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May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

Climate Change Debate Fueled by 'Echo Chambers,' New Study Finds

May 26, 2015 — A new study demonstrates the highly contentious debate on climate change is fueled in part by how information flows throughout policy networks. Researchers found that 'echo chambers' -- ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Scientists have developed an environment friendly version of building concrete called green-mix ... read more

Mapping Singapore’s Urban Heat Island Phenomenon

May 26, 2015 — Researchers in Singapore are developing a microclimatic modelling tool to prevent further deterioration of the country’s urban heat island ... read more

Enhancing Knowledge Crucial to Improving Energy-Saving Behaviors, Study Shows

May 22, 2015 — Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study ... read more

Keep Front Gardens Green to Mitigate Flooding

May 18, 2015 — A spatial planning expert suggests that householders keep their front and back gardens green, to help reduce flooding risks as well as achieve other environmental ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A new study analyzes the required climate policy actions and targets in order to limit future global temperature rise to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100. This level is supported by more than ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The success of corals that adapt to survive in the world's hottest sea could contribute to their demise through global warming, according to new ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The temperature balance on Earth may be dependent on a conspicuous creation that sours life for everyone around, guzzles more than a sponge and produces lots of offspring that behave likewise. And ... read more

May 19, 2015 — A simultaneous experiment spanning 15 sites across the Northern Hemisphere shows biodiversity is as important as reducing fertilizer runoff for valuable seagrass ecosystems. The results of the study ... read more

May 20, 2015 — New evidence has linked Arctic warming with severe weather in countries including the UK and US. The studies are adding to the growing weight of evidence linking increased Arctic temperatures with ... read more

May 18, 2015 — For the first time, scientists have modeled the effects of land use changes on the species diversity in rivers and streams. Their results show that the loss of biodiversity is caused to a ... read more

Air Quality Effects of Natural Gas Extraction Detected in PA's Marcellus Shale Region

May 20, 2015 — Environmental engineers have taken a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. The group used a mobile air quality monitoring ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Small soil animals can limit the effects of climate change, a team of researchers has shown through a long-term study. In the same way that Yellowstone's wolves regulate plant diversity by ... read more

Air Pollution and Impaired Lung Function Prove Independent Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline

May 18, 2015 — Studies have shown that both air pollution and impaired lung function can cause cognitive deficits, but it was unclear whether air pollution diminishes cognition by reducing breathing ability first ... read more

US West's Power Grid Must Be Prepared for Impacts of Climate Change

May 18, 2015 — Arizona State University researchers say in coming decades a changing climate will pose challenges to operations of power generation facilities, especially in the Western United States. They ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Will climate change make the US Midwest drier or wetter during the summer growing season? A new study finds that the answer remains ... read more

May 18, 2015 — US residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase four- to six-fold by mid-century, due to both a warming climate and a population that's growing especially fast in the hottest regions ... read more

May 14, 2015 — Climate change -- in the form of a stronger sea breeze, the result of warmer soil temperatures -- contributed to the drop in high-ozone days in the Houston area, scientists have determined. They add ... read more

Link Between Vitamin E, Exposure to Air Pollution

May 15, 2015 — An association between the amount of vitamin E in the body, exposure to particulate pollution and lung function has been uncovered by a new study. The paper adds to growing evidence from previous ... read more

May 13, 2015 — The migratory potato leafhopper causes untold millions of dollars in damage every year. A study by entomologists suggests that climate warming could be making this problem worse. Using data that span ... read more

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