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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

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

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

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

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

Insight Into a Physical Phenomenon That Leads to Earthquakes

Feb. 22, 2017 — Researchers provide insight into a phenomenon called ageing that leads to more powerful ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — 'Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population.' This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, ... read more

Reduction of Energy Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Promotion or Steering?

Feb. 22, 2017 — Policy interventions to reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions have a variety of effects on the economy and on households. A study has provided the first detailed impact assessment of ... read more

Forests Worldwide Threatened by Drought

Feb. 21, 2017 — Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, researchers have found. An analysis suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. These ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientific findings are awaiting discovery in your backyard. The requirement? A keen sense of observation and patience. A researcher recently completed a study on moles' behavior that proves the ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — Researchers are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon ... read more

Selenium Deficiency Promoted by Climate Change

Feb. 20, 2017 — As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — Researchers have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury that may be present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna. According ... read more

Unsung Hero of Science: Assessment

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

Tool for a Cleaner Long Island Sound

Feb. 19, 2017 — Ecologists have pinpointed sources of nitrogen pollution along Long Island Sound, and shows municipalities what they might do to alleviate ... read more

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