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September 3, 2015

Sep. 3, 2015 — Evidence from the tropical lowlands of Central America reveals how Maya activity more than 2,000 years ago not only contributed to the decline of their environment but continues to influence ... read more

Could More Intensive Farming Practices Benefit Tropical Birds?

Sep. 3, 2015 — Does it help when farms share the land with birds and other animals? The short answer is 'no,' based on the diversity of bird species. If the goal is to preserve more bird species, ... read more

How to Curb Emissions: Put a Price on Carbon

Sep. 3, 2015 — Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions. While prospects for a ... read more

Study Shows How Investments Reflected Shift in Environmental Views

Sep. 3, 2015 — A new study is the first to use financial investors' actions, rather than self-reported opinions, to investigate the trans-Atlantic difference in public opinion on climate change and the ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Mission managers for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory have determined that its radar, one of the satellite's two science instruments, can no longer return data. ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Watershed health and water quality issues are a growing concern. Researchers examined the sediments traveling downstream toward Lake Winnipeg using a technique called color fingerprinting. The color ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — A well-known period of abrupt climate change 12,000 years ago occurred rapidly in northern latitudes but much more gradually in equatorial regions, a discovery that could prove important for ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Although most of the world's biodiversity is below ground, surprisingly little is known about how it affects ecosystems or how it will be affected by climate change. A new study demonstrates ... read more

New International Standards Needed to Manage Ocean Noise

Sep. 1, 2015 — As governments and industries expand their use of high-decibel seismic surveys to explore the ocean bottom for resources, experts from eight universities or organizations say new global standards and ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Scientists have solved a decades-old geological mystery into what caused the death of a Florida cave ... read more

Heat and Acid Could Squeeze Trout out of Southern Appalachian Streams

Sep. 1, 2015 — A newly published research study that combines effects of warming temperatures from climate change with stream acidity projects average losses of around 10 percent of stream habitat for coldwater ... read more

First Global Antineutrino Emission Map Highlights Earth's Energy Budget

Sep. 1, 2015 — A team of geologists and physicists has generated the world's first global map of antineutrino emissions. The map provides an important baseline image of the energy budget of Earth's ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Droughts and heat waves are happening simultaneously with much greater frequency than in the past, according to research by climate ... read more

New Approach to Modeling Amazon Seasonal Cycles Developed

Aug. 31, 2015 — Engineers have developed a new approach, opposite to climate models, to correct inaccuracies using a high-resolution atmospheric model that more precisely resolves clouds and convection and ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers from CSIRO and Imperial College London have assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world's seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, and found the ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — In the world of computer gaming, bragging rights are accorded to those who can boast of blazing-fast graphics cards, the most powerful processors, the highest-resolution monitors, and the coolest ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers have used computer models to show that severe tropical cyclones could hit a number of coastal cities worldwide that are widely seen as unthreatened by such powerful ... read more

As Wind-Turbine Farms Expand, Research Shows They Could Offer Diminishing Returns

Aug. 31, 2015 — A slowdown effect triggered by wind turbines is substantial for large wind farms and results in proportionally less renewable energy generated for each turbine versus the energy that would be ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — As part of a broad effort to study the environmental and societal effects of climate change, NASA has begun a multi-year field campaign to investigate ecological impacts of the rapidly changing ... read more

Technique Designed to Predict How Much Energy Waves Will Be Bringing

Aug. 31, 2015 — Marine energy has a great future potential according to the experts, but there is still a long way to go before it can be used on a large scale. A team of researchers has now developed a technique to ... read more

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