JFK New Frontier awards go to mayor, scientist
The innovative mayor of a central New York city and the founder of a company that empowers scientific research in developing countries have been named recipients of the 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards.
Ocean acidification affects climate-relevant functions at the sea-surface microlayer
Ocean acidification might alter climate-relevant functions of the oceans' uppermost layer, according to a study by a group of marine scientists published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans In an experim ...
Research that holds water
Water is a vulnerable resource coming under increasing pressure in many parts of the world. The Research Council of Norway is providing funding to a number of research projects seeking to solve challenges related to the supply ...
Salt marsh plants key to reducing coastal erosion and flooding
(Phys.org) —The effectiveness of salt marshes – wetlands which are flooded and drained by tides – in protecting coastal areas in times of severe weather has been quantified in a study by researchers ...
Multiple studies provide insight into drought tolerance of TAM wheat varieties
Drought is the most important constraint limiting wheat yields in the U.S. Southern High Plains, and the past four years of exceptional drought have provided a tremendous opportunity for research and genetic ...
Study confirms water quality in glass and plastic bottles
Bottled water sold in Spain is practically free of constituents given off by plastic packaging or glass bottle lids. They are only detected in some cases, albeit in quantities much lower than limits found ...
Water-polluting anxiety drug reduces fish mortality
A drug that is commonly used to treat anxiety in humans and which regularly finds its way into surface waters through wastewater effluence has been shown to reduce mortality rates in fish.
Research aims to reduce water footprint and increase shelf life of potted and cut herb production
New research from the University of Southampton is aiming to reduce the water footprint and increase shelf life of potted and cut herb production in the UK.
Diet change – a solution to reduce water use?
Eating less meat would protect water resources in dry areas around the world, researchers at Aalto University have found.
'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought
A major drought across the western United States has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists said Thursday.
Water, water—not everywhere: Mapping water trends for African maize
Today's food production relies heavily on irrigation, but across sub-Saharan Africa only 4 percent of cultivated land is irrigated, compared with a global average of 18 percent. Small-scale farming is the ...
Zebra, quagga mussels trump pollution as change agents in lake erie
Over the last half century, Lake Erie has been known for its level of pollution and its population of invasive species. Of the two, the invasive species seems to have had the greater effect on the lake's ...
Algae blooms act as bodyguards for bacteria in Great Lakes
(Phys.org) —Beachgoers and anglers may despise algae, but bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella revel in it.
Groundwater could fuel life under glaciers
Subglacial lakes in Antarctica might have nutrient-rich groundwater flowing into them, say scientists investigating the origin of the water in ice streams.