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August 13, 2020

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'Critical' Questions Over Disease Risks from Ocean Plastics

Key knowledge gaps exist in our understanding of how ocean microplastics transport bacteria and viruses -- and whether this affects the health of humans and animals, researchers ...

Warming Greenland Ice Sheet Passes Point of No Return

Nearly 40 years of satellite data from Greenland shows that glaciers on the island have shrunk so much that even if global warming were to stop today, the ice sheet would continue ...

Warming Threat to Tropical Forests Risks Release of Carbon from Soil

Billions of tons of carbon dioxide risk being lost into the atmosphere due to tropical forest soils being significantly more sensitive to climate change than previously ...

Upcycling Plastic Waste Toward Sustainable Energy Storage

Engineering professors and their students have been working for years on creating improved energy storage materials from sustainable sources, such as glass bottles, beach sand, Silly Putty, and ...
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Reconstructing Global Climate Through Earth's History

Accurate temperature estimates of ancient oceans are vital because they are the best tool for reconstructing global climate conditions in the past. While climate models provide scenarios of what the ...

Contaminants from Mount Polley Tailings Spill Continue to Affect Quesnel Lake

Natural mixing of lake waters may re-suspend contaminants deposited in a catastrophic mine spill six years ago, according to a new ...

Climate Change Projected to Increase Seasonal East African Rainfall

According to new research, seasonal rainfall is expected to rise significantly in East Africa over the next few decades in response to increased greenhouse gases. The study used high-resolution ...

Air Pollution in Ireland Associated With Strokes, Research Finds

Scientists have found that air pollution in the winter is associated with more hospitalisations for all strokes in ...

How Fish Stocks Will Change in Warming Seas

New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK ...

COVID Recovery Choices Shape Future Climate

A new study warns that even with some lockdown measures staying in place to the end of 2021, without more structural interventions global temperatures will only be roughly 0.01°C lower than expected ...

'Roaming Reactions' Study to Shed New Light on Atmospheric Molecules

For the first time, a team of chemists has lifted the hood on the mechanics involved in the mysterious interplay between sunlight and molecules in the atmosphere known as 'roaming ...

Scientists Identify Missing Source of Atmospheric Carbonyl Sulfide

Researchers report that anthropogenic sources of carbonyl sulfide (OCS), not just oceanic sources, account for much of the missing source of OCS in the atmosphere. Their findings provide better ...

Impact of Climate Change on Tropical Fisheries Would Create Ripples Across the World

Seafood is the most highly traded food commodity globally, with tropical zone marine fisheries contributing more than 50% of the global fish catch, an average of $USD 96 billion annually. Available ...

New Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Turns Waste Into Valuable Critical Minerals

A new way to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) could help transform the environmental pollution problem into an important domestic source of the critical rare earth elements needed to produce technology ...

Ocean Heatwaves Dramatically Shift Habitats

Marine heatwaves across the world's oceans can displace habitat for sea turtles, whales, and other marine life by 10s to thousands of kilometers. They dramatically shift these animals' ...

Blanket of Rock Debris Offers Glaciers More Protection from Climate Change Than Previously Known

A new study which provides a global estimate of rock cover on the Earth's glaciers has revealed that the expanse of rock debris on glaciers, a factor that has been ignored in models of glacier ...

Climate Change May Melt the 'Freezers' of Pygmy Owls and Reduce Their Overwinter Survival

Ecologists have discovered that the food hoards pygmy owls collect in nest-boxes ('freezers') for winter rot due to high precipitation caused by heavy autumn rains and if the hoarding has ...

Disparities in a Common Air Pollutant Are Visible from Space

As a global center for petrochemical manufacturing, Houston, Texas, experiences some of the worst air quality in the country, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Evidence suggests ...

In a Warming World, New England's Trees Are Storing More Carbon

The study reveals that the rate at which carbon is captured from the atmosphere at Harvard Forest nearly doubled between 1992 and ...

Disposed PPE Could Be Turned Into Biofuel, Shows New COVID-19 Study

Plastic from used personal protective equipment (PPE) can, and should, be transformed into renewable liquid fuels, according to a new ...

Surface Clean-Up Technology Won't Solve Ocean Plastic Problem

Clean-up devices that collect waste from the ocean surface won't solve the plastic pollution problem, a new study ...

'Worst-Case' CO2 Emissions Scenario Is Best for Assessing Climate Risk and Impacts to 2050

The RCP 8.5 carbon emissions pathway is the most appropriate for conducting assessments of climate change impacts by 2050, according to a new article. Long dismissed as an alarmist or misleading ...

Strategy for Sustainable Aquaculture, the World's Fastest Growing Food Sector

As the population grows, and the global standard of living improves, humanity's appetite for seafood is increasing. In 2020 seafood consumption reached an all-time high, with an average of 20kg ...

Ancient sediment found in a central Texas cave appears to solve the mystery of why the Earth cooled suddenly about 13,000 years ...

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