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June 30, 2015 — 20,000 Sounds under the Sea is a project that aims to study ocean sounds. The Swiss ship Fleur de Passion will go around the world in four years with the aim of measuring human impact on oceans and ... read more

Bioenergy in the Upper Rhine Area: Potential for Improvement

June 30, 2015 — Scientists have analyzed the potentials of sustainable use of biomass on the Upper Rhine. The conclusion drawn by the researchers: Further increase in biomass production is limited, as this would ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Small-scale livestock farming in the tropics can become more intensive yet sustainable if more and better forage is used to feed the animals being reared. This could benefit farming endeavors in ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Marine reserves are fundamental tools for the conservation of worldwide marine biodiversity. The analysis of both genetic and demographic structures of some habitat-forming species, for example the ... read more

Straw-Insulated Houses Beat Petroleum-Based Alternatives

June 19, 2015 — Scientists are planting the seeds of bio-insulated buildings by developing innovative insulation using sustainable ... read more

June 17, 2015 — An important discovery has been made that forms the basis for the development of new applications in biofuels and the sustainable manufacturing of chemicals. The research offers the possibility of ... read more

New Methane Bioreactor Produces Environmentally Friendly Energy, Mitigates Climate Change

June 16, 2015 — A new methane bioreactor boosts environmentally friendly energy to the markets. The reactor stores renewable energy and produces synthetic biomethane with good efficiency. The new technology can help ... read more

It Takes a Village: Why Do Consumers Participate in Wind Energy Programs?

June 2, 2015 — Why do people participate in programs that benefit the environment, even when there seems to be no direct personal benefit in taking part? More specifically, why would consumers pay good money for ... read more

Thirteen Corporations Control Up to 40 Per Cent of World’s Most Valuable Fisheries

May 28, 2015 — Just thirteen corporations control 19-40% of the largest and most valuable stocks and 11-16 % of the global marine catch, according to new research. These “keystone” corporations of the global ... read more

Innovative Components Pave Way for Cheaper Wind Energy

May 28, 2015 — Wind turbines began cropping up across the landscapes of Spain and Germany in the 1990s'. These two countries have the highest wind energy production in the EU. But according to the Global Wind ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Researchers are working with Punjabi farmers to test innovations that will reduce pressure on overused ... 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

May 26, 2015 — Scientists have developed an environment friendly version of building concrete called green-mix ... 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 21, 2015 — A huge wildebeest herd migrates across the open, parched plains. Dust swirls up from the many hooves pounding the ground, and forms a haze over the landscape. The setting sun gives the scene a golden ... read more

Rapid Action Necessary to Protect Malaysia's Sea Cows and Their Habitat

May 21, 2015 — Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country's endangered dugong population, ... 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

US West's Power Grid Must Be Prepared for Impacts of Climate Change

May 18, 2015 — Arizona State University researchers say in coming decades a changing climate will pose challenges to operations of power generation facilities, especially in the Western United States. They ... read more

Scientists Discover Tiny Microbes With Potential to Cleanse Waterways

May 18, 2015 — Microbial communities in urban waterways have the potential to play an important role in cleansing waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators, a seven-year study suggests. The study found ... read more

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