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December 15, 2018

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December 15, 2018

Recycle Your Old Mobile Phone to Save Gorilla Populations

Dec. 5, 2018 — The link between hoarding disused mobile phones and the decimation of Grauer gorilla habitats is explored in a new ... read more

Flounder Now Tumor-Free in Boston Harbor

Nov. 28, 2018 — In the late 1980s, more than three-quarters of the winter flounder caught in Boston Harbor -- one of the most polluted harbors in America -- showed signs of liver disease, many of them with cancerous ... read more

Nov. 27, 2018 — A researcher for the first time has modeled how microplastic fibers move through the environment. The work could someday help communities better understand and reduce plastics pollution, which is a ... read more

The Complexity of the Commons: Scientists Recast Social Dilemmas

Nov. 26, 2018 — A new classification system adds real-world complexity to social dilemmas like the paradigmatic 'tragedy of the ... read more

Nov. 21, 2018 — Water which has been contaminated with mercury and other toxic heavy metals is a major cause of environmental damage and health problems worldwide. Now, researchers present a totally new way to clean ... read more

Fish and Veggies: Water Flow for More Efficient Aquaponic Systems

Nov. 20, 2018 — In aquaponics, the hydroponic crops use the nutrients from fish waste as fertilizer while the fish benefit from the plants' nutrient uptake capability to improve water quality. The treated water ... read more

Nov. 15, 2018 — A study quantifies the presence of textile microfibers in south European marine floors. Researchers analyzed the amount of these colored fibers, which vary between 3 to 8 mm but are extremely fine, ... read more

Competition for Shrinking Groundwater

Nov. 14, 2018 — Groundwater, which has been used to irrigate crops, satiate livestock and quench thirst in general for thousands of years, continues to be a vital resource around the ... read more

Plastic Microfibers Found for First Time in Wild Animals' Stool, from S. A. Fur Seals

Nov. 9, 2018 — For the first time, plastic microfibers have been discovered in wild animals' stool, from South American fur seals. The findings were made by scientists who suggest examining scat from pinnipeds ... read more

Experimental Plasma Generator Offers Path Forward for Better Use of Landfill Gas as Energy

Nov. 6, 2018 — Landfill gases contain numerous contaminants, but one group has demonstrated a promising new application of plasma technology capable of removing such compounds. Researchers have demonstrated an ... read more

Nov. 5, 2018 — While microbial communities are the engines driving the breakdown of dead plants and animals, little is known about whether they are equipped to handle big changes in climate. In a new study, ... read more

Nov. 2, 2018 — Researchers has found a way to turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) aerogels that are suitable for various applications, including heat insulation and carbon ... read more

Where Water Goes After Fracking Is Tied to Earthquake Risk

Nov. 1, 2018 — In addition to producing oil and gas, the energy industry produces a lot of water, about 10 barrels of water per barrel of oil on average. New research has found that where the produced water is ... read more

Oct. 31, 2018 — Researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic ... read more

Reducing Methane Emissions Can Play a Key Role in Reducing Ozone Worldwide

Oct. 30, 2018 — A new report points to inexpensive and profitable solutions to reduce methane emissions in the energy, waste, wastewater and agriculture ... read more

High Levels of Previously Unsuspected Pollutant Uncovered in Homes, Environment

Oct. 30, 2018 — Scientists have found high levels of a previously unsuspected pollutant in homes, in an electronic waste recycling facility and in the natural environment. People are likely to be exposed to this ... read more

Oct. 22, 2018 — Elevated concentrations of strontium, an element associated with oil and gas wastewaters, have accumulated in the shells of freshwater mussels downstream from fracking wastewater disposal ... read more

Innovative Tool Allows Continental-Scale Water, Energy, and Land System Modeling

Oct. 12, 2018 — A new large-scale hydroeconomic model will allow researchers to study water systems across whole continents, looking at sustainability of supply and the impacts of water management on the energy and ... read more

New York City Area Wetlands May Be Unwitting Generator of Greenhouse Gasses

Oct. 9, 2018 — A new study suggests that New York City-area wetlands are capable of using CSO inputs in a manner that actually increases greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide and ... read more

Clean Water Act Dramatically Cut Pollution in US Waterways

Oct. 9, 2018 — The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in US water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades. The team analyzed data ... read more

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