Researchers have incorporated the lifecycle of phytoplankton and zooplankton— small, often microscopic animals at the bottom of the food chain— into a novel mechanistic model for assessing the global ocean carbon export.
Because of California's lingering drought, millions of young California salmon could soon...
A startup is retrofitting gas and diesel commercial vans and trucks with fuel-saving “add-on”...
Scientists have identified four new man-made gases in the atmosphere– all of which are...
Researchers have developed a new technique that uses existing technology to allow researchers and natural resource managers to collect significantly more information on water quality to better inform policy decisions.
The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.
Many Americans are confused about the best ways to conserve water and have a slippery grasp on how much water different activities use, according to a national online survey.
If fracking is to be a viable option for energy production, the industry must find a way to deal with the naturally occurring radioactive materials that are released in water as a byproduct of the process.
New models indicate how much added moisture would be needed for farming in a given area versus historical data to achieve various crop yields. These could aid in making expensive infrastructure investments by helping to determine their economic viability.
Insulation materials of tomorrow must be both efficient and environmentally friendly. Now, scientists are developing insulation foam made from wood that could replace petrochemical plastics in the long term.
Chemists have devised a way to trap carbon dioxide and transform it into useful organic compounds, using a simple metal complex.
Researchers have developed a method to carry out large-scale manufacturing of everyday objects— from cell phones to food containers and toys— using a fully degradable bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells.
Students, participating in the DOE’s Solar Decathlon competition, focused their efforts on designing a house that could be quickly constructed and assembled to meet the needs of families affected by tornadoes. They entered the competition with a 1,000-square-foot solar-powered modular house.
The Obama administration is moving forward with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, arguing the move will eventually save thousands of lives per year.
The Straits of Mackinac is drawing attention for something that is out of sight, usually out of mind and which some consider a symbol of the dangers lurking in the nation's sprawling web of buried oil and natural gas pipelines. Stretched across the bottom of the waterway are two 20-inch pipes that carry nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily.
The EPA announced it is taking the first steps toward restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a premier sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska.
A new study shows that climate change has put a freshwater lid on the Antarctic ocean, trapping warm water in ocean depths.
Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release have shuttered the federal government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely, raising questions about a cornerstone of the DOE's $5-billion-a-year program for cleaning up legacy waste scattered across the country from decades of nuclear bomb making.
The U.S. imports all of its natural graphite, but mining companies are searching locations from Alaska to Alabama, optimistic about future demand.
In recent years, palm oil production has come under fire from environmentalists concerned about the deforestation of land in the tropics to make way for new palm plantations. Now, research shows that the wastewater produced during the processing of palm oil is a significant source of heat-trapping methane in the atmosphere.
Debates surrounding the sustainability of bioenergy have emerged in recent years relating to water quality and quantity, and those debates will only grow louder as big urban areas in the U.S. start running out of water and environmental groups and the EPA push for more stringent policies to address nutrient pollution.
Man-made global warming is worsening and will disrupt both the natural world and human society, warns a joint report, written in plain language, of two of the world's leading scientific organizations.
If you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark and slowly pour lake water through the stick. A team has discovered that this low-tech filtration system can produce up to four liters of drinking water a day.
Scientists have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago. The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilization, which spanned present-day Pakistan and India.
Pine forests are especially magical places for atmospheric chemists. Coniferous trees give off pine-scented vapors that form particles, very quickly and seemingly out of nowhere.
A health statistician examined the relationship between gasoline and diesel prices in Brisbane and traffic pollution levels in the 16 days after changes in fuel prices. He found higher gasoline prices had no effect on pollution levels but higher diesel prices led to significant short-term reductions in carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides in the air.
A new aerogel technology may offer a cheaper and greener method to absorb oil and heavy metals from water and other surfaces.
Clean hydrogen power that’s expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the Port of Honolulu in 2015 after the completion of a new fuel cell technology demonstration, one that could lead to a commercial technology for ports worldwide.
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