • New technique offers clues to measure the deoxygenation of the ocean
    on August 9, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    The living, breathing ocean may be slowly starting to suffocate. More than two percent of the ocean's oxygen content has been depleted during the last half century, according to reports, and marine 'dead zones' continue to expand throughout the global ocean. This deoxygenation, triggered mainly by more fertilizers and wastewater flowing into the ocean, pose a serious threat to marine life and ecosystems. […]

  • Marine reserves a solution to bycatch problem in oceans
    on August 7, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study. […]

  • The ocean's fastest shark is being threatened by over fishing
    on August 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Study using satellite-tagged shortfin mako sharks shows mortality rates have been dramatically underestimated. […]

  • How to pave over our big (cigarette) butt problem
    on August 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Cigarette butts are toxic for the environment. Encapsulating them into asphalt traps the chemicals in the filters and improves the performance of the construction material. […]

  • Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
    on August 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Small vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) possess the ability to effectively operate in the presence of high turbulent flow, which makes them ideal energy harvesting devices in urban and suburban environments. In a new article, researchers present results indicating that an optimally designed VAWT system can financially compete with fossil-fuel based power plants in urban and suburban areas, and even spearhead the development of a net-zero energy building or city. […]

  • Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
    on August 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    A new study counters the view that tropical forests were pristine natural environments prior to modern agriculture and industrialization. Moreover, humans have in fact been having a dramatic impact on such forest ecologies for tens of thousands of years, through techniques ranging from controlled burning of sections of forest to plant and animal management to clear-cutting. […]

  • Understanding how fishers fish on coral reefs can inform fishery management strategies
    on July 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    A study of spearfishing on a Caribbean coral reef illustrates how understanding the process of fishing can help in developing management strategies to address overfishing and coral reef protection worldwide. Understanding which fish are targeted, when, why and where in a coral reef habitat, are important details that extend beyond catch limits or even bans that so often define fishing regulations. […]

  • Circles in the sand reveal boating damage to marine biodiversity
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    New findings highlight the need for boating activities along the UK's beautiful coastlines to be conducted in a more environmentally friendly manner. […]

  • Project to save the Belize coast provides valuable framework
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    A coastal zone management plan designed to safeguard Belize's natural assets has produced a win-win opportunity for people and the environment, providing a valuable framework for other coastal nations around the world where overfishing, development, and habitat degradation are increasingly serious problems. […]

  • Scientists identify optimal areas for conservation and agriculture in the tropics
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    A team of researchers has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use. The team examined deforestation activities of more than 50 countries in the tropics between 2000 to 2012, and identified regions where deforestation is most and least beneficial. […]

  • Turning dirty tinfoil into biofuel catalyst
    on July 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    A researcher has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminium foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems. […]

  • New membranes help reduce carbon dioxide emission
    on July 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Scientists are developing membranes for an efficient separation of gasses, to use for the production of oxygen or hydrogen, for example. […]

  • People and wildlife now threatened by rapid destruction of Central America's forests
    on July 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Central America's largest remaining forests are disappearing at a precipitous rate due to illegal cattle ranching, oil palm plantations, and other human-related activities, all of which are putting local communities and the region's wildlife species at high risk, explains a new report. […]

  • A new optimization model could bring higher solar-power integration
    on July 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    With numerous installations of solar power systems for residential homes, there is a challenge to balance supply and demand to make these intermittent energy sources reliable. Demand response is one promising way to increase operational flexibility and energy efficiency, and researchers have incorporated scenarios in case studies based on 100 urban low-voltage network samples to learn more. […]

  • Symbiosis: Butter for my honey
    on July 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Textbooks tell us that, in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses, the host plant supplies its fungal symbionts solely with sugars, in return for inorganic nutrients. New findings now show that lipids are also on the menu. […]

  • Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
    on July 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Studies of naturally carbonated mineral water have given scientists insight on how to locate hot water springs -- potential sources of sustainable geothermal energy. […]

  • More than 8. 3 billion tons of plastics made: Most has now been discarded
    on July 19, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study. […]

  • Global hotspots for potential water conflict identified
    on July 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction, fueling the potential for increased water conflict between some countries. […]

  • Ecological underpinnings of rural poverty
    on July 14, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    A first-of-its-kind effort to examine the ecological drivers of rural poverty combines economic, ecological and epidemiological models. The lessons learned could inform interventions to lift people out of poverty. […]

  • Unabated climate change would reverse the development gains in Asia, report suggests
    on July 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report. […]

  • Extreme coastal sea levels more likely to occur, new data, advanced modeling techniques suggest
    on July 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Improving projections for how much ocean levels may change in the future and what that means for coastal communities has vexed researchers studying sea level rise for years, but a new international study that incorporates extreme events may have just given researchers and coastal planners what they need. The study uses newly available data and advanced models to improve global predictions when it comes to extreme sea levels. […]

  • A steady pulse: Ocean vital signs are stable, but bill of health isn't clean, concludes a multiyear...
    on July 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    For perhaps the first time ever, the world's oceans have a health record -- and it's revealing clues about what might be behind symptoms of ocean improvements or declines alike. […]

  • Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
    on July 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Biofuels like the ethanol in US gasoline could get cheaper. They've demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a new study. […]

  • Engineers find way to evaluate green roofs
    on July 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Green infrastructure is an attractive concept, but there is concern surrounding its effectiveness. Researchers are using a mathematical technique traditionally used in earthquake engineering to determine how well green infrastructure works and to communicate with urban planners, policymakers and developers. […]

  • Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials
    on July 5, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Over 7 million tons of mollusc shells are discarded by the seafood industry each year as unwanted waste -- and the vast majority of these shells are either thrown in landfills or dumped at sea. Researchers are looking at environmentally and economically sustainable options for these biomaterials. […]