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Less pollution means more drought for Amazon rainforest

9 years ago from SciDev

Research indicates that falls in Northern Hemisphere aerosol pollution will bring more frequent drought to the Amazonian rainforest.

Nitrates In Vegetables Protect Against Gastric Ulcers, Study Shows

9 years ago from Science Daily

Fruits and vegetables that are rich in nitrates protect the stomach from damage. This takes place through conversion of nitrates into nitrites by the bacteria in the oral cavity and...

Koalas Under Threat From Climate Change

9 years ago from Science Daily

New research shows increased temperatures and carbon dioxide levels are a threat to the Australian national icon, the koala. Biologists have been researching the effects of carbon dioxide increases and...

Everything's coming up corals

9 years ago from Biology News Net

Two University of Miami (UM) students have received prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their doctoral work on coral reefs. Rachel Silverstein and Nitzan Soffer...

Killer storms of the world

9 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Myanmar cyclone ranks among the deadliest Asian storms in modern times. Here are nine more of the deadliest storms since 1970, plus the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history.

Mercury levels: Lower, yet still hazardous

9 years ago from UPI

CHICAGO, May 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study shows mercury releases from products declined between 1990 and 2005, but remained at dangerous levels.

University Research Contributes To Global Warming, Professor Discovers

9 years ago from Science Daily

Add university research to the long list of human activities contributing to global warming. A biochemistry professor who is a committed environmentalist found that his own research produces 44 tons...

Climate Models Overheat Antarctica, New Study Finds

9 years ago from Science Daily

Computer analyses of global climate have consistently overstated warming in Antarctica, new research concludes. The study can help scientists improve computer models and determine if Earth's southernmost continent will warm...

DOE dives into carbon sequestration

9 years ago from Science Blog

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced awards of more than $126.6 million to two projects aimed at burying more than one million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) far...

Quake Shakes Tokyo [News]

9 years ago from Scientific American

Japan was rocked by a series of earthquakes today about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Tokyo that injured two, cut off power to some 2,100 homes, and left the country...

EU still far from agreeing biofuel standards: diplomats

9 years ago from Physorg

The European Union remains far from agreeing on how to tighten its rules for using biofuels, diplomats said Wednesday amid growing opposition towards such forms of energy.

Echinoderms Wasted by Acid

9 years ago from Science NOW

Brittlestars pay a high price to keep from being dissolved by rising ocean acidity

Three-Story Structure Slammed in Magnitude 8 Earthquake on Shake Table

9 years ago from Physorg

Engineering researchers are subjecting a three-story structure resembling a parking garage to a sequence of earthquake "shake test" jolts as powerful as magnitude 8.0 as part of a series of...

Global Climate Models Both Agree and Disagree With Antarctic Data

9 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Scientists who compared recorded Antarctic temperatures and snowfall accumulation to predictions by major computer models of global climate change offer both good and bad news.

Biodiversity: It's In The Water

9 years ago from Science Daily

What if hydrology is more important for predicting biodiversity than biology? Research published in the May 8 issue of the journal Nature challenges current thinking about biodiversity, and opens up...

Ponds Found To Take Up Carbon Like World's Oceans

9 years ago from Science Daily

Research led by Iowa State University limnologist John Downing finds that ponds around the globe could absorb as much carbon as the world's oceans.

Earth science: Harnessing the hum

9 years ago from News @ Nature

A new way to analyse seismic vibrations is bringing order out of noise to help predict volcanic eruptions or create detailed images of Earth's interior. Rachel Courtland reports.

Expert Predicts 'Monsoon Britain'

9 years ago from Science Daily

Prepare for more floods -- in ways we are not used to. That's the message from experts at Durham University who have studied rainfall and river flow patterns over 250...

EPA may decide not to limit the amount of a toxin in water supplies

9 years ago from LA Times - Science

An agency official tells a Senate committee that it's possible there will be no standard set for the amount of perchlorate allowed in drinking water. ...

Iron 'Snow' Helps Maintain Mercury's Magnetic Field, Scientists Say

9 years ago from Science Daily

New scientific evidence suggests that deep inside the planet Mercury, iron "snow" forms and falls toward the center of the planet, much like snowflakes form in Earth's atmosphere and fall...

A City Committed to Recycling Is Ready for More

9 years ago from NY Times Science

The mayor of San Francisco wants to make the recycling of cans, bottles, paper, yard waste and food scraps mandatory instead of voluntary, on the pain of having garbage pickups...

New Radar Could Reveal Secrets of Earth's Ice Sheets

9 years ago from

Space-based radar could gauge Earth's ice sheets, extraterrestrial oceans.

Airline carbon emissions on the rise

9 years ago from UPI

LONDON, May 6 (UPI) -- U.S. and European Union researchers say airline emissions of carbon dioxide are 20 percent higher than previously estimated.

"Green" Banana Farming Gains Industry Appeal

9 years ago from National Geographic

Pioneering measures developed at a Costa Rican agricultural school are helping growers across the world lessen the environmental impact of the popular fruit.

Balloons 'bombard' North Alabama landfill to collect data, improve tornado warnings

9 years ago from Physorg

Three hot-air balloons dropped asphalt shingles, lumber, sticks, leaves and pine needles onto the Morgan County Landfill near here on Sunday so scientists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville...

Agencies issue plan to run Columbia dams, preserve salmon

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- The Bush administration Monday issued its final court-ordered plans for making Columbia Basin hydroelectric dams and irrigation projects safe for endangered salmon. The proposed changes in operations...

Toasted Bugs? Tropical Insects May Not Thrive in Warming World [News]

9 years ago from Scientific American

Global warming may prove worse for insects--and other cold-blooded critters--living in the steamy tropics than for their counterparts living closer to the frigid polar regions, according to a new study...

The Worst Natural Disasters Ever

9 years ago from Live Science

Cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes.