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May 23, 2015

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May 23, 2015

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 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

May 12, 2015 — Pollution from historic mining activities in south west England has led to a reduction in genetic diversity of brown trout according to new research. The findings indicate that human activity can ... 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

May 14, 2015 — Updated data and better analysis methods have found clear indications of warming in the upper troposphere and a 10 percent increase in winds over the Southern Ocean. The inability to detect this ... read more

Satellite Mapping Reveals Agricultural Slowdown in Latin America

May 13, 2015 — For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continent's agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to research. The study ... 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

May 13, 2015 — River transport of carbon to the ocean is not on a scale that will solve our carbon dioxide problem, but we haven't known how much carbon the world's rivers routinely flush into the ocean, ... read more

May 13, 2015 — People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure. Air ... read more

May 13, 2015 — A decade-long scientific debate about what's causing the thinning of one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves is settled this week with the publication of an international study in the ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Wetlands created 20 years ago between tile-drained agricultural fields and the Embarras River were recently revisited for a new two-year research project. Results show an overall 62 percent nitrate ... read more

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