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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016

Feb. 9, 2016 — Swedish researchers have produced the world's first model car with a roof and battery made from wood-based carbon fiber -- a lightweight and renewable alternative to metals and other ... read more

Carbon Reductions Won't Hinder Chinese Growth

Feb. 9, 2016 — China's new efforts to price carbon could lower the country's carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades, new research ... read more

A Fifth of Car Fuel-Efficiency Savings Are Eroded by Increased Driving

Feb. 9, 2016 — Around a fifth of the energy-saving benefits of fuel-efficient cars are eroded because people end up driving them more, according to a study into British motoring habits over the last 40 ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Australia's Nullarbor Plain is one of the driest landscapes in the country, but new research suggests it was once forest that received up to four times as much rain as it gets ... read more

Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Linked With Asthma Risk

Feb. 9, 2016 — Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Exposure to air pollution more than 30 years ago may still affect an individual's mortality risk today, according to new research. Highest risks were seen for respiratory disease, such as ... read more

Why Not Recycled Concrete?

Feb. 8, 2016 — From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can’t we recycle concrete from our ... read more

Asian Monsoon Season Weakens as the Indian Ocean Warms

Feb. 8, 2016 — The variable nature of the summer monsoon season makes Southern Asia one of the most vulnerable regions to natural disasters associated with climate change, such as droughts and floods. A recent ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Researchers have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ... read more

Secondary Tropical Forests Absorb Carbon at Higher Rate Than Old-Growth Forests

Feb. 8, 2016 — Forests are an important carbon sink. While most attention has focused on old-growth tropical forests, it turns out that secondary forests that re-grow after forest clearance or agricultural ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — The sheet of paper taped to the door of Keith Emery's office tells the story. On the paper is a simple fever chart showing the improvements made in increasing the efficiency of two dozen types ... read more

Higher Cellulolytic Activity of a Vital Microorganism Explained

Feb. 8, 2016 — Researchers say that a better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels. Their discovery was made during an investigation into ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Climate change projections that look ahead one or two centuries show a rapid rise in temperature and sea level, but say little about the longer picture. A new looks at the next 10,000 years, and ... read more

Traffic-Related Air Pollution Linked to Facial Dark Spots

Feb. 8, 2016 — A large scale study that included women from Germany and China has demonstrated a link between levels of traffic-related air pollution and air pollution-associated gases with the formation of dark ... read more

Clean Energy from Water

Feb. 8, 2016 — Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation of the skeleton of coralline algae ... read more

Record Missouri Flooding Was Humanmade Calamity, Scientist Says

Feb. 5, 2016 — Why was the New Year's flood in Missouri so bad? Most news reports blamed it on the heavy rain, but a professor of earth and planetary sciences says analysis of the flood data shows much of the ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — A new study provides insight into the impacts of home shopping on vehicle operations and greenhouse gas ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Forty years of mountaintop coal mining have made parts of Central Appalachia 60 percent flatter than they were before excavation, researchers say. This study, which compares pre- and post-mining ... read more

Secondhand Smoke: Nations Producing Less Greenhouse Gas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Feb. 5, 2016 — A new study shows a dramatic global mismatch between nations producing the most greenhouse gases and the ones most vulnerable to the effects of climate ... read more

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