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Air Pollution a Concern at Levels Currently Accepted as “Safe”

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) warns today that government agencies must not become complacent in the effort to provide clean air to all citizens.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)


Study: World Heritage Convention Can Play a Critical Role in Protecting the Earth’s Remaining Wilderness Areas

A new WCS and University of Queensland (UQ)-led study urges the UNESCO World Heritage Convention to better conserve wilderness areas through designation of Natural World Heritage Sites (NWHS).

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildlife of Northern Central African Republic in Danger

The first aerial assessment of the impact of Central African Republic’s recent conflict on wildlife and other natural resources in the northern part of the country shows that wildlife populations have been depleted in large areas of their former ra...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

UCI: Earth Is Losing Its Fire Power

The world’s open grasslands and the beneficial fires that sustain them have shrunk rapidly over the past two decades, thanks to a massive increase in agriculture, according to a new study led by University of California, Irvine and NASA researchers...

– University of California, Irvine

Science, June-2017

Ancient Fossils Suggest Whales Used Teeth to Filter Out Prey

How baleen whales became filter feeders is widely debated among scientists—but now anatomy researchers at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine may finally solve this mystery.

– New York Institute of Technology

Current Biology; NSF EAR-1349607

Global Forest Network Cracks the Case of Tropical Biodiversity

Why does biodiversity grade from exuberance at the equator through moderation at mid-latitudes toward monotony at higher ones? Data from an international network of long-term forest dynamics research sites is finally providing an answer.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Science, June 30. 2017

Study: Climate Change Damages US Economy, Increases Inequality

Unmitigated climate change will make the United States poorer and more unequal, according to a new study published today in the journal Science. The poorest third of counties could sustain economic damages costing as much as 20 percent of their incom...

– Rutgers University


Bacteria Collaborate to Propel the Ocean ‘Engine’

Essential microbiological interactions that keep our oceans stable have been fully revealed for the first time, by researchers at the University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

Nature Microbiology

Animal Study Finds High-Fat Diet in Pregnancy Increases Breast Cancer Risk Over Generations

Feeding pregnant female mice a diet high in fat derived from common corn oil resulted in genetic changes that substantially increased breast cancer susceptibility in three generations of female offspring, reports a team of researchers led by scientis...

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

U54-CA149147, R01-CA164384, P30-CA51008

Winter Cover Crop Good for Soil, Cows, Profit

Triticale is a winter cover crop that limits farmers' gamble with a trifecta of benefits. Triticale is a wheat-rye hybrid from the late 1800s. In New York State, 15 years of research finds triticale brings benefits to the field, the growers’ pocket...

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

‘Weedy’ Fish Species to Take Over Our Future Oceans

University of Adelaide researchers have for the first time demonstrated that the ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small ‘weedy’ species dominating marine environments.

– University of Adelaide

Current Biology

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Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, Other Biofuels and Gasoline

Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They’ve demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn ...

– Rutgers University

Global Temperature Report: June 2017

Global Temperature Report: June 2017

– University of Alabama Huntsville

A Whole-Genome Sequenced Rice Mutant Resource for the Study of Biofuel Feedstocks

Researchers at the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute, in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, are reporting the first whole-genome sequence of a mutant population of Kitaake, a model variety of rice. Their high-density, high-resolution catalog ...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Plant Cell, June 2017

Story Tips From the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2017

ORNL links Earth and human impact systems for better climate predictions; To develop platform to analyze VA’s large health datasets; Neutrons resolve debate over metallic glass behavior origins; 3D printing materials crosslink without heat; Web too...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Ecological Roots

Despite popular conceptions as an offshoot of the environmental movement, much of the field of ecology evolved to meet the needs of the federal government during the Atomic Age. The Department of Energy’s national laboratories played a key role, fr...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Gonzaga University Abuzz This Summer with Faculty-Led Undergraduate Science Research

SPOKANE, Wash. – Although school is out for summer for most Gonzaga University students, the science labs are teeming with undergraduates’ research. Sixty-four science students are working alongside 25 faculty mentors in the lab and field conduct...

– Gonzaga University

Restoration Efforts Bolster Population of Endangered Piping Plovers

High water on Lake Ontario, urbanization of the New Jersey shore and a growing predator population are among the challenges facing one of America’s iconic shorebirds and the conservationists determined to restore the bird’s population.

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Michael Farrar Joins UCAR Leadership

Weather Service executive named UCAR senior vice president/chief operating officer

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

University Collaboration Set to Spark Breakthroughs in Human, Animal Health

1Data is a collaborative project that establishes a new standard for analyzing human and animal health information. Researchers will create the next generation of approaches to curing or mitigating human and animal diseases.

– Kansas State University

New Mexico Firm Uses Motion of the Ocean to Bring Fresh Water to Coastal Communities

Working with scientists at Sandia National Laboratories through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program, a Santa Fe company has produced a pump system that uses wave power to send pressurized seawater onto shore where it is desalinated witho...

– Sandia National Laboratories

July Marks the Beginning of a U.S. Ban on Microbeads. What Are Microbeads and Do They Affect the Planet?

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Larsen C Ice Shelf Collapse: Expert Video and Interview Available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Keep Your Guard Up Against West Nile Virus, Say South Dakota Scientists

– South Dakota State University





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