Environment News

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.

Thu 23 Feb 17 from BBC News

Other sources: BBC News, Newscientist show all (3) »

Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits

Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository ...

20 hours ago from Phys.org

Other sources: Phys.org, Daily Mail, Gizmodo, Popular Science, Discovery News show all (8) »

Government of Myanmar unveils new plan to protect marine wildlife and resources

The Government of Myanmar and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today a comprehensive plan to protect the country's diverse fisheries and marine life—including dolphins, sea turtles, ...

5 hours ago from Phys.org

Other sources: Phys.org show all (2) »

Farther from forest: 'Eye-opening' study says rural US loses forests faster than cities

Americans are spending their lives farther from forests than they did at the end of the 20th century and, contrary to popular wisdom, the change is more pronounced in rural areas than in urban ...

Wed 22 Feb 17 from Phys.org

Other sources: Phys.org, Daily Mail, UPI show all (4) »

Study finds 6,600 spills from fracking in just four states

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a new study.The ...

Tue 21 Feb 17 from Phys.org

Other sources: Phys.org, BBC News, Discovery News, Gizmodo, CleanTechnica show all (10) »

Oil and gas wastewater spills alter microbes in West Virginia waters

Wastewater from oil and gas operations—including fracking for shale gas—at a West Virginia site altered microbes downstream, according to a Rutgers-led study.

Thu 23 Feb 17 from Phys.org

Other sources: Phys.org, Newswise show all (3) »

Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report

Invisible particles washed off products like synthetic clothing and car tyres account for up to a third of the plastic polluting oceans, impacting eco-systems and human health, a top conservationist ...

Wed 22 Feb 17 from Phys.org

Other sources: Phys.org, BBC News, Discovery News show all (4) »

Hidden no more: First-ever global view of transshipment in commercial fishing industry

Transshipment, the transfer of goods from one boat to another, is a major pathway for illegally caught and unreported fish to enter the global seafood market. It has also been associated with ...

Wed 22 Feb 17 from Phys.org

Other sources: Phys.org, Arstechnica, ScienceDaily show all (4) »

Sum of their parts: Researchers use math to foster environmental restoration

The oft-quoted proverb, "Too many cooks spoil the broth," is apt wisdom for describing challenges facing policy makers, public resource managers, ag producers, industry, residents and other ...

Wed 22 Feb 17 from Phys.org

Other sources: Phys.org, ScienceDaily show all (3) »

The never-ending story: Chemicals that outlive—and harm—us

Chemical manufacturers have agreed to pay $670 million in damages to people with cancer and other health harm from exposure to a recently phased-out highly fluorinated chemical. In a peer-reviewed ...

Wed 22 Feb 17 from Medical Xpress

Other sources: Medical Xpress, MedPageToday show all (3) »