Latest science news in Earth & Climate

Air pollution model takes off

10 years ago from Physorg

Australia's capabilities in understanding the impact of air pollution have advanced with a new version of software that can predict the direction and concentration of odours and pollutants.

Petition launched for suspended South African water expert

10 years ago from SciDev

Anthony Turton, an expert in water research management, criticised the South African CSIR and government over the looming water crisis.

Bush To Ease "Mountaintop Mining" Rule

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Environmentalists launched an online campaign urging Barack Obama to undo a federal rule that clarifies when coal companies can dump mining waste in streams, calling it a long-awaited "parting gift"...

Deep-sea exploration to conduct high-tech survey of Florida's endangered coral reefs

10 years ago from

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University (Harbor Branch) has been selected by the Waitt Institute for Discovery to carry out a series of voyages of exploration in the...

Feature: Deployed to dive – mission accepted!

10 years ago from Science Alert

In true 007 style, unmanned ocean gliders are being deployed on deep sea missions to help scientists protect one of our most fragile environments, reports Lisa Mayer.

Opinion: The Earth banished from the Universe

10 years ago from Science Alert

Australia needs to join the space race if it wants to help save the planet, argues Dr. Murray Parkinson.

Potential for large earthquake off coast of Sumatra remains large

10 years ago from

The subduction zone that brought us the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and tsunami is ripe for yet another large event, despite a sequence of quakes that occurred in the Mentawai Islands...

3-D laser scanning: A new soil quality measurement

10 years ago from

Soil researchers pay close attention to bulk density, as it is one of the most common soil measurements and it is often used as a measure of soil quality. A...

Researchers examine role of soil patterns in dam restoration

10 years ago from

Looking at the site today, it's easy to forget that a dam and pond stood for 43 years on the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Franbrook Farm Research Station in southwestern Wisconsin....

Golf course: Playing fields, wildlife sanctuaries or both

10 years ago from

'FORE...' Though they may not help improve a person's golf game, stream salamanders might change the way golfers think about the local country club in the near future, following a...

Noise pollution causing 'cocktail party effect' for whales and dolphins

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Human-made noises are drowning out the sounds whales and dolphins use to communicate and find mates, environmental groups said Wednesday.

U.S. grant will help China's new buildings go green

10 years ago from Physorg

A $518,000 grant that will be awarded to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on Wednesday could have potentially important consequences in the effort to control global warming amid the continuing...

Sick or just sick of work?

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- With the winter weather making it hard to get out of bed in the morning, some employees may contemplate calling in sick to work, even if they feel...

Global Warming to Help Crabgrass Take Over Lawns

10 years ago from Live Science

Crabgrass will get a strong assist from global warming in its campaign to take over your lawn.

HD antenna may succeed in the attic

10 years ago from Physorg

Q. We can't get a digital TV signal over the air. We already tried a digital converter box, then a new indoor HDTV antenna, then a new digital TV. We...

Arctic tundra produces methane even in winter

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

LONDON (Reuters) - The arctic tundra emits the same amount of methane in winter as in the warmer months, a surprising finding that bolsters understanding of how greenhouse gases interact...

Methane even escapes from freezing permafrost

10 years ago from

The autumn freeze in the arctic squeezes the gas out of some high-latitude wetland soils

Multitasking canola: A California miracle crop?

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- A hardy but pedestrian plant is doing triple duty in California's agricultural heartland. Farmers, water managers and agriculture researchers are closely watching an experiment using canola plants...

Managing carbon loss

10 years ago from Physorg

As the United States continues to develop alternative energy methods and push towards energy independence, cellulosic-based ethanol has emerged as one of the most commercially viable technologies. Corn stover remains...

Understanding the daily variation

10 years ago from Physorg

For over two centuries, meteorologists were puzzled by the observation that atmospheric pressure in the tropics peaks at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. nearly every day. In the late 1960s,...

Loggerhead Turtle Territories Defined By Salinity of Sea Water In Western Mediterranean

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have shown that the salinity of sea water could act as a "barrier", preventing the turtles from moving between the areas of the Western Mediterranean. This is why loggerhead...

PNNL developing blueprint for code enforcement in China

10 years ago from

The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will develop an action plan for building energy code enforcement that can be deployed in small and medium-sized cities across China, where...

Sea's pollution hotspots 'missed'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Large sources of pollution to the Baltic Sea have been missed by existing monitoring efforts, according to a Swedish study.

Climate change setback for acidified rivers

10 years ago from Physorg

Climate change is hampering the long-term recovery of rivers from the effects of acid rain, with wet weather offsetting improvements, according to a new study by Cardiff University.

Activists vows to protect whales from Japanese

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- The leader of a militant conservation group that has skirmished violently with Japanese whalers said Wednesday he will not retreat from confrontation during his bid to stop...

'RoboClam' anchor holds ships steady

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Scientists have created a light-weight, cigarette-sized anchor that burrows itself into the sea floor, anchoring anything from small unmanned submersible to maybe even huge oil platforms.

$15-Million Marine Energy Prize Launched in Scotland

10 years ago from National Geographic

The race is officially on for the team who can find the best way to harness the oceans' power as a serious energy alternative to fossil fuels.