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April 01, 2015

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12:58 AM | Record-Low Sierra Snowpack Will Drive Home Drought Impacts
Scant precipitation combined with freakishly high temperatures put a double whammy on California’s water supply.

March 31, 2015

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8:55 PM | An apple a day may keep the children away: Pesticides and sperm count
Ever hear that old saying an apple a day keeps the Doctor away? Well it might have the right idea, just the wrong person. New research investigating the relationship between eating fruit and vegetables containing pesticide residues and the quality of men’s semen has shown a link with lower sperm counts and percentages of normally-formed sperm. So […]

Y.H. Chiu et al. (2015). Fruit and vegetable intake and their pesticide residues in relation to semen quality among men from a fertility clinic, Human Reproduction, Other:

Hagai Levine & Shanna H. Swan (2015). Is dietary pesticide exposure related to semen quality? Positive evidence from men attending a fertility clinic, Human Reproduction, Other:

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8:44 PM | To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?
From KQED Education Do Now: For centuries, museums and scientists have been collecting animals, plants and other organisms from the wild for research purposes. To what extent do you think collecting living and nonliving specimens should be allowed?
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7:59 PM | Methods for Maneuvering Through Spring Mud, Vol. 1
Tim Brtis outlines many a method for navigating one's way through spring mud on the prairie.
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7:45 PM | Glow-In-The-Dark Tampons Used To Find Sewage-Filled Waterways
Tampons are pretty much only made for their one purpose, but engineers at the University of Sheffield figured out a way for this feminine hygiene product to clean up the…
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6:35 PM | Photos: Italian Apartments Use Hundreds of Trees to Mute Noise and Provide Clean Air
A unique apartment complex in Italy is bringing real trees into the urban jungle. 25 Verde, located near the Po River in downtown Turin, incorporates roughly 200 trees into its design: 150 potted trees are beautifully woven throughout the complex’s five stories, and another 50 stand watch in the courtyard. In addition, eight massive metal “trees” are intertwined from the ground floor all the way up to the top of the apartments to help provide structural support. The […]
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2:45 PM | Satellite Data Show The Earth Is Getting Greener
It isn't often that environmental scientists get good news. But a new study in Nature Climate Change found that for the past few years, the earth has been getting a little…
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1:10 PM | New Low-Cost Method Can Detect Sewage Pollution in Streams, Rivers
A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield, UK, has developed and tested a promising novel method that uses inexpensive samplers (cotton tampons) to identify where wastewater is polluting our streams and rivers. “More than a million homes have their wastewater incorrectly connected into the surface water network, which means their sewage is being [...]
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12:30 PM | Nitrogen Fertilizers Not Recommended For Radiata Pine Plantations
A new study has recommended against using nitrogen to fertilize radiata pine plantations after analysis of more than 1,500 soil samples gathered in timber woodlands in Bizkaia and the north of Araba-Álava in recent years.  Fertilizing using phosphorus is recommended in virtually the whole area in the study as it may be helpful in obtaining better yields on radiata pine plantations.  read more
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5:00 AM | Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s Calendar
Interested in more spring themed citizen science projects? Check out the ones the SciStarter team has handpicked for you here! Or use SciStarter’s project finder to find one that piques your curiosity! In 1998 Tim Sparks, a research biologist at … Continue reading »The post Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s Calendar appeared first on CitizenSci.

March 30, 2015

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9:50 PM | 3D-Printed Weather Stations Could Save Lives In Developing Countries
Weather is free, of course, but predicting it, and anticipating changes like sudden storms or flash floods--that takes technical equipment and sensors. Thanks to 3D…
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6:30 PM | We Accidentally Created A Super Termite Hybrid In Florida
You know all those stories where humans accidentally create a monster that eventually runs amok and destroys everything? That cautionary tale is playing out in real-time in…
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6:16 PM | 9 months after Amazonian oil pipeline spill, effects and fears linger
When Peru's state-run oil company pulled out of this small Kukama Indian village in mid-December after cleaning up an oil pipeline spill, residents thought life could slowly return to normal. But more than three months later, wisps of oil floating down the Cuninico River—along with a larger spill in the neighboring community of San Pedro—are a reminder that the problems are not over.
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5:34 PM | Indian Sundarban
We arrived in Kolkata, and filmed by the Hooghly River. While it is no longer the main channel of the Ganges, it is still the Holy Ganges and we saw a funeral procession spreading ashes of a loved one while filming there. Then a 5 hour trip by car, ferry, rickshaw and boat to the Indian Sundarbans. The mangrove forest here is undergoing more erosion and land loss than in Bangladesh, where more river sediments can replenish it. The water here is more saline and the trees are small. A tiger […]
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4:10 PM | Methyl Bromide And Strawberries: Why Everyone Still Uses A 'Banned' Pesticide
There was an article on the ABC site this morning which gave us this alarming headline “Pesticide banned worldwide still used to grow 70pc of Australian strawberries”. Shocking!Except, well, there were a few teeny tiny but important details missing. Like the fact that the rest of the world is still using the “banned” pesticide too. read more
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2:58 PM | Antarctica May Have Just Had Its Hottest Two Days Ever
Things are really starting to heat up in Antarctica. The weather blog Weather Underground reports that temperatures at Esperanza Base — on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula — hit a record-breaking high of 63.5°F (17.5°C) on Tuesday, Mar. 24. Just a day earlier, temperatures at the nearby Marambio Base had reached 63.3°F (17.4°C). Prior to these two days, the hottest temperature ever recorded on the continent was 62.8°F […]
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2:00 PM | Wild Red Kite: Red and Deadly
Photography and Text by Steven Spence This is a wild red kite (German: Roter Milan; Latin Milvus milvus ), which lives mainly in Germany, Poland, France and Spain, but is seen in other parts of Europe. Black kites (German: Schwarzer Milan; Milvus migrans) are more widespread and more often encountered. Red Kite Population and Range […] The post Wild Red Kite: Red and Deadly appeared first on EH Science.
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10:30 AM | Message in a Belizean bottle: think global, act local and step up plastics recycling
Who left their trash behind on this remote Caribbean island? Then I realized. It wasn’t left. It arrived. An endless flotilla of refuse heedlessly sent from afar. It’s heartbreaking. The image of a lone bottle washing up on a remote tropical island is the clichéd stuff of literature, movies and New Yorker cartoons. But what…
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5:00 AM | Nature’s Notebook: Through the Eyes of a Citizen Scientist
This guest post by Sharman Apt Russel describes a citizen science experience with the the project, Nature’s Notebook featured on our recent Spring themed newsletter. Check out the rest of the projects on that list here. Nature’s Notebook is also one … Continue reading »The post Nature’s Notebook: Through the Eyes of a Citizen Scientist appeared first on CitizenSci.

March 29, 2015

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6:43 PM | Biofuel, good for the environment if you’re eating less
When the government first changed policy to require ethanol in gasoline, we were told it would reduce our carbon footprint. Then food prices rose significantly and corn in particular saw the largest price rise. This was because corn is a staple in production of almost any other food from eggs to beef, but the policy made […]

Searchinger, T., Edwards, R., Mulligan, D., Heimlich, R. & Plevin, R. (2015). Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food?, Science, 347 (6229) 1420-1422. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261221

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6:43 PM | Biofuel, good for the environment if you’re eating less
When the government first changed policy to require ethanol in gasoline, we were told it would reduce our carbon footprint. Then food prices rose significantly and corn in particular saw the largest price rise. This was because corn is a staple in production of almost any other food from eggs to beef, but the policy made […]

Searchinger, T., Edwards, R., Mulligan, D., Heimlich, R. & Plevin, R. (2015). Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food?, Science, 347 (6229) 1420-1422. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261221

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March 28, 2015

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6:20 PM | Koch Brothers, Museums, & An Unpopular Opinion
There’s been a campaign lately to get museums to cut ties with the Koch Brothers, who’ve donated a lot of money to some major institutions (like the AMNH), because of their dealings with the fossil fuel industry. (x) Personally, I have mixed feelings about it. Undoubtedly, I have problems with the Koch brothers’ political and business dealings, but frankly, most museums continually struggle to stay afloat, and most are still struggling to recover after the recession. (x, x, […]
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3:06 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 27/03/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:06 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 27/03/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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2:00 PM | Earth Hour: What Is the Carbon Footprint of an Email?
Find out how seemingly harmless everyday actions also contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide other greenhouse gases.

March 27, 2015

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6:08 PM | Geology and Filming in Mizoram
In the small town of Kolasib, we stayed in Hotel Cloud 9. I had been told since I was a child that I was always off on Cloud 9 and now I was actually here. However, the electricity wasn’t for the first few hours, so showers were cold, but the dinner was hot.
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4:20 PM | C40 Latin American Mayors Forum Showcases Region’s Bold Climate Leadership
Today C40 held its first-ever Latin American Mayors Forum, hosted by Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri and attended by more than 15 mayors and vice-mayors from the region. During the Forum, it was announced that 20 Latin American mayors have joined the Compact of Mayors, and 20 global C40 cities have committed to pursuing clean buses.…
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1:00 PM | Japan Proposes Giant Sea Wall To Fight Tsunamis
The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami wiped out whole neighborhoods along Japan’s north eastern coast. Now, Japan is considering an extraordinary measure to protect…
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5:40 AM | Reading Diary: Graphic novel catchup: Laika, Neurocomic, In Real Life and The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change
Here’s a bunch of graphic novels I’ve read in the last while that are well worth your time reading and acquiring for your library! Abadzis, Nick. Laika. New York: First Second, 2007. 208pp. ISBN-13: 978-1596431010 Laika by Nick Abadzis in a fantastic graphic novel recounting the life of the first dog in space, the Russian…

March 26, 2015

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9:44 PM | Our Line Of Defense Against Sea Level Rise Is Melting Fast
Antarctica is a frozen, beautiful continent, that might not be completely frozen for much longer. Just like the Arctic, Antarctica's ice shelves are disappearing, and fast,…
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