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February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019

Carbon Taxes Could Create New Winners and Losers Among Countries, Research Says

Feb. 19, 2019 — A global carbon tax would create new sets of economic winners and losers, with some countries holding a distinct competitive advantage over others, according to new ... read more

Prenatal Forest Fire Exposure Stunts Children's Growth

Feb. 19, 2019 — Forest fires are more harmful than previously imagined, causing stunted growth in children who were exposed to smoke while in the womb, according to new ... read more

Indecision Under Pressure

Feb. 19, 2019 — When compressed, a material typically becomes a better conductor of heat. Not so for the unusual material cubic boron arsenide, which when under pressure shows its conductivity first improves and ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — A group of researchers has recently developed a new software aimed at the analysis of energy generation systems based on kites and drones. They used the software to study the behavior of these ... read more

Plants Can Skip the Middlemen to Directly Recognize Disease-Causing Fungi

Feb. 19, 2019 — Scientists have revealed that direct physical associations between plant immune proteins and fungal molecules are widespread during attempted infection. The authors' findings run counter to ... read more

Fishing and Pollution Regulations Don't Help Corals Cope With Climate Change

Feb. 19, 2019 — A new study reports that protecting coral reefs from fishing and pollution does not help coral populations cope with climate change. The study also concludes that ocean warming is the primary cause ... read more

Forest Fires as an Opportunity for Ecosystem Recovery

Feb. 19, 2019 — It is estimated that globally there are more than two million hectares of land in need of restoration. The fires that occurred in those places provided the people who manage them with an opportunity ... read more

The Global Impact of Coal Power

Feb. 19, 2019 — With data and modelling from almost 8,000 coal power plants, researchers present the most comprehensive global picture to date of climate and human health impacts from coal power ... read more

There's a Place for Us: New Research Reveals Humanity's Roles in Ecosystems

Feb. 17, 2019 — In two back-to-back symposia a cross-disciplinary cohort of scientists will present the first comprehensive investigations of how humans interacted with plant and animal species in different cultures ... read more

A Hidden Source of Air Pollution? Your Daily Household Tasks

Feb. 17, 2019 — Cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a ... read more

Virus-Infected Bacteria Could Provide Help in the Fight Against Climate Change

Feb. 17, 2019 — Understanding the relationship between microbes and viruses is beneficial not only for medical research and practical applications but also in marine biology, say ... read more

Children Carry Evidence of Toxins from Home Flooring and Furniture

Feb. 17, 2019 — Children living in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in ... read more

Feb. 17, 2019 — While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, ... read more

Understanding Carbon Cycle Feedbacks to Predict Climate Change at Large Scale

Feb. 17, 2019 — Researches have identified long-disappeared forests available for restoration across the world. They describe how such an effort, could absorb as much as 135 gigatons of atmospheric ... read more

How to Feed the World by 2050? Recent Breakthrough Boosts Plant Growth by 40 Percent

Feb. 16, 2019 — Recent advances to address hunger through agricultural advancement have been shown to boost crop growth by 40 percent by creating a shortcut for a glitch that plagues most food ... read more

Feb. 15, 2019 — Despite widespread infection, some frog populations are surviving a deadly disease that is the equivalent of humankind's Ebola virus. The reason -- genetic ... read more

The Prospects of American Strawberries

Feb. 15, 2019 — Researchers have embarked on an academic journey designed to generate an effective guideline essential for research, policy, and marketing strategies for the strawberry industry across the country, ... read more

Tide Gauges Capture Tremor Episodes in Cascadian Subduction Zone

Feb. 15, 2019 — Hourly water level records collected from tide gauges can be used to measure land uplift caused by episodic tremor and slip of slow earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, according to a new ... read more

'Seeing' Tails Help Sea Snakes Avoid Predators

Feb. 15, 2019 — New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from ... read more

Surprise Findings Turn Up the Temperature on the Study of Vernalization

Feb. 15, 2019 — Researchers have uncovered new evidence about the agriculturally important process of vernalization in a development that could help farmers deal with financially damaging weather ... read more

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