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Estrogen 'Flooding Our Rivers,' Montreal Study Finds

10 years ago from Science Daily

A water treatment plant from Canada's second biggest city, Montreal, is dumping 90 times the critical amount of certain estrogen products into the river. It only takes one nanogram (ng)...

Global Warming's Ecosystem Double Whammy

10 years ago from Science Daily

Plants and soils act like sponges for atmospheric carbon dioxide, but new research on the cover of this week's Nature finds that one abnormally warm year can suppress the amount...

Drinking Water: The Need For Constant Innovation

10 years ago from Science Daily

Most western countries' drinking water is of excellent quality, but there is no room for complacency. The challenges are growing: undesirable contaminants are found in rivers, lakes and groundwater. Climate...

Even If Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hold Steady, Warmer World Faces Loss Of Biodiversity, Glaciers

10 years ago from Science Daily

Even if greenhouse gas emissions are fixed at 2005 levels, a new analysis shows that irreversible warming will lead to biodiversity loss and substantial glacial melt.

Study shows nitrate up in U.S. groundwater

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A recently completed 16-year U.S. ground water study shows statistically significant increases in concentrations of nitrates in seven of 24 well networks.

Environmentalists balk at drilling off NJ coast

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- With oil and gas drilling heating up as an issue in the presidential race, environmentalists and the governor reiterated their opposition to tapping reserves off the state's...

Neighbors From Hell: Infanticide Rife In Guillemot Colony

10 years ago from Science Daily

One of Britain's best-known species of seabird is increasingly attacking and killing unattended chicks from neighboring nests due to food shortages.

Earth Hot Spots Spark Alien Ideas

10 years ago from Live Science

Researchers found hydrothermal vents supporting an extremophile ecosystem.

P. E. Clapp, Environmental Advocate, Is Dead at 54

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Mr. Clapp was an early and vigorous voice in the movement raising concern about global climate change.

Native trees may survive climate change

10 years ago from UPI

SYDNEY, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Australian researchers said hardy eucalyptus trees exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide grow larger and use less water.

CO2 storage option for UK seabed

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Parts of the sea-bed between Northern Ireland and Scotland could become a storage facility for carbon dioxide, according to a new study.

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107 cholera cases in Iraq

10 years ago from UPI

BAGHDAD, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi health officials said 107 cases of cholera have been confirmed in the central and southern regions of the country.

Sophisticated monitoring array to address mystery of uranium plume

10 years ago from Physorg

Scientists have puzzled for years about why uranium contamination in groundwater continues to exceed drinking water standards in an area located at the south end of the Hanford Site. The...

Robotic 'vacuum' offers shipping industry a cleaner solution

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- An automated robotic cleaning system that removes marine growth from the hull of a ship is being pioneered at Newcastle University.

Swollen with success

10 years ago from News @ Nature

For a different perspective on the 2008 indicators from the US National Science Foundation, take a look at 's cartograms. Words and maps by Declan Butler.

Iranians deplete aquifers, land is sinking

10 years ago from UPI

TEHRAN, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Researchers say increasing demand for groundwater in Iran is depleting that nation's water supplies, resulting in land surface deformations.

Norway joins fight to save Amazon

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Norway pledges $1bn to a new fund to help Brazil preserve its Amazon rainforest and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientist concedes 'honest mistake' about weaponized anthrax

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Peter B. Jahrling, who aided the federal probe of the 2001 mailings, says he erred when he told White House officials that material he examined probably had been altered to...

India approves biofuel rise

10 years ago from SciDev

New policy will increase biofuel production and the proportion of bio-ethanol and biodiesel in India's fuels.

'Calm before storm' may foreshadow climatic tipping point

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Abrupt climate change has occurred on earth many times over the past millions of years. Climate scientists hypothesize that these sharp transitions may be caused when the earth...

Arctic Sea Ice Shrinkage Grows

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

NASA has issued a preliminary report confirming environmentalists' fears of disappearing sea ice at the Arctic.

House backs fresh US oil drilling

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The US Congress approves legislation which will lift a 27-year-old moratorium on drilling for oil in US coastal waters.

Russia needs to mark its Arctic territory: Medvedev

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia should pass a law marking its territory in the disputed Arctic where it claims a large share of the mineral resources, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said...

The Energy Challenge: States Aim to Cut Gases by Making Polluters Pay

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Ten states are about to undertake the nation’s most serious effort yet to tackle climate change, but there are worries that it may fail to reduce pollution.

Weather History Offers Insight Into Global Warming

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Conditions and observations recorded for 112 years at a New York resort offer hints of the effects of global warming.

Food waste pilot hailed a success

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A pilot in which homes had food waste collected separately and composted is hailed a success by government advisers.

George Monbiot: How can the rich still be buying our silence with this 13th-century law?

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

George Monbiot: If even football fans can be sued by their club, it's clear libel is too easily used to stifle legitimate dissent