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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

Unsung Hero of Science: Assessment

Feb. 20, 2017 — Assessment adds enormous value to the scientific landscape, creating foundations for government and ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers analyzed 15 policy decisions worldwide, with outcomes ranging from new coastal preservation laws to improved species protections, to produce the first quantitative analysis of how ... 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

Methane Levels Have Increased in Marcellus Shale Region Despite Dip in Well Installation

Feb. 9, 2017 — Despite a slow down in the number of new natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region of Northeast Pennsylvania, new research finds that atmospheric methane levels in the area are still ... read more

Current Climate Change Models Understate the Problem, Scientists Argue

Feb. 8, 2017 — A new study on the relationship between people and the planet shows that climate change is only one of many inter-related threats to the Earth's capacity to support human ... read more

Electricity Costs: A New Way They'll Surge in a Warming World

Feb. 7, 2017 — Climate change is likely to increase US electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new ... read more

Malaria Control Efforts Can Benefit from Forecasting Using Satellites

Feb. 7, 2017 — Links between patterns of malaria in Kenya and environmental factors (temperature, rainfall and land cover) are measurable by satellite imagery, says a researcher. In his doctoral dissertation, the ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — An international team has used satellite technology to review 23 million fire events globally between 2002-2013, identifying the 478 most extreme wildfires. They have found fire-prone cities must ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — Increasing the water table in agricultural peatland could hold key to reducing UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, suggest ... read more

LED Lighting Could Have Major Impact on Wildlife

Feb. 6, 2017 — LED street lighting can be tailored to reduce its impacts on the environment, according to new ... read more

Feb. 3, 2017 — Scientists have determined ecologically valuable areas within China. The country plans to protect these areas as part of an ecological ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Remote cameras can transform monitoring wildlife and habitat biodiversity worldwide, outlines a new ... read more

Oil Production Releases More Methane Than Previously Thought

Feb. 1, 2017 — Emissions of methane and ethane from oil production have been substantially higher than previously estimated, particularly before ... read more

Limited Sign of Soil Adaptation to Climate Warming

Jan. 30, 2017 — While scientists and policy experts debate the impacts of global warming, Earth’s soil is releasing roughly nine times more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than all human activities combined. This ... read more

The Recent Slowdown in Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Masks the Challenges Ahead

Jan. 30, 2017 — Many performance indicators of global and national energy systems suggest that global temperatures could still be kept below 2°C. However, future trajectories will soon diverge from 2°C pathways if ... read more

Action Is Needed to Make Stagnant CO2 Emissions Fall

Jan. 30, 2017 — 2016 marked the third year in a row when global carbon dioxide emissions remained relatively flat, but actual declines won't materialize without advances in carbon capture and storage technology ... read more

Role of Terrestrial Biosphere in Counteracting Climate Change May Have Been Underestimated

Jan. 30, 2017 — New research suggests that the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully ... read more

Nordic Countries Are Bringing About an Energy Transition Worth Copying

Jan. 27, 2017 — What can we learn from the Nordic low-carbon energy transition given the new US leadership vacuum on climate change? A new study offers some important ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Chimpanzees are an endangered species and scientists and conservationists are turning to the NASA-US Geological Survey Landsat satellites to help bolster their efforts to preserve their forest ... read more

Synthetic Chemicals Understudied Drivers of Environmental Change

Jan. 24, 2017 — The growing use of synthetic chemicals, including pesticides and pharmaceuticals to attack unwanted organisms, has outpaced rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations and other agents of global change in ... read more

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