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February 28, 2017

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February 28, 2017

Finer Raw Cotton Best for Oil Spill Remediation, Collaborative Research Shows

Feb. 27, 2017 — Cotton, a longtime staple crop on the South Plains and major part of the region’s economy, is growing into a new sector: environmental cleanup following oil spills. Now a new study concludes that ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — Humans have dramatically increased the spatial and seasonal extent of wildfires across the US in recent decades and ignited more than 840,000 blazes in the spring, fall and winter seasons over a ... read more

New Standards for Better Water Quality in Europe

Feb. 27, 2017 — The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) is due to be revised by 2019. The necessary work process is already in full swing and scientific research is providing important input. In a recent study, ... read more

Archeologists at the Vanguard of Environmental Research

Feb. 26, 2017 — The history of people and landscapes, whether natural or cultural, is fundamentally connected. Answering key historical questions about this relation will allow us to approach our most important ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Great Hammerhead sharks have been tagged and tracked across the USA and Bahamas in a bid to shed light on their migration habits. Researchers suggest that these sharks are more at risk than ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Research outlines how the genetic pathways that govern growth and stress response in plants sometimes clash. The research could lead to better performing crop ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Spring is coming sooner to some plant species in the low Arctic of Greenland, while other species are delaying their emergence amid warming winters. The changes are associated with diminishing sea ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Humans may have been altering Arctic sea ice longer than previously thought, according to researchers studying the effects of air pollution on sea ice growth in the mid-20th ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Last winter's El Niño may have felt weak to residents of Southern California, but it was one of the most powerful weather events of the last 145 years, scientists ... read more

Warming Temperatures Could Trigger Starvation, Extinctions in Deep Oceans

Feb. 23, 2017 — Researchers from 20 of the world's leading oceanographic research centers today warned that the world's largest habitat -- the deep ocean floor -- may face starvation and sweeping ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — A new study deployed 55 aircraft ocean instruments from the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration's WP-3D aircraft. The purpose of the scientific mission was to measure ocean ... read more

Sum of Their Parts: Researchers Use Math to Foster Environmental Restoration

Feb. 22, 2017 — Resource management boundaries seldom align with environmental systems, which can lead to scale mismatch or spatial misalignments. Researchers employ analytic modeling to counter this challenge and ... read more

Low Snowpacks of 2014, 2015 May Become Increasingly Common With Warmer Conditions

Feb. 22, 2017 — Oregon experienced very low snowpack levels in 2014 and historically low snowpack levels in 2015. Now a new study suggests that these occurrences may not be anomalous in the future and could become ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — A new study aimed at identifying areas of highest conservation priority in the world's oceans found six 'hot spots of marine biodiversity' that are severely impacted by climate change ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Between 1990 and 2000, the average distance from any point in the United States to the nearest forest increased by 14 percent, a new study shows. The distance can present challenges for wildlife and ... read more

'Atmospheric Rivers' Associated With California Flooding Also Common in the Southeast

Feb. 22, 2017 — Much of the flood-inducing rainfall that has pummeled California over the last month flowed into the region via a river in the sky. But these so-called atmospheric rivers, which transport large ... read more

Study to Focus on Pollution Potential of Oil and Gas Wastewater Spread on Roadways

Feb. 22, 2017 — Understanding the environmental impact of using oil and gas wastewater as a road treatment may lead to safer water resources and stricter government regulations, according to ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientists are reporting unexpected discoveries about Earth's core. The findings include insights into the source of energy driving Earth's magnetic field, factors governing the cooling of ... read more

Scientists Discover How Essential Methane Catalyst Is Made

Feb. 22, 2017 — New ways to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane gas for energy use are a step closer after scientists discovered how bacteria make a component that facilitates the process. Recycling CO2 into ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — A new report released today presents the first global map of transshipment, a major pathway for illegally caught and unreported fish to enter the seafood market. Also associated with drug smuggling ... read more

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