How nitrogen is recycled in the Lake Tahoe ecosystem's food web
A Scripps Institution of Oceanography-led study on how natural and man-made sources of nitrogen are recycled through the Lake Tahoe ecosystem provides new information on how global change may affect the iconic ...
Increasing oil flow in the Keystone pipeline with electric fields
Researchers have shown that a strong electric field applied to a section of the Keystone pipeline can smooth oil flow and yield significant pump energy savings.
High pollution cuts most Indian lives short by three years
India's air pollution, ranked among the world's worst, is reducing the life expectancy of over half of the country's population by more than three years, according to a new study.
Thousands of dead fish again wash up in Rio Olympic bay
An "unprecedented" thousands of dead fish washed up in Rio's heavily polluted Guanabara Bay this week, deepening fears for the health of competitors at the 2016 Olympics and alarming fishermen.
Africa, from a CATS point of view
From Saharan dust storms to icy clouds to smoke on the opposite side of the continent, the first image from NASA's newest cloud- and aerosol-measuring instrument provides a profile of the atmosphere above ...
Jordan, Israel sign deal to help save Dead Sea
Jordan and Israel signed a deal on Thursday to build a pipeline to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea and combat regional water shortages.
Group backs off plan to put fracking ban on Colorado ballot
(AP)—An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade ...
'Ecosystem services' help assess ocean energy development
With many projects under development in coastal regions such as New England, tidal power—which extracts "hydrokinetic" energy from marine environments—seems poised to join other U.S. commercial power ...
Interaction of Atlantic and Pacific oscillations caused 'false pause' in warming
The recent slowdown in climate warming is due, at least in part, to natural oscillations in the climate, according to a team of climate scientists, who add that these oscillations represent variability internal to the climate ...
World's challenges demand science changes—and fast, experts say
World's challenges demand science changes - and fast, experts say. The world has little use - and precious little time—for detached experts.
Embrace unknowns, opt for flexibility in environmental policies
We make hundreds, possibly thousands, of decisions each day without having full knowledge of what will happen next. Life is unpredictable, and we move forward the best we can despite not knowing every detail.
'Blue-green algae' proliferating in lakes
The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries - and in many cases the rate of increase ...
IPCC sea-level rise scenarios not fit for purpose for high-risk coastal areas
The sea-level rise scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) do not necessarily provide the right information for high-risk coastal decision-making and management, according to new research involving ...
30 years of above-average temperatures means the climate has changed
If you're younger than 30, you've never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average.