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NASA, Partners Offer Global View of Environmental Changes

Continuing the collaboration that produced the COVID-19 Earth Observing Dashboard in 2020, NASA and its international partners in Europe and Japan have combined the collective scientific power of their Earth-observing satellite data in expanding the online resource to document a broad array of planet-wide changes in the environment and human society. The expanded dashboard from NASA, ESA (European Space Agency),…

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Earthworms Like to Eat Some Plastics, but Side Effects of Their Digestion Are Unclear

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Newswise — Earthworms are a welcome sight for gardeners and farmers because the wriggling invertebrates recycle nutrients from soil, making them more accessible to plants. As worms burrow, they consume almost everything in their path, including microscopic plastic pollution. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology have observed that earthworms actually prefer soil with some types of microplastics but digest…

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In sediments below Antarctic ice, scientists discover a giant groundwater system

Previously unmapped reservoirs could speed glaciers, release carbon Newswise — Many scientists say that liquid water is a key to understanding the behavior of the frozen form found in glaciers. Melt water is known to lubricate their gravelly bases and hasten their march toward the sea. In recent years, researchers in Antarctica have discovered hundreds of interconnected liquid lakes and rivers cradled…

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Actionable Environmental Impacts at Home: Swap common household devices to curb your carbon footprint

(Family Features) In every room of your home, you’ll likely find numerous devices, appliances and fixtures that rely on the electric grid for power. Collectively, they affect your carbon footprint more than you may realize. Converting to lower carbon alternatives can help you be a better steward for the environment while reducing your reliance on electricity. “As a father, husband,…

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Water scarcity predicted to worsen in more than 80% of croplands globally this century

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Farming techniques that keep rainwater in agricultural soils could help mitigate shortages in arid regions Newswise — WASHINGTON—Agricultural water scarcity is expected to increase in more than 80% of the world’s croplands by 2050, according to a new study in the AGU journal Earth’s Future. The new study examines current and future water requirements for global agriculture and predicts whether the water levels available, either…

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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office Selects GridBright, Inc., to Lead the Effort to Integrate Solar Energy Into Utility Control Rooms Securely

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Project supported by an ecosystem of utility, research, and technology collaborators, including San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Oracle SAN FRANCISCO (Newswire.com) – The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the award of GridBright‘s project “PIVA: Photovoltaic (PV) Integration using Virtual Airgap” (Award DE-EE0009631) as part of their Fiscal Year 2021 Systems Integration and…

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Vegetarian birds more sociable than insect eaters, shows research

Newswise — Weaver birds that eat seeds flock together and nest in colonies more commonly than those species that eat insects, suggests new research by an international team of scientists led by the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath. For the first time, the study statistically supports an influential ecological hypothesis on social behaviour first proposed 58 years ago….

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Use your cellphone to improve weather forecasts

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Newswise — Ahead of World Meteorological Day, you can help improve weather forecasting models with CAMALIOT, an infrastructure and app that uses GPS from smartphones to support scientific research. Join our crowdsourcing campaign on 17 March 2022  Ě¶  any person with access to an Android cellphone is invited to download the free app and participate. CAMALIOT was commissioned by the…

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Bean cultivation in diverse agricultural landscapes promotes bees and increases yields

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Researchers led by Göttingen University study bee behaviour and bean harvests Pollination by insects is essential for the production of many food crops. The presence of pollinators, such as bees, depends on the availability of nesting sites and sufficient food. If these conditions are lacking, the pollinators also fail to appear and the yield of flowering arable crops, such as…

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Recycling Greenhouse Gases with Biotechnology

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Biological production of acetone and isopropanol by gas fermentation captures more carbon than it releases. The Science Acetone and isopropanol are important chemicals for industry. They are used to produce materials from jet fuel to solvents to detergents to plastics. Currently, industry produces these two chemicals from petroleum using processes that release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Researchers have…

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