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Probiotics Help Poplar Trees Clean Up Toxins in Superfund Sites

Biologists conducted the first large-scale experiment on a Superfund site using poplar trees fortified with a probiotic — or natural microbe — to clean up groundwater contaminated with trichloroethylene, or TCE.

– University of Washington

Environmental Science & Technology

Ocean Exploration Uncovers One of Cuba's Hidden Natural Treasures

After nearly two years of planning, a team of scientists from the U.S. and Cuba has explored never-before-studied mesophotic coral reefs along the entire coast of Cuba, spanning about 1,500 miles. Except for a few places along the coast, prior to thi...

– Florida Atlantic University

U-M Biologist Teaches Microbe-Hunting Skills Honed at Sea

University of Michigan biologist Melissa Duhaime recently spent a month on a Russian research vessel off the coast of Antarctica, filtering bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms from thousands of gallons of seawater.

– University of Michigan

Understanding Alternative Reasons Behind Climate Change Denial Could Help Bridge Divide

Mainstream criticism of people who deny climate change essentially portrays climate skeptics as being out of touch, ignorant or somehow incapable of understanding the facts about climate change.

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

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Crank the AC, Cut in-Car Pollution

For many, the commute to and from work is a lengthy, stressful process. According to the U.S.  Census Bureau, it takes the average American about 26½ minutes to get to work. That’s nearly an hour each day — to work and back — to face traffic ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Atmospheric Environment

Canary in a Coal Mine: Survey Captures Global Picture of Air Pollution’s Effects on Birds

Writing Aug. 11 in the journal Environmental Research Letters, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Tracey Holloway, an expert on air quality, and her former graduate student Olivia Sanderfoot, sort through nearly 70 years of the scientific lite...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Environmental Research Letters Aug 11 2017

Frogs That Adapt to Pesticides Are More Vulnerable to Parasites

Amphibians can evolve increased tolerance to pesticides, but the adaptation can make them more susceptible to parasites, according to a team that includes researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Adding Silicon to Soil to Strengthen Plant Defenses

Researchers from the University of Delaware have joined a team from Western Sydney University in Australia to examine the addition of silicon to the soil in which plants are grown to help strengthen plants against potential predators.

– University of Delaware

Modern Genetic Sequencing Tools Give Clearer Picture of How Corals Are Related

As corals face threats from warming oceans, a new study uses modern genetic-sequencing tools to help reveal the relationships between three similar-looking corals.

– University of Washington

Molecular Ecology

Florida Flood Risk Study Identifies Priorities for Property Buyouts

A study of flood damage in Florida by scientists at UC Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions.

– University of California, Santa Cruz

Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, Aug-2017

Algal Blooms Cost Ohio Homeowners $152 Million Over Six Years

In a new study, researchers at The Ohio State University estimate algal blooms at two Ohio lakes cost Ohio homeowners $152 million in lost property value over six years. Meanwhile, a related study suggests that algae is driving anglers away from Lake...

– Ohio State University

Ecological Economics; Journal of Environmental Managment

Lake Trout Adjust Their Behaviour in the Face of a Changing Climate, New Study

Canadian scientists have discovered that certain lake predators are altering their behaviour due to climate change, revealing what the future may hold for these fish and their food.

– University of Manitoba

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

WIU Faculty, Students Studying Behavior of Asian Carp as Part of National Grant

A group of Western Illinois University biologists and biology graduate and undergraduate students are working with the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) to conduct ecological studies on Asian carp in ...

– Western Illinois University

South Florida Coral Reefs to Get a Helping Hand – Anchorage Changed to Help Avoid Mishaps

To help protect coral reefs, NSU researchers helped identify new anchorage area for Port Miami

– Nova Southeastern University

Sandia Collects More Precise Weather, Climate Data with Help From Unmanned Aerial System

Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever bef...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Ecosystem Greenhouse Gases Under Rising Temperatures to Be Studied by WVU Researcher

A WVU professor will study worldwide data to identify ecological similarities and emergent scaling laws of carbon, water and energy exchanges between the land and atmosphere.

– West Virginia University

Can Previous Exposure to West Nile Alter the Course of Zika?

EL PASO, Texas - West Nile virus is no stranger to the U.S.-Mexico border; thousands of people in the region have contracted the mosquito-borne virus in the past. But could this previous exposure affect how intensely Zika sickens someone now?

– Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso


Is Lead Making Birds More Aggressive? Tulane Researchers Investigate

Tulane University researchers have received a grant from the Morris Animal Foundation to continue study on lead exposure in wildlife.

– Tulane University

PNNL Scientist Jiwen Fan Receives DOE Early Career Research Award

Jiwen Fan of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been selected to receive a 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy. Fan will use the award to study severe thunderstorms in the ce...

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Withdraw From Paris Climate Accords Will Have Severe Impacts on Climate/U.S. Leadership Role in Developing Clean Energy

– University of Redlands





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