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  • Learning from 'little monsters'
    on July 19, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    By studying deep and shallow water zones of streams and their resident invertebrates, researcher reveals mysteries of fresh water life. […]

  • Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Oil biodegradation inhibited in deep-sea sediments
    on July 19, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Degradation rates of oil were slower in the dark and cold waters of the depths of the Gulf of Mexico than at surface conditions, according to an international team of geoscientists trying to understand where the oil went during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. […]

  • Sudden cold weather may increase stroke mortality
    on July 19, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Study conducted in Southern Hemisphere's subtropical zone detects correlation between drop in temperature and rise in deaths from stroke, especially among women and older people. […]

  • Ozone pollution in US national parks close to that of largest US cities
    on July 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    The research matched pollution data to monthly park visitation statistics at 33 heavily visited national parks and found that visitation responds most to ozone during months with poor air quality. […]

  • Allergies: Mugwort pollen as main source of airborne endotoxins
    on July 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Different airborne substances can cause respiratory problems for asthma sufferers. These include bacteria and their components, which can trigger inflammations. How they become airborne has not been fully explained up to now. A team has now shown that pollen from the mugwort plant is the main vector for bacteria and that this combination renders the pollen more aggressive. This is not the case in certain Alpine regions. […]

  • Bacteria engineered to create fertilizer out of thin air
    on July 16, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Researchers have created a bacteria that uses photosynthesis to create oxygen during the day, and at night, uses nitrogen to create chlorophyll for photosynthesis. This development could lead to plants that do the same, eliminating the use of some -- or possibly all -- human-made fertilizer, which has a high environmental cost. […]

  • Using 'shade balls' in reservoirs may use up more water than they save
    on July 16, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Preventing reservoir evaporation during droughts with floating balls may not help conserve water overall, due to the water needed to make the balls. […]

  • Particulate matter increases drought vulnerability of trees
    on July 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Particulate matter deposits on leaves increase plant transpiration and the risk of plants suffering from drought. Particulate matter could thus be contributing more strongly to tree mortality and forest decline than previously assumed. This is suggested by results from a greenhouse study, in which tree seedlings grown in almost particulate matter free air or in unfiltered air were compared. […]

  • New tool to calculate 'nitrogen footprint' offers guide to pollution reduction
    on July 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Researchers have helped create the first tool to calculate the 'nitrogen footprint' of an organization. The tool will provide a guide to sustainability and pollution reduction for daily activities such as food consumption, travel and energy use. […]

  • Better methods improve measurements of recreational water quality
    on July 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    The concentration of enterococci, bacteria that thrive in feces, has long been the federal standard for determining water quality. Researchers have now shown that the greatest influences on that concentration are the quantity of mammalian feces in the water, and the numbers of enterococci that glom onto floating particulate matter. […]

  • New study reveals Ulsan, South Korea, is exposed to yearlong toxic fine dust
    on July 13, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    A new study offers decisive proof that South Korea's Ulsan city is affected by toxic substances contained in fine dust particles, regardless of the season. […]

  • South Korea's polluted river basin
    on July 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    A new study shows that even though water quality has improved in South Korea's Han River basin since the 1990s, there are still higher-than-acceptable levels of pollutants in some of the more urbanized regions in and around the capital Seoul. […]

  • Living in greener neighborhoods is associated with slower cognitive decline in elderly
    on July 11, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Contact with greenspace is known to have beneficial effects for mental health. A new study suggests that it may also play a positive role against cognitive decline in elderly. In particular, this research shows that the loss in cognitive functions expected as part of the aging process is slightly slower in people who live in greener neighborhoods. […]

  • Different strategy of cycling teams in escape attempts
    on July 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    A new study based on wind tunnel research on a peloton of 121 cyclists may explain why so few 'breakaways' in professional cycling races, like this year's Tour de France, are successful. […]

  • California's cap-and-trade air quality benefits mostly go out of state
    on July 10, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    California has one of the world's most progressive cap-and-trade designed to reduce greenhouse gases. Yet in disadvantaged communities, emissions of those pollutants has actually gone up. […]

  • Livestock feed accurately predicts toxic chemicals in food
    on July 10, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Scientists have tracked the presence of a class of synthetic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which were once a popular additive to increase fire resistance in consumer products such as electronics, textiles, and plastics. […]

  • Asian residents are exposed to 9 times more air pollution than Americans or Europeans
    on July 10, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Asian car drivers are exposed to nine times more pollution than their European and American counterparts, a comprehensive study has found. […]

  • Pulse of the polar vortex revealed: A key to mapping future storms
    on July 10, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    If you can predict the path of the jet stream, the upper atmosphere's undulating river of wind, then you can predict weather -- not just for a week or two, but for an entire season. A new study moves toward that level of foresight by revealing a physical link between the speed and location of the jet stream and the strength of the polar vortex, a swirl of air that usually hovers over the Arctic. […]

  • Stripes may be cool -- but they don't cool zebras down
    on July 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Biologists refute the theory that zebras have striped fur to stay cool in the hot sun. That hypothesis is wrong, according to new research. […]

  • Spiders go ballooning on electric fields
    on July 5, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    The aerodynamic capabilities of spiders have intrigued scientists for hundreds of years. Scientists have attributed the flying behavior of these wingless arthropods to 'ballooning', where spiders can be carried thousands of miles by releasing trails of silk that propel them up and out on the wind. However, the fact that ballooning has been observed when there is no wind to speak of, when skies are overcast and even in rainy conditions, raises the question: how do spiders take off with low levels of aerodynamic drag? […]

  • Oxygen loss in the coastal Baltic Sea is 'unprecedentedly severe'
    on July 5, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    The Baltic Sea is home to some of the world's largest dead zones, areas of oxygen-starved waters where most marine animals can't survive. But while parts of this sea have long suffered from low oxygen levels, a new study shows that oxygen loss in coastal areas over the past century is unprecedented in the last 1,500 years. […]

  • In a warming world, could air conditioning make things worse?
    on July 3, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    As climate change continues to push summer temperatures ever higher, the increased use of air conditioning in buildings could add to the problems of a warming world by further degrading air quality and compounding the toll of air pollution on human health, according to a new study. […]

  • Air pollution contributes significantly to diabetes globally
    on June 30, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    New research links outdoor air pollution -- even at levels deemed safe -- to an increased risk of diabetes globally, according to a new study. The findings raise the possibility that reducing pollution may lead to a drop in diabetes cases in heavily polluted countries such as India and less polluted ones such as the United States. […]

  • Summer dead zones in Chesapeake Bay breaking up earlier
    on June 27, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    A new study shows that dead zones in the lower Chesapeake Bay are beginning to break up earlier in the fall, which may be an indication that efforts to reduce nutrient pollution to the Bay are beginning to make an impact. Scientists found that dead zones in the lower part of the Chesapeake Bay are getting smaller in the late summer thanks to a late-season replenishment of oxygen, a natural response to decreasing nutrient pollution. […]

  • City-level action is the right way to tackle emissions, study shows
    on June 27, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Countries seeking to meet Paris Agreement targets on CO2 emissions must get a grip on the amount of pollution produced at city level, according to researchers. The researchers set out a framework for gathering and analyzing local information about how cities contribute to pollution levels, and show how these insights could be used to target climate mitigation initiatives most effectively. […]

  • New results of Deepwater Horizon research to protect marine life against future oil spills
    on June 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Researchers have completed a comprehensive study, creating baseline data for the Gulf of Mexico's entire marine ecosystem. […]

  • Nanomaterials could mean more algae outbreaks for wetlands, waterways
    on June 25, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    The last 10 years have seen a surge in the use of tiny substances called nanomaterials in agrochemicals like pesticides and fungicides. The idea is to provide more disease protection and better yields for crops, while decreasing the amount of toxins sprayed on agricultural fields. But when combined with nutrient runoff from fertilized cropland and manure-filled pastures, these 'nanopesticides' could also mean more toxic algae outbreaks for nearby streams, lakes and wetlands, researchers report. […]

  • New study explains Antarctica's coldest temperatures
    on June 25, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica's ice sheet reach temperatures of nearly -100 degrees Celsius, according to a new study. The finding could change scientists' understanding of just how low temperatures can get at Earth's surface, and how it happens, according to the researchers. […]

  • Exposure to air pollution in pregnancy does not increase symptoms of attention-deficit
    on June 25, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    A study of 30,000 children from seven European countries found no association between prenatal exposure to air pollution and symptoms of attention-deficit and hyperactivity. […]

  • 'Green'-feed: Industrial microbes could feed cattle, pigs, chicken
    on June 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Today, producing feed for pigs, cattle and chicken causes immense impacts for the climate and the environment. In the future, animal feed production is likely to be shifted from croplands to large-scale industrial facilities as it could bring both financial and environmental benefits. Replacing 2 percent feed with protein-rich microbes could decrease agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, global cropland area and nitrogen losses by over 5 percent. […]