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Engineer previously cited issues with building before collapse, documents show

1 hour ago from UPI

A structural engineer who previously investigated the building that collapsed in Davenport, Iowa had found that it was in need of repairs, according to documents that the city published.

Salton Sea environment detrimental to respiratory health of local children

2 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

In the United States, low-income immigrant and minority children often live in environments that have highly polluted air. A study led by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, demonstrates...

NOAA effort could help Alaska expand its marine aquaculture industry

3 hours ago from UPI

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is joining partners in Alaska to identify Aquaculture Opportunity Areas where invertebrate seafood and seaweed can be cultivated.

For sheds in wildfire zones, researchers determine how close is too close to home

4 hours ago from Physorg

It may seem obvious that a flammable structure placed next to a house poses a fire hazard, especially if it's in a wildfire-prone community. What has been less clear, though,...

Ozone layer recovery delayed, surface UV radiation continues to rise, finds study

5 hours ago from Physorg

According to a new study published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, the ozone isn't healing as quickly as expected, leading to higher levels of surface ultraviolet (UV) radiation in recent...

Climate change forces a rethinking of mammoth Everglades restoration plan

5 hours ago from Physorg

In 1948, work got underway in the Florida Everglades on a public works project hailed as the nation's largest, aimed at reigning in once and for all the mighty river...

Biodegradable plastic from sugar cane also threatens the environment

5 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Plastic made from cane sugar also threatens the environment. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg have found that perch change their behaviour when exposed to so-called bioplastic.

Warming climate could turn ocean plankton microbes into carbon emitters

5 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

New research finds that a warming climate could flip globally abundant microbial communities from carbon sinks to carbon emitters, potentially triggering climate change tipping points.

Tropical storm likely to develop on first day of hurricane season, NOAA says

5 hours ago from UPI

A tropical storm is highly likely to form off the coast of Florida on the first day of hurricane season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Municipal administrators in Brazil know about NbS but rarely use them to reduce environmental inequality, study finds

6 hours ago from Physorg

Initiatives involving nature-based solutions (NbS) are increasingly frequent in Europe and the United States, but still scarce in Brazil and rarely part of local public policy even when mayors are...

Why our news consumption might be more worrisome than misinformation

6 hours ago from Physorg

Misinformation and echo chambers are often used to explain polarization and political divides between people. New research, however, finds there is another factor we should worry about, namely our online...

Using satellite date to help accelerate the green transition

6 hours ago from Physorg

Earth observation has been essential in identifying and monitoring climate change. Satellite data form the baseline for effective European mitigation and adaptation strategies to support the Green Transition, the European...

Poor UK households more vulnerable to climate shocks, says new research

6 hours ago from Physorg

Poorer households in the UK are more vulnerable to climate change because temperature shocks are associated with deepening wealth inequality, according to new research published today in the journal Environmental...

Enterprise Risk Consortium Forthcoming from UMD Smith

6 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Risk management expert Clifford Rossi to lead initiative targeting risk practitioners in response to evolving climate change events and recent bank failures.

Mining atlas helps map Australia's clean energy future

7 hours ago from Physorg

The Atlas of Australian Mine Waste was launched this week by Geoscience Australia in partnership with RMIT and University of Queensland researchers and geological surveys across the country.

Calculating the effects of a climate transition in India

7 hours ago from Physorg

India, with its 1.4 billion people, is the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after China and the U.S.. The country is now taking the first steps towards a climate transition...

4 migrants arrested near Puerto Rico coast after threatening Coast Guard

7 hours ago from UPI

Four migrants were served criminal complaints by Customs and Border Protection in Puerto Rico on Thursday after allegedly threatening U.S. Coast Guard from their vessel when it was intercepted near...

1 police officer dead, 1 injured in Mississippi standoff that also left suspect dead

7 hours ago from UPI

One police officer is dead and another is seriously injured after an armed standoff in Mississippi early Thursday morning.

Why human societies still use arms, feet, and other body parts to measure things

8 hours ago from Science NOW

If you had to estimate the dimensions of a room without the benefit of a tape measure, you might walk its perimeter heel to toe, counting your steps. To estimate the height...

News at a glance: Long Covid defined, x-rayed atoms, and a tally of deep-sea biodiversity

8 hours ago from Science NOW

WATER POLICY U.S. wetland protections curtailed In a decision that reduces federal protections for wetlands, the U.S. Supreme Court last week narrowed the definition of marshy areas covered by the Clean Water Act....

Billy Joel wrapping 10-year residency at Madison Square Garden

8 hours ago from UPI

Rock 'n' roll legend Billy Joel has announced he will end his 10-year, monthly residency at New York's Madison Square Garden in July 2024.

How do sound waves work?

8 hours ago from PopSci

Whether you’re recording or just vibin’, the science of sound can be cool. Pawel Czerwinski, UnsplashWe may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn more...

Researchers find ways to make low-quality hardwoods useful for structural applications

8 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Joseph McNeel, professor and director of the Appalachian Hardwood Center at the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, has been testing the effectiveness of yellow...

Transforming plants into allies in the fight against climate change

8 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Nature-based solutions are an effective tool to combat climate change triggered by rising carbon emissions, whether it's by clearing the skies with bio-based aviation fuels or boosting natural carbon sinks....

Firms withheld pesticide toxicity data from EU: study

8 hours ago from Physorg

Several major agrochemical companies did not disclose to European Union authorities studies assessing the toxic effects of pesticide ingredients on brain development, research said on Thursday.

Major U.S. geological survey aims to uncover minerals critical for batteries and microchips

9 hours ago from Science NOW

From the air, Maine is a uniform sea of green: Forests cover 90% of the state. But beneath the foliage and the dirt lies an array of geological terrains that is far...

Why 40°C is bearable in a desert but lethal in the tropics

9 hours ago from Physorg

This year, even before the northern hemisphere hot season began, temperature records were being shattered. Spain for instance saw temperatures in April (38.8°C) that would be out of the ordinary...

Coral reefs are home to the greatest microbial diversity on Earth

9 hours ago from Science NOW

Coral reefs, bastions of marine biodiversity because of the abundant fish, invertebrates, and algae they support, are also home to Earth’s greatest microbial diversity, according to a new estimate. From 2016 to 2018,...