Crank the AC, cut in-car pollution

After conducting a new research approach using actual commutes, a group of engineers discovered a simple shift in driving habits can help to reduce...

Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations

The digging, stirring and overturning of soil by conventional ploughing in tillage farming is severely damaging earthworm populations around the world, say scientists. The...

How slick water and black shale in fracking combine to produce radioactive waste

Study explains how radioactive radium transfers to wastewater in the widely-used method to extract oil and gas.

40 percent of Amazon could now exist as rainforest or savanna-like ecosystems

Researchers focused on the stability of tropical rainforests in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. With their approach they were able to explore how...

Copy cats: When is a bobcat not a bobcat?

Biologists, who have publicly solicited images of wild cats for their research, have answered that question. Their recently published study explains how hard it...

Water-conducting membrane allows carbon dioxide to transform into fuel more efficiently

Methanol is a versatile and efficient chemical used as fuel in the production of countless products. Carbon dioxide (CO2), on the other hand, is...

Designer enzyme conquers sulfite reduction, a bottleneck in environmental cleanup

Researchers have cleared one hurdle toward environmental cleanup of certain contaminants with a newly designed synthetic enzyme that reduces the compound sulfite to sulfide...

LA lawns lose lots of water: 70B gallons a year

In summer 2010, Los Angeles was losing about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through the evaporation and plant...

China economic upturn threatens emissions gains

An uptick in China’s economy after a four-year slowdown in growth threatens to reverse improvements in greenhouse gas emissions that had helped keep global levels...

Boo! How do Mexican cavefish escape predators?

When startled, do all fish respond the same way? A few fish, like Mexican cavefish, have evolved in unique environments without any predators. To...

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