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December 15, 2018

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December 15, 2018

Dec. 14, 2018 — Researchers praises widespread commitment but call for broader participation to better protect global marine ... read more

Climate Change Imperils Midwest Ag Production

Dec. 12, 2018 — A new study shows that Midwest agriculture is increasingly vulnerable to climate change because of the region's reliance on growing rain-fed ... read more

Scientists Identify New Minerals for Carbon Capture

Dec. 12, 2018 — Research confirms new minerals are capturing and storing carbon. The minerals, members of the hydrotalcite group, are the first outside of the carbonate family to naturally capture atmospheric CO2 in ... read more

Earth's Cobalt Deposits Formed Much Later Than Previously Believed

Dec. 12, 2018 — Cobalt deposits in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of Earth's largest cobalt-mining regions, are 150 million years younger than previously thought, according to a new study. The study ... read more

Record Levels of Mercury Released by Thawing Permafrost in Canadian Arctic

Dec. 12, 2018 — Permafrost thaw slumps in the western Canadian Arctic are releasing record amounts of mercury into waterways, according to new research by University of Alberta ... read more

Dec. 12, 2018 — Coal and natural gas represent the majority of the US energy supply. Even with pollution controls, burning these fossil fuels for energy releases a tremendous amount of carbon dioxide into the ... read more

Record-Wet and Record-Dry Months Increased in Regions Worldwide

Dec. 12, 2018 — More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe -- triggering both wet and dry records, a new study shows. Yet there are big differences between regions: The central and ... read more

Dec. 12, 2018 — A new study is starting to unravel that mystery. Researchers found that the soundscape of a reef -- the combined sounds of all animals living nearby -- might play a major role in steering corals ... read more

Dec. 12, 2018 — A future powered by carbon-free fuel depends on our ability to harness and store energy from renewable but intermittent sources, such as solar and wind. Now, a new catalyst gives a boost to a number ... read more

Researchers Reverse Engineer Way Pine Trees Produce Green Chemicals Worth Billions

Dec. 12, 2018 — Researchers have reverse engineered the way a pine tree produces a resin, which could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range of fossil-fuel based products worth billions of ... read more

Dec. 12, 2018 — Researchers mapped the changes in snow mass from 1982 to 2016 onto a grid of squares 2.5-miles on a side over the entire contiguous U.S. Grid size for previous studies was about 40 miles on a side. ... read more

Dec. 12, 2018 — The 2011 Las Conchas mega-fire in New Mexico burned more than 150,000 acres and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Now, using data from the fire, researchers have created an experimental ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — A new study finds that hypoxic dead zones occur in nutrient-laden urban streams, not just in coastal waters. The research shows that intense storm flows can erode some stream channels to become a ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — A new study has found that an antimicrobial chemical called triclosan is abundant in dust -- and linked to changes in its genetic makeup. The result is dust with organisms that could cause an ... read more

Degrading Permafrost Puts Arctic Infrastructure at Risk by Mid-Century

Dec. 11, 2018 — Seventy percent of the current infrastructure in the Arctic has a high potential to be affected by thawing permafrost in the next 30 years. Even meeting the climate change targets of the Paris ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — With each pass of the ICESat-2 satellite, the mission is adding to datasets tracking Earth's rapidly changing ... read more

Possible Connection Between Cardiovascular Disease and Living Near Oil and Gas Wells

Dec. 11, 2018 — Researchers have found a possible connection between the intensity of oil and gas exploration in an area and early indicators of cardiovascular disease among nearby ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — A new study shows that several species of bats are giving Madagascar's rice farmers a vital pest control service by feasting on plagues of insects. And this, a zoologist believes, can ease the ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — A future warmer world will almost certainly feature a decline in fresh water from the Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack. Now a new study that analyzed the headwater regions of California's 10 ... read more

Switching to a Home Battery Won't Help Save the World from Climate Change

Dec. 11, 2018 — Home energy storage systems might save you money, but under current policies, they would also often increase carbon ... read more

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