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July 30, 2015

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July 30, 2015

Switching Off Street Lights at Night Does Not Increase Car Crashes, Crime

July 28, 2015 — Reduced street lighting in England and Wales is not associated with road traffic collisions or crime, according to research. The study suggests that local authorities can safely reduce street ... read more

July 28, 2015 — A new analysis of 35 years of meteorological data confirms fire seasons have become longer. Fire season, which varies in timing and duration based on location, is defined as the time of year when ... read more

July 27, 2015 — At the end of the Pleistocene period, approximately 12,800 years ago­ — give or take a few centuries — a cosmic impact triggered an abrupt cooling episode that earth scientists refer to as the ... read more

July 27, 2015 — A logging company has agreed to begin dismantling abandoned logging roads currently being used by poachers to access prime Amur (Siberian) tiger habitat in the Russian Far ... read more

Greenhouse Gas Source Underestimated from the US Corn Belt, Study Shows

July 27, 2015 — Estimates of how much nitrous oxide, a significant greenhouse gas and stratospheric ozone-depleting substance, is being emitted in the central United States have been too low by as much as 40 ... read more

Predictors of Climate Change Awareness, Risk Perception Vary Around the Globe

July 27, 2015 — Using data from the largest cross-sectional survey of climate change perceptions ever conducted, researchers report the first global assessment of factors underlying climate change awareness and risk ... read more

Researchers Find Reasons Behind Increases in Urban Flooding

July 27, 2015 — While rising sea levels are the main driver for increasing flood risk to American cities, storm surges caused by weather patterns that favor high precipitation exacerbates 'compound ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Many processes inside the earth are still enigmatic. One of the open questions is how neighboring chains of volcanoes, supplied by the same volcanic hotspot, can emit material of distinct geochemical ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Missing link in microbial cellulose decomposition<br ... read more

July 27, 2015 — For the first time, scientists have reconstructed part of the male chromosome in polar bears. The scientists were able to assign 1.9 million base pairs specifically to the polar bear Y ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Climate change, environmental pollution or land use changes – there are numerous influences threatening biodiversity in forests around the globe. The resulting decrease in biodiversity is a matter ... read more

Study Is First to Quantify Global Population Growth Compared to Energy Use

July 24, 2015 — As global population grew from about 500 million in 1560 to more than 7 billion, energy usage outpaced population growth. This in effect increased the world's carrying capacity and allowed ... read more

Residential Tourism Model Implemented in Tourist Destinations Has Increased Earthquake Risk

July 24, 2015 — Researchers warn that "because of real estate speculation and the management of public budgets based on income from the real estate business, seismic risk has been forgotten." Taking as ... read more

Wind Energy Provides 8% of Europe's Electricity

July 24, 2015 — EU’s grid connected cumulative capacity in 2014 reached 129 GW, meeting 8% of European electricity demand, equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and ... read more

Powerful, Efficient Ceramic Fuel Cells Could Enable in-Home Production of Electricity from Natural Gas

July 23, 2015 — The development of affordable and efficient ceramic fuel cells that could be used to power homes is the culmination of five years worth of work, investigators say. The research would enable more ... read more

Pesticides Found in Most Pollen Collected from Foraging Bees in Massachusetts

July 23, 2015 — More than 70 percent of pollen and honey samples collected from foraging bees in Massachusetts contain at least one neonicotinoid, a class of pesticide that has been implicated in Colony Collapse ... read more

July 23, 2015 — New research reveals that some of the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent may have been affected by abrupt climate change. These findings show that while socio-economic ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Researchers have accurately mapped out the movement of the devastating 7.8-magnitude Nepal earthquake that killed over 9,000 and injured over 23,000 people. Scientists have determined that the ... read more

U.S. Breast Milk Is Glyphosate Free

July 23, 2015 — Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, does not accumulate in mother's breast milk, researchers have found. The study is the first to have its results independently verified ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Both prescription and illegal drugs such as morphine, cocaine and oxycodone have been found in surface waters in Canadian rivers. New research shows that wastewater discharged from wastewater ... read more

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