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November 25, 2015

Nov. 25, 2015 — In sub-Saharan Africa, dozens of major 'development corridors,' including roads, railroads, and pipelines, are in the works to increase agricultural production, mineral exports, and ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — A common criticism of a total transition to wind, water and solar power is that the US electrical grid can't affordably store enough standby electricity to keep the system stable. Now a ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — New analysis reveals a strong correlation between precolonial institutions in Africa and current levels of deforestation. Researchers suggest that many of these structures still operate at a local ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — The transportation sector has the capacity to nearly halve its carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and, hence, to contribute far more than previously thought to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. ... read more

Taking Care of Old Oil Wells

Nov. 24, 2015 — Thousands of old offshore oil wells will have to be plugged to prevent them leaking, an expensive exercise. Researchers are now proposing a solution that may offer some relief for what is a major ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Planet Earth experienced a global climate shift in the late 1980s on an unprecedented scale, fueled by anthropogenic warming and a volcanic eruption, according to new research. Scientists say that a ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — The role volcanic activity played in mass extinction events in Earth's early history is likely to have been much less severe than previously thought, according to a ... read more

Solutions to Reduce Effect of Wind Power on Digital Communications

Nov. 23, 2015 — Wind farms can now be designed to minimize their effects on television broadcasting and mobile communications. Methods and tools developed in a new research project allow an optimal location to be ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Scientists are warning of the risks that seismic surveys may pose to sea turtles. Widely used in marine oil and gas exploration, seismic surveys use airguns to produce sound waves that penetrate the ... read more

Oily Waste With Natural Radionuclides: Stimulates or Inhibits Soil Bacterial Community?

Nov. 23, 2015 — Researchers have revealed both structural and functional changes of the microbial community resistant to and able to decompose oily wastes in soil. The experiment was dedicated to measuring carbon ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Scientists have launched an expedition to a remote volcano in the Galapagos Islands to search out rare giant tortoises, some of which were found to carry the genes of two species thought, until ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Harvesting wood pellets in the US and exporting them to the EU was more environmentally friendly than burning coal in the EU to generate ... read more

Grow Your Own Way: Trade May Not Help a Warming Planet Fight Its Farming Failures

Nov. 20, 2015 — A new study co-authored by an economist suggests that international trade will do little to alleviate climate-induced farming problems. Instead, the report indicates that countries will have to alter ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere emerged in whiffs from a kind of cyanobacteria in shallow oceans around 2.5 billion years ago, according to new ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Scientists report that more than half the tree species in the Amazonian rainforest may be globally threatened. However, the study also suggests that Amazonian parks, reserves, and indigenous ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — The warming of arctic waters in the wake of climate change is likely to produce radical changes in the marine habitats of the High North. This is indicated by data from long-term observations in the ... read more

Sea Traffic Pollutes Our Lungs More Than Previously Thought

Nov. 20, 2015 — New data show that the air along the coasts is full of hazardous nanoparticles from sea traffic. Almost half of the measured particles stem from sea traffic emissions, while the rest is deemed to be ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Fish have a remarkable way to hide from their predators using camouflage techniques. A new study shows that fish scales have evolved to not only reflect light, but to also scramble polarization. ... read more

Greater Potential for Transport in Climate Mitigation

Nov. 19, 2015 — The transport sector has the potential to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases in half by 2050, according to a new analysis. Given the continuing drop in battery prices, electric drives have ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — The complete genetic makeup of a species of ecologically important algae, which may aid in biofuel production, has been sequenced by scientists. This is only the second time that researchers have ... read more

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