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Physics - Environment - 15.12.2010

Earth Sciences - Environment - 14.12.2010
Earthshaking possibilities may limit underground storage of carbon dioxide, says Stanford geophysicist
Earthshaking possibilities may limit underground storage of carbon dioxide, says Stanford geophysicist
Combating global warming by pumping carbon dioxide into the ground for long-term storage – known as carbon sequestration – could trigger small earthquakes that might breach the storage system, allowing the gas back into the atmosphere, according to Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 14.12.2010
Lessons From Deepwater
Top Stories People Press Clips @Work What's Happening Faculty Authors Lessons From Deepwater America's biggest oil leak exposed a glaring need to proactively protect and monitor coastlines, researchers say Mario C. Aguilera and Robert Monroe | Dec.

Chemistry - Environment - 13.12.2010
A greener way to your little black dress
A greener way to your little black dress
The colours run, leaving both your black top and your white shirt looking different shades of grey. But now scientists at the University of Leeds have invented a revolutionary way of permanently colouring the molecules of fabric fibres, meaning that the colours never run and clothes never fade.

Environment - Mechanical Engineering - 09.12.2010
University of Minnesota first in the nation to begin using high-tech indoor solar simulator
University of Minnesota first in the nation to begin using high-tech indoor solar simulator
Engineering researchers will study ways to turn concentrated sunlight into fuels Media Note: Interviews with researchers and a tour of the university's solar energy lab are available upon request by contacting Preston Smith at smith [a] umn (p) edu.

Environment - Physics - 08.12.2010
The 12 Plankton of Christmas
A top scientist who studies microscopic creatures that live in the sea has discovered the "12 plankton of Christmas".

Environment - Physics - 08.12.2010
The 12 Plankton of Christmas
A top scientist who studies microscopic creatures that live in the sea has discovered the "12 plankton of Christmas".

Environment - Life Sciences - 08.12.2010
Ice-age reptile extinctions provide a glimpse of likely responses to human-caused climate change
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A wave of reptile extinctions on the Greek islands over the past 15,000 years may offer a preview of the way plants and animals will respond as the world rapidly warms due to human-caused climate change, according to a University of Michigan ecologist and his colleagues.

Health - Environment - 08.12.2010
New traffic pollution study launched
New traffic pollution study launched
Researchers at King's College London are developing ways of working out a person's individual exposure to traffic pollution when travelling to, from, and around London.

Business / Economics - Environment - 07.12.2010
Carbon Capture and Storage technologies could provide a new green industry for the UK
Carbon Capture and Storage technologies could provide a new green industry for the UK
Carbon Capture and Storage technologies could provide a new green industry for the UK Scientists also say more investment is needed if the industry is to take off in the UK The UK has the capacity to

Chemistry - Environment - 07.12.2010
Plants 'remember' winter to bloom in spring, research says
Dec. 7, 2010 AUSTIN, Texas — The role a key molecule plays in a plant's ability to remember winter, and therefore bloom in the spring, has been identified by University of Texas at Austin scientists.

Environment - Life Sciences - 07.12.2010
35,000 new species 'sitting in cupboards'
35,000 new species 'sitting in cupboards'
Science 07 Dec 10 Of the estimated 70,000 species of flowering plants yet to be described by scientists, more than half may already have been collected but are lying unknown and unrecognised in collections around the world, a new study suggests.

Environment - Life Sciences - 06.12.2010
Life in the wild boosts immune function
Life in the wild boosts immune function
Life in a demanding environment with limited resources might be better for the immune system than living in comfort, according to new research from the University of Bristol. Professor Mark Viney and colleagues compared the immune function of wild mice who have to find their own food with that of mice bred in captivity who have all food and lodging provided for them.

Environment - 03.12.2010
Sussex Energy Group briefs UN on low carbon technology
Sussex Energy Group briefs UN on low carbon technology Climate talks should deliver more support for low carbon innovation in the developing world, say researchers .

Environment - Computer Science / Telecom - 03.12.2010
Energy use in the media cloud
Energy use in the media cloud
Press release issued 3 December 2010 The increased availability and access of broadband around the world has meant a rise in global demand for online media services and this could have implications for a society that is living within environmental limits.

Health - Environment - 02.12.2010
Loss of species is bad for your health
Loss of species is bad for your health
As the numbers of species declines due to habitat loss, pollution and climate change, the risk of catching infectious diseases may rise for humans, animals and plants.

Life Sciences - Environment - 02.12.2010
Trigger that prepares animals for the season…whatever the weather
Trigger that prepares animals for the season…whatever the weather
University of Manchester scientists have helped identify the key trigger mechanism in the 'internal clocks' of animals which means they are prepared for the season whether snow comes in November or the sun shines in March. The research team, led by Dr Hugues Dardente and Professor David Hazlerigg at the University of Aberdeen and including Professor Andrew Loudon at Manchester's Faculty of Life Sciences, has pinpointed the 'switch' controlling seasonal hormone production, based on the changing daily cycle of light and darkness.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 01.12.2010
Rainforest conservation needs new direction to address climate change
Rainforest conservation needs new direction to address climate change
Conservation and international aid groups may be on the wrong course to address the havoc wreaked on tropical rainforests by climate change, according to a commentary appearing on Dec.

Environment - Computer Science / Telecom - 01.12.2010
Invasive pest danger closer than you think
University Park, Pa. In Australia, when crossing from one state to another, travelers may encounter a quarantine stop and may be required to forfeit recently purchased fruits and vegetables as a hedge against invasive pests. But in the U.S., crossing state lines is freewheeling, according to researchers from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, who evaluated the threat of invasive pests to states from within the country.

Environment - Business / Economics - 30.11.2010
Spain Supplies Weather Station for Next Mars Rover
Spain Supplies Weather Station for Next Mars Rover
The first instrument from Spain for a mission to Mars will provide daily weather reports from the Red Planet.

Business / Economics - Environment - 30.11.2010

Chemistry - Environment - 30.11.2010
Celebrating a better battery
Science | Technology Cath Harris | 30 Nov 10 It's 30 years since research by Oxford University scientists led to the development of one of the world's most popular rechargeable batteries.

Environment - Life Sciences - 29.11.2010
Rainforest collapse drove reptile evolution
Rainforest collapse drove reptile evolution
Global warming devastated tropical rainforests, 300 million years ago. Now scientists report the unexpected discovery that this event triggered an evolutionary burst amongst reptiles - and inadvertently paved the way for the rise of dinosaurs, a hundred million years later.

Environment - Physics - 29.11.2010
The challenges of a world warmed by 2 or 4 degrees Celsius
The challenges of a world warmed by 2 or 4 degrees Celsius
Oxford scientists have contributed to a series of research papers about the impacts of global warming to coincide with the opening of the Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. One study, led by Niel Bowerman of the Oxford University's Department of Physics, warns that the conference will fail to meet its objectives unless it addresses not just how much the planet warms, but also how fast it warms.

Environment - 28.11.2010

Environment - Business / Economics - 25.11.2010
Investments in rural energy efficiency, renewable energy reduce poverty, greenhouse gas emissions
Investments in rural energy efficiency, renewable energy reduce poverty, greenhouse gas emissions
BERKELEY — In the developing world, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is often seen as being in conflict with alleviating poverty, since improving the standard of living is usually associated with increased energy use.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 24.11.2010
Developing countries often outsource deforestation, study finds
Developing countries often outsource deforestation, study finds
In many developing countries, from Chile to Vietnam, forest restoration efforts have been offset by the population's growing demand for timber and agricultural products harvested elsewhere.

Life Sciences - Environment - 24.11.2010
When pouched carnivores ruled the animal kingdom
When pouched carnivores ruled the animal kingdom
Marsupial carnivores, including bizarre pouched lions, wolves, and sabretooths, were once as diverse in their appearance as their placental counterparts are today, according to new research. Millions of years ago large marsupial carnivores dominated both Australasia and South America. Today, the Tasmanian Devil is the largest marsupial carnivore left, and is on the brink of extinction.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 23.11.2010
NASA Study Finds Earth's Lakes are Warming
NASA Study Finds Earth’s Lakes are Warming
PASADENA, Calif. In the first comprehensive global survey of temperature trends in major lakes, NASA researchers determined Earth's largest lakes have warmed during the past 25 years in response to climate change. Researchers Philipp Schneider and Simon Hook of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used satellite data to measure the surface temperatures of 167 large lakes worldwide.

Physics - Environment - 23.11.2010
NASA's Savory Sea Salt Sensor to Get Cooked, Chilled
NASA’s Savory Sea Salt Sensor to Get Cooked, Chilled
While most Americans are traveling to family gatherings this week for Thanksgiving, a team of scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., are flying down to Brazil to "cook" a salty NASA instrument that's sure to spice up studies of Earth's climate after its launch late next spring.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 23.11.2010
A step-change in sustainable urban transport
A step-change in sustainable urban transport
The 1.5 million STEP-CHANGE project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), aims to inform a 'step-change' in attitudes to urban transport by revolutionising the planning of towns and cities.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 22.11.2010
Predicting sea level rise: Understanding how icebergs form could lead to better forecasts
A helicopter view of a crack in the Amery Ice Shelf in East Antarctica. Photo by Jim Behrens Click above image for higher resolution. ANN ARBOR, Mich.—In an effort to understand how fast sea level could rise as the climate warms, a University of Michigan researcher has developed a new theory to describe how icebergs detach from ice sheets and glaciers.

Environment - Life Sciences - 22.11.2010
Connecting with outdoors, nature top motivation for Wisconsin hunters, survey finds
A recent survey conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers found that the most important motivations for hunters in Wisconsin are spending time outdoors and being close to nature.

Environment - 22.11.2010
The Amazon: from wetland to river
The Amazon: from wetland to river
How do you turn a mega-wetland into the world's largest river? By continental tilting, suggests an international team led by a University of Sydney group.

Environment - Physics - 19.11.2010
Scientists Chosen to Help on Venus Climate Orbiter
Scientists Chosen to Help on Venus Climate Orbiter
NASA has established a Venus Climate Orbiter Participating Scientist Program to complement scientific return of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)-led Venus Climate Orbiter, or "Akatsuki" mission.

Environment - 18.11.2010
UC and ANU join forces to create sustainable cities
UC and ANU join forces to create sustainable cities
The University of Canberra and The Australian National University have joined forces to address the pressing sustainability issues facing Canberra and the surrounding region.

Environment - Life Sciences - 18.11.2010
Carbon Mitigation Initiative receives $11 million through extended partnership with BP
In a continuing research partnership to identify ways to tackle the world's climate problem, Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) has received a commitment of $11 million from BP as part of an extension of their partnership first announced in October 2008.

Environment - Life Sciences - 17.11.2010
As arctic temperatures rise, tundra fires increase
As arctic temperatures rise, tundra fires increase
CHAMPAIGN, lll. In September, 2007, the Anaktuvuk River Fire burned more than 1,000 square kilometers of tundra on Alaska's North Slope, doubling the area burned in that region since record keeping began in 1950. A new analysis of sediment cores from the burned area revealed that this was the most destructive tundra fire at that site for at least 5,000 years.

Environment - Computer Science / Telecom - 17.11.2010
Computer users simulate extreme weather at home
Computer users simulate extreme weather at home
Science | Environment 17 Nov 10 Volunteers are being asked to run a series of climate prediction experiments on their computers to help understand how global climate change will affect weather in different regions of the world.

Physics - Environment - 16.11.2010
Camera on Curiosity’s Arm will Magnify Clues in Rocks
NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will wield an arm-mounted magnifying camera similar to one on the Mars Rover Opportunity, which promptly demonstrated its importance for reading environmental history from rocks at its landing site in 2004.

Environment - Health - 16.11.2010
CUP adopts giant panda to build closer links with China
CUP adopts giant panda to build closer links with China
Cambridge University Press has adopted a giant panda at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Foundation in China, in a bid to build closer working links with the country and to help protect this endangered species.

Environment - Business / Economics - 15.11.2010
10 ways to a more sustainable World
10 ways to a more sustainable World
The university's achievements will be celebrated with the launch of a new publication highlighting ten of the ways its projects have had a lasting positive impact on the world and in particular, on the issue of sustainability.

Environment - Health - 12.11.2010
How a beleaguered Monterey Bay was brought back to health
How a beleaguered Monterey Bay was brought back to health
How Monterey Bay was transformed from its "era of ill health" portrayed in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row – when the bay was a cesspool of cannery waste – to the vibrantly healthy ecosystem

Environment - Business / Economics - 11.11.2010
10 ways Leeds can help save the World
10 ways Leeds can help save the World
The university's achievements will be celebrated with the launch of a new publication highlighting ten of the ways its projects have had a lasting positive impact on the world and in particular, on the issue of sustainability.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 10.11.2010
In 100 years, maple sap will flow a month earlier
In 100 years, maple sap will flow a month earlier
As the climate warms this century, maple syrup production in the Northeast is expected to slightly decline by 2100, and the window for tapping trees will move earlier by about a month, reports a Cornell study.

Environment - Architecture - 10.11.2010
'Unpacking the Nano' to show revolutionary car's impact
’Unpacking the Nano’ to show revolutionary car’s impact
What does it take to design and mass-produce an automobile to sell for around $2,500? And what are the inevitable environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts of having 5 million, 10 million,

Environment - 10.11.2010
On anniversary of Edmund Fitzgerald sinking, wave research may prevent future tragedies
The intense and dangerous windstorm and accompanying high waves the Great Lakes states experienced in late October is thought to be the same kind of storm that occurred on Lake Superior causing the fatal wreck of the ship Edmund Fitzgerald 35 years ago on Wednesday, Nov.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 09.11.2010
University lecturers take the high road to explore Scotland's landscape
Two Plymouth scientists have just completed a series for BBC Scotland about man's impact on the "natural wilderness" of Scotland with clear environmental lessons that apply worldwide which could benefit the landscape in the South West.

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