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Environment/Sustainable Development
24.02.2017
Which reefs are the most important to save?
Which reefs are the most important to save?
A list of the world's 50 most important reefs to protect from climate change is being compiled by a global team of world experts including Professor Nick Graham of Lancaster University.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
24.02.2017
Hydro storage can secure 100% renewable electricity
With Australia wrestling with how to secure its energy supply, we've found we can make the switch to affordable and reliable clean power.
Environment/Sustainable Development
24.02.2017
New tool gives apple farms hope in fight against spring freezes
This February's warm weather is nice in the Northeast, but apple farmers may pay a price if winter roars back.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
24.02.2017
Antarctica: the ACE expedition completes its second leg
Antarctica: the ACE expedition completes its second leg
The ACE expedition has arrived in Chile. This marks the end of its second leg, during which the researchers made a stop on Antarctica, explored little-known ecosystems using a remote-controlled submersible and visited relatively uncharted territory.
Environment/Sustainable Development
24.02.2017
Which reefs are the most important to save?
Which reefs are the most important to save?
A list of the world's 50 most important reefs to protect from climate change is being compiled by a global team of world experts led by The University of Queensland.
Environment/Sustainable Development
23.02.2017
The unsung hero of science: Assessment
Assessment of complex issues like climate change adds enormous value to the scientific landscape, creating foundations for government and society.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
23.02.2017
Polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling
Geoffrey Coates, the Tisch University Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, discusses an exciting new multiblock polymer that, when added to polyethylene and polypropylene in small measure, creates a new, stronger material out of two otherwise incompatible plastics.
Environment/Sustainable Development
23.02.2017
UQ coral reef expert on ABC's Australian Story
UQ coral reef expert on ABC’s Australian Story
The University of Queensland's Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and his bold new plan to save coral reefs from extinction will feature on Monday's episode of Australian Story. Professor Hoegh-Guldberg first appeared on Australian Story in 2009 following research he'd published a decade earlier predicted the demise of coral reefs by the end of this century.
Environment/Sustainable Development
22.02.2017
Large-scale experiment on the rural Olympic Peninsula to test innovations in forest management
Large-scale experiment on the rural Olympic Peninsula to test innovations in forest management
Forest ecosystems are accustomed to change. Long before humans started intervening, disturbances such as fire, wind storms and diseases wracked segments of the landscape, killing off swathes of trees and providing spaces for regrowth of the forest. Historically, plants and animals have adapted to the patterns of natural disturbance.
Environment/Sustainable Development
22.02.2017
2nd edition of the Swiss Cleantech
2nd edition of the Swiss Cleantech
Six years after it first appeared, the second edition of the Swiss Cleantech Report was unveiled today at a press conference in Zurich.
Environment/Sustainable Development
22.02.2017
UW's Kristin Laidre awarded Pew marine fellowship to study effects of climate change, subsistence hunting on polar bears
UW’s Kristin Laidre awarded Pew marine fellowship to study effects of climate change, subsistence hunting on polar bears
Polar bears depend on sea ice for essential tasks like hunting and breeding. As Arctic sea ice disappears due to climate change, bears across the species' 19 subpopulations are feeling the strain.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Agronomy/Food Science
22.02.2017
Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading
Agricultural research, like that conducted at Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center (shown) is facing daunting challenges as scientists attempt to greatly increase food production in a sustainable way and protect the environment. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. "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, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
22.02.2017
Reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions: promotion or steering?
Policy interventions to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions have a variety of effects on the economy and on households.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
22.02.2017
MTAA Super to partner with ANU solar car team
The first team from the ANU to take part in the World Solar Challenge has received a major boost with MTAA Super, the $10 billion Canberra-based superannuation fund, joining the project as its naming sponsor.
Environment/Sustainable Development
22.02.2017
Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends
Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends
A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth's climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL. In a new study , researchers from UCL, University of Cambridge and University of Louvain have combined existing ideas to solve the problem of which solar energy peaks in the last 2.6 million years led to the melting of the ice sheets and the start of a warm period.
Environment/Sustainable Development
22.02.2017
Solar panels get a face-lift with custom designs
Solar panels get a face-lift with custom designs
Residential solar power is on a sharp rise in the United States as photovoltaic systems become cheaper and more powerful for homeowners.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
21.02.2017
Winners, losers among fish when landscape undergoes change
Winners, losers among fish when landscape undergoes change
As humans build roads, construct buildings and develop land for agriculture, freshwater ecosystems respond - but not always in the ways one might expect. A new study by the University of Washington and Simon Fraser University finds that some fish lose out while others benefit as urban and agricultural development encroaches on streams and rivers across the United States.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Law/Forensics
21.02.2017
Study to focus on pollution potential of oil and gas wastewater spread on roads
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Understanding the environmental impact of using oil and gas wastewater as a road treatment may lead to safer water resources and stricter government regulations, according to Penn State researchers.
Environment/Sustainable Development
21.02.2017
Watch: Electric shocks make dried herbs taste better
Watch: Electric shocks make dried herbs taste better
Certain dried herbs, such as basil, dill and coriander, can be a sad affair. But this could change. A group of researchers in Food Technology at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that by subjecting basil leaves to electric shock, the dried version both tastes and smells almost as if it were fresh.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.02.2017
Legal marijuana sales creating escalating damage to the environment
Legal marijuana sales creating escalating damage to the environment
Marijuana sales have created an economic boom in U.S. states that have fully or partially relaxed their cannabis laws, but is the increased cultivation and sale of this crop also creating escalating environmental damage and a threat to public health?
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.02.2017
Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change
Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change
As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
20.02.2017
Those who help each other can invade harsher environments
Those who help each other can invade harsher environments
Through cooperation, animals are able to colonise harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden, together with researchers in England and USA. The research community has long believed this was the other way around - that species in tough environments had to cooperate to survive.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
17.02.2017
A novel socio-ecological approach helps identifying suitable wolf habitats in human-dominated landscapes
The wolf was eradicated in Switzerland and from large parts of continental Europe including France and Germany by the end of the 19th century. Following legal protection, the wolf population started naturally increasing and expanding, and in 1995 its presence was confirmed in Switzerland. Sightings have increased since.
Environment/Sustainable Development
16.02.2017
Art and space enter a new dimension
Art and space enter a new dimension
ESA's involvement in the world of art is entering a new dimension, thanks to the cooperation with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, with the idea of making space activities as inclusive as possible for more of the public on Earth.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
16.02.2017
Underwater seagrass meadows dial back polluted seawater
Seagrass meadows - bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth - can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research published in Science Feb. 16. ‘The seagrass appear to combat bacteria, and this is the first research to assess whether that coastal ecosystem can alleviate disease associated with marine organisms,' said lead author Joleah Lamb of Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future , where she is a Nature Conservancy NatureNet fellow.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
16.02.2017
’Resurrecting’ tiny lake-dwelling animals to study evolutionary responses to pollution
ANN ARBOR'A University of Michigan biologist combined the techniques of "resurrection ecology" with the study of dated lake sediments to examine evolutionary responses to heavy-metal contamination over the past 75 years. To accomplish this, Mary Rogalski hatched long-dormant eggs of Daphnia, tiny freshwater crustaceans also known as water fleas, that accumulated in the lake sediments over time.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Social Sciences
16.02.2017
Sociologist joins poverty, sustainability experts at UN
A United Nations initiative to meet global sustainable development goals will include a leading Cornell voice in issues surrounding population and socio-economic inequality.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
16.02.2017
Deep reefs unlikely to save shallow coral reefs
Deep reefs unlikely to save shallow coral reefs
Deep coral reefs should not be relied upon as a “lifeline” for shallow reefs, a new study by University of Queensland marine scientists argues. Often highlighted as important ecological refuges, sections of coral reefs 30 to 60 metres deep can offer protection from the full force of climate change-related impacts, such as intensifying storms and warm-water bleaching.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
15.02.2017
Q&A with Stanford experts puts Oroville Dam breach in context
As workers rush to repair the spillway at California's Oroville Dam, Stanford researchers comment on how challenges like climate change and aging infrastructure heighten risks for California.
Environment/Sustainable Development
15.02.2017
Engineers look to help artic ships assess ice buildup
The R/V Melville, a now-retired Navy research vessel, was used by the Cornell research team to test their model for inferring a ship's role gyradius. As global temperatures rise and arctic ice melts, more ships are taking advantage of expedient, yet dangerous ocean routes that are opening in the polar region.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
15.02.2017
How an Ice Age paradox could inform sea level rise predictions
ANN ARBOR'New findings from the University of Michigan explain an Ice Age paradox and add to the mounting evidence that climate change could bring higher seas than most models predict.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
15.02.2017
NICU private rooms save money, avoid costly infections
Newborns in neonatal intensive care units require lots of love. So when doctors put babies - and their families - into private hospital rooms, it may seem expensive.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
15.02.2017
Alien species on the rise globally
Alien species on the rise globally
The number of alien species is increasing globally, and does not show any sign of saturation, finds an international team involving UCL researchers. Led by scientists from Senckenberg, Germany, and the University of Vienna, Austria, the team found that during the last 200 years, the number of new established alien species has grown continuously worldwide, with more than a third of all first introductions recorded between 1970 and 2014.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Mathematics
15.02.2017
Researchers Catch Extreme Waves with High-Resolution Modeling
Researchers Catch Extreme Waves with High-Resolution Modeling
Surfers aren't the only people trying to catch big waves. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are trying to do so, too, at least in wave climate forecasts. Tropical cyclones are seen generating high waves in real-time within the high-resolution, 25-km model (right side).
Environment/Sustainable Development
15.02.2017
Engineers look to help arctic ships assess ice buildup
The R/V Melville, a now-retired Navy research vessel, was used by the Cornell research team to test their model for inferring a ship's role gyradius. As global temperatures rise and arctic ice melts, more ships are taking advantage of expedient, yet dangerous ocean routes that are opening in the polar region.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
14.02.2017
Team marks fifty years of weather watching
Team marks fifty years of weather watching
Braving the elements at 9am on New Year's Day isn't everyone's idea of fun, but for Environmental Scientists at Lancaster University it has been a way of life for the last 50 years.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
14.02.2017
New methods further discern extreme fluctuations in forage fish populations
New methods further discern extreme fluctuations in forage fish populations
ANN ARBOR?California sardine stocks famously crashed in John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row." New research, building on previous since the late 1960s, shows in greater detail that such forage fish stocks have undergone boom-bust cycles for centuries, with at least three species off the U.S. West Coast repeatedly experiencing steep population increases followed by declines long before commercial fishing began.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Social Sciences
13.02.2017
Opinion: India's militant rhino protectors are challenging traditional views of how conservation works
Opinion: India’s militant rhino protectors are challenging traditional views of how conservation works
There is a dilemma in contemporary conservation: how to balance modernisation, people's rights and environmentalism.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
13.02.2017
High metal levels found in Queensland turtle blood
High metal levels found in Queensland turtle blood
Cobalt, a naturally occurring mineral that can also be an environmental pollutant, has been recorded in the blood of Queensland turtles at potentially harmful levels Researcher C. Alex Villa from
Environment/Sustainable Development - Mathematics
11.02.2017
Humans affect Earth system more than natural forces
Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions over the past 45 years have increased the rate of temperature rise to 1.7 degrees Celsius per century, dwarfing the natural background rate. Humans are causing the climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces, new research co-led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
10.02.2017
Scientist calls for industrial scale-up of greenhouse gas-eating microbe technology in UK
A leading green energy scientist who uses bacteria to turn greenhouse gases into usable chemicals is calling for more investment from industry and government subsidies to scale up this newest of technologies.
Architecture - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.02.2017
The school with the largest solar facade in the world
The school with the largest solar facade in the world
The Copenhagen International School's new building is covered by 12,000 colored solar panels based on a technology developed at EPFL.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
10.02.2017
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
09.02.2017
How Switzerland could supply its electric power in 2050
How Switzerland could supply its electric power in 2050
The Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is investigating how Switzerland's electricity supply might look, up to the year 2050, under a variety of boundary conditions.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
09.02.2017
Fossil record should help guide conservation in a changing world
Fossil record should help guide conservation in a changing world
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Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
09.02.2017
What Kind of La Niña Year Is This?
Atmospheric rivers steal thunder from phenomenon that usually brings dry weather to the Southwest Scientists had been anticipating since last summer that La Niña, the phenomenon often associated with
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
09.02.2017
Researchers among those discussing the future of conservation
Researchers among those discussing the future of conservation
The world is changing too fast for nature to keep up. Conservation scholars, including those at Stanford, agree that strategies need to evolve to consider not only how ecosystems operated in past decades and centuries, but also thousands and millions of years ago.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
09.02.2017
UQ welcomes release of Mount Isa air study
The University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) has welcomed the release of a study on the health risks of lead exposure as it relates to the air quality and exposure pathways in the Queensland mining city of Mount Isa. The Lead Pathways Study - Air Health Risk Assessment of Contaminants to Mount Isa City was conducted by UQ researchers Dr Barry Noller and Dr Jack Ng.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
09.02.2017
We Need Secure Energy for America
For the past eight years, the primary focus of U.S. energy policy and research and development has been built around concerns over climate change and reducing carbon dioxide, or CO2 emissions, often through regulation and rule making.
Environment/Sustainable Development
09.02.2017
’Does what I study even matter now?’ Yes, it does. Here’s why
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