Environmental Protection

Ecosystems


Similarities Found in White Nose Syndrome Recovery in Bats and AIDS Patients

In a study performed by the U.S.G.S., bats recovering from white-nose syndrome (WNS) show evidence of IRIS, a condition that is experienced by HIV-AIDS patients. If IRIS is proven to be present in bats surviving WNS, this would be the first natural occurrence of IRIS ever observed.

New Technology Prevents Flies from Maturing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed a new insect growth regulator that helps combat house flies that spread harmful bacteria to food.

Bird Virus Sweeping Through Britain

Avian pox has been recorded in British bird species such as house sparrows and wood pigeons for a number of years. However, the emergence of a new strain of this viral disease is causing concern amongst vets and ornithologists.

Biofuel Spills Could be More Dangerous than Oil

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that ethanol-based liquids mix actively with water, making a biofuel spill potentially more harmful to aquatic life than oil spills.

Warming Temperatures Increase Stress on Public Lands

Researchers have discovered that climate change is creating additional stress on western rangelands, and as a result land owners should consider a reduction or elimination of livestock and other large animals from public lands.

Future Warming on Higher End of Climate Projections

Climate model projections showing a greater rise in global temperature are likely to prove more accurate than those showing a lesser rise, according to a new analysis by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Scientists Rediscover the Leggiest Animal on Earth

Once believed to be extinct, a rare millipede with 750 legs has been found by scientists in California.

Plants and Soils Could Intensify Climate Change

Scientists from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the University of California, Berkley have demonstrated that plants and soils could release large amounts of carbon dioxide as global climate warms.



Sewage Problems Caused by Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, millions of gallons of raw sewage are being dumped into New Jersey waterways. Scientists from the University of Delaware are using satellites to predict the sludge’s track into the ocean.

First Green Roofs Ecology Research Center in Israel

Israel’s first Green Roofs Ecology research center has been dedicated at the University of Haifa. The center will focus on research and development of non-irrigated green roofs that are suitable for Middle Eastern climates.

Warmer Temperatures Cause Aquatic Animals to Shrink

According to a new study, warmer temperatures cause greater reduction in the sizes of adult aquatic animals than in land-dwelling species.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Headed to D.C. by Clean Diesel Technology

The 73-foot Spruce Christmas tree that will be decorated outside the U.S. Capitol building this holiday season has begun its 24-day journey from Colorado to Washington, D.C. The Mack truck transporting the tree has near zero emissions due to its clean diesel engine.

Reserve Allows Great Study of Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest

Brazil's Salto Morato Nature Preserve is a haven for scientists studying the dwindling Atlantic rainforest, an area less renowned than the Amazon forest but just as biologically diverse and equally threatened by human encroachment.

Scientists Discover Insect-Repelling Compounds in Jatropha

USDA scientists have identified components of Jatropha curcas seed oil that are responsible for mosquito repellency.

USGS Sampling Water in Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath

The U.S. Geological Survey crews are sampling water nutrients, sediment, and pesticides in order to document water quality in areas affected by the hurricane.

Global Warming Hinders Species' Recovery After Mass Extinction

Researchers have discovered that global warming is the reason plants and animals had a hard time recovering from the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history 250 million years ago.

World's Rarest Whale Seen for First Time

A whale species that is nearly unknown to science has been seen for the first time after a mother and her calf were stranded on a New Zealand beach.

Mountain Meadows Dwindling in the Pacific Northwest

Some high mountain meadows in the Pacific Northwest are declining rapidly due to climate change as reduced snowpacks, longer growing seasons, and other factors allow trees to invade ecosystems that once were carpeted with grasses, shrubs and wildflowers.

Opossum Lake to be Reopened to the Public

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced that the popular lake in Cumberland County is expected to be refilled and reopened to the public in 2013. The lake was drained in 2008 to rebuild the spillway at the facility’s dam.

Infrared Lasers Assess Forest Vegetation

A Texas A&M University associate professor in the department of ecosystem science and management uses remote sensing and other advanced technology to see individual trees and the overall forest.

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