Environment
Harbor seals find it difficult to be heard over noise of cruise ships  PHYS.ORG · 15 minutes
A small team of researchers from Syracuse University, Cornell University and the Humpback Whale Monitoring Program in Glacier Bay National Park reports... more
Uganda: 20% decline in economic output without climate action  PHYS.ORG · 15 minutes
There is evidence that climate change affects both the quantity and quality of food production, reducing food security, and nutrition intake. In developing countries, where the agricultural sector dominates the... more
What are the environmental effects of chemotherapeutic drugs?  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 hour
Chemotherapeutic drugs, also known as antineoplastic agents, that are prescribed to treat a range of cancer types, enter the aquatic environment via human excretion and wastewater treatment facilities. more
Tracking microorganisms through the dairy production process  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
Microorganisms from the environment can enter the dairy supply chain at multiple stages, including production, milk collection, and processing, with potential implications for quality and safety. The ability to track these microorganisms can be... more
What are the environmental impacts of cancer drugs?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 hours
Chemotherapeutic drugs, also known as antineoplastic agents, that are prescribed to treat a range of cancer types, enter the aquatic environment via human excretion and wastewater treatment facilities. A review indicates that... more
The link between virus spillover, wildlife extinction and the environment  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 hours
As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, a common question is, can infectious diseases be connected to environmental change? Yes, indicates a new study. Exploitation of wildlife by humans... more
Pole-to-Pole Map of Saturn’s Thermosphere Reveals Likely Reason Why It’s So Hot  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 hours
A team of planetary researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom has created a 2D map of densities and temperatures in Saturn’s... more
Environmental cost of 'fast fashion' is not sustainable  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Urgent fundamental changes to 'fast fashion' clothing items which are treated by many as disposable is needed to stem a devastating impact upon the environment according to scientists. more
CryoSat still cool at 10  ESA · 6 hours
Today marks 10 years since a Dnepr rocket blasted off from an underground silo in the remote desert steppe of Kazakhstan, launching one of ESA’s most... more
Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country's sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the coronavirus tamps down energy... more
Insects as food and feed: research and innovation drive growing field  nanowerk · 7 hours
As the global food supply faces the dual challenge of climate change and a growing human population, innovative minds are turning to a novel source for... more
What are the environmental impacts of cancer drugs?  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
Chemotherapeutic drugs, also known as antineoplastic agents, that are prescribed to treat a range of cancer types, enter the aquatic environment via human excretion and wastewater treatment facilities. A review published in... more
Indigenous knowledge could reveal ways to weather climate change on islands  SCIENCE DAILY · 11 hours
Some islands have such low elevation, that mere inches of sea-level rise will flood them, but higher, larger islands will also be affected by changes in... more
Climate change encouraged colonization of South Pacific Islands earlier than first thought  SCIENCE DAILY · 11 hours
New research has found settlers arrived in East Polynesia around 200 years earlier than previously thought. more
Personalized biohybrid microswimmers for therapeutic cargo delivery  NEWS MEDICAL · 13 hours
Tiny biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural environmental sensing tendencies of bacteria mean they can navigate toward... more
The link between virus spillover, wildlife extinction and the environment  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, a common question is, can infectious diseases be connected to environmental change? Yes, indicates a study published today from the University of... more
Personalized microrobots swim through biological barriers, deliver drugs to cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 18 hours
Biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. To be successful, they must consist of... more
Tiny marine organisms as the key to global cycles  SCIENCE DAILY · 18 hours
Marine microorganisms play a very important role in global cycles such as of the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, little is known about how they function. New... more
Climate change to affect fish sizes and complex food webs  SCIENCE DAILY · 18 hours
Global climate change will affect fish sizes in unpredictable ways and, consequently, impact complex food webs in our oceans, a new study has shown. The study analyzed three... more
NASA finds Tropical Cyclone Harold between Vanuatu and Fiji  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
Tropical Cyclone Harold brought heavy rains and hurricane-force winds to Vanuatu and was moving toward Fiji when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with an image of the storm. more
NASA study adds a pinch of salt to El Niño models  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
When modeling the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) ocean-climate cycle, adding satellite sea surface salinity—or saltiness—data significantly improves model accuracy, according to a new NASA study. more
Personalized microrobots swim through biological barriers, deliver drugs to cells  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
Tiny biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural environmental sensing tendencies of... more
New Zealand is winning the war on coronavirus. Here’s why.  LIVE SCIENCE · 20 hours
Early and decisive nationwide action from New Zealand's government put the small country on track to weather its coronavirus outbreak better than most. more
Adding a pinch of salt to El Niño models  SCIENCE DAILY · 21 hours
When modeling the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) ocean-climate cycle, adding satellite sea surface salinity -- or saltiness -- data significantly improves model accuracy, according to a new study. more
Personalized microrobots swim through biological barriers, deliver drugs to cells  nanowerk · 23 hours
Biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural environmental sensing tendencies of bacteria... more
Researchers quantify ecosystem-scale nitrification rate  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
Human-caused increases in gaseous nitrogen (N) emissions to the atmosphere have accelerated terrestrial ecosystem N deposition over the past half-century. As forest productivity is usually N limited, accelerated N deposition can promote the growth of forest trees. But... more
A new method to correct systematic errors in ocean subsurface data  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
A homogeneous, consistent, high-quality in situ temperature dataset covering a period of decades is crucial for the detection of climate changes in the ocean. more
Scientists develop new way to identify the sex of sea turtle hatchlings  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Unlike humans, sea turtles and other reptiles like crocodiles do not have sex chromosomes. Their sex is defined during development by the incubation environment.... more
Climate change triggers Great Barrier Reef bleaching  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
The Great Barrier Reef is suffering through its worst bleaching event. This is the third bleaching within the space of five years. more
Climate-smart agricultural policy requires reformed incentives to minimize emissions  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) must safeguard and stimulate the preservation of carbon-rich soils through protection of peatlands. Functional peatlands are the most space efficient long-term carbon store and sink... more
Public participation in the coronavirus age  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Americans of all walks of life are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing. Public agencies are doing their part by closing offices to the public, canceling or postponing hearings, and... more
Bending microwaves and forbidding frequencies with simulated metamaterials  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Using plasma to control microwaves for beaming direct energy toward a specific point is explored for their durability in high-energy electric fields and their reconfigurable structure. High power microwave beams, similar to... more
Societal transformations and resilience in Arabia across 12,000 years of climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Recent archaeological and paleoenvironmental research in the Arabian Peninsula shows a range of societal responses to a series of extreme climatic and environmental fluctuations... more
Scientists develop new way to identify the sex of sea turtle hatchlings  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A new minimally invasive technique greatly enhances the ability to measure neonate turtle sex ratios. This is the first time that differences in sex-specific... more
What makes Saturn's atmosphere so hot  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
New analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft found that electric currents, triggered by interactions between solar winds and charged particles from Saturn's moons, spark the auroras and heat the planet's upper atmosphere. more
Tiny polymer springs give a boost to environmental cleanup  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A study from Sujit Datta's lab, led by graduate student Christopher Browne, found that a promising class of cleaning solutions behave in ways that both confound traditional fluid models and... more
Unusual ozone hole opens over the Arctic  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Scientists using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have noticed a strong reduction of ozone concentrations over the Arctic. Unusual atmospheric conditions, including freezing temperatures in the stratosphere, have led ozone levels to plummet—causing... more
What makes Saturn's atmosphere so hot  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The upper layers in the atmospheres of gas giants—Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune—are hot, just like Earth's. But unlike Earth, the Sun is too far from these outer planets to account for the high temperatures. Their... more
Scientists suggest practical steps to halt the decline of insect population  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
SOME of the tiniest creatures on the planet are vital for the environment. But there is a worldwide fall in insect numbers after an accelerating rate... more
New project aims to develop flexible, injectable microstimulators to restore movement in paralysis  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
The project Electronic AXONs: wireless microstimulators based on electronic rectification of epidermically applied currents (eAXON, 2017-2022), funded by a European Research Council... more
Pollen-based paper shows promise for a new range of natural components  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have created a paper-like material derived from pollen that bends and curls in response to changing levels of... more
Sulfur 'spices' alien atmospheres  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
They say variety is the spice of life, and now new discoveries suggest that a certain elemental 'variety' -- sulfur -- is indeed a 'spice' that can perhaps point to signs of life. more
Great Barrier Reef suffers worst-ever coral bleaching: scientists  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said Tuesday in a dire warning about the threat posed by climate change to the world's largest living... more
DsbA-L gene may play a role in protecting respiratory function of the elderly  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
The lungs are constantly exposed to the external environment and maintain homeostasis by adapting to stress and tissue damage. more
Scientists' warning to humanity on insect extinctions  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Some of the tiniest creatures on the planet are vital for the environment. But there is a worldwide fall in insect numbers after an accelerating rate of extinction. more
Indigenous knowledge could reveal ways to weather climate change on islands  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Some islands have such low elevation, that mere inches of sea-level rise will flood them, but higher, larger islands will also be affected by changes in... more
Climate change encouraged colonisation of South Pacific Islands earlier than first thought  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Research led by scientists at the University of Southampton has found settlers arrived in East Polynesia around 200 years earlier than previously thought. more
Societal transformations and resilience in Arabia across 12,000 years of climate change  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Today, the Arabian Peninsula is one of the most arid regions in the world. But its climate has not always been the same, and... more
Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-US oil pipeline  ABC NEWS · 2 days
A Canadian company has started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus... more
Climate change to affect fish sizes and complex food webs  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Global climate change will affect fish sizes in unpredictable ways and, consequently, impact complex food webs in our oceans, a new IMAS-led study has shown. more
The ocean responds to a warming planet  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
We're familiar with how climate change is impacting the ocean's biology, from bleaching events that cause coral die-offs to algae blooms that choke coastal marine ecosystems, but it's becoming clear that a warming planet... more
NASA finds Tropical Storm Irondro's heavy rainfall displaced  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA analyzed Tropical Storm Irondro's rainfall and found heaviest rainfall was being pushed far southeast of the center because of strong wind shear. more
Sulfur 'spices' alien atmospheres  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
They say variety is the spice of life, and now new discoveries from Johns Hopkins researchers suggest that a certain elemental 'variety'—sulfur—is indeed a 'spice' that can perhaps point to signs of life. more
March 2020 among hottest on record: EU  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Temperatures last month were among the hottest on record for March, the European Union's satellite monitoring service said Monday, with particularly extreme warm weather over Russia, home to much of Earth's permafrost. more
Upper ocean water masses shrinking in changing climate: Less efficient CO2 sink  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The oceans help buffer the Earth from climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and heat at the surface and transporting it to the deep... more
Buckle up, climate change deniers: Coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Climate deniers have been hanging out for the United Nations' next big summit to fail. In a sense, the coronavirus and its induced policy... more
Oil spill: Where and when will it reach the beach? Answers to prevent environmental impacts  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In October 2018, the Tunisian Ro-Ro passenger ship "Ulysse" rammed into the hull of the Cyprus-flagged container ship... more
How the chemical industry can meet the climate goals  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers analyzed various possibilities for reducing the net CO2 emissions of the chemical industry to zero. Their conclusion? The chemical industry can in fact have a carbon-neutral future. more
Nigeria's nature reserves need more help to protect biodiversity  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Environment recently nominated Finima Nature Park in River State as a Ramsar site: a wetland of international importance. more
Ghana's cocoa production relies on the environment, which needs better protection  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Cocoa production has been the backbone of Ghana's economy since the 1870s. It dominates the agricultural sector and contributes about 30% of the country's export earnings.... more
Actions that are stimulus-ready after the pandemic can achieve climate pathways  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The rapid progress and plummeting cost of green technology provide an unprecedented opportunity for Australia to move to a net zero emissions economy by 2050, according... more
Scientists discover legacy of past weather in stories of prairie plant restoration  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists have investigated fields of data going back 20 years to find out why some replanted prairies are healthier than others. more
Scientists discover legacy of past weather in stories of prairie plant restoration  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Before there were farms in southwest Michigan, there were prairies. For thousands of years, tall grass prairies stood undisturbed until European settlers turned the... more
Nepal's lowland 'food basket' vulnerable to climate change  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Disaster-prone Nepal's southernmost lowland parts are less resilient to natural disasters than the sparsely-populated hilly and mountain areas, says a new study. more
How the chemical industry can meet the climate goals  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
ETH researchers analyzed various possibilities for reducing the net CO2 emissions of the chemical industry to zero. Their conclusion? The chemical industry can in fact have a carbon-neutral future. more
Coronavirus: Citizen science helps report ecosystem changes during the lockdown  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The pandemic offers scientists an undesired, albeit unique opportunity to study the relationship between humans and the environment. The ecology research team at Ca' Foscari University of Venice... more
Stronger Atlantic currents drive temperate species to migrate toward the Arctic Ocean  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Arctic Ocean increasingly resembles the Atlantic in its temperature and the species that live there. However, scientists from the CNRS and Université Laval,... more
Extreme rainfall days in metropolitan Sao Paulo have risen four-fold in seven decades  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Extreme rainfall has become increasingly common in metropolitan São Paulo, Brazil. The capital of the state of São Paulo is the largest... more
Unusual ozone hole opens over the Arctic  ESA · 2 days
Scientists using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have noticed a strong reduction of ozone concentrations over the Arctic. Unusual atmospheric conditions,... more
Coronavirus pandemic affecting the Earth's movement  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic has changed many things across the globe bringing chaos to lives and economies. However, efforts to curb the spread of the virus, have lowered pollution levels, carbon emissions, and oceans... more
Sunny weather tempts Europe; UK queen urges self-discipline  ABC NEWS · 3 days
As warm, sunny weather beckoned across Europe, authorities admonished people to strictly follow social distancing regulations and stay at home to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus more
Deep-sea worms and bacteria team up to harvest methane  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Scientists at Caltech and Occidental College have discovered a methane-fueled symbiosis between worms and bacteria at the bottom of the sea, shedding new light on the ecology of deep-sea environments. more
Researchers develop a computer simulator that helps study evolution of COVID-19 in Europe  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
A team of Spanish researchers have designed and validated a simulator to enable study of the evolution of the COVID-19 illness in... more
New temperature sensing mechanism in plants  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Cell biologists reveal the phytochrome B molecule has unexpected dynamics activated by temperature, and behaves differently depending on the temperature and type of light. As climate change warms the world, crop growth patterns and flowering times... more
NASA-NOAA satellite catches Tropical Cyclone Harold develop near Solomon Islands  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean and provided forecasters with a visible image of newly formed Tropical Cyclone Harold. Harold formed near the Solomon... more
Northern peatlands will lose some of their CO2 sink capacity under a warmer climate  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
A study sheds new light on the role of northern peatlands in regulating the regional climate. According to the researchers,... more
Changes to drylands with future climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
While drylands around the world will expand at an accelerated rate because of future climate change, their average productivity will likely be reduced, according to a new study. These regions, which primarily include savannas,... more
New measurements reveal evidence of elusive particles in a newly-discovered superconductor  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Particle chasing—it's a game that so many physicists play. Sometimes the hunt takes place inside large supercolliders, where spectacular collisions are necessary to find hidden particles... more
Helping developing countries adapt to climate change  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
John Furlow has spent more than a decade working with developing countries on the frontlines of climate change, helping them to adapt to changing conditions. more
Northern peatlands will lose some of their carbon dioxide sink capacity under a warmer climate  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A Nordic study sheds new light on the role of northern peatlands in regulating the regional climate. According... more
Harnessing the rain for hydrovoltaics  nanowerk · 5 days
Drops of water falling on or sliding over surfaces may leave behind traces of electrical charge, causing the drops to charge themselves. Scientists have now begun a detailed investigation into this phenomenon that accompanies us in every-day life. more
Astronomers define the 'really habitable zone': Planets capable of producing gin and tonic  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A hospitable star that doesn't kill you with deadly flares. A rocky planet with liquid water and an agreeable climate. Absence of... more
EPA's COVID-19 policy will further restrict public access to climate data  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
On Thursday, March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a temporary policy on environmental enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy declares that EPA will... more
Experiments lead to slip law for better forecasts of glacier speed, sea-level rise  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Backed by experimental data from a laboratory machine that simulates the huge forces involved in glacier flow, glaciologists have written an equation... more
Most people consider becoming vegetarian for their health  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers know that people are motivated to be vegetarian for different reasons -- the most common in western cultures being health, the environment and animal rights. more
Coastal pollution reduces genetic diversity of corals, reef resilience  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
A new study found that human-induced environmental stressors have a large effect on the genetic composition of coral reef populations in Hawai'i. They confirmed that there is an ongoing loss... more
The Latest: Amsterdam bans recreational boats from canals  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Amsterdam is banning boats from its central canals beginning Sunday as authorities fear warm spring weather will lead to overcrowding on the historic waterways more
Image: Disinfection for planetary protection  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Carefully wrapped inside this donut-shaped bag is a 35-m diameter parachute that will endure a frenzied six-minute dive into the Martian atmosphere. more
COVID-19: How satellites can help  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has virtually paralyzed daily life as we know it. Even when the spread of this highly infectious disease has been stemmed, the world will face huge challenges getting back to normal. To help support... more
Changes to drylands with future climate change  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A research team led by Washington State University has found that while drylands around the world will expand at an accelerated rate because of future climate change, their average productivity will likely be reduced. more
Coastal pollution reduces genetic diversity of corals, reef resilience  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new study by researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) found that human-induced environmental stressors have a large effect... more
Clean cooking with LPG could avert 28,000 premature deaths, reduce global temperatures  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
A new study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, has found that clean cooking with liquified petroleum gas could avert 28,000 premature deaths and reduce... more
Climate disasters increase risks of armed conflicts: New evidence  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
The risk for violent clashes increases after weather extremes such as droughts or floods hit people in vulnerable countries, an international team of scientists finds. Vulnerable countries are characterized by... more
Most people consider becoming vegetarian for their health  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Researchers know that people are motivated to be vegetarian for different reasons—the most common in western cultures being health, the environment and animal rights. But how compelling are these different factors for... more
What climate change means for Northwestern US wildfires  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A synthesis study looks at how climate change will affect the risk of wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana. The authors also suggest how managers and individual landowners in different... more
Giant umbrellas shift from convenient canopy to sturdy storm shield  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
In a new approach to storm surge protection, a team has created a preliminary design for dual-purpose kinetic umbrellas that would provide shade during fair weather and could... more
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