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August 30, 2015

Aug. 29, 2015 — Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate ... read more

Turning Sewage Sludge Into Concrete

Aug. 28, 2015 — Dried sewage sludge could be an alternative cement material for concrete, researchers have ... read more

New Survey on Americans' Views on Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new national survey found that fewer than one in three Americans, and 40 percent of Catholics, are aware of Pope Francis's efforts to publicize global warming as a priority issue for the ... read more

Aug. 21, 2015 — Sumatra's burning again and the El Nino event that is occurring this year is partially to blame for the proliferation of the ... read more

Scientists Warn of the Risk from Air Pollution Over the Megacities of West Africa

Aug. 21, 2015 — New research warns of the risks posed by the increasing air pollution over the cities of West Africa – amid fears it could have an impact on human health, meteorology and regional ... read more

Boreal Forests Challenged by Global Change

Aug. 20, 2015 — Forest management must adapt in order to ensure that forests stay healthy in a time of unprecedented environmental change, say experts. Boreal forests are one of the ecosystems most affected by ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — When trying to explain the potential effects of climate change on plants, fish and wildlife, scientists usually resort to language that fails to convey the impact of warming. Now, a study clearly ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — In the Arctic, enhanced vegetation growth amplifies global warming. On the Tibetan Plateau, however, the situation is the reverse. "The trend in Tibet is the opposite of what we are seeing in ... read more

World Should Heed Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, Economist Says

Aug. 20, 2015 — An environmental economist makes the case for coastal protection plans like those adopted by Louisiana for the world's most at-risk ... read more

China's Carbon Emissions Were Less Than Previously Thought, New Estimates Show

Aug. 19, 2015 — China's carbon emissions have been substantially over estimated by international agencies for more than 10 years, according to research. A research team re-evaluated emissions from the burning ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Finding a technology to shift carbon dioxide, the most abundant anthropogenic greenhouse gas, from a climate change problem to a valuable commodity has long been a dream. Now, a team of chemists says ... read more

Harnessing the Butterfly Effect

Aug. 18, 2015 — New research shows how to directly harness the atmosphere's elephantine memory to produce temperature forecasts that are somewhat more accurate than conventional numerical computer models. This ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — A new international study is the first to use a high-resolution, large-scale computer model to estimate how much ice the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could lose over the next couple of centuries, and how ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — By combining information about power plant operation with real-time air quality predictions, researchers have created a new capability to minimize the human health effects of air pollution resulting ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — An oxidation process has been developed that uses ozone to degrade contaminants in water that alter the synthesis, transport, action or elimination of natural hormones, responsible for maintain ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Prior to the advent of human-caused global warming in the 19th century, the surface layer of Earth's oceans had undergone 1,800 years of a steady cooling trend, according to a new study. The ... read more

Up to 30 Percent Less Precipitation in the Central Andes in Future

Aug. 17, 2015 — Seasonal water shortages already occur in the Central Andes of Peru and Bolivia. By the end of the century, precipitation could fall by up to 30% according to an international team of researchers. In ... read more

On Warmer Earth, Most of Arctic May Remove, Not Add, Methane

Aug. 17, 2015 — The majority of Arctic soil, thanks to methane-hungry bacteria, may actually be able to absorb methane from the atmosphere as temperatures rise, new research ... read more

Nitrogen Dioxide Air Pollution Increases Allergenicity in Ragweed Pollen

Aug. 17, 2015 — Pollen of the common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) has higher concentrations of allergen when the plant is exposed to NO2 exhaust gases, according to new ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have determined that natural sunlight triggers the release of smog-forming nitrogen oxide compounds from the grime that typically coats buildings, statues ... read more

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