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November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015 — A new report warns of the potential for major negative impacts on fish and fish habitat caused by large hydroelectric dams, like that currently under evaluation through the Next Generation Hydro ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Urban environments struggle with contaminated water running off, causing pollution and algal blooms. In response, cities often use natural landscapes of soil, grasses, and trees. These biofiltration ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — In sub-Saharan Africa, dozens of major 'development corridors,' including roads, railroads, and pipelines, are in the works to increase agricultural production, mineral exports, and ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — The world-famous Australian reef is providing an effective barrier against landslide-induced tsunamis, new research shows. An underwater landslide has been found to have occurred some 20,000 years ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — After a decade of rapid growth in global carbon dioxide emissions, which increased at an average annual rate of 4%, much smaller increases were registered in 2012 (0.8%), 2013 (1.5%) and 2014 (0.5%). ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, recently finalized two overlapping campaigns at both of Earth's poles. Down south, the mission observed a big drop in the height ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — To limit climate change, experts say that we need to reach carbon neutrality by the end of this century at the latest. To achieve that goal, our dependence on fossil fuels must be reversed. But what ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — The damaging effects of carbon dioxide emissions from tourism could eventually be eliminated if travelers paid just US$11 per trip, according to a new study. Global tourism is largely dependent on ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — A common criticism of a total transition to wind, water and solar power is that the US electrical grid can't affordably store enough standby electricity to keep the system stable. Now a ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — New analysis reveals a strong correlation between precolonial institutions in Africa and current levels of deforestation. Researchers suggest that many of these structures still operate at a local ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — The transportation sector has the capacity to nearly halve its carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and, hence, to contribute far more than previously thought to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — The role volcanic activity played in mass extinction events in Earth's early history is likely to have been much less severe than previously thought, according to a ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — More than half of the world's population is nourished by food grown with fertilizers containing synthetic nitrogen, which is needed for large crop yields but causes significant pollution. With ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — A process to remove contaminants from oil sands wastewater has been found by researchers, which uses only sunlight and nanoparticles. They report that the process is more effective and inexpensive ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — According to a new study, the Earth's geomagnetic field is not in danger of flipping anytime soon: The researchers calculated Earth's average, stable field intensity over the last 5 million ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Management of the world’s marine habitats needs to look beyond only Marine Protected Areas and put achieving ecosystem resilience at the top of the agenda, according to new ... read more

Solutions to Reduce Effect of Wind Power on Digital Communications

Nov. 23, 2015 — Wind farms can now be designed to minimize their effects on television broadcasting and mobile communications. Methods and tools developed in a new research project allow an optimal location to be ... read more

Launch of New Peatland Code Could Save More Than 200 Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide

Nov. 23, 2015 — A new government-backed code which could slash UK carbon dioxide emissions by 220 million tons and protect rare wildlife by restoring moors, bogs and mires has been ... read more

Oily Waste With Natural Radionuclides: Stimulates or Inhibits Soil Bacterial Community?

Nov. 23, 2015 — Researchers have revealed both structural and functional changes of the microbial community resistant to and able to decompose oily wastes in soil. The experiment was dedicated to measuring carbon ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Harvesting wood pellets in the US and exporting them to the EU was more environmentally friendly than burning coal in the EU to generate ... read more

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