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April 26, 2015

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April 26, 2015

Soy: It's Good for Eating, Baking -- And Cleaning Up Crude Oil Spills

Apr. 22, 2015 — If you've studied ingredient labels on food packaging, you've probably noticed that soy lecithin is in a lot of products, ranging from buttery spreads to chocolate cake. Scientists have now ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — The survey shows that more than 34 percent of residents said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their community's economy after the DWH oil spill, while only 15.6 percent felt that ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — A study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef, new research shows. Removing predatory fish such as coral trout and snapper, through fishing, ... read more

Phytoplankton, Reducing Greenhouse Gases or Amplifying Arctic Warming?

Apr. 21, 2015 — Scientists have presented the geophysical impact of phytoplankton that triggers positive feedback in the Arctic warming when the warming-induced melting of sea ice stimulates phytoplankton ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than thought, contributing to varying levels of air quality across cities, a trio of recently published studies from a team of engineers has ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Tropical Pacific climate variations and their global weather impacts may be predicted much further in advance than previously thought, according to research by an international team of climate ... read more

Soil Nutrients May Limit Ability of Plants to Slow Climate Change

Apr. 20, 2015 — Many scientists assume that the growing level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will accelerate plant growth. However, a new study suggests much of this growth will be curtailed by limited soil ... read more

As US Assumes Arctic Council Chairmanship, New Report Emphasizes Cooperation Over Conflict

Apr. 20, 2015 — Although the media often portray the Arctic as a new 'Great Game' ripe for conflict, a group of international Arctic experts has released recommendations aimed at preserving the polar north ... read more

Hurdles to US Climate Change Action Are in Economics and Politics, Not Divided Science

Apr. 20, 2015 — Policymakers argue over the consensus on global warming and climate change, but science is not to blame, experts say. In a new paper, scientists suggest looking at business interests, partisan ... read more

Seafood Samples Had No Elevated Contaminant Levels from Oil Spill, Study Shows

Apr. 17, 2015 — Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. A new study ... read more

Apr. 17, 2015 — Darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet is projected to continue as a consequence of continued climate warming, according to ... read more

How Radiative Fluxes Are Affected by Cloud and Particle Characteristics

Apr. 17, 2015 — Climate models calculate a changing mix of clouds and emissions that interact with solar energy. To narrow the broad range of possible answers from a climate model, researchers analyzed the effect of ... read more

Comparing Climate Models to Real World Shows Differences in Precipitation Intensity

Apr. 17, 2015 — Precipitation is difficult to represent in global climate models. Although most single-column models can reproduce the observed average precipitation reasonably well, there are significant ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — A new study quantifies the amount of carbon stored and released through California forests and wildlands. The results indicate that wildfires and deforestation are contributing more than expected to ... read more

New Software Analyses the Effect of Climate Change on Buildings from the Cloud

Apr. 16, 2015 — Construction companies have begun to use a simulation software which analyses for the first time the entire life cycle of a building, from creation to deconstruction. The tool, which can be used in ... read more

Wind Bursts Strongly Affect El Nino Severity

Apr. 15, 2015 — A new study finds that prolonged wind bursts originating in the western Pacific can have a strong effect on whether an El Nino event will occur and how severe it is likely to be. The paper also ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — Armadas of icebergs were probably not the cause of abrupt episodes of cooling in the North Atlantic over the past 440,000 years, according to new ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — A mesh with a high-tech coating captures oil while water passes right through. With further development of this technology, the researchers say, "you could potentially catch an oil spill with a ... read more

Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Limits Soil Storage

Apr. 15, 2015 — Soil carbon may not be as stable as previously thought, scientists report, adding that soil microbes exert more direct control on carbon buildup than global climate models represent. This study, ... read more

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