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Assessing Protected Area Effectiveness

A new study published in Conservation Letters aims to measure whether parks and reserves in the tropics succeed in protecting forests.

Sediment Chemicals in Coastal Rivers Overall Lower in U.S. than Worldwide Averages

Almost all the sediment-associated chemical concentrations found in 131 of the nation's rivers that drain to the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts are lower than worldwide averages, according to a new study by the USGS.

NRC Releases Report on the State of Polar Regions

The U.S. National Research Council (NRC) released a synthesis of reports from thousands of scientists in 60 countries who took part in the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-08, the first in over 50 years to offer a benchmark for environmental conditions and new discoveries in the polar regions.

Drawing Connections Between Food Webs

Ecosystems today face various threats, from climate change to invasive species to encroaching civilization. If we hope to protect these systems and the species that live in them, we must understand them — an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, given the world's seemingly endless number of ecosystems, each with its own complex dynamics and relationships.

Earth Institute Researchers Develop Interactive Map of NYC's Energy Use

Midtown Manhattan is red hot; Greenpoint a cool yellow and beige. It’s all a matter of energy: A new interactive, color-coded map created by a team at Columbia’s engineering school allows viewers to pinpoint and compare estimated energy usage, building lot by building lot, throughout New York City.

Approximately 80,000 Acres of Guatemala Forest Protected

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and partners signed an agreement this month that will safeguard some 80,000 acres of intact forest in Guatemala in the heart of the sprawling Maya Biosphere Reserve. Home to jaguars, macaws, pumas and various wildlife, the protected land will continue to serve as a safe haven to all inhabitants.

New Forage Plant Prepares Farmers for Climate Changes

Researchers, including plant researchers from the University of Copenhagen, have developed a new type of the corn-like crop sorghum, which may become very significant for food supplies in drought-prone areas.

Reforestation Efforts Reshape Hawaii's Soil Hydrology

Starting with the arrival of Polynesian settlers in the fourth century, and peaking in the mid-1800s, the destructive forces of wildfires and pests and the grazing of feral pigs, goats, and cattle reduced the native forests of Maui, Hawaii, to just a tenth of their original extent.



Natural River Networks are Essential for Biodiversity

To alter natural waterways is to take a serious risk of endangering species living on the entire length of a river. In a joint project, scientists from EPFL, EAWAG and Princeton University have modeled the flow of organisms living along river networks. Their research will be published this week in the journal PNAS.

EPA to Allow 15 Percent Renewable Fuel in Gasoline

Agency approves first applications for registration of ethanol to make E15.

Team Releases Findings from 2011 Cruise to Measure the Impacts of Fukushima Radiation

An international research team is reporting the results of a research cruise they organized to study the amount, spread, and impacts of radiation released into the ocean from the tsunami-crippled reactors in Fukushima, Japan.

EPA to Fund Projects to Green Restaurants, Supermarkets and Hotels in New Jersey and New York

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a total of $441,860 in grants to fund projects in New Jersey and New York that protect people’s health and the environment by preventing pollution.

Realty Company Cited for Violating Federal Law on Notice of Lead-based Paint Hazards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cited Crespo Realty, Inc. , of Flushing, N.Y., for allegedly violating a federal law requiring the company to disclose information on lead-based paint hazards to tenants renting four Reading, Pa. properties.

New Report Says Solar Energy Production Much Cleaner than Fossil Fuel

A new report highlights the best practices of photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers to protect workers and the environment during the production of solar panels. It also analyzes investor considerations regarding environmental, social, and governance practices for responsible management of PV companies.

EPA to Conduct First Five-year Review of Hudson River PCB Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently conducting a five-year review of the cleanup that has been conducted so far on the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site, which extends from Hudson Falls, N.Y., to New York City.

Global Research Partnerships Key to New Sustainable Solutions across Industries

According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, global automobile production will increase three percent this year – an industry growth trend with potential environmental impacts.

Logan Airport Oil Storage Facility Operators Fined for Inadequate Oil Spill Training

BOSFuel Corp. and Swissport Fueling, Inc., operators of an oil storage facility at Boston’s Logan Airport, will pay a $90,000 penalty for failing to take adequate precaution to contain oil spills.

World's Demand for Construction Equipment Rising Fast

Volvo Group’s April 4 annual meeting follows the best year in the Swedish company’s 85-year history.

Landfills Make Air Pollution Too

San Joaquin Valley landfill to spend $3.8 million to resolve Clean Air Act violations

Datacenter overheating problems tackled at energy conference

Solving server overheating problems at datacenters will save massive amounts of wasted energy worldwide.