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Research Shows Pregnant Mothers at Risk from Air Pollution

A Californian-based study has looked in detail at air quality and the impact of traffic-related air pollution on premature birth.

How Do Viruses Penetrate 700-Feet-Deep Semi-Permeable Acquifers?

Drinking water taken from a deep aquifer protected by a semi-permeable layer of rock should be protected from many contaminants, including viruses. But viruses have been discovered in many deep Madison, Wis., water wells.

Green Ocean Technology Paired with Earthquake Sensors

Combining recently launched green technology for navigating the oceans with the need to address gaps in critical earthquake information across the globe, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been granted $1.02 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a cutting-edge deep-ocean seismic system.

Fla. Biologists Study Reasons Behind Endangered Grouper Comeback

In the waters along Florida’s east and west coasts, Florida State University (FSU) marine biologists are collecting new data on the once severely overfished Atlantic goliath grouper, a native species that is making a comeback in the southeastern United States after a 21-year moratorium on its capture while remaining critically endangered everywhere else in the world.

Study: Marine Life in Man-made Stressed Seas

The Earth currently has more than 400 so-called "dead zones"--huge expanses of deep ocean that, because of human activities, become too oxygen-starved during the summer to support most life.

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Illegally Imported Sperm Whale Teeth

Sperm whales are classified as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act and are listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Liquid Catalyst Converts Emissions into Fuel

An Illinois research team has succeeded in overcoming one major obstacle to a promising technology that simultaneously reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide and produces fuel.

NIH Launches Research Program to Explore Health Effects from Climate Change

A new research program funded by the National Institutes of Health will explore the role that a changing climate has on human health.



Scientists Reveal Southern Californias Tectonic Plates in Detail

The geologic forces that shape the Earth's surface do their work in the lithosphere, often out of sight and far below the surface. Researchers have now measured the lithosphere’s thickness in southern California. It varies widely, from less than 25 miles to nearly 60 miles.

EPA provides over $1.1 million for Sleeping Bear Dunes and Grand Traverse Band Watersheds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects in Northern Michigan totaling $1.1 million.

Wild Plants are Good for Pollinators

A new study has shown that encouraging strips of wild plants at the edges of fields is important for supporting bees and other important pollinators.

Gulf Coast Task Force Releases Ecosystem Restoration Strategy For Public Review

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, chaired by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, recently released for public review and feedback its comprehensive preliminary strategy for long-term ecosystem restoration.

EPA Approves New Performance Standards for D.C. Stormwater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has approved new performance standards for controlling urban stormwater runoff in Washington, D.C.

New Study Shows How Trees Clean the Air

New research shows how trees can improve air quality by filtering out pollution particulates, which are damaging to human health.

China's CO2 Emission Increases Substantially

Constructing buildings, power plants and roads has driven a substantial increase in China's CO2 emission growth.

Q&A Session: The Effects of Climate Change on Soil Carbon

In a Q&A session with scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the team examines the carbon presence in soil in relation to climate change.

Rethinking the Connection Between Soil as a Carbon Reservoir and Global Climate Change

Research suggests soil environment determines humus depletion, which means the question as to how soils respond to global climate change needs to be readdressed.

Engineers Make Power from Human Respiration

A team from the University of Wisconsin believes they created a material that could be used to capture energy from respiration.

EPA Announces Cleanup Plan for Quanta Resources Superfund Site in Edgewater, N.J.

Soil and ground water underneath the site and adjacent properties are contaminated with arsenic, lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds resulting from over 100 years of past industrial activities in the area. Exposure to these pollutants can have serious health effects, and in some cases, increase the risk of cancer.

Arctic Sea Ice Continues Decline, Hits 2nd Lowest Level

Last month the extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean declined to the second-lowest extent on record. Satellite data from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado in Boulder showed that the summertime sea ice cover narrowly avoided a new record low.

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