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  • "Shrinking goats" another indicator that climate change affects animal size

    29 October 2014, 7:36 am

    Alpine goats appear to be shrinking in size as they react to changes in climate, according to new research from Durham University. The researchers studied the impacts of changes in temperature on the body size of Alpine Chamois, a species of mountain goat,…
  • Adélie penguin chick weights correlated to temperatures

    28 October 2014, 2:11 pm

    Oceanographers have reported a connection between local weather conditions and the weight of Adélie penguin chicks. Adélie penguins are an indigenous species of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. Since 1950,…
  • MIT finds switching to higher octane fuel would reduce carbon emissions

    28 October 2014, 8:15 am

    If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in fuel costs, according to a new…
  • World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

    28 October 2014, 7:25 am

    Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France; Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value / year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing…
  • Using Microscopic Bugs to Save the Bees

    27 October 2014, 3:49 pm

    For decades, honeybees have been battling a deadly disease that kills off their babies (larvae) and leads to hive collapse. It’s called American Foulbrood and its effects are so devastating and infectious, it often requires infected hives to be burned to the…
  • What could be better than LED lighting?

    27 October 2014, 1:13 pm

    Even as the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has enshrined light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the single most significant and disruptive energy-efficient lighting solution of today, scientists around the world continue unabated to search for the even-better-bulbs of…
  • The Aral Desert: Once a Sea - Now, All Dried Up

    27 October 2014, 11:42 am

    The Aral Sea is a well known environmental disaster zone. But this year, it got a whole worse, writes Anson Mackay, as its biggest basin dried up completely to expose a toxic, salty wasteland. With continuing irrigation and declining river flows due to climate…

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