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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

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

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

Mangroves Help Protect Against Sea Level Rise

July 23, 2015 — Mangrove forests could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused by climate change, according to new research. Scientists did leading-edge mathematical simulations to ... read more

July 23, 2015 — The assumption that Lake Tahoe's blueness is tied to clarity has driven advocacy and management efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin for decades. But the report's findings show that at times of ... read more

July 22, 2015 — Climate change reduces coral reefs' ability to protect ... read more

July 22, 2015 — Conservation scientists need to collaborate with space agencies, such as NASA and the European Space Agency, to identify measures which help track biodiversity declines around the world. Scientists ... read more

July 22, 2015 — The coral reefs that have protected Pacific Islanders from storm waves for thousands of years could grow rapidly enough to keep up with escalating sea levels if ocean temperatures do not rise too ... read more

July 22, 2015 — Researchers have devised a simple way to predict a river delta's shape, given two competing factors: its river's force in depositing sediment into the ocean, and ocean waves' strength ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Compared to its celestial neighbors Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we get so lucky? A new study sheds light on the improbable evolutionary path that enabled Earth to ... read more

July 21, 2015 — A scientific research team spent seven years tracking the movements of skyscraper-high waves in the South China Sea. Scientists are trying to understand how these waves, which rarely break the ocean ... read more

Economic Slump, Not Natural Gas Boom, Responsible for Drop in CO2 Emissions

July 21, 2015 — The 11 percent decrease in climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions in the US between 2007 and 2013 was caused by the global financial recession -- not the reduced use of coal, research ... 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

July 21, 2015 — Scientists have just completed a large-scale research project conducted over a five-year period on the African continent. The aim of this study was to compile the first greenhouse gas budget of ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Over a 35-year period, the length of forest fire seasons worldwide increased by 18.7 percent due to more rain-free days and hotter temperatures, according to research. The study examined weather data ... 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

Ocean Acidification May Cause Dramatic Changes to Phytoplankton

July 20, 2015 — Marine biologists have found that an increased ocean acidification will dramatically affect global populations of phytoplankton -- microorganisms on the ocean surface that make up the base of the ... 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 20, 2015 — In a world first study, researchers have unlocked the genetic mystery of why some fish are able to adjust to warming oceans. Researchers examined how the fish's genes responded after several ... read more

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