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November 26, 2015

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November 26, 2015

UK Health Professionals Unite for Stronger Measures to Tackle Climate Change

Nov. 19, 2015 — As world leaders prepare to meet in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, UK health professionals have formed an alliance of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals to ... read more

New Project Aims to Develop Advanced Tools and Research Strategies for Parasite Control in European Farmed Fish

Nov. 18, 2015 — A new research project aims to improve our understanding of fish-parasite interactions and develop innovative solutions and tools to prevent, control and mitigate harmful parasites which affect the ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — With 63 percent of the state forested, New York may be nearing a peak in forest land. Gains in forested land have slowed considerably, and two new damaging invasive insects are threatening ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Ideas are the oxygen of growth in the zero carbon economy, and organizations need to be fed with these big, scalable, commercially-viable ideas to be able to address climate change. Experts have been ... read more

Assessing Ecosystem Services: Increasing the Impact on Decision Making

Nov. 5, 2015 — Assessments of ecosystem services, aiming at informing decisions on land management, are increasing in number around the globe, but only in a few cases recommendations are then applied by ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — In August, four universities were included in a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center to develop advances in geotechnical engineering that will provide solutions to some of the ... read more

Exploiting Renewable Energy While Allowing for Protecting Biodiversity

Oct. 29, 2015 — Global expansion of bioenergy possesses serious threats to biodiversity, whereas solar energy could have potential for power provision with limited impacts on biodiversity, say ... read more

Moving Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy Requires New Methods, Tools to Support Evidence-Based Decision Making

Oct. 28, 2015 — Developing a sustainable bioeconomy is a prominent strategy in the current European policy. While this offers significant opportunities for the forest-based sector, it also poses challenges for ... read more

Elephants Boost Tree Losses in South Africa's Largest Savanna Reserve

Oct. 26, 2015 — Protected areas, such as nature reserves and national parks, play a crucial role in sheltering wildlife, such as African elephants, from hunting and habitat destruction. But it's important that ... read more

Oct. 23, 2015 — A firm has developed an evaporative cooler that has an integrated photovoltaic system isolated from the electrical network, which enables to refresh an area of ??approximately 200 square ... read more

Failing to Account for Climate Change in Mining Land Reclamation May Cost Billions

Oct. 23, 2015 — Researchers are warning that plans to reclaim mined land risk failure and could cost industry and government billions in future cleanup costs if they do not take into account the affects of climate ... read more

Canadian Researchers Find Geothermal Heat Pumps Most Feasible in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Oct. 23, 2015 — Researchers have recently conducted a survey of four Canadian cities to determine the economic feasibility of installing geothermal heating systems in homes in Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver and ... read more

Wood-Based Alternatives in Chemistry

Oct. 22, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new way to use wood or other kinds of biomass to make chemical materials without relying on the usual non-renewable petrochemical starting ... read more

National Contributions Provide Entry Point for the Low-Carbon Transformation

Oct. 22, 2015 — While the currently submitted national contributions to the new global climate agreement do not yet put the world on track to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius, they imply an unprecedented ... read more

'Green' Buildings Bring in More Green

Oct. 20, 2015 — 'Green' commercial buildings bring in more revenue for landlords, according to new research. Environmentally friendly office buildings have higher rents and occupancy rates as well as more ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — Larger protected areas, especially those in high population density regions, are more likely to undergo a downgrading, downsizing and degazettement (PADDD) event, suggests a new study. Protected ... read more

Green Public Housing May Reduce Health Risks from Environmental Pollutants

Oct. 15, 2015 — Low-income housing residents who live in 'green' buildings that are built with eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient features appear to have fewer 'sick building' symptoms ... read more

Ocean Protection Gaining Momentum, but Still Lags Progress Made on Land

Oct. 15, 2015 — Extraordinary progress in the past decade has brought 1.6 percent of the world's ocean to a category of 'strongly protected,' researchers say in a new analysis, but the accomplishments ... read more

Biochar Can Boost Crops in West Africa: Soil Conditioner for Agriculture in Cities

Oct. 15, 2015 — In West Africa, many farmers move to the cities, where they cultivate soils, many of which are not very fertile. An international research team involved in the "Urban FoodPlus" project is ... read more

Oct. 13, 2015 — Water-dependent wildlife populations in sensitive African dryland regions need continued access to limited surface water resources -- even as human development increases in these areas -- because ... read more

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