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August 29, 2015

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August 29, 2015

Aug. 11, 2015 — Researchers have combined satellite observations with atmospheric modelling to calculate how fires associated with industrial concessions in the Sumatra and Kalimantan regions of Indonesia affect air ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — Toxic is bad. Or is it? New studies of seagrasses reveal that they are surprisingly good at detoxifying themselves when growing in toxic seabed. But if seagrasses are stressed by their environment, ... read more

Researchers Use Wastewater Treatment to Capture Carbon Dioxide, Produce Energy

Aug. 4, 2015 — Cleaning up municipal and industrial wastewater can be dirty business, but engineers have developed an innovative wastewater treatment process that not only mitigates carbon dioxide emissions, but ... read more

End-of-Century Manhattan Climate Index to Resemble Oklahoma City Today

Aug. 4, 2015 — Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions will alter the way that Americans heat and cool their homes. By the end of this century, the number of days each year that heating and air ... read more

Carbon Dioxide Removal Cannot Save the Oceans If We Pursue Business as Usual

Aug. 3, 2015 — Greenhouse-gas emissions from human activities do not only cause rapid warming of the seas, but also ocean acidification at an unprecedented rate. Artificial carbon dioxide removal (CDR) from the ... read more

Aug. 3, 2015 — The notion that septic tanks prevent fecal bacteria from seeping into rivers and lakes simply doesn't hold water, says a new study. A team of water detectives has discovered freshwater ... read more

New Study Narrows the Gap Between Climate Models and Reality

July 30, 2015 — A new study addresses an important question in climate science: how accurate are climate model projections? Climate models are used to estimate future global warming, and their accuracy can be ... read more

July 29, 2015 — Using a climate model that can tag sources of soot and track where it lands, researchers have determined which areas around the Tibetan Plateau contribute the most soot -- and where. The model can ... read more

Intensive Biofuel Planting Poses Risk to Human Health

July 29, 2015 — The race to meet carbon-neutral biofuel targets could put human health and food crop production at risk unless it is carefully planned, according to new research. The researchers found that it would ... read more

Synthetic Coral Could Remove Toxic Heavy Metals from the Ocean

July 23, 2015 — A new material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean, according to a new study. The researchers say their new material could provide inspiration for other ... read more

Summer Heatwaves: Patterns Blocking Low Pressure Areas Explored

July 21, 2015 — Stable high-pressure systems can lead to summer heatwaves -- such as the one Europe is currently experiencing. The phenomenon is caused by the blocking of low pressure areas. Meteorologists are now ... read more

Eruption of Bardarbunga Volcano in Iceland Spread SO2 Pollutants Over Europe

July 20, 2015 — The six month long eruption of the Bardarbunga volcano from August 2014 to February 2015, released more SO2 that was released in Europe in the whole of 2011, and enough lava to cover Manhattan ... read more

July 20, 2015 — A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles ... read more

July 17, 2015 — Summertime plankton blooms in the Southern Ocean play a significant role in generating brighter clouds ... read more

Emissions Have Declined, but Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollutant Still a Concern for Asthmatics

July 16, 2015 — Emissions of the air pollutant sulfur dioxide have been dramatically decreased during the past 30 years but for some people even a little inhaled sulfur dioxide may still be too ... read more

Hydraulic Fracturing Linked to Increases in Hospitalization Rates in the Marcellus Shale

July 15, 2015 — Hospitalizations for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other conditions were higher among people who live near unconventional gas and oil drilling (hydraulic fracturing), according to new ... read more

Mercury Scrubbers at Power Plant Lower Other Pollution Too

July 15, 2015 — Air pollution controls installed at a coal-fired power plant to curb mercury emissions are unexpectedly reducing another class of harmful emissions as well, scientists say in a new ... read more

July 15, 2015 — 'No swimming' signs have already popped up this summer along coastlines where fecal bacteria have invaded otherwise inviting waters. Some vacationers ignore the signs while others resign ... read more

Accounting for Short-Lived Forcers in Carbon Budgets

July 15, 2015 — New research shows how measures to reduce emissions of short-lived climate forcers can impact global carbon budgets for limiting climate change to below 2 degrees C over pre-industrial ... read more

July 10, 2015 — We can’t see them, but the air that we breathe contains a wealth of biological particles which could damage our health. Scientists have embarked on a three-year project to find new ways of ... read more

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