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Environmental Science News
December 7, 2019

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How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... read more
Biodiversity across the globe could be in a worse state than previously thought, as assessments fail to account for long-lasting impact of land change, a new study ... read more
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in ... read more
Over the course of several months, researchers created Escherichia coli strains that consume carbon dioxide for energy instead of organic compounds. This achievement in ... read more
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As China Rapidly Adopts Clean Energy, Use of Traditional Stoves Persists

Old habits are hard to break. A new study of replacement of traditional wood and coal burning stoves with clean energy in China suggests that, without a better understanding of the reasons behind ... read more

Recycling Nutrient-Rich Industrial Waste Products Enhances Soil, Reduces Carbon

Recycling biotechnology byproducts can enhance soil health while reducing carbon emissions and maintaining crop ... read more

Can Arctic 'Ice Management' Combat Climate Change?

According to a much-debated geo-engineering approach, both sea-ice retreat and global warming could be slowed by using millions of wind-powered pumps, drifting in the sea ice, to promote ice ... read more

Damaging Rains from Hurricanes More Intense After Winds Begin to Subside

Howling wind drives torrential rain sideways as tall, slender palms bow and tree limbs snap. A hurricane approaches, its gale-force winds wreaking havoc as it nears the coast. Storm surges combine ... read more

Changing Wildfires in the California's Sierra Nevada May Threaten Northern Goshawks

Research suggests fire, as it becomes more frequent and severe, poses a substantial risk to goshawks in the Sierra Nevada ... read more

Carbon Emissions from Volcanic Rocks Can Create Global Warming

Greenhouse gas emissions released directly from the movement of volcanic rocks are capable of creating massive global warming effects -- a discovery which could transform the way scientists predict ... read more

Gulf of Mexico Coral Reefs to Protect from Storm Surge in the Future -- But Will They?

Researchers used 120,000-year-old fossils to predict how Gulf of Mexico coral reefs will respond to climate change toward the end of this ... read more

Atmospheric River Storms Create $1 Billion-a-Year Flood Damage

Researchers found that flooding has caused nearly $51 billion in damages to western states in the last 40 years. More than 84 percent of these damages were caused by atmospheric rivers (ARs), long ... read more

Looking at Tropical Forests Through New Eyes

Air-based maps of plant chemistry are improving carbon cycling models in hyper-diverse tropical ... read more

Studying Water Quality With Satellites and Public Data

The researchers built a novel dataset of more than 600,000 matchups between water quality field measurements and Landsat imagery, creating a 'symphony of ... read more

Lake Methane Emissions Should Prompt Rethink on Climate Change

Study sheds new light on the impact of natural methane production on global climate change ... read more

Scientists Devise Catalyst That Uses Light to Turn Carbon Dioxide to Fuel

Scientists have used sunlight and a catalyst largely made of copper to transform carbon dioxide to ... read more

Global Carbon Emissions Growth Slows, but Hits Record High

Coal use is down dramatically in the United States and the European Union, and renewable energy is gaining traction. But rising natural gas and oil use in 2019 increased the world's carbon ... read more

For Some Corals, Meals Can Come With a Side of Microplastics

A new experiment has found that some corals are more likely to eat microplastics when they are consuming other food, yet microplastics alone are ... read more

Great Barrier Reef Study Shows How Reef Copes With Rapid Sea-Level Rise

A survey of coral reef cores on the Great Barrier Reef has revealed how it has responded to recent periods of rapid sea-level rise. The study, covering the past 9000 years, has revealed a system in ... read more

What's Driving Erosion Worldwide?

Researchers are reexamining the causes of soil erosion around the world -- and have found that countries themselves have a surprisingly strong influence on their soil. This country effect was ... read more

Smog-Eating Graphene Composite Reduces Atmospheric Pollution

A graphene-titania photocatalyst degrades up to 70% more atmospheric NOx than standard titania nanoparticles in tests on real ... read more

Finnish Rivers Transport Carbon to Baltic Sea at an Increasing Rate

The amount of carbon transported via Finnish rivers to the Baltic Sea has risen substantially in the past few decades. The researchers don't know the exact effects ... read more

Study Calls for Improved Sanitation and the Environmental Management of Pharmaceuticals

Failure to ensure the environmental sustainability of growing patient access to medicines in developing economies could increase the risk of adverse environmental impacts, according to new ... read more

Harbor Porpoise Calves Exposed to Neurotoxic PCBs in Mothers' Milk

Harbour porpoise calves around the UK are carrying a more neurotoxic cocktail of PCBs than their mothers, as females unknowingly detoxify themselves by transferring the chemicals while feeding their ... read more

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