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September 4, 2015

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September 4, 2015

Sep. 4, 2015 — Nearly 90 percent of visitors to a major national park highly valued the night sky and wanted the National Park Service to take steps to reduce light pollution. The study also established a threshold ... read more

Aug. 29, 2015 — Pollution and weather influence outcomes after a heart attack, according to new ... 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 — A new study says that global warming has measurably worsened the ongoing California drought. While scientists largely agree that natural weather variations have caused a lack of rain, an emerging ... 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

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

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

Aug. 12, 2015 — A new analysis that provides more accurate estimates of sources of mercury emissions around the world has been conducted by an international team of researchers. New findings show Asia produces twice ... read more

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

July 30, 2015 — A new study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 -- the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was ... 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

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