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May 6, 2015

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

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. 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

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

Apr. 20, 2015 — For a generation motivated by technology and fast-moving information, a professor has created an energy-tracking app to make reducing day-to-day energy usage more ... read more

As US Assumes Arctic Council Chairmanship, New Report Emphasizes Cooperation Over Conflict

Apr. 20, 2015 — Although the media often portray the Arctic as a new 'Great Game' ripe for conflict, a group of international Arctic experts has released recommendations aimed at preserving the polar north ... read more

Bioasphalt: From Microalgae to 'Green Roads? '

Apr. 20, 2015 — Microalgae offer a highly promising alternative to petroleum products without competing for resources used in the food industry. They have now been used for the first time to make asphalt. ... read more

New Software Analyses the Effect of Climate Change on Buildings from the Cloud

Apr. 16, 2015 — Construction companies have begun to use a simulation software which analyses for the first time the entire life cycle of a building, from creation to deconstruction. The tool, which can be used in ... read more

Perceptions of Environmental Damage Improves Over Time, Despite Lack of Real Change

Apr. 15, 2015 — Human perception of the beetle kill problem in the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska has improved over time, despite little improvement in the environmental conditions, researchers have found. The study drew ... read more

Warming Seas Pose Habitat Risk for Fishy Favorites

Apr. 13, 2015 — Popular North Sea fish such as haddock, plaice and lemon sole could become less common on our menus because they will be constrained to preferred habitat as seas warm, according to a study. Fish ... read more

Burying the Climate Change Problem

Apr. 13, 2015 — Burying the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, has been mooted as one geoengineering approach to ameliorating climate change. Now, a team of researchers has reviewed ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a program of work aimed ... read more

More Food, Low Pollution Effort Gains Traction

Apr. 9, 2015 — Nitrogen fertilizers make it possible to feed more people in the world than ever before. However, too much of it can also harm the environment. A group of scientists, economists, social scientists, ... read more

How Unwanted CDs and DVDs Could Help Cut Carbon Emissions

Apr. 8, 2015 — Now that most consumers download and stream their movies and music, more and more CDs and DVDs will end up in landfills or be recycled. But soon these discarded discs could take on a different role: ... read more

How Many Organisms Live in the Sea?

Apr. 6, 2015 — A new measurement method has been developed to estimate the distribution of aquatic animals using droplet digital polymerase chain reaction in order to quantify the number of target DNA copies ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, scientists found they could grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — Residential development research is lacking when it comes to achieving key sustainability objectives because in most cases it is limited by a single discipline perspective, a new article proposes. ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — Diminishing or eliminating of waste is the main advantage of implementing sustainable development in business. It enables recycling, efficient usage of natural resources, allows businesses to save ... read more

Study Takes Aim at Mitigating the Human Impact on the Central Valley, California

Mar. 27, 2015 — Study of California's Central Valley shows that as temperature-mitigating technologies are deployed, other environmental factors like pollution become a ... read more

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