Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process. Now, scientists are tapping into those secrets to develop a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics- without the dyes.
Two new reports that focus on the global electricity water nexus have just been published. Three...
As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming,...
A powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of “fuel” crops for clean,...
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December of 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team of scientists have proven that air pollution from industrial activities arrived long before.
Strengthening community forest rights is an essential strategy to reduce billions of tons of carbon emissions, making it an effective way for governments to meet climate goals, safeguard forests and protect the livelihoods of their citizens, according to a major new report.
A 2 C increase in temperature around the world by 2050, according to one of the scenarios predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, may be advantageous to the physiology and the biochemical and biophysical processes involved in the growth of forage plants such as Stylosanthes capitata Vogel, a legume used for livestock grazing in tropical countries like Brazil.
Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth’s strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But, according to a new report, focusing efforts to improve food systems on specific regions, crops and actions could make it possible to meet the basic needs of 3 billion more people and decrease agriculture’s environmental footprint.
New research indicates that arctic thermokarst lakes stabilize climate change by storing more greenhouse gases than they emit into the atmosphere. Countering a widely held view that thawing permafrost accelerates atmospheric warming, a study suggests that arctic thermokarst lakes are “net climate coolers” when observed over longer, millennial time scales.
Scientists haven't solved every potential problem with fracking. But they are working to replace many of the chemicals in the fluid, which contains sand, biocides, mineral-dissolving acids and more.
The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early today that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.
Every machine and device in your life wastes a lot of energy through the loss of heat. But thermoelectric devices can harness that wasted heat, and possibly provide the green tech energy efficiency that's needed for a sustainable future. Now, a new study shows how porous substances can act as thermoelectric materials.
In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators will consider fines today for up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
Either change or disappear. A great many of Earth’s creatures already have come to this crossroads, or soon will, driven by a rapidly shifting natural environment tied to global climate change. But how quickly can species evolve to cope with dire threats such as new pathogens, competing species and harsher climactic conditions?
Researchers are using new magnetic materials to develop revolutionary electrical motors and generators that promise significant energy savings. They have used the new motors to develop patented highly efficient water pump systems with potential widespread application.
The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables and grains.
In New Mexico, nearly every public golf course is now watered with treated municipal wastewater rather than precious potable water supplies. Additionally, golf courses and homeowners alike fertilize their lawns during the growing season. Now, an expert suggests combining "fertigation," drip irrigation and decentralized water treatment.
The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.
Researchers have stumbled upon a biological tactic that may offer a new way to protect crops from insect plagues in a safe and environmentally responsible way. Their finding— that naturally occurring insect toxins can be lethal for one species and harmless for a closely related one— suggests that insecticides can be designed to target specific pests without harming beneficial species like bees.
As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.
Stigma, pay cuts and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now, there's an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel-good solar energy industry.
A new study of parasites that infect a marine snail suggests that though hosts might expand their geographical range because of climate change, the parasites don’t always follow.
Scientists working with data from NASA's Aquarius instrument have released worldwide maps of soil moisture, showing how the wetness of the land fluctuates with the seasons and weather phenomena.
A new study shows that some shark species may be able to cope with the rising salinity of Arctic waters that may come with rising temperatures. Roughly 53 to 38 million years ago, the Arctic was similar to a huge temperate forest with brackish water, home to a variety of animal life. A new study of shark teeth taken from a coastal Arctic Ocean site has expanded the understanding of Eocene marine life.
Scientific research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves can go ahead despite an effort by Gov. Chris Christie's administration to halt it, a judge has ruled. The project, years in the making, emerged suddenly last week as a major public issue in New Jersey as commercial fishermen and environmentalists spoke up about worries that sea life could be harmed by it.
The future health of the world’s coral reefs and the animals that depend on them relies in part on the ability of one tiny symbiotic sea creature to get fat— and to be flexible about the type of algae with which it cooperates.
A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.
Researchers are reporting the observation of a previously unrecognized form of soot particle, identified as "superaggregates," from wildfire emissions. These newly identified particles were detected in smoke plumes from wildfires in Northern California, New Mexico, Mexico City and India.
A long-term study of the links between climate and marine life along the rapidly warming West Antarctic Peninsula reveals how changes in physical factors such as wind speed and sea-ice cover send ripples up the food chain, with impacts on everything from single-celled algae to penguins.
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