Environmental Protection

Ecosystems


Study of Soil Microbes Could Minimize the Effects of Erosion

The ARS is conducting a new study to discover how microbes in the soil that are carried off by strong winds could lead to finding ways to minimize soil damage that is caused by wind erosion.

Veolia Energy Joins University of Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan

Veolia Energy recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commission the two new, natural gas-fired rapid-response boilers, which is part of the company’s multi-million dollar investment in its Philadelphia district energy network to convert it to 100 percent ‘Green Steam’.

APP Halts All Natural Forest Clearance

The Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has put an end to clearing natural forests in Indonesia, which applies to all suppliers.

Algae Shows Signs of Past and Present Climate Change

Coccolithophores, microscopic ocean algae, provides clues about the effects of climate change that’s happening now and that already happened millions of years ago.

How Corals Thrive in High Temperatures

A growing number or coral species have been found to survive in the hottest temperatures, sparking new research to find out just how these corals are beating the global warming odds.

The Vulnerability of Amazon’s Freshwater Ecosystems

A study published in Conservation Letters this week found that freshwater ecosystems in the Amazon are highly vulnerable to environmental degradation.

Study Determines Environmental Stressors of Mediterranean and Black Seas

More than 200 scientists from over 20 countries around the Mediterranean and Black Seas gathered in Barcelona last week to share the results of their joint work, which summarized on a regional and basin scale the environmental "stressors" on which the scientific research of PERSEUS will focus intensively over the next three years.

Hot Air Treatment Decreases Bacteria in Chicken Coops

New research from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) shows that treating chicken coops and cages with hot air can help minimize the amount of disease-causing bacteria that is passed on to other groups of birds during transport.



McDonald’s to Start Serving MSC-Certified Sustainable Fish

In order to continue serving their customers with high-quality seafood, McDonald’s will begin serving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood, which helps protect future fish supplies, in all of its locations across the U.S.

How More CO2 is Released by Warmer Soils

According to a new study, climate change can cause soils to reach higher temperatures, which could make those soils release additional carbon into the atmosphere.

How Aggressively Will EPA Address Climate Change?

EPA won a decision at the D.C. Circuit in June 2012 allowing it to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to address climate change. With EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson leaving, how quickly will it act?

New Avenue Opens for Challenges to CWA Compliance Orders

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Sackett v. EPA recognized that property owners have the right to immediately go to court to challenge the validity of administrative compliance orders issued by EPA under the Clean Water Act.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association Receives Environmental Education Grant

The Ohio EPA has awarded a $48,460 grant to help improve wetlands education opportunities associated with the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association.

Ladybugs' Diet Guides Biocontrol Agent

By researching the diet of lady beetles, USDA scientists have learned more about the movement of these insects and how they may be beneficial in farm fields by eating crop pests.

Global Warming Increases Monthly Heat Records Worldwide

According to a new study, there are now five times as many record-breaking hot months worldwide than could be expected without long-term global warming.

Attend a Rain Garden Program for Free

On Jan. 14, there will be a program relating to bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens, help at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.

River Salinization May Become a Global Environmental Issue

The salinization of rivers has become a global problem with high environmental and economic cost, which also poses a great risk to human health. According to a new research, climate change and increasing water consumption may create larger issues in the future.

Ratsnakes May Benefit from Global Warming

Researchers from the University of Illinois conducted a study of ratsnakes in Ontario, Illinois, and Texas, with resulting showing that the species can adapt to higher temperature by becoming more active at night.

New Abundance Estimate for Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Released by NOAA

NOAA scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center has announced that the 2012 abundance estimate for the endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whale population is 312 , which is a small increase from the previous year.

Shell's Rig Move Timed to Avoid State Tax

The Kulluk drillship remained aground Jan. 5 on the southeast shoreline of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, upright and stable, and Shell has received a state permit to move it, the Unified Command reported.

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