Environmental Issues News
June 17, 2019

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A shady refuge on a hot day could be more than a simple comfort in a warming world. Finding a cooler spot might save several species that would otherwise go extinct due to ... read more
Monkeys living in South America are highly vulnerable to climate change and face an 'elevated risk of extinction', according to a ... read more
The transition to plate tectonics started with the help of lubricating sediments, scraped by glaciers from the slopes of Earth's first continents, according to ... read more
Atmospheric carbon dioxide continued its rapid rise in 2019, with the average for May peaking at 414.7 parts per million (ppm) at NOAA's Mauna Loa Atmospheric ... read more
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Large Summer 'Dead Zone' Forecast for Chesapeake Bay After Wet Winter and Spring

Ecologists are forecasting a large Chesapeake Bay 'dead zone' in 2019 due to well-above-average river flows associated with increased rainfall in the watershed since last ... read more

Our Water Cycle Diagrams Give a False Sense of Water Security

Pictures of the earth's water cycle used in education and research throughout the world are in urgent need of updating to show the effects of human interference, according to new analysis by an ... read more

Older Forests Resist Change, Climate Change, That Is

Older forests in eastern North America are less vulnerable to climate change than younger forests, particularly for carbon storage, timber production, and biodiversity, new research finds. The study ... read more

Fishers Keen to Help Address the Problem of Marine Litter

Commercial fishers are acutely aware of the potential for marine litter to cause lasting damage to their catches and the wider industry, a new study ... read more

Fertilizer Plants Emit 100 Times More Methane Than Reported

Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers have ... read more

New Global Warming Model Highlights Strong Impact of Social Learning

A new climate modeling approach suggests that social processes strongly affect global warming predictions, and mitigation efforts should account for this ... read more

A team of researchers has found surprisingly high levels of pollutants, including formaldehyde and possibly mercury, in carefully monitored homes, and that these pollutants vary through the day and ... read more

Microplastic Throughout Monterey Bay

A new study shows that microplastic particles are not only common from the surface to the seafloor, but they're also being eaten by animals and incorporated into marine food webs. The most ... read more

Adjusting Carbon Emissions to Paris Commitments Would Prevent Heat-Related Deaths

Thousands of annual heat-related deaths could be potentially avoided in major US cities if global temperatures are limited to the Paris Climate Goals compared with current climate commitments, a new ... read more

New Polymer Tackles PFAS Pollution

The problem of cleaning up toxic polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) pollution -- commonly used in non-stick and protective coatings, lubricants and aviation fire-fighting foams -- has been ... read more

Early Lives of Alaska Sockeye Salmon Accelerating With Climate Change

An ample buffet of freshwater food, brought on by climate change, is altering the life history of one of the world's most important salmon ... read more

Patagonia Ice Sheets Thicker Than Previously Thought

A new study of Patagonia's ice fields finds that many glaciers in the region are much thicker than previously ... read more

Climate Action Urgently Required to Protect Human Health in Europe

In a landmark report, the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) focuses on the consequences of climate change for human health in Europe and the benefits of acting now to reduce ... read more

New Method to Gauge Atmosphere's Ability to Clear Methane

Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Hydroxyl radicals (OH) react with methane and break it down, but it's been hard for scientists to get a handle on how much OH is present in ... read more

Downpours of Torrential Rain More Frequent With Global Warming

The number of extreme downpours increased steadily between 1964 and 2013 -- a period when global warming also intensified, according to new ... read more

Seaweed Helps Trap Carbon Dioxide in Sediment

Researchers have found that these slimy macroalgae play an important role in permanently removing carbon dioxide from the ... read more

Evidence of Multiple Unmonitored Coal Ash Spills Found in N.C. Lake

New evidence of unmonitored and unreported coal ash spills in a North Carolina lake highlights the risk of similar spills at coal ash storage sites ... read more

Slowdown in Earth's Temps Stabilized Nature's Calendar

When the rate of the Earth's air temperature slows down for a significant amount of time, so can ... read more

Improvements in Water Quality Could Reduce Ecological Impact of Climate Change on Rivers

Improvements in water quality could reduce the ecological impact of climate change on rivers, finds a new ... read more

Climate Change Is Already Affecting Global Food Production -- Unequally

Researchers found that climate change is affecting different areas of global food production ... read more

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