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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Africa's Urban Waste: A Valuable Source of Electricity

Oct. 13, 2015 — Estimated electricity production from the total waste generated in Africa could reach 122.2 TWh in 2025, or more than 20 percent of the electricity consumed in 2010 at continental level (661.5TWh), ... read more

Farmers' Responses to Crises Key to Informing Effective Food Security Policy

Oct. 13, 2015 — A better understanding of how farmers in developing countries cope in times of stress is needed if funding to support food security is to be used effectively, according to an English ... read more

Research Points to Bright Future for Biomass

Oct. 12, 2015 — A potential revolution is unfolding on out-of-the-way logging roads. Researchers are innovating unique ways to make use of forest residues—low quality trees, tree tops, limbs, and chunks that ... read more

Field Widens for Environments, Microbes That Produce Toxic Form of Mercury

Oct. 9, 2015 — Thawing permafrost and contaminated sediment in marine coastal areas pose some of the greatest risks for the production of highly toxic ... read more

Paleoclimate Researchers Find Connection Between Carbon Cycles, Climate Trends

Oct. 9, 2015 — Making predictions about climate variability often means looking to the past to find trends. Now paleoclimate researchers have found clues in exposed bedrock alongside an Alabama highway that could ... read more

Oct. 9, 2015 — A new study has uncovered the secrets of 'pollen thief' bees -- which take pollen from flowers but fail to act as effective pollinators -- and the threat they pose to certain plant ... read more

Oct. 9, 2015 — Many tourists today are drawn to the idea of vacationing in far-flung places around the globe where their dollars can make a positive impact on local people and local wildlife. But researchers ... read more

Oct. 9, 2015 — A researcher has produced a scientific study of the climate scenario featured in the disaster movie 'The Day After Tomorrow'. In the 2004 film, climate warming caused an abrupt collapse of ... read more

Oct. 9, 2015 — By meticulously examining sediments in China's Yellow River, a Swedish-Chinese research group are showing that the history of tectonic and climate evolution on Earth may need to be ... read more

Greenland's Ice Sheet Plumbing System Revealed

Oct. 9, 2015 — Pioneering new research sheds light on the impact of climate change on subglacial lakes found under the Greenland ice sheet. A team of experts has studied the water flow paths from one such ... read more

Oct. 9, 2015 — A new global review that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that ... read more

Rapid Method for Water, Soil Pathogen Screening Developed

Oct. 8, 2015 — A new study defines an accurate, inexpensive, high-throughput, and rapid alternative for screening of pathogens from various environmental samples, the first such study to comprehensively assess ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Toxic runoff from highways, parking lots and other developed surfaces is killing many of the adult coho salmon in urban streams along the West Coast, according to a new study that for the first time ... read more

Quantifying the Impact of Climate on Ecosystems Worldwide

Oct. 8, 2015 — Record-breaking temperatures and droughts are directly affecting ecosystems worldwide, an international research team of life scientists ... read more

Learning from the Millennium Development Goals: Improved Sanitation, Drainage in Cities

Oct. 8, 2015 — World leaders have agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but arguably Goal six -- the water and sanitation goal -- will have the hardest job building on the work undertaken by the ... read more

Mysterious Disease May Be Tied to Climate Change, Says Researcher

Oct. 8, 2015 — A mysterious kidney disease that has killed over 20,000 people in Central America, most of them sugar cane workers, may be caused by chronic, severe dehydration linked to global climate change, ... read more

Fracking Industry Wells Associated With Premature Birth

Oct. 8, 2015 — Expectant mothers who live near active natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely and for having high-risk pregnancies, ... read more

Waste Water Treatment Plants Fail to Completely Eliminate New Chemical Compounds

Oct. 8, 2015 — Fish caught near waste water plants display a higher rate of endocrine disruptors, researchers have found. Deformities, feminization and fall in reproductive capacity are some of the effects that ... read more

Shhh ... To Make Ocean Conservation Work We Should Keep the Noise Down

Oct. 8, 2015 — Quiet areas should be sectioned off in the oceans to give us a better picture of the impact human generated noise is having on marine animals, according to a new ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting ... read more

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