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Killer Whales, Orcas, Reproduction, Endangered Species, Nutrition, Ecology, Marine Mammal

Study Shows High Pregnancy Failure in Southern Resident Killer Whales; Links to Nutritional Stress and Low Salmon Abundance

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A multi-year survey of the health of endangered southern resident killer whales suggests that up to two-thirds of pregnancies failed in this population from 2007 to 2014. The study links this orca population's low reproductive success to stress brought on by low abundance of Chinook salmon.

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Flame Retardants, PBDE, Umbilical Cord Blood

Banned Chemicals Pass Through Umbilical Cord From Mother to Baby, Research Finds

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Trace amounts of flame retardants, banned in the U.S. for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers to their babies, according to new Indiana University research.

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Scripps Institution Of Oceanography, University Of California San Diego, Physical Oceanography

A Wave’s “Sweet Spot” Revealed

For surfers, finding the “sweet spot,” the most powerful part of the wave, is part of the thrill and the challenge.

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WCS Field Conservationist Nominated for Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa

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WCS scientist and field conservationist Nachamada Geoffrey has been nominated for the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa for his efforts to protect Nigeria’s remaining elephants and other important wildlife in Yankari Game Reserve.

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Bacteria, Wastewater, Electrodes, Nanofibers, Sustainability, Pollutants

Bacteria-Coated Nanofiber Electrodes Clean Pollutants in Wastewater

Cornell University materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater.

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Water Management, soil, Hydrology, Drought, Flood

Calculating ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Water Runoff

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Researchers use equations and on-the-ground analyses to the follow water held in the soil versus fresh rainfalls. This can improve water management in drought- and flood-affected areas.

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Tiny Mite Takes a Major Bite Out of NYS Honeybee Population, Threatens Fruit and Vegetable Crops

A tiny mite is causing major problems for New York’s honeybee population and is threatening the fruit and vegetable crops that are a major part of the state’s agriculture industry.

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Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, Reef Destruction, Global Warming, coralline, Marine Biodiversity

Could an Artificial Coral Reef Protect Marine Biodiversity Against Climate Changes?

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Climate change from rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) is having two major effects in our seas - global warming and ocean acidification - and the combination of these threats is affecting marine life from single organisms to species communities.

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human wildlife conflict, INDA

Study Calls for Urgent Need for Improved Human-Wildlife Conflict Management Across India

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There is an urgent need to strengthen human-wildlife conflict management across India, as up to 32 wildlife species are damaging life and property in this nation of 1 billion people, according to a recent study published in the July 2017 edition of Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

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Kansas State University, K-State, KSU, saugata datta, Michael Vega, Manganese, Arsenic, Water Pollution, Drinking Water, Water Contamination, Public Health

Friend or Foe? Manganese Concentration in Drinking Water Needs Attention, Researchers Say

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Kansas State University researchers published a study in Frontiers in Environmental Science that showed Manganese relates differently than its cancer-causing cousin, arsenic, to dissolved organic matter in groundwater. Researchers say more studies are need to understand the relationship.







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