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May 29, 2015

May 26, 2015 — Scientists have developed an environment friendly version of building concrete called green-mix ... read more

EU Biofuels Regime Failing to Meet Its Objectives Under Current Regulatory Framework, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — The European Union regulatory framework for biofuels has the potential to address its climate, energy and environmental objectives, but only if carefully tailored and effectively implemented. The ... read more

Mapping Singapore’s Urban Heat Island Phenomenon

May 26, 2015 — Researchers in Singapore are developing a microclimatic modelling tool to prevent further deterioration of the country’s urban heat island ... read more

Enhancing Knowledge Crucial to Improving Energy-Saving Behaviors, Study Shows

May 22, 2015 — Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study ... read more

May 18, 2015 — A new approach to the difficult tradeoffs that environmental managers face when choosing between environmental sustainability and profitability has been recommended by experts. The findings could ... read more

Valuable Massachusetts Ecosystems Shrinking, Doing More With Less, Study Shows

May 14, 2015 — Ecologists and conservation groups single out the hardest-working ecosystems -- called "hotspots" -- for their exceptional conservation value. The number of ecosystem hotspots has increased ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Chinook winds can precede large shifts in wind power output from wind farms -- a challenge for companies seeking to provide a constant stream of green energy to consumers. By establishing a ... read more

Research Aims to Restore Riparian Corridors and an Iconic Tree

May 11, 2015 — Beginning on May 11, Forest Service scientists will plant different combinations of tree and shrub species in four riparian areas on the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York and monitor the ... read more

May 5, 2015 — The sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — "Gag grouper? That's our money fish," said a charter boat captain out of Clearwater, Florida, on the state's western shore. "That's what brings customers to the ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — The waters of Baja California Sur are both ecosystems and fisheries where human needs meet nature. In a new study, researchers assessed the capacity to achieve sustainability by applying a framework ... read more

Making Chemistry Greener

Apr. 21, 2015 — Chemists are working to develop “greener” processes for discovering, developing and manufacturing medicines and other molecules with therapeutic potential, as well as compounds used in biomedical ... read more

Substantial Benefits for Health, Environment Through Realistic Changes to UK Diets

Apr. 30, 2015 — Making a series of relatively minor and realistic changes to UK diets would not only reduce UK diet-related greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a fifth, but could also extend average life expectancy ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Geological knowledge is essential for the sustainable development of a 'smart city' -- one that harmonizes with the geology of its territory. Making a city 'smarter' means ... read more

How 'Time Is Money' Thinking Can Hurt the Environment

Apr. 24, 2015 — Thinking 'time is money' can be a barrier for people to act in environmentally friendly ways, even for tasks like recycling that take mere seconds, according to ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — It is estimated that one in nine people globally lack access to safe water. Researchers are looking to fill that critical need and provide safe drinking water to the most remote locations in the ... read more

Ancient Clam Beaches Not So Natural, Study Shows

Apr. 29, 2015 — Ancient coastal Indigenous people were more than hunter-gatherers, new research shows. Researchers suggest that the Pacific Northwest is one of the few places in the world where it can be ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — A team of philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive ... read more

Soy: It's Good for Eating, Baking -- And Cleaning Up Crude Oil Spills

Apr. 22, 2015 — If you've studied ingredient labels on food packaging, you've probably noticed that soy lecithin is in a lot of products, ranging from buttery spreads to chocolate cake. Scientists have now ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Gas hydrate is also known as the ice that burns. And all that burns releases energy. And a lot of energy is stored in hydrates and there are gigatons of it stored in the sediments of the ... read more

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