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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

July 22, 2015 — After just five years, soil organic matter content was 8.6 percent greater in the strip-till plots when compared to the no-till plots. Furthermore, bulk density was reduced by 4 percent and ... read more

Summer Heatwaves: Patterns Blocking Low Pressure Areas Explored

July 21, 2015 — Stable high-pressure systems can lead to summer heatwaves -- such as the one Europe is currently experiencing. The phenomenon is caused by the blocking of low pressure areas. Meteorologists are now ... read more

Eruption of Bardarbunga Volcano in Iceland Spread SO2 Pollutants Over Europe

July 20, 2015 — The six month long eruption of the Bardarbunga volcano from August 2014 to February 2015, released more SO2 that was released in Europe in the whole of 2011, and enough lava to cover Manhattan ... read more

July 20, 2015 — A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles ... read more

Cool Summer of 2013 Boosted Arctic Sea Ice

July 20, 2015 — The volume of Arctic sea ice increased by a third after the summer of 2013 as the unusually cool air temperatures prevented the ice from melting, according to scientists. This suggests that the ice ... read more

July 17, 2015 — Summertime plankton blooms in the Southern Ocean play a significant role in generating brighter clouds ... read more

Emissions Have Declined, but Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollutant Still a Concern for Asthmatics

July 16, 2015 — Emissions of the air pollutant sulfur dioxide have been dramatically decreased during the past 30 years but for some people even a little inhaled sulfur dioxide may still be too ... read more

July 16, 2015 — A new generation of green skyscrapers could help alleviate worldwide climate change, writes an urban ... read more

July 16, 2015 — The sun's activity could be affecting a key ocean circulation mechanism that plays an important role in regulating Greenland's climate, according to a new study. The phenomenon could be ... read more

Are Marine Ecosystems Headed Toward a New Productivity Regime?

July 16, 2015 — Phytoplankton have been projected to produce less organic material as the oceans' temperatures rise -- with carry-on effects for higher levels of the food web. Based on new climate model ... read more

July 15, 2015 — A research team has reconstructed the crystal structure of BAP, a protein involved in the process by which marine archaea release carbon, to determine how it functioned, as well as its larger role in ... read more

Hydraulic Fracturing Linked to Increases in Hospitalization Rates in the Marcellus Shale

July 15, 2015 — Hospitalizations for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other conditions were higher among people who live near unconventional gas and oil drilling (hydraulic fracturing), according to new ... read more

Mercury Scrubbers at Power Plant Lower Other Pollution Too

July 15, 2015 — Air pollution controls installed at a coal-fired power plant to curb mercury emissions are unexpectedly reducing another class of harmful emissions as well, scientists say in a new ... read more

July 15, 2015 — A newly discovered family of chemical structures could increase the value of biogas and natural gas that contains carbon ... read more

July 15, 2015 — 'No swimming' signs have already popped up this summer along coastlines where fecal bacteria have invaded otherwise inviting waters. Some vacationers ignore the signs while others resign ... read more

Are Fuel Cells Environmentally Friendly? Not Always

July 15, 2015 — Fuel cells are regarded as the technology of the future for both cars and household heating systems. As a result, they have a key role to play in the switch to renewable energies. But are fuel cells ... read more

Accounting for Short-Lived Forcers in Carbon Budgets

July 15, 2015 — New research shows how measures to reduce emissions of short-lived climate forcers can impact global carbon budgets for limiting climate change to below 2 degrees C over pre-industrial ... read more

Climate Change Threatens One of Lake Erie's Most Popular Fish

July 15, 2015 — Yellow perch grow more rapidly during the short winters resulting from climate change, research suggests. But a new study shows warmer water temperatures can lead to the production of less hardy eggs ... read more

July 14, 2015 — Greenhouses that will use seawater to grow crops in one of the hottest and driest places on earth will be designed by researchers at Aston University working with industry partners as part of an ... read more

July 13, 2015 — Due to climate change, not only atmospheric, but also oceanic, temperatures are rising. A new study shows that increases in sea surface temperature can contribute to the development of stronger ... read more

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