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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

Using Recovery Methods, Oil Production in Mexico Would Increase by Nearly 800 Thousand Barrels Per Day

May 25, 2015 — Mexico has a wide range of oil fields; however, most of them are mature which makes it difficult to maintain oil production. Given this, advanced and improved recovery methods should be implemented ... read more

Destructive Factors Causing Deterioration of Paints on Buildings Walls

May 27, 2015 — Scientists have investigated how various destructive factors affect painted building walls. According to their report, the external surface of building walls is continuously affected by the natural ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Areca palms can be grown in a native sand soil or in a calcareous fill soil without supplemental phosphorus, and with no nitrogen applied during the rainy summer months (June-September) in southern ... read more

May 26, 2015 — We are already reaping the rewards of the Montreal Protocol, researchers say, with the ozone layer in much better shape than it would have been without the UN treaty. Although the Montreal Protocol ... read more

May 26, 2015 — A first global scale study has estimated how forest emitted compounds affecting cloud seeds via formation of low-volatility vapors. According to the latest projections, terrestrial vegetation emits ... read more

Evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

May 26, 2015 — A new light has been shed on the stability of the Antarctic ice sheet. It shows for the first time that ice rises (pinning points that keep the floating parts of ice sheets in place) are formed ... read more

Climate Change Debate Fueled by 'Echo Chambers,' New Study Finds

May 26, 2015 — A new study demonstrates the highly contentious debate on climate change is fueled in part by how information flows throughout policy networks. Researchers found that 'echo chambers' -- ... read more

May 26, 2015 — The Millennium Drought in southeastern Australia forced Greater Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, to successfully implement innovations that hold critical lessons for water-stressed regions ... read more

Anti-Pollution Rules Have Uncertain Effects

May 26, 2015 — Air pollution regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are estimated to save thousands of lives annually. A new study, however, says these estimates are more uncertain than ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Scientists have developed an environment friendly version of building concrete called green-mix ... read more

Biodiversity: New Protected Areas Need to Be More Than 'Paper Parks,' Experts Urge

May 26, 2015 — Protected areas are the cornerstone to prevent species extinctions. The Convention on Biological Diversity have set a target to protect 17% of all terrestrial land by 2020. Researchers stress the ... read more

EU Biofuels Regime Failing to Meet Its Objectives Under Current Regulatory Framework, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — The European Union regulatory framework for biofuels has the potential to address its climate, energy and environmental objectives, but only if carefully tailored and effectively implemented. The ... read more

Mapping Singapore’s Urban Heat Island Phenomenon

May 26, 2015 — Researchers in Singapore are developing a microclimatic modelling tool to prevent further deterioration of the country’s urban heat island ... read more

Potential of Seagrass to Combating Climate Change

May 26, 2015 — Seagrass ecosystems could play a key role in combating climate change, researchers have discovered. The marine flowering plant also helps sustain abundant sea life and protects shorelines around the ... read more

Landscaping Instead of Monoculture

May 26, 2015 — Producing biogas from silage maize booms may seem like a good idea, but this green energy production also has its drawbacks: Maize monocultures block increasingly large areas for food production and ... read more

May 25, 2015 — You know the old saying: Location, location, location? It turns out that it applies to the Amazon rainforest, too. New work illustrates a hidden tapestry of chemical variation across the lowland ... read more

May 25, 2015 — Mass coral bleaching, which can lead to coral mortality, is predicted to occur far more frequently over the coming decades, due to the stress exerted by higher seawater temperatures. Geoengineering ... read more

Fine-Tuned Molecular Orientation Is Key to More Efficient Polymer Solar Cells

May 25, 2015 — Polymer solar cells are a hot area of research due to both their strong future potential and the significant challenges they pose. It is believed that thanks to lower production costs, they could ... read more

May 25, 2015 — Madagascar is home to extraordinary biodiversity, but in the past few decades, the island's forests and associated biodiversity have been under greater attack than ever. Rapid deforestation is ... read more

May 22, 2015 — It turns out that the steady dripping of water deep underground can reveal a surprising amount of information about the constantly changing cycles of heat and cold, precipitation and drought in the ... read more

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