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July 6, 2015

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July 6, 2015

Producing Biodegradable Plastic Just Got Cheaper, Greener

July 6, 2015 — Biodegradable drinking cups or vegetable wrapping foil: the bioplastic known as polylactic acid (PLA) is already a part of our everyday lives. And yet, PLA is not yet considered a full alternative to ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Significant changes in one of Earth's most important ecosystems are not only a symptom of climate change, but may fuel further warming, research suggests. One of the biggest studies to date of ... read more

Risk of Interbreeding Due to Climate Change Lower Than Expected

July 6, 2015 — A surprising study of North and South American mammals, birds and amphibians finds that only about 6 percent of closely related species whose ranges do not currently overlap are likely to come into ... read more

Learning from Biology to Accelerate Discovery

July 6, 2015 — A new review paper explores the strategies nature employs to achieve different functions and the mechanics at play within those functions. Surveying everything from sea cucumbers and Venus flytraps ... read more

July 3, 2015 — Greenhouse gas emissions remain the primary threat to the preservation of polar bear populations worldwide. This conclusion holds true under both a reduced greenhouse gas emission scenario that ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Geologists have seen ridges and valleys form in real time and -- even though the work was a fast-forwarded operation done in a laboratory setting -- they now have an idea of how climate change may ... read more

July 2, 2015 — An infestation of speck-sized Varroa destructor mites can wipe out an entire colony of honey bees in two to three years if left untreated. Pesticides help beekeepers rid their hives of these ... read more

July 2, 2015 — The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt Arctic life, including skin and hair development, insulin signaling, fat ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Researchers say farmland is a poor substitute for natural areas but simple improvements could make a difference to biodiversity ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Long-term differences in soil use and management influence not only the sizes and numbers of soil aggregates, but also what the pores inside them will look like, new research ... read more

July 1, 2015 — According to new research, there may be a way to predict when Yellowstone volcano will erupt ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are installed to modify seawater used in the ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A newly discovered, 48-million-year-old fossil, known as a 'Jesus lizard' for its ability to walk on water, may provide insight into how climate change may affect tropical ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Widely hailed as 'green' sources of renewable energy, hydroelectric dams have been built worldwide at an unprecedented scale. But new research reveals that these major infrastructure ... read more

Groundwater Modeling Breakthrough

July 1, 2015 — A newly discovered equation is expected to greatly improve the reliability and functionality for hundreds of important water models used by everyone from irrigators and city planners to climate ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when it's ... read more

Charcoaling Manure, Greening Neighborhoods in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

July 1, 2015 — Chesapeake Bay bears a heavy pollution burden from the growing metropolitan centers and vibrant agricultural activity in the watershed. Nitrogen and phosphorus draining from farm fields, livestock ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A significant step has been made for potential Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) deployment, with the publication of the results from the world's first experiment into the realistic simulation of ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Building on a unique idea, scientists have developed a cost-effective new method for converting and storing solar energy into ... read more

Seafood Supply Altered by Climate Change

July 1, 2015 — The global supply of seafood is set to change substantially and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes in the future due to climate change and ocean acidification, ... read more

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