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Ecologists brace for oil spill damage

8 years ago from News @ Nature

Deepwater Horizon disaster looms over the Gulf coast, and beyond.

Scientists study 'glaciovolcanoes,' mountains of fire and ice, in Iceland, British Columbia, US

8 years ago from Science Daily

Glaciovolcanoes, they're called, these rumbling mountains where the orange-red fire of magma meets the frozen blue of glaciers.

Researchers model movement of radioactive materials in soil

8 years ago from Science Daily

Agricultural scientists are helping US Nuclear Regulatory Commission experts model the movement of radioactive materials in the soil. Their findings can be used to fine-tune the risk assessment studies that...

Australian researchers develop highest-yielding salt-tolerant wheat

8 years ago from Science Daily

In a major breakthrough for wheat farmers in salt-affected areas, Australian researchers have developed a salt tolerant durum wheat that yields 25 percent more grain than the parent variety in...

Cyclone 24S now all grown up and renamed Tropical Storm Sean

8 years ago from Science Blog

Weather systems that become tropical cyclones go through a couple of names before they mature, just like people with nicknames. Such is the case with Cyclone 24S in the Southern...

Beijing fires deodorant at foul-smelling city dumps

Beijing uses water cannons to fire deodorants on to its foul-smelling dumps in a bid to make life sweeter for residents.

Rebels seize mines in Congo's resource war

8 years ago from UPI

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 23 (UPI) -- Former rebel fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have seized rich mineral mines in the eastern part of...

New Swedish website helps stranded travelers get organised

8 years ago from Physorg

"Searching ride Madrid-Amsterdam or Belgium or Germany": people stranded due to a giant flight-halting cloud of volcanic ash this week were not too picky, and just glad that a new...

Like Sept.11, volcano plane ban may hold climate clue

8 years ago from Reuters:Science

OSLO (Reuters) - Plane-free skies over Europe during Iceland's volcanic eruption may yield rare clues about how flights stoke climate change, adding to evidence from a closure of U.S. airspace...

Swapping Old Duds for a Good Cause

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Why not use the environmental principle of recycling to raise money for another passionate cause?

Nano-sensors could warn of vulnerability to earthquakes

8 years ago from SciDev

Nano-sensors embedded in buildings could warn that structures are vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake, scientists say.

On Our Radar: Tracking Asian Monsoons

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Using tree rings, scientists chart Asian monsoons back to the Middle Ages and link the collapse of the Ming dynasty to drought.

New navsat sensor improves water monitoring

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- The start-up company Star2Earth, reared in the ESA Business Incubation Centre in the Netherlands, will improve electricity production from a hydroelectric plant on Lake Laja in Chile by...

SOS! Major Oil Disasters at Sea

8 years ago from Live Science

Ocean drilling and the transport of oil across the seas are dangerous work. The world uses about 3 billion gallons of oil a day. And sometimes, a few million gallons...

Eyjafjallajokull's Global Impact On Air Travel

8 years ago from

Northwestern University scientists say Eyjafjallajökull and its massive cloud of volcanic ash have impacted mobility patterns in places far from Europe -- including the United States, India and southeast Asia. The...

New York state environmental

8 years ago from NY Times Science

New York state rules out a controversial form of natural gas drilling in two watersheds.

Imagining a Jet-Free Europe

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Millions of travelers who were stranded in Europe this week were mostly thrilled when planes took flight again. But many people had their first long-haul train experience in years, reminding...

Gulf oil spill feared as rig workers still missing

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A deepwater oil platform that was hit by a massive explosion has sunk into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the potential for a major spill and underscoring the slim chance...

Acidifying oceans dramatically stunt growth of already threatened shellfish, research finds

8 years ago from Science Daily

New research shows that global warming and its effects -- in particular, ocean acidification -- have descended upon shellfish reefs, particularly those formed by the Olympia oyster.

Accidents Don’t Slow Gulf of Mexico Drilling

8 years ago from NY Times Science

The gulf has become a major source of growth of domestic oil production for the United States over the past decade.

Glaciers melting in Bolivia and Mexico, experts warn

8 years ago from SciDev

Glaciers that provide water to Mexico and Andean countries will disappear in the next 15 years because of climate change, studies indicate.

Proposed whaling harvest cuts panned

8 years ago from UPI

CAMBRIDGE, England, April 22 (UPI) -- The International Whaling Commission Thursday proposed reductions in whale harvesting for the next decade with Japan, Norway and Iceland taking part.

Sermeq Kujalleq - Jakobshavn Isbrae Retreat

8 years ago from

Sermeq Kujalleq - Jakobshavn Isbrae RetreatThe Jakobshavn Isbrae, or Jakobshavn glacier, now becoming known by its local name - Sermeq Kujalleq - has been observed retreating since about 1851. Near the...

Earth Day Celebrates Green Way Of Life

8 years ago from Physorg

The 40-year anniversary of Earth Day is sparking a renewed commitment to protecting natural resources. Across the country people recognize there are successes to laud, but also new challenges to...

Taiwan Earth Day: Focus on emissions

8 years ago from UPI

TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 22 (UPI) -- Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou pledged to find a balance between furthering economic development while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Pitfalls of a Blue-Skies Perspective

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Weather versus climate: a disconnect between sunny skies and a billowing cloud of volcanic ash.

Danger lurks everywhere. Let the pilots handle ash | Simon Jenkins

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

As with terrorism, swine flu and now aviation, the scientists offer absolutes rather than probabilities and the authorities panicThere are two skies up there overhead. There is one for the rich and another...

Spring fever blossoms in warm weather -- but is it a real ailment?

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Two University of North Carolina medical professionals explain the 'spring fever' phenomenon and how seasons affect our mood.