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World's fisheries face climate change threat

10 years ago from SciDev

Developing nation fisheries could be greatly affected by climate change, a new study shows, leaving millions of people vulnerable.

Scientists Dig Deep for In-Depth Look at Earthquakes

10 years ago from Live Science

Scientists use deep-sea drilling and GPS networks to delve into the mysteries of the mechanics of earthquakes.

Plate Tectonics Could Be Essential for Alien Life

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Scientists are weighing the importance of plate tectonics to life on alien planets.

Trust to save food crops from extinction

10 years ago from UPI

ROME, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Italy's Global Crop Diversity Trust says it has collected about 53,000 seed samples of the 100,000 varieties of food crops it wants to...

'Frozen Smoke:' Ultimate Sponge For Cleaning Up Oil Spills

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists in Arizona and New Jersey are reporting that aerogels, a super-lightweight solid sometimes called "frozen smoke," may serve as the ultimate sponge for capturing oil from wastewater and effectively...

Earth facing critical climate decline

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist says Earth's atmospheric greenhouse gases are increasing more rapidly than expected, resulting in worsening global warming predictions.

First carbon-free polar station opens in Antarctica

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

PRINCESS ELISABETH BASE, Antarctica (Reuters) - The world's first zero-emission polar research station opened in Antarctica on Sunday and was welcomed by scientists as proof that alternative energy is viable...

Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet melting, rate unknown

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The Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets are melting, but the amounts that will melt and the time it will take are still unknown, according to Richard Alley, Evan Pugh professor...

Beaver spotted in Detroit after 75 years

10 years ago from UPI

DETROIT, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A beaver has been spotted in Detroit, following a 75 year absence from the city, ecologists say.

Toolkit to help save water

10 years ago from Science Alert

A toolkit developed by Australian researchers has the potential to help food manufacturers cut their water use and save money.

Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Water scarcity is a major problem for people living in desert areas, including much of the Middle East and Africa. According to the United Nations, more than 1.6...

South Asia's largest rivers threatened, warns UN

10 years ago from SciDev

Millions of South Asians face water shortages unless steps are taken to cooperate on how water resources are managed, warns a new UN report.

Will Large Amounts of Soil Carbon be Released if Grasslands are Converted to Energy Crops?

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

A recent study published in the March-April 2009 issue of Agronomy Journal analyzed whether or not soils that were converted from perennial grasses to the production of bioenergy grain crops...

Locations of strain, slip identified in major earthquake fault

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Deep-sea drilling into one of the most active earthquake zones on the planet is providing the first direct look at the geophysical fault properties underlying some of the world's largest...

Scientist models the mysterious travels of greenhouse gas

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The global travel logs of greenhouse gases are based on atmospheric sampling locations sprinkled over the Earth and short towers that measure the uptake or release of carbon from a...

Amazon dieback 'overstated'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The Amazon rainforest may be less vulnerable to severe drying as a result of global warming than previously thought, a study suggests.

Climate Change Increasingly Impacting Investment Decisions

10 years ago from Science Daily

Three-quarters of 80 global institutional investors factor climate change information into investment decisions and asset allocations. Some investor institutions are now willing to ask companies to reduce their greenhouse gas...

Ancient Geologic Escape Hatches Mistaken For Tube Worms

10 years ago from Science Daily

New study finds Colorado fossils previously identified as tube worms are actually ancient methane venting structures. The findings could lead to new concerns for underground carbon dioxide storage plans.

Biofuels boom could fuel rainforest destruction

10 years ago from Science Blog

Farmers across the tropics might raze forests to plant biofuel crops, according to new research by Holly Gibbs, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment. read more

When Fish Farms Are Built Along The Coast, Where Does The Waste Go?

10 years ago from Science Daily

Commercial fish pens are placed in the open waters of oceans and bays with no reliable method of predicting where the waste plume will be carried by winds, currents and...

Debate unfolds over origin of grouped stones at lake's bottom

10 years ago from Physorg

Forty feet below the surface of Lake Michigan in Grand Traverse Bay, a mysterious pattern of stones can be seen rising from an otherwise sandy half-mile of lake floor.

Survey shows polar seas are no biological desert

10 years ago from AP Science

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- The polar oceans are not biological deserts after all....

Biologist discusses sacred nature of sustainability

10 years ago from Physorg

The hot topics of global warming and environmental sustainability are concerns that fit neatly within the precepts of religious naturalism, according to Ursula Goodenough, Ph.D., professor of biology in Arts...

US petroleum dependency factor of history

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When the Drake Oil Well in Titusville, Pennsylvania began seeping crude oil 150 years ago, humanity allowed itself to become engulfed in the ecology of oil, according to a Penn...

Volcanic Spreading And Lateral Variations In Structure Of Olympus Mons, Mars

10 years ago from Science Daily

The immense Olympus Mons volcano on Mars (about 23 km tall and 600 km wide) exhibits a somewhat lopsided structure: elongated to the northwest, shortened to the southeast, with corresponding...

Inuit Trails Represent Complex Social Network Spanning Canadian Arctic

10 years ago from Science Daily

Inuit trails are more than merely means to get from A to B. In reality, they represent a complex social network spanning the Canadian Arctic and are a distinctive aspect...