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Environment - Economics / Business - 14.02.2012
’Storm of the Century?’ Try ’Storm of the Decade’
With climate change, today's '100-year floods' may happen every three to 20 years, according to new research. Last August, Hurricane Irene spun through the Caribbean and parts of the eastern United States, leaving widespread wreckage in its wake. The Category 3 storm whipped up water levels, generating storm surges that swept over seawalls and flooded seaside and inland communities.

Environment - 14.02.2012
Living with the city
Living with the city
The quiet personalities of our cities are in danger of being buried under the noise of the concrete jungle, writes TEGAN DOLSTRA.

Environment - 14.02.2012
Casting the net
Casting the net
Valerie Kirk tells KATHARINE PIERCE why not knowing who you're working with shouldn't hold you back.

Environment - 13.02.2012
Low altitude, high-flying beans to benefit Africa
Low altitude, high-flying beans to benefit Africa
Slender green beans air-freighted from Kenya to markets in Western Europe are a profitable crop for high-altitude farms across sub-Saharan Africa.

Environment - Life Sciences - 13.02.2012
Explosive evolution need not follow mass extinctions
In the wake of a mass extinction like the one that occurred 445 million years ago, a common assumption is that surviving species tend to proliferate quickly into new forms, having outlived many of their competitors. But new research shows that tiny marine organisms called graptoloids did not begin to rapidly develop new physical traits until about 2 million years after competing species became extinct.

Environment - 13.02.2012
Gas mileage of new vehicles at all-time high
ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States last month was at its highest mark ever, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Chemistry - Environment - 13.02.2012
Engineers create tandem polymer solar cells that set record for energy-conversion
Engineers create tandem polymer solar cells that set record for energy-conversion
In the effort to convert sunlight into electricity, photovoltaic solar cells that use conductive organic polymers for light absorption and conversion have shown great potential.

History / Archeology - Environment - 13.02.2012
Chronicles of the deep
Chronicles of the deep
With the help of one of the planet's oldest marine organisms, an ANU scientist is revealing the natural environment's true history. By LUCY WEDLOCK. She may have grown up in Africa's land-locked Republic of Uganda, but Aimée Komugabe has always felt the inescapable pull of the ocean tide. But it wasn't until after finishing school, when Komugabe was living in another land-locked country, Austria, that the siren call of the deep blue sea became irresistible.

Environment - 12.02.2012
Elephants' habitat fragments in Borneo
Elephants’ habitat fragments in Borneo
The home range and movement rate of the Bornean elephants are influenced by the degree of habitat fragmentation, according to a new study by researchers and conservationists. The study, carried out by the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), Cardiff University and Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) -Malaysia was recently published in the scientific journal Public Library of Science One (PLoS 1).

Environment - Mechanical Engineering - 10.02.2012
Flumes and lasers test elite sportswear
Fabric used to make what is believed to be the fastest swimsuit to ever go on the market was tested Leeds researchers who simulated conditions close to those experienced by elite swimmers. A team led by Sedimentologist Jeff Peakall developed a methodology using lasers and flume tanks contained in a giant black box to accurately measure the speed of fabric through water.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 10.02.2012

Environment - Earth Sciences - 09.02.2012
Grant to Support Purchase of Helicopter
Grant to Support Purchase of Helicopter
— The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science announced that it has received a challenge grant for $700,000 from the Miami-based Batchelor Foundation to support its exploration research efforts.

Environment - Economics / Business - 09.02.2012
Advanced power-grid model finds low-cost, low-carbon future in West
Advanced power-grid model finds low-cost, low-carbon future in West
The least expensive way for the Western U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to help prevent the worst consequences of global warming is to replace coal with renewable and other sources of energy that may include nuclear power, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers.

Life Sciences - Environment - 09.02.2012

Environment - Economics / Business - 08.02.2012
Smart Home Research Set to Begin
Smart Home Research Set to Begin
Reception and service at central level for international students after arrival at KTH. For Master's students For Exchange students At the KTH Symposium, the director of the U.S. National Science Foundation explains how scientific co-operation with Sweden benefits American research.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 08.02.2012
As next supercontinent forms, Arctic Ocean, Caribbean will vanish first
Geologists at Yale University have proposed a new theory to describe the formation of supercontinents, the epic process by which Earth's major continental blocks combine into a single vast landmass. The new model radically challenges the dominant theories of how supercontinents might take shape. In a paper published Feb.

Environment - Economics / Business - 08.02.2012
Berkeley Lab Launches New Institute to Build Low-Carbon Pathways to Prosperity
Berkeley Lab Launches New Institute to Build Low-Carbon Pathways to Prosperity
To some, the problems in developing countries may seem intractable: unsafe drinking water, subpar sanitation systems, limited access to electricity, low agricultural yields due to poor irrigation, environmentally unsustainable use of resources, and so on.

Economics / Business - Environment - 08.02.2012
Carbon Dioxide Puts Waste Heat to Work
Carbon Dioxide Puts Waste Heat to Work
Reception and service at central level for international students after arrival at KTH. For Master's students For Exchange students At the KTH Symposium, the director of the U.S. Nat

Environment - Economics / Business - 08.02.2012
Many companies fall short of social responsibility promises
Whether eliminating child labor, creating environmentally friendly technology or working against all forms of corruption, many corporations fail to become socially responsible despite promises to change, a new University of Michigan study found. In an article recently published in the American Sociological Review, U-M sociologists Alwyn Lim and Kiyoteru Tsutsui say that corporations in developed countries "are more likely to make shallow commitments without substance" in response to external pressures from government and citizens to take socially responsible actions.

Environment - 08.02.2012
Managing floods of the Changjiang (Yangtze) River in China
A group of Chinese scientists have come to the EPFL to participate in a workshop on the water management of a 1'808'500 km2 catchment basin, 43 times the surface area of Switzerland.

Environment - 08.02.2012

Law - Environment - 07.02.2012
Tougher laws to smash green smoke screens
Tougher laws to smash green smoke screens
Law reform and tougher legal sanctions to stop greenwashing are critical, according to a leading intellectual property expert from The Australian National University.

Life Sciences - Environment - 07.02.2012
Scientists' model predicts seabird feeding habits
A computer model which predicts the foraging habits of seabirds could be a vital tool in the quest to protect wildlife along the British coastline. Experts from Plymouth University say the technique can also be used to predict the at-sea distributions of species which are too small to be tracked at present.

Environment - Life Sciences - 07.02.2012
Research, policy, practice: conservation in the round
Research, policy, practice: conservation in the round
Conservation scientists working in partnership with practitioners and policy makers are building practical tools for real-world conservation.

Economics / Business - Environment - 07.02.2012

Environment - 06.02.2012
Scientists call for protection of deep sea coral reefs from European fishing fleets
A team of scientists is calling for the urgent introduction of marine protected areas after producing evidence of long-term damage being done to deep-sea coral reefs by European fishing fleets. Using underwater robotic vehicles, the researchers from Plymouth University recorded a diverse abundance of fish at several coral sites in the North East Atlantic – but also signs that reefs are being smashed by modern fishing gear.

Life Sciences - Environment - 06.02.2012
Fossil cricket reveals Jurassic love song
Fossil cricket reveals Jurassic love song
The love song of an extinct cricket that lived 165 million years ago has been brought back to life by scientists at the University of Bristol. The song - possibly the most ancient known musical song documented to date - was reconstructed from microscopic wing features on a fossil discovered in North East China.

Environment - Administration - 06.02.2012
KTH Broadens Commitment to Sustainability Education
KTH Broadens Commitment to Sustainability Education
Reception and service at central level for international students after arrival at KTH.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 06.02.2012
Tree rings may underestimate climate response to volcanic eruptions
Tree rings may underestimate climate response to volcanic eruptions
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Some climate cooling caused by past volcanic eruptions may not be evident in tree-ring reconstructions of temperature change, because large enough temperature drops lead to greatly shortened or even absent growing seasons, according to climate researchers who compared tree-ring temperature reconstructions with model simulations of past temperature changes.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 06.02.2012
Land-cover Changes Do not Impact Glacier Loss
Land-cover Changes Do not Impact Glacier Loss
A new study shows that land-cover changes, in particular deforestation, in the vicinity of glaciers do not have an impact on glacier loss. However, the study, in which Innsbruck climate researcher were directly involved, also shows that deforestation decreases precipitation in mid elevation zones, which affects the quality of life of the population living in the surrounding areas.

Life Sciences - Environment - 03.02.2012
Under the Microscope #5 – Daisy
Under the Microscope #5 – Daisy
In this video Beverley Glover explains how a daisy is a collection of tiny flowers grouped together to make it look like a single big flower. " Under the Microscope is a collection of videos that show glimpses of the natural and man-made world in stunning close-up. They will be released every Monday and Thursday for the next couple of months and you can see them here: http://bit.ly/A6bwCE Glover: "The flowering plants (Angiosperms) form the dominant vegetation over most of the Earth's land surface.

Environment - Administration - 03.02.2012
NorthStar Initiative launches corporate sustainability webinar series
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/03/2012) —The NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment is launching a free quarterly webin

Environment - Economics / Business - 03.02.2012
Canopy commerce: forest conservation and poverty alleviation
Canopy commerce: forest conservation and poverty alleviation
Innovative approaches for protecting the future of Sierra Leone's Gola Forest - globally important for its biodiversity and its carbon reserves - are being developed by a collaboration of conservation agencies and University of Cambridge researchers.

Environment - Economics / Business - 02.02.2012
High-Speed Train Research Pulls into the Station
High-Speed Train Research Pulls into the Station
Reception and service at central level for international students after arrival at KTH.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 02.02.2012
Scotland first to map wild land
In a first for the UK, a new map detailing Scotland's wild areas is being published today by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Some of the country's wildest landscapes are already identified and protected if they fall within national parks or national scenic areas. But many other wild areas are not identified in any way.

Electroengineering - Environment - 01.02.2012
Wireless power could revolutionize highway transportation, Stanford researchers say
Stanford researchers have designed a new technology that could lead to wireless charging of electric vehicles while they cruise down the highway.

Environment - 01.02.2012
Roundabouts emerging as the ideal intersection between driver safety and efficiency
They've become the subject of myriad YouTube "how-to" videos. Entire department of transportation websites explain how to navigate them.

Environment - Economics / Business - 01.02.2012
Biodiversity conservation for life
Biodiversity conservation for life
This month, the University of Cambridge will be profiling research that addresses biodiversity conservation.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 01.02.2012
Penn State scientists elected to American Geophysical Union
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Michael Mann and David Pollard, both scientists in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, have been elected as Fellows of the American Geophysical Union for exceptional contributions in original research in climate change.

Health - Environment - 01.02.2012
Children test the air for pollutants in Brighton science project
by Simon Levey Wednesday 1 February 2012 Children from Brighton have been testing the air quality in their school playgrounds to monitor how pollution from neighbouring roads might affect them and their environment.

Economics / Business - Environment - 01.02.2012
Driving the green
New study suggests that electric-powered trucks will save money for businesses.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 01.02.2012
Tool is new weapon in fight against climate change
Tool is new weapon in fight against climate change
A new service, developed by experts at The University of Manchester and The Mersey Forest, will provide vital information to help urban neighbourhoods avoid the potentially dangerous effects of climate change.

Environment - 31.01.2012
Tapping into maple success through sanitation
Tapping into maple success through sanitation
The secret to success for maple syrup producers may lie in the science of sanitation. Simply changing taps and tubing or using special spouts could double the amount of sap seeping from New York's maple trees, according to Cornell experts who have spent six years researching the topic.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 31.01.2012
Penn Receives NSF Grant to Research Geological Record of Chilean Earthquakes
Geological evidence of earthquakes and tsunamis aids in anticipating the timing and magnitude of future events.

Environment - Health - 31.01.2012
Climate change history reveals future threats
Climate change history reveals future threats
The historical record foreshadows a grim picture for a future threatened by even greater climate change according to a study from The Australian National University. Professor Tony McMichael from the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health looked at climate changes and their impacts over the last 6,000 to 7,000 years, as documented in historical, archaeological and fossil records.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 30.01.2012
Photos from disaster show Japan’s people ’don’t live for the past’
A collection of images currently displayed in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel tells two stories—a story of devastation and another about the resiliency of the people of Japan.

Economics / Business - Environment - 30.01.2012
National Labs Seek Closer Industry Ties
The network of national laboratories run by the Department of Energy (DOE) has spawned countless scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs in the last 80 years.

Environment - Administration - 27.01.2012
How much is an earthworm worth?
After years of paying little attention, both farmers and EU politicians have started listening in earnest to the research findings. The trick is simply to communicate on the recipient’s terms. Professor of Biology Katarina Hedlund and her colleagues have begun putting a price on nature’s own capital.

Environment - 27.01.2012
Turkish investment in water power led to environmental destruction
Small-scale projects with renewable energy: how can that go wrong? Mine Islar is among the first group of doctoral students in sustainability science.

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