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High Nitrous Oxide Levels in California

With a new method for estimating greenhouse gases, researchers have found that the levels of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, are much higher than previous predictions.

Artificial Watershed Gets First Rain

The world’s only artificial watershed inside the Biosphere 2 at the University of Arizona receives its first rain, giving researchers the first opportunity to study how water, soil, plants, and microbes interact in a realistic setting; this rare chance could help improve future global climate models.

USDA Develops Clothing to Protect U.S. Troops from Insects

USDA scientists are helping out military personnel deployed overseas by outfitting soldiers with clothing that repels or kills disease-transmitting mosquitos and sand flies.

Sugar Created from Palm Oil Extraction Waste

A research team in Singapore has used plant waste matter from palm oil extraction to make a useful sugar.

A Strange Ingredient for Sustainable Farm Fertilizer

As scientists have searched for a sustainable slow-release fertilizer, an ingredient used in some diarrhea medicines may prove to be the answer.

A Tobacco Tree Could be Used as Biofuel

Researchers at Royal Holloway have identified a tobacco tree that could produce biofuels, and have been awarded a grant for further research from the European Union.

Arizona State University Received Grant to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

In order to pursue high-risk, high-reward advances with the potential to change the way the nation consumes and generates energy, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Arizona State University (ASU) a grant for alternative energy research.

Sea Levels Rising Faster than Previously Expected

According to new research, sea-levels are rising 60 perfect faster than central projections made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Drought Stress Makes Forest Ecosystems Vulnerable

Researchers have found that increasing drought conditions have made plants operate at their top safety threshold, making forest ecosystems vulnerable to escalating environmental stress.

Ancient Microbes Found in Antarctic Lake

Scientists have discovered ample and diverse metabolically active bacteria in an Antarctic lake sealed under more than 65 feet of ice.

Airborne Particles Transport Pollutants Around the World

The symbiotic relationship between airborne particles and pollutants demonstrate how city pollution ends up in faraway places such as the Arctic.

Drained Wetlands Produce Greenhouse Gases

According to new research from universities in Sweden, drained wetlands are capable of producing as much greenhouse gas emissions as Swedish industry.

U.S. Water Industry Outlook Survey Results Announced

WeiserMazars, LLP has released the results from their first annual water industry outlook survey.

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.

Reducing Costs and Energy in Aerospace Manufacturing

Conventional manufacturing processes for aircraft engine parts is very costly and requires a significant amount of energy, but new technologies are being researched in order to find ways to reduce the environmental impact of aerospace manufacturing.

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.

Drinking Water Distillation System Offers a Solution During Disasters

An inventor has created a new water distillation system that makes non-potable water drinkable, which makes it a perfect solution during natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

China Launches Third Environmental Monitoring Satellite

Besides allowing China to monitor pollution and natural disasters, the trio of satellites will be used in making decisions about deploying emergency aid and reconstruction.

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.

Artificial Logs for Fireplaces Made from Grass Clippings

During this holiday season, people can use ecofriendly artificial logs made from grass clippings to create a warm and welcoming blaze in fireplaces.

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