Climate change has increased the productivity of forests, according to a new study that synthesizes hundreds of thousands of carbon observations collected over the last quarter century at the Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research site, one of the most intensively studied forests in the world.Read more
New research by Raymond Goldstein and colleagues at the University of Cambridge has revealed how fluid motion and direct mechanical pressure triggers the emission of bioluminescent light by tiny marine organisms.Read more
Reducing tropical deforestation and limiting the wildlife trade might be cost-effective ways of stopping pandemics before they start, a new analysis finds.Read more
Some red-giant stars are rotating much faster than previously thought, according to a new study. Using NASA’s Kepler space telescope, the astronomers found that about 8% of the red giants they observed are rotating fast enough to display starspots.Read more
Two years ago, Peter Kalmus, a climate scientist based in Los Angeles, got invited to speak about his work at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington, D.C., 2,700 miles away.
There was just one problem: Kalmus had vowed to give up flying because of the climate crisis. He offered to give his presentation over video. The subject was how scientists could lead on climate action especially by flying less. The AGU turned him down.
Researchers found that boron nitride also known as BN and commonly used in cosmetics and electronics could destroy up to 99 percent of a type of PFAS called PFOA in about four hours.Read more
Tiny fragments of plutonium may have been carried more than 200 km by caesium particles released following the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011. So says an international group of scientists that has made detailed studies of soil samples at sites close to the damaged reactors.Read more
With rising temperatures, the world’s food supplies are at risk, with deceasing yields in key staple crops. Researchers and innovators are looking at more resilient crops and farm animals — from heat-resistant wheat, to drought-resistant rice, to Naked Neck chickens that stay cooler.Read more
Several people who were exposed to the tear gas during the recent protests in response to police brutality have come forward online to say they experienced painful disruptions to their menstrual cycle. These anecdotes have prompted concern over the chemical’s impact on reproductive health.Read more
House Democrats recently introduced a long-awaited 538-page report chock-full of policy proposals to help manage the climate crisis and achieve an equitable economy. But that doesn’t mean the Democratic majority in the House is united in its commitment to the environment.Read more