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Desert dust feeds tropical rainforest

The Amazon rainforest in South America relies on dust transported by winds from the Sahara desert in North Africa to replenish the nutrients and minerals in its soils. For the first time, scientists have proved ...

Oct 30, 2006 4.5 / 5 (23) 0

Study shows continued spread of 'dead zones'

A global study led by Professor Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, shows that the number of "dead zones"—areas of seafloor with too little oxygen for most marine life—has ...

Aug 14, 2008 4.1 / 5 (25) 4

Emissions irrelevant to future climate change?

Climate change and the carbon emissions seem inextricably linked. However, new research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Carbon Balance and Management suggests that this may not always hold true, althou ...

Apr 28, 2008 4.1 / 5 (25) 7

Where does stored nuclear waste go?

Millions of gallons of hazardous waste resulting from the nation’s nuclear weapons program lie in a remote location in southeastern Washington state called Hanford. Beneath this desert landscape about two ...

Nov 27, 2007 3.9 / 5 (26) 0

US spring warming off the charts

The continental United States experienced the warmest spring on record this year, with temperatures far above the average over the past century, government scientists said Thursday.

Jun 07, 2012 4.2 / 5 (24) 174