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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Feb. 17, 2017 — A complex with a proton pathway and stabilized by outer coordination sphere interactions is reversible for hydrogen production/oxidation at room temperature and pressure, researchers have ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — You might think that polar bears — and the potential for attack — are the biggest danger the Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard. But avalanches kill far more people on Svalbard than ... read more

Local Weather Impacts Melting of One of Antarctica's Fastest-Retreating Glaciers

Feb. 17, 2017 — Local weather plays an important part in the retreat of the ice shelves in West Antarctica, according to new ... read more

Quest for Climate-Friendly Refrigerants Finds Complicated Choices

Feb. 17, 2017 — Researchers have just completed a multiyear study to identify the 'best' candidates for future use as air conditioning refrigerants that will have the lowest impact on the ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a new paper. The study looks at the evolutionary changes that are being caused by the way roads ... read more

'Resurrecting' Tiny Lake-Dwelling Animals to Study Evolutionary Responses to Pollution

Feb. 16, 2017 — A biologist combined the techniques of 'resurrection ecology' with the study of dated lake sediments to examine evolutionary responses to heavy-metal contamination over the past 75 ... read more

Scientists Find Evidence of Alaskan Ecosystem Health in Harlequin Ducks

Feb. 16, 2017 — Harlequin Ducks in coastal areas of Alaska’s Kodiak and Unalaska islands are exposed to environmental sources of mercury and that mercury concentrations in their blood are associated with their ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Outdoor air pollution has been linked to 2.7 million preterm births per year, a major study has concluded. When a baby is born preterm (at less than 37 weeks of gestation), there is an increased risk ... read more

Fish Affected by Deepwater Horizon Spill Give Clues to Air Pollution Heart Disease

Feb. 16, 2017 — A study into the effects on fish of a 2010 oil disaster could shed new light on how air pollution affects humans' hearts, report ... read more

Biodiversity Can Promote Ecosystem Efficiency

Feb. 16, 2017 — Humans influence evolution. In the case of whitefish in Swiss lakes, one consequence of this is replacement of a diversity of specialized species by fewer generalists. A recent analysis now suggests ... read more

Whale-Ship Collisions

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists and government officials met at the United Nations today to consider possible solutions to a global problem: how to protect whale species in their most important marine habitats that ... read more

Deep Reefs Unlikely to Save Shallow Coral Reefs

Feb. 15, 2017 — Often highlighted as important ecological refuges, deep sections of coral reefs (30-60 m depth) can offer protection from the full force of climate change-related impacts, such as intensifying storms ... read more

Study Associates Proximity to Oil and Gas Development and Childhood Leukemia

Feb. 15, 2017 — Young Coloradans diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia are more likely to live in areas of high-density oil and gas development compared to young Coloradans diagnosed with other types of cancer, ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover. This applies in particular to trees with large fruit ... read more

How an Ice Age Paradox Could Inform Sea Level Rise Predictions

Feb. 15, 2017 — New research findings explain an Ice Age paradox and add to the mounting evidence that climate change could bring higher seas than most models ... read more

Global Ocean De-Oxygenation Quantified

Feb. 15, 2017 — The ongoing global change causes rising ocean temperatures and changes the ocean circulation. Therefore less oxygen is dissolved in surface waters and less oxygen is transported into the deep sea. ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new study could prove significant in answering among the most enduring questions for ecologists: Why do species live where they do, and what are the factors that keep them there? The ranges of ... read more

Scientists Report Ocean Data from Under Greenland's Petermann Glacier

Feb. 15, 2017 — Based on data from the first ocean sensors deployed under Greenland's Petermann Glacier, researchers report that the floating ice shelf is strongly coupled, or tied, to the ocean below and to ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Cracks in the Greenland Ice Sheet let one of its aquifers drain to the ocean, new NASA research finds. The aquifers, discovered only recently, are unusual in that they trap large amounts of liquid ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Ozone levels in June 2015 were significantly higher than normal over a large swath of the Western US. Analysis ties this air quality pattern to the abnormal conditions in the northeast Pacific Ocean, ... read more

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