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NYSERDA and Clarkson University Announce Discovery of New Process to Reduce Carbon Monoxide Emissions from Stored Wood Pellets

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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Clarkson University discovered a new process to eliminate the release of dangerous carbon monoxide gas from wood pellets in storage. The use of wood pellet boilers and stoves to replace heating oil, propane or older wood boilers supports Governor Cuomo's energy goals.

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Replace or Wait? Study Says Swap All Incandescent Bulbs Now, but Hold on to CFLs, older LEDs

LED light bulbs are getting cheaper and more energy efficient every year. So, does it make sense to replace less-efficient bulbs with the latest light-emitting diodes now, or should you wait for future improvements and even lower costs?

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Puerto Rico, Hurricane, Climate Science, Biological and Environmental Research, biological and environmental sciences, Environmental Science, environmental research letters, Biomass, Forest, Forests, Storms, storm damage, LBNL, Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Berekely National Laboratory, Carbon, Carbon Dioxide, carbon dioxide (CO2), Carbon Dioxide Atmosphere, CO2, CO

The Effect of Hurricanes on Puerto Rico’s Dry Forests

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More frequent storms turn forests from carbon source to sink.

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A Chemical Thermometer for Tropical Forests

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Monoterpene measures how certain forests respond to heat stress.

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Salt Pond in Antarctica, Among the Saltiest Waters on Earth, Is Fed From Beneath

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One of the saltiest bodies on Earth, an analog to how water might exist on Mars, shows signs of being one piece of a larger aquifer.

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Helping Students Through Five Stages of 'Eco-Grief'

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Humboldt State University Environmental Studies professor identifies “eco-depression” among her students and adjusts her teaching methods to help students cope with their feelings

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Where a Leaf Lands and Lies Influences Carbon Levels in Soil for Years to Come

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Whether carbon comes from leaves or needles affects how fast it decomposes, but where it ends up determines how long it's available.

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Scientists Team Up on Study to Save Endangered African Penguins

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The first study on prognostic health indicators in the endangered African Penguin provides invaluable information to preserve and rehabilitate this seabird. Competition with fisheries, oil spills, climate change, diseases and predators are all contributing factors in their dramatic population decline, which has been as high as 80 percent in some South African colonies. Until now, limited data existed on the factors contributing to their successful rehabilitation.

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X-Rays Reveal the Biting Truth About Parrotfish Teeth

A new study has revealed a chain mail-like woven microstructure that gives parrotfish teeth their remarkable ability to chomp on coral all day long – the structure could serve as a blueprint for designing ultra-durable synthetic materials.

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illegal wildlife trade, Parrots

Heartbreaking Video of Rescued African Gray Parrots Destined for Pet Trade

WCS has released heartbreaking footage of rescued African gray parrots from the Republic of Congo where thousands were destined for the illegal pet trade.







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