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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

A Fifth of Car Fuel-Efficiency Savings Are Eroded by Increased Driving

Feb. 9, 2016 — Around a fifth of the energy-saving benefits of fuel-efficient cars are eroded because people end up driving them more, according to a study into British motoring habits over the last 40 ... read more

Why Not Recycled Concrete?

Feb. 8, 2016 — From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can’t we recycle concrete from our ... read more

What's Nature Worth? Study Helps Put a Price on Groundwater and Other Natural Capital

Feb. 8, 2016 — Scientists have adapted traditional asset valuation approaches to measure the value of such natural capital assets, linking economic measurements of ecosystem services with models of natural dynamics ... read more

Asian Monsoon Season Weakens as the Indian Ocean Warms

Feb. 8, 2016 — The variable nature of the summer monsoon season makes Southern Asia one of the most vulnerable regions to natural disasters associated with climate change, such as droughts and floods. A recent ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Agricultural policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa could be making things worse, according to new research. The study finds that the so-called 'green revolution' policies in ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Researchers have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ... read more

Secondary Tropical Forests Absorb Carbon at Higher Rate Than Old-Growth Forests

Feb. 8, 2016 — Forests are an important carbon sink. While most attention has focused on old-growth tropical forests, it turns out that secondary forests that re-grow after forest clearance or agricultural ... read more

Experts Urge Extreme Caution on 'Rewilding' to Save Wild Places

Feb. 8, 2016 — Efforts to 'rewild' the landscape have become increasingly popular in some corners, but researchers say that scientific evidence supporting the potential benefits of this form of ... read more

Higher Cellulolytic Activity of a Vital Microorganism Explained

Feb. 8, 2016 — Researchers say that a better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels. Their discovery was made during an investigation into ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A geologic event known as diking can cause strong earthquakes -- with a magnitude between 6 and 7, according to an international research ... read more

Traffic-Related Air Pollution Linked to Facial Dark Spots

Feb. 8, 2016 — A large scale study that included women from Germany and China has demonstrated a link between levels of traffic-related air pollution and air pollution-associated gases with the formation of dark ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A dendroclimatologist and his fellow researchers were able for the first time to precisely reconstruct the summer temperatures in central Asia for the past 2,000 years. This was made possible by new ... read more

Clean Energy from Water

Feb. 8, 2016 — Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation of the skeleton of coralline algae ... read more

Record Missouri Flooding Was Humanmade Calamity, Scientist Says

Feb. 5, 2016 — Why was the New Year's flood in Missouri so bad? Most news reports blamed it on the heavy rain, but a professor of earth and planetary sciences says analysis of the flood data shows much of the ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — A new study provides insight into the impacts of home shopping on vehicle operations and greenhouse gas ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Forty years of mountaintop coal mining have made parts of Central Appalachia 60 percent flatter than they were before excavation, researchers say. This study, which compares pre- and post-mining ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — For the first time ever, researchers have been able to non-invasively study the inner workings of wombat warrens, with a little help from ground-penetrating ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Underwater sound linked to human activity could alter the behaviour of seabed creatures that play a vital role in marine ecosystems, according to new ... read more

Secondhand Smoke: Nations Producing Less Greenhouse Gas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Feb. 5, 2016 — A new study shows a dramatic global mismatch between nations producing the most greenhouse gases and the ones most vulnerable to the effects of climate ... read more

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