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When Shipping Petroleum, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Costs More Than Accidents

ENN Climate - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:48
While the policy debate surrounding crude oil transportation costs has emphasized accidents and spills, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers indicates the debate is overlooking a far more serious external cost—air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 
Categories: Ecological News

When Shipping Petroleum, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Costs More Than Accidents

ENN Health - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:48
While the policy debate surrounding crude oil transportation costs has emphasized accidents and spills, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers indicates the debate is overlooking a far more serious external cost—air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 
Categories: Ecological News

When Shipping Petroleum, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Costs More Than Accidents

ENN Pollution - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:48
While the policy debate surrounding crude oil transportation costs has emphasized accidents and spills, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers indicates the debate is overlooking a far more serious external cost—air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 
Categories: Ecological News

Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball

ENN Pollution - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:14
While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago the formation of that same coal brought our planet close to global glaciation. For the first time, scientists show the massive effect in a study published in the renowned Proceedings of the US Academy of Sciences. When trees in vast forests died during a time called the Carboniferous and the Permian, the carbon dioxide (CO2) they took up from the atmosphere while growing got buried; the plants’ debris over time formed most of the coal that today is used as fossil fuel. Consequently, the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere sank drastically and Earth cooled down to a degree it narrowly escaped what scientists call a ‘snowball state’.
Categories: Ecological News

NASA Finds Tropical Depression 23W's Strongest Storms in Two Countries

ENN Climate - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:05
Tropical Depression 23W formed on Monday, Oct. 9 and by Tuesday, Oct. 10 it made landfall in northern Vietnam. NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed the depression in infrared light and determined the strongest storms were located in two countries.  
Categories: Ecological News

A 'Turbo Charge' for Your Brain?

ENN Health - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:49
Robert Reinhart calls the medial frontal cortex the “alarm bell of the brain.”“If you make an error, this brain area fires,” says Reinhart, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University. “If I tell you that you make an error, it also fires. If something surprises you, it fires.” Hit a sour note on the piano and the medial frontal cortex lights up, helping you correct your mistake as fast as possible. In healthy people, this region of the brain works hand in hand (or perhaps lobe in lobe) with a nearby region, the lateral prefrontal cortex, an area that stores rules and goals and also plays an important role in changing our decisions and actions.
Categories: Ecological News

UBC researchers take the 'stink' out of wastewater treatment

ENN Pollution - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:01
A foul smell and safety concerns can leave many residents turning their nose at the idea of a wastewater treatment plant in their neighbourhood.But researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed a new way of making wastewater treatment dramatically safer and better smelling by using common and inexpensive chemicals.
Categories: Ecological News

Little growth observed in India's methane emissions

ENN Climate - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:49
Methane is the second most powerful greenhouse gas and concentrations are rising in the atmosphere. Because of its potency and quick decay in the atmosphere, countries have recognised that reduction of methane emissions are a means toward mitigating global warming.
Categories: Ecological News

Little growth observed in India's methane emissions

ENN Pollution - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:49
Methane is the second most powerful greenhouse gas and concentrations are rising in the atmosphere. Because of its potency and quick decay in the atmosphere, countries have recognised that reduction of methane emissions are a means toward mitigating global warming.
Categories: Ecological News

Exposure to environmental chemicals is an important risk factor for breast cancer

ENN Health - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:30
Exposure to environmental chemicals, especially early in life, is an important contributing factor in the development of breast cancer, according to the most comprehensive review of human studies to date. The findings could help inform prevention strategies aimed at reducing the incidence of the disease, as rates continue to increase worldwide.
Categories: Ecological News

Birds Reveal Importance of Good Neighbours for Health and Aging

ENN Health - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:50
Birds who live next door to family members or to other birds they know well are physically healthier and age more slowly, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Categories: Ecological News

UW Researchers Discover an Evolutionary Stepping Stone to Beet-Red Beets

ENN Agriculture - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:41
The color red is splashed across gardens, forests and farms, attracting pollinators with bright hues, signaling ripe fruit and delighting vegetable and flower gardeners alike.
Categories: Ecological News

Giant Bacteria Make Algae Easy to Stomach

ENN Climate - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:36
Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. Not only do these findings explain the basis of surgeonfish diversity, but they may also provide a valuable genetic resource for biofuel research.
Categories: Ecological News

Conservationists' Eco-Footprints Suggest Education Alone Won't Change Behaviour

ENN Climate - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:29
Conservationists work to save the planet, and few are as knowledgeable when it comes to the environmental pressures of the Anthropocene.
Categories: Ecological News

NASA Sees Post Tropical Cyclone Nate's Wide Rainfall Reach

ENN Climate - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:25
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite analyzed the temperatures in Post-tropical cyclone Nate's cloud tops as the storm moved over the Ohio Valley. Satellite imagery showed the storm was bringing rainfall from the northeastern U.S., to the Mid-Atlantic and south through the Appalachian Mountains.  
Categories: Ecological News

Clear Lakes Disguise Impaired Water Quality

ENN Agriculture - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:22
Looks can be deceiving.Look at a hundred lakes in the agricultural heartland of the United States and you will likely see green lakes surrounded by green fields. The nitrogen and phosphorus in agricultural fertilizers that help crops grow also fuel the growth of algae and cyanobacteria that in excess can turn lakes the color of pea soup.
Categories: Ecological News

Clear Lakes Disguise Impaired Water Quality

ENN Pollution - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:22
Looks can be deceiving.Look at a hundred lakes in the agricultural heartland of the United States and you will likely see green lakes surrounded by green fields. The nitrogen and phosphorus in agricultural fertilizers that help crops grow also fuel the growth of algae and cyanobacteria that in excess can turn lakes the color of pea soup.
Categories: Ecological News

University of Leicester scientists investigate link between air pollution and type 2 diabetes

ENN Health - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:14
An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Universities of Leicester and other institutions has played a pivotal role in research investigating a possible link between air pollution and the rise in type 2 diabetes.New research, published in the journal Environment International, examined data from 10,443 participants from diabetes screening studies in Leicestershire, UK.The exposure to air pollution, the number of cases of type 2 diabetes and the impact of demographic and lifestyle factors were all considered.
Categories: Ecological News

University of Leicester scientists investigate link between air pollution and type 2 diabetes

ENN Pollution - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:14
An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Universities of Leicester and other institutions has played a pivotal role in research investigating a possible link between air pollution and the rise in type 2 diabetes.New research, published in the journal Environment International, examined data from 10,443 participants from diabetes screening studies in Leicestershire, UK.The exposure to air pollution, the number of cases of type 2 diabetes and the impact of demographic and lifestyle factors were all considered.
Categories: Ecological News

Rising number of children prey to deadly malnutrition in conflict-hit Mali.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:30
Tens of thousands of children in Mali are prey to life-threatening malnutrition as violence and displacement fuel a deepening nutrition crisis in the West African nation, the United Nations children's agency said on Monday.
Categories: Ecological News
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