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  • '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. […]

  • Light pollution a reason for insect decline
    on June 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Climate change, pesticides and land use changes alone cannot fully explain the decline in insect populations in Germany. Scientists have now discovered that regions that have experienced a sharp decline in flying insects also have high levels of light pollution. Many studies already suggest that artificial light at night has negative impacts on insects, and scientists should pay greater attention to this factor when exploring the causes of insect population declines in the future. […]

  • Reduction in sulfur emissions from power plants in China
    on June 19, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Air pollution has smothered China's cities in recent decades. In response, the Chinese government has implemented measures to clean up its skies. But are those policies effective? Now scholars show that one of China's key antipollution laws is indeed working -- but unevenly, with one particular set of polluters most readily adapting to it. […]

  • Overuse of agricultural chemicals on China's small farms harms health and environment
    on June 19, 2018 at 2:25 am

    The size of farms in China is a key contributor to the overuse of agricultural chemicals, and as a result they may be too small to be environmentally sustainable, a new study has found. […]

  • Meeting Paris climate targets will require a substantial reallocation of global investment
    on June 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    A new analysis by an international team of scientists shows that low carbon investments will need to markedly increase if the world is to achieve the Paris Agreement aim of keeping global warming well below 2°C. […]

  • Orange, tea tree and eucalyptus oils sweeten diesel fumes
    on June 15, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Waste oil from orange, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil production mixed with diesel provides a sweet-smelling biofuel blend with comparable performance to diesel-only fuel. […]

  • New method makes weather forecasts right as rain
    on June 15, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Meteorologists have known for some time that rainfall forecasts have flaws, as failure to take into account factors such as evaporation can affect their accuracy. Now, researchers have developed a system that improves the precision of forecasts by accounting for evaporation in rainfall estimates, particularly for locations 30 miles or more from the nearest National Weather Service radar. […]

  • Plants open their pores and scientists strike gold
    on June 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Plants containing the element gold are already widely known. The flowering perennial plant alfafa, for example, has been cultivated by scientists to contain pure gold in its plant tissue. Now researchers have identified and investigated the characteristics of gold nanoparticles in two plant species growing in their natural environments. […]

  • Ammonia distribution in Earth's upper atmosphere
    on June 13, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    A new study helps clarify how ammonia is present in Earth's upper atmosphere. Using computer modeling, the researchers found ammonia molecules trapped in liquid cloud droplets are released during convection where these particles freeze and subsequently collide in the upper atmosphere. […]

  • MOF material offers selective, reversible and repeatable capture of toxic atmospheric gas
    on June 11, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Scientists have developed a metal-organic framework material with a selective, fully reversible and repeatable capability to remove atmospheric nitrogen dioxide gas in ambient conditions. The discovery, confirmed by researchers using neutron scattering, could facilitate air filtration technologies that capture and convert targeted gases, including carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, for long-term sequestration to mitigate air pollution and global warming. […]

  • Wastewater treatment plants are key route into UK rivers for microplastics
    on June 11, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Water samples from UK rivers contained significantly higher concentrations of microplastics downstream from wastewater treatment plants, according to one of the first studies to determine potential sources of microplastics pollution. […]

  • In desert trials, next-generation water harvester delivers fresh water from air
    on June 9, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Scientists who last year built a prototype harvester to extract water from the air using only the power of the sun have scaled up the device to see how much water they can capture in arid conditions in Arizona. Using a kilogram of MOF, they were able to capture about 7 ounces of water from low-humidity air each 24-hour day/night cycle. A new and cheaper MOF could double that. […]

  • Widespread uranium contamination found in India's groundwater
    on June 7, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    A new study has found widespread uranium contamination in groundwater aquifers -- a chief source for drinking water and irrigation -- in 16 Indian states. The primary source of the contamination is natural, but human factors such as groundwater-table depletion and nitrate pollution may exacerbate the problem. Studies have linked exposure to uranium in drinking water to chronic kidney disease. […]

  • How to suck carbon dioxide from the sky for fuels and more
    on June 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Someday, the gasoline you buy might come from carbon dioxide pulled out of the sky rather than from oil pumped out of the ground. By removing emitted carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into fresh fuels, engineers have demonstrated a scalable and cost-effective way to make deep cuts in the carbon footprint of transportation with minimal disruption to existing vehicles. […]

  • Pollution hits the fungi that nourish European trees
    on June 6, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Pollution is changing the fungi that provide mineral nutrients to tree roots, which could explain malnutrition trends in Europe's trees. […]

  • Salt Lake's light rail trains are air quality sleuths
    on June 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    The TRAX project is the only known transit-based mobile air quality network in North America. Some results are unsurprising, such as spikes of carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, byproducts of gasoline combustion, at street intersections. But the sensors also found methane emissions patterns that didn't correlate to daytime working hours, suggesting possible fugitive methane leaks. […]

  • Nutrient pollution makes ocean acidification worse for coral reefs
    on June 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    A new study showed that local impacts of humans -- nutrient pollution from activities on land -- may accelerate the negative impacts of global ocean acidification on coral reefs. […]

  • Surprising resurgence of red spruce likely result of cleaner air and warmer winters
    on June 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    When scientists found a resurgence of red spruce in northeastern forests, they had a lot of questions. Fifty years ago, red spruce was the equivalent of a canary in the coalmine signaling the effects of acid rain on forests. Researchers have identified two factors behind the tree's surprising recovery: reduced inputs of acid rain and warmer fall, winter and spring temperatures. […]

  • A new material capable of the adsorption of organic pollutants in water
    on June 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    The results show that the material C18-Mica-4 is capable of eliminating the majority of pollutants that were evaluated in urban waste water, as well as surface water and potable water. The study, also, provides data on the adsorption mechanism and establishes a significant correlation between the physical chemical properties of the selected criteria and emerging pollutants and the adsorption to the material. […]

  • The health effect of air pollution from traffic
    on June 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    What would happen if all petrol and diesel-powered vehicles were removed from a smaller European city? Up to 4% of all premature deaths could be prevented, according to a new study. The researchers used Malmö, Sweden, as a case study to calculate the health costs of inner city traffic. […]

  • Earliest European evidence of lead pollution uncovered in the Balkans
    on June 1, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    New research has revealed that metal-related pollution began in the Balkans more than 500 years before it appeared in western Europe, and persisted throughout the Dark Ages and Medieval Period, meaning the region played a far bigger role in mineral exploitation than previously believed. […]

  • UAV aircrafts provide new insights into the formation of the smallest particles in Arctic
    on June 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Investigations of the atmosphere by means of unmanned mini-airplanes can contribute significantly to the investigation of the causes of Arctic climate change, as they provide an insight into ground-level air layers that are not monitored by other measuring stations. […]

  • Low-cost membrane cleans up light and heavy oils in a single step
    on May 25, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Researchers have developed a low-cost membrane that effectively separates oil and water on demand -- potentially paving the way for faster cleanups of oil spills and improved treatment of industrial wastewater in the future. […]

  • Bacteria and viruses ejected from the ocean
    on May 25, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Certain types of bacteria and viruses are readily ejected into the atmosphere when waves break; others less so, researchers reported. A team of chemists, oceanographers, microbiologists, geneticists, and pediatric medicine specialists are attempting to understand how far potentially infectious bacteria and viruses can travel and if those that pose the greatest risks to public health are among those most likely to escape the ocean. […]

  • Hot cars can hit deadly temperatures fast
    on May 24, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    In a new study, researchers outline how quickly hot cars become deadly for children. […]

  • Streams may emit more carbon dioxide in a warmer climate
    on May 23, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Streams and rivers could pump carbon dioxide into the air at increasing rates if they continue to warm, potentially compounding the effects of global warming, a new worldwide analysis has shown. […]

  • Cause of E. coli beach closings? Gulls
    on May 23, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Researchers have recently published results identifying the major sources of E. coli breakouts on several beaches on Lake Michigan. They have also researched an effective method of reducing the breakouts and the resulting beach closings. […]

  • Excess nutrients, coupled with climate change, damage the most highly resilient corals
    on May 23, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Experimentalists conducted a simulation of future conditions in the Red Sea caused by global warming and acidification, while simultaneously increasing levels of nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate. They found that when nitrate and phosphate were added, the coral thermal resilience was compromised while algal growth benefited from excess CO2 and nutrients. Algal dominance over corals in the reef means losing all of the beauty and biodiversity of the coral reefs. […]

  • Are humans causing cancer in wild animals?
    on May 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    As humans, we know that some of our activities can cause cancer to develop in our bodies. Smoking, poor diets, pollution, chemicals used as additives in food and personal hygiene products, and even too much sun can contribute to an increased risk of cancer. But, are human activities also causing cancer in wild animals? Researchers think so and are urgently calling for research into this topic. […]

  • Mediterranean diet may blunt air pollution's ill health effects
    on May 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Eating a Mediterranean diet may protect people from some of the harm of long-term exposure to air pollution, and reduce their risk of dying from heart attacks, stroke and other causes of death, according to new research. […]