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May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

May 18, 2015 — A new approach to the difficult tradeoffs that environmental managers face when choosing between environmental sustainability and profitability has been recommended by experts. The findings could ... read more

May 18, 2015 — The grounding of a giant iceberg in Antarctica has provided a unique real-life experiment that has revealed the vulnerability of marine ecosystems to sudden changes in sea-ice cover. Scientists have ... read more

Scientists Discover Tiny Microbes With Potential to Cleanse Waterways

May 18, 2015 — Microbial communities in urban waterways have the potential to play an important role in cleansing waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators, a seven-year study suggests. The study found ... read more

May 14, 2015 — New research confirms that as carbon emissions continue to climb, so too has the Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the ... read more

May 14, 2015 — Experts argue for further in-depth assessments of the impacts of dispersants on microorganisms to guide their use in response to future oil spills. Chemical dispersants are widely used in emergency ... read more

Valuable Massachusetts Ecosystems Shrinking, Doing More With Less, Study Shows

May 14, 2015 — Ecologists and conservation groups single out the hardest-working ecosystems -- called "hotspots" -- for their exceptional conservation value. The number of ecosystem hotspots has increased ... read more

For Biofuels and Climate, Location Matters

May 11, 2015 — Dedicating more land to biofuel production can lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions, which take decades to make up for. A new study shows that geography is a key factor determining how big that ... read more

Historical Land Use an Important Factor for Carbon Cycling in Northern Lakes

May 13, 2015 — The historical past is important when we seek to understand environmental conditions as they are today and predict how these might change in the future, according to researchers whose analyses of ... read more

May 12, 2015 — People can check out local wildlife wherever they are in the world with a new app that says what species of animals and plants might be ... read more

Focus on the Regional Impact of Climate Change

May 12, 2015 — The recently published Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin makes an important contribution to understanding variations in the climate. The report also captures the most ... read more

Harmful Algal Blooms in the Chesapeake Bay Are Becoming More Frequent

May 11, 2015 — A recent study of harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries shows an increase in ecosystem-disrupting events in the past 20 years being fed by excess nitrogen runoff from the ... read more

May 11, 2015 — The water flea has genetically adapted to climate change. Biologists compared 'resurrected' water fleas -- hatched from 40-year-old eggs -- with more recent specimens to reach this ... read more

Space Technology Identifies Vulnerable Regions in West Africa

May 11, 2015 — Researchers have mapped regional droughts from space, which can affect the livelihood of millions of people in West Africa. They report that soil moisture observations can map land degradation with ... read more

Populated Puget Sound Sees Stark Shifts in Marine Fish Species

May 8, 2015 — The most populated areas of Puget Sound have experienced striking shifts in marine species, with declines in herring and smelt that have long provided food for other marine life and big increases in ... read more

Environmental Exposure to Hormones Used in Animal Agriculture Greater Than Expected

May 8, 2015 — Research by environmental scientists finds that potentially harmful growth-promoting hormones used in beef production are expected to persist in the environment at higher concentrations and for ... read more

May 6, 2015 — To fence or not to fence? That is the question facing conservationists concerned with barriers that keep wildlife in and people out. Researchers say that new policies must be developed before fences ... read more

Dietary Supplements Are Good for Coral Health, Study Shows

May 4, 2015 — Most people know the health benefits of taking daily supplements, but what about endangered corals? A new study has found that the critically endangered Staghorn coral may benefit from supplemental ... read more

May 4, 2015 — While fjords are celebrated for their beauty, these ecosystems are also major carbon sinks that likely play an important role in the regulation of the planet's climate, new research ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — A demographic study of two endangered plants at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco shows that they favor recently disturbed open areas over areas that have established plant cover. ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring water flow through soil for years. Even the smallest soil details can sway water's path from the straight, sequential line gravity alone ... read more

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