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Monsanto Fined for Failing to Report Chemical Release

March 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Keith Ridler | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. The EPA and the U.S. DOJ announced the agreement involving the biotechnology company's Soda Springs facilities.

Projects Aims to Reintroduce Wild Wood Bison

March 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dan Joling | News | Comments

A hundred wood bison that will be the foundation for the first wild herd on U.S. soil in more...

Antarctic Ice Thinned Rapidly Over Two Decades

March 27, 2015 7:00 am | by UCSD | Videos | Comments

A new study has revealed that the thickness of Antarctica’s floating ice shelves has recently...

Climate Target 'Utterly Inadequate'

March 27, 2015 7:00 am | by BioMed Central | News | Comments

The official global target of a 2 C temperature rise is “utterly inadequate” for protecting...

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Coyotes Are Filling in for Wolves

March 26, 2015 3:00 pm | by NC State Univ. | News | Comments

It’s believed that wolves once roamed the southeastern U.S. before they were eliminated by overhunting and habitat loss. Now, the region has a new top dog, the coyote, which may fill the role once played by wolves.

Plastic Has Energy, Artificial Muscle Applications

March 26, 2015 3:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: it can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of the material to make even more electricity for a wider range of applications from green energy to "artificial muscles."

County-by-county Map Shows U.S. Development

March 26, 2015 7:00 am | by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a county-by-county map of the U. S. that tells a story of land cover and development across the nation, and could provide a framework for future development. They integrated satellite data with census population data and produced a map that depicts— in vivid shades of red and green— how each county's developed land compares to that of counties with similar populations.


Non-modified Foods May Get Organic-style Labels

March 25, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients. The idea is part of an attempt to block mandatory labeling of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Problematic Algae May Aid Biofuels, Farm Soil

March 25, 2015 3:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists are working on a way to clean up these environmental scourges and turn them into useful products. The algae could serve as a feedstock for biofuels, and the feedstock leftovers could be recycled back into farm soil nutrients.

Industrial Metal Harms Honey Bees

March 25, 2015 3:00 pm | by Washington Univ. in St. Louis | News | Comments

Scientists have looked at the effect of low levels of manganese, a common industrial pollutant, on the behavior of honey bees. At levels considered safe for human food, the metal seemed to addle bees. The bees advanced through age-related work assignments faster than normal, yet completed fewer foraging trips than their sisters who were not exposed to manganese.

Gasoline Use Hits 30 Year Low

March 25, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

Average fuel consumption by American drivers is at its lowest level in at least 30 years. A study found that gallons of gasoline consumed per person, driver, vehicle and household are below 1984 levels and down 14 percent to 19 percent from peak levels a little more than a decade ago (2003-2004).

Food Additive May Be Safer, Greener Antifreeze

March 25, 2015 3:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

The sweet taste and smell of antifreeze tempts children and animals to drink the poisonous substance, resulting in thousands of accidental poisonings in the U.S. every year. But today, researchers are describing a new, nontoxic product based on a common food additive that could address this health issue and help the environment at the same time.


Supreme Court to Consider EPA's Mercury Limits

March 25, 2015 8:56 am | by Associated Press, Mark Sherman | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that want to roll back Obama administration environmental rules aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

Air Pollution Linked to Anxiety, Stroke

March 25, 2015 7:00 am | by BMJ | News | Comments

Two separate studies have found that air pollution is linked to a higher risk of stroke, particularly in developing countries, and is associated with anxiety. Stroke is a leading cause of death and kills around 5 million people each year worldwide. Anxiety is the most common psychiatric disorder and globally affects around 16 percent of people at some point in life.

Cleaning Could Remove 95% of Contaminates from Wastewater

March 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Lappeenranta Univ. of Technology | News | Comments

Improving the efficiency of the current wastewater cleaning process, using membrane filtration and oxidation, can remove more than 95 percent of contaminants, such as drug residues and pesticides, from water. The results show that these technologies remove up to 99 percent of contaminants and nutrients.

Hawaii's Coastal Erosion to Double by 2050

March 24, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Hawaii at Mānoa | News | Comments

Chronic erosion dominates the sandy beaches of Hawaii, causing beach loss as it damages homes, infrastructure and critical habitat. Scientists have long understood that global sea level rise will affect the rate of coastal erosion. New research brings into clearer focus just how dramatically Hawaii beaches might change as sea level rises in the future.

Study Atmosphere to Quantify Earth's Gas Leaks

March 24, 2015 3:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

Natural gas that is leaked into the atmosphere could speed global warming and climate change. Now, researchers are presenting new and different techniques to make atmospheric observations that are being used to locate, quantify and attribute sources of leaked methane emissions.


Computers to Heat Homes

March 24, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is joining forces with a tech startup to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands. A Dutch-based energy company with more than 2 million customers said today it is installing "e-Radiators" in five homes in a trial to see if their warmth could be a commercially viable alternative for traditional radiators.

Science is Not Just About Facts: Readers React

March 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month, I wrote an editorial based on the release of a study that revealed stark differences between the general public and scientists on science-related issues. It received a lot of attention, garnering comments and sparking debate. Here are a few of the best comments and reaction to them.

Natural Molecule May Make Greener Roofs, Roads

March 23, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Construction crews may someday use a plant molecule called lignin in their asphalt and sealant mixtures to help roads and roofs hold up better under various weather conditions. It also could make them more environmentally friendly.

Packing Peanuts May Soon Pack Energy

March 23, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

They’re in just about every box you get in the mail, and they almost immediately get thrown in the trash. Now, one group of scientists wants to turn those packing peanuts into power. Researchers have shown how to convert waste-packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste.

Biodegradable Plastic Doesn't

March 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

Recycling plastic works; additives to biodegrade plastic do not. A new study has shown that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate simply don’t work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting.

Study Questions Cause of Global Ice Age

March 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

A new international study casts doubt on the leading theory of what causes ice ages around the world— changes in the way the Earth orbits the sun. The researchers found that glacier movement in the Southern Hemisphere is influenced primarily by sea surface temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide rather than changes in the Earth's orbit, which are thought to drive the advance and retreat of ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere.

Massive Amounts of Glacial Melt Pouring into Gulf of Alaska

March 20, 2015 8:39 am | by Oregon State Univ. | News | Comments

Incessant mountain rain, snow and melting glaciers in a comparatively small region of land that hugs the southern Alaska coast and empties fresh water into the Gulf of Alaska would create the sixth largest coastal river in the world if it emerged as a single stream, a recent study shows.

House Passes GOP Bills Targeting EPA's 'Secret Science'

March 19, 2015 9:44 am | by Associated Press, Matthew Daly | News | Comments

A bill approved by the House Wednesday would require the EPA to disclose scientific data behind proposed regulations, while a measure passed Tuesday would prohibit the agency from appointing registered lobbyists to the EPA's Science Advisory Board.

Electronic Waste Has Energy Value

March 18, 2015 2:31 pm | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

Researchers developed a system for obtaining clean hydrogen that can be used as fuel.

Recycling Makes 3-D Printing Even Cheaper

March 18, 2015 8:43 am | by Michigan Technological Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have whittled the cost of printing to 10 cents per kilogram- down from $30 per kilogram. They made this leap by recycling plastic that had already been printed, using a recyclebot and plastic resin codes developed by the team.

Open Data Critical to Invasive Alien Species Research

March 17, 2015 2:14 pm | by Pensoft Publishers | News | Comments

New research reveals the importance of open data in the study and control of invasive alien species.Invasive alien species cause a wide variety of problems, including issues related to conservation; to human and animal health; to agriculture and to fisheries management. But how can science be useful to manage such potential issues?

Natural Climate Change, Humans Drive Ecosystem Changes

March 17, 2015 1:59 pm | by NOAA | News | Comments

Scientists in the Gulf of Mexico now have a better understanding of how naturally occurring climate cycles- as well as human activities- can trigger widespread ecosystem changes that ripple through the Gulf food web and the communities dependent on it.

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