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Superior Ecotech, Upslope Brewery developing new algae technology

In what could be a monumental project for environmental sustainability, Superior Ecotech has harnessed the power of algae through the CO2 emissions of breweries.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2014

Nimbacinus dicksoni: Not a Harry Potter spell but an extinct Tasmanian devil cousin

New research shows that a distant cousin to the Tasmanian tiger was smaller but more ferocious. The extinct fox-sized hunter may have hunted prey even larger than itself.

Earth/Environment April 10, 2014

America's list of most endangered rivers highlights river conservancy issues

American Rivers released their latest report on the most endangered rivers in the United States. Is one of them near you?

Earth/Environment April 10, 2014

Eco-tourists spot pair of oarfish off Mexican coast: Why do these elusive sea serpents go to shallow waters?

Tourists have spotted two oarfish off near the Mexican coast. Experts have provided an explanation regarding why these rarely seen fish were spotted in shallow waters.

Earth/Environment April 10, 2014

Permafrost thawing leading to additional global warming?

Is permafrost melting in polar regions leading to more global warming? A new study shows that is exactly what is happening - but why?

Earth/Environment April 8, 2014

Climate change reports of CNN, Fox News may mislead public: Report

A new study reveals surprising facts about how the top American news agencies report on climate change. CNN and Fox news are both guilty of inaccurate reporting about climate issues.

Earth/Environment April 8, 2014

Deserts absorb big amounts of atmospheric CO2, may help alleviate global warming: Study

Deserts may play a large role in alleviating the effects of global warming. Researchers have found that arid areas can absorb increasingly large amounts of carbon.

Earth/Environment April 7, 2014

Monarch butterflies could use your help - here's what you can do

Central Mexican wintering grounds for monarch butterflies, is shrinking in size. Here's what you can do to help them and bring the beautiful insects to your yard.

Earth/Environment April 6, 2014

Arctic ice cover maximum is fifth-lowest on record

Ice cover in the Arctic reached its fifth-lowest level since 1978; in the south, ice in the Antarctic receded to the fourth-greatest extent since measurements started 36 years ago. What does this say about global temperatures?

Earth/Environment April 5, 2014

Bumblebee species in Europe in danger of extinction, may result to $30 bn agricultural crisis: Study

A new study shows that almost a quarter of all European bumblebee species are at risk of extinction. Bees are a critical part of the European ecosystem and the threatened status of many bumblebees could have devastating long term effects.

Earth/Environment April 4, 2014

Climate change watcher: ESA prepares to launch Sentinel-1A satellite

The EU will soon start its largest civil Earth-observation program in history. The ESA will begin the program with the launch of the Sentinel-1A that will serve as its eye on climate change

Earth/Environment April 3, 2014

NASA says new satellite will measure global carbon dioxide levels and human impact on the world's carbon cycle

U.S. satellite to monitor effect of human activity on carbon dioxide emission levels, climate change.

Earth/Environment April 6, 2014

Saharan dust turns England red, braces for worst air pollution in 60 years

The pollution forecasts for England for the next few days are looking grim and the country should prepare for “very high” levels of air pollution. Experts are worried about the possible health effects of the situation.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2014

Exxon Mobil acknowledges climate risk, says it will keep selling fossil fuels

Global warming and man-made climate change have been acknowledged by a major oil company for the first time. So what does Exxon Mobil plan to do about it?

Earth/Environment April 2, 2014

Alvin returns to gulf on 4th anniversary of BP oil spill

The Alvin submersible has returned to the Gulf of Mexico to examine how the region is recovering from the BP oil spill four years ago.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2014

Ocean of garbage makes search for Flight MH370 doubly difficult

While the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues, the search efforts are hampered by large amounts of ocean garbage. Some experts say that the search could take years.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2014

Delay in climate policy seen as no salvation for coal-fired power plants

Companies operating coal-fired power plants would see no benefit in delay of climate policies regarding global warming, study suggests.

Earth/Environment April 1, 2014

Second bald eagle egg hatches in Pittsburgh, locals wait for one more

Pittsburgh welcomes the second bald eagle hatchling in an eagle nest in Hays. One more egg remains.

Earth/Environment March 31, 2014

UN climate change report warns of irreversible impacts, calls on the whole world to take action now

The UN has finally released a new report on global warming. The report warns that the effects could be “severe, pervasive and irreversible.”

Earth/Environment March 31, 2014

Artificial islands proposed to protect NY, NJ from Sandy-type superstorms

To stop future hurricanes from bringing death and destruction to the East Coast, the U.S. government is planning on building artificial islands. The islands may help protect New York and New Jersey from large hurricanes.

Earth/Environment March 31, 2014

Bald eagle egg hatches in Pittsburgh, mommy eagle incubates two more

Pittsburgh residents can’t get enough of the new kid in town. One of the three eggs in a Pittsburgh bald eagle nest has hatched with a new eaglet emerging safely.

Earth/Environment March 29, 2014

Climate change has a $100 bn per year tab for humans says UN panel

An incoming UN report seeks to lay bare the true dangers that climate change poses to the planet. The report is already in its final drafting stages and will be released early next week.

Earth/Environment March 29, 2014

Lesser prairie chicken classified as 'Threatened,' authorities blame habitat shrinkage

Due to a rapid decline in numbers, the lesser prairie chicken has been classified as “threatened.” US wildlife authorities are growing more concerned due to the severity of the decline.

Earth/Environment March 29, 2014

U.N. chief witnesses climate change in Greenland

Ban Ki-moon toured Greenland, where the United Nations chief says he saw evidence of global warming first hand.

Earth/Environment March 27, 2014

Household air pollution kills 4.3 mn, 3.7 mn more die from outdoor pollution: WHO

The latest WHO report on air pollution shows that a total of seven million people have died due to exposure to pollutants in the air back in 2012. This number includes those affected by household air pollutants and ambient air pollutants.

Earth/Environment March 27, 2014

Don't challenge Cuvier's beaked whales to a breath holding contest. It can last 2.5 hours!

The best deep diver in the world wouldn’t hold a candle to the elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale. A new study shows its superiority in the animal kingdom in terms of diving skills.

Earth/Environment March 27, 2014

Shrinking size of North American salamanders linked to climate change

Salamander species expending more energy just to survive in warmer, drier habitats with changing climate, have less energy to grow and are gradually shrinking in size.

Earth/Environment March 29, 2014

Climate change will bring extreme heatwave to Britain, rest of Europe by 2040: Weather experts

Climate change may soon cause sizzling hot weather in the UK and the rest of Europe. Scientists are expecting more heatwaves by the year 2040.

Earth/Environment March 26, 2014

Sunsets painted by famous artists may offer clues to past pollution in Earth's atmosphere

Air pollution from volcanic eruptions in past centuries left its mark in sunset paintings by famous artists.

Earth/Environment March 29, 2014

Californium: A useful way to recycle radioactive waste (if only it was less expensive)

A radioactive metal can be used to store more dangerous waste, and produce recycled fuel for nuclear reactors. How pricey could this be? Very.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2014

Humans at fault for extreme weather in 2013: UN

Extreme weather in 2013 was largely the result of human actions, a new report from the United Nations has revealed.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2014

UN scientists to report climate change impacts: Food and Water shortage, flooding on spotlight

While a lot of people do not take climate change seriously, the United Nations' latest report is expected to reveal how it can impact human existence.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2014

Oil spill in Houston Ship Channel threatens wildlife in nearby sanctuary

The current oil spill leads to environmental issues, which threaten the wildlife, and authorities investigate who is to blame.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2014

U.S. fisheries dump 500 million pounds of bycatch back to the ocean annually: Report

A new report has shown that a staggering amount of seafood and protected marine animals are either wasted or perish because of U.S. commercial fishing. This amounts to billions of pounds of dead dolphins, sea turtles and a wide variety of other marine life.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2014

Loblolly pine genome sequence completed by scientists: 16 billion fragments fitted together!

Ever built a jigsaw puzzle that has millions of pieces? Scientists have done just that (only a lot harder) to know better understand one of the most important trees in the United States.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2014

Climate change triggered storms and rising sea levels cost China $2.6 bn

Climate change is a serious global issue, and China has seen the toll in its country. Now, they're making policies to countermeasure the dangers.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2014

Hello, Spring Equinox. Hello, warmer weather and cool Google Doodle

Spring has officially arrived with the arrival of the Vernal Equinox. After a particularly harsh winter, many people living in the Northern Hemisphere are looking forward to warmer weather.

Earth/Environment March 20, 2014

Technology giants help White House build and launch climate change data tools

The U.S. government has collaborated with Google, Microsoft, Intel, and other technology companies to empower its people and provide them with a tool in preparation for climate change.

Earth/Environment March 20, 2014

Burmese pythons in Evergaldes have excellent built-in homing systems: Research

Researchers have discovered that Burmese pythons have a remarkable ability to find their way home even after being moved 20 miles away. The scale of this newfound ability has never before been seen in other snake species.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2014

Dust over Africa, West Asia triggers and intensifies Indian monsoon

A new study has shown that the strong monsoons affecting India may be linked to swirling dust in the deserts of West Asia and North Africa. Airborne dust particles are warming up the air west of India boosting the strength of monsoons.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2014

Oops we got it wrong: Stable Greenland ice sheets are melting faster than scientists thought

Scientists have released a new study showing that Greenland's ice sheets are now melting faster than previous data suggested. The new findings indicate that the ice sheets are not as stable as previously thought.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2014

Dry days to become more common?

The number of days with no rain or precipitation will likely climb by the end of the year, says a new study.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2014

Humpback whale entangled in fishing gear still missing

Hawaii officials are currently searching for a humpback whale that was entangled in a length of fishing line. The hapless whale was last spotted near Niihau but it is currently missing.

Earth/Environment March 16, 2014

Light pollution affects rainforest regrowth by altering feeding habits of fruit bats

Fruit-loving bats may avoid eating in areas illuminated by artificial light. But what is seed rain, and why do you not want to be caught in it?

Earth/Environment March 16, 2014

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