Beavers gnawing away at the permafrost

Alaska's beavers are profiting from climate change, and spreading rapidly. In just a few years' time, they have not only expanded into many tundra...

Reduce crime and gun violence and stabilize neighborhoods: A randomized controlled study

Residents who lived near vacant land that had been restored reported a significantly reduced perception of crime and vandalism as well as increased feelings...

Oxygen depletion in ancient oceans caused major mass extinction

For years, scientists struggled to connect a mechanism to this mass extinction, one of the 10 most dramatic ever recorded in Earth's history. Now,...

Warming climate threatens microbes in alpine streams

Changes to alpine streams fed by glaciers and snowfields due to a warming climate threaten to dramatically alter the types of bacteria and other...

First biomarker evidence of DDT-autism link

A study of more than 1 million pregnancies in Finland reports that elevated levels of a metabolite of the banned insecticide DDT in the...

What’s in Puget sound? New technique casts a wide net for concerning chemicals

Using a new 'non-targeted' approach, researchers screened samples from multiple regions of Puget Sound to look for potentially harmful compounds that might be present.

Climate change could increase volcano eruptions

Shrinking glacier cover could lead to increased volcanic activity in Iceland, warn scientists in a new report.

New research lifts the clouds on land clearing and biodiversity loss

A new mathematical model has been developed to uncover land clearing when satellite imagery is obstructed by clouds.

Researchers identify new source for earthquakes and tsunamis in the Greater Tokyo Region

Researchers have discovered geologic evidence that unusually large earthquakes and tsunamis from the Tokyo region -- located near tectonic plate boundaries that are recognized...

Piecing together the Alaska coastline’s fractured volcanic activity

Among seismologists, the geology of Alaska's earthquake- and volcano-rich coast from the Aleutian Islands to the southeast is fascinating, but not well understood. Now,...

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Cosumnes River provides model for floodplain restoration in California.

With California’s surface drought over, the state can prioritize investing in groundwater recharge and floodplain restoration to help fight one of its biggest lingering...

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