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Algorithm Provides Early Warning System for Tracking Groundwater Contamination

Groundwater contamination is increasingly recognized as a widespread environmental problem. The most important course of action often involves long-term monitoring. But what is the most cost-effective way to monitor when the contaminant plumes are large, complex, and long-term, or an unexpected event such as a storm could cause sudden changes in contaminant levels that may […]

Tax havens shielding companies responsible for deforestation and overfishing

Money channelled through secretive tax havens has been used to fuel deforestation in the Amazon and illegal fishing around the world, racking up a heavy environmental toll but leaving few ways for businesses to be held to account. Billions of pounds worth of finance has travelled through countries internationally recognised as tax havens, and has […]

Melt-Rate of West Antarctic Ice Sheet Highly Sensitive to Changes in Ocean Temperatures

Melting of ice shelves in West Antarctica speeds up and slows down in response to changes in deep ocean temperature, and is far more variable than previously thought, according to new research published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. Scientists studying seawater temperatures in the Amundsen Sea – part of the West Antarctic Ice […]

Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Be an Energy Source. But Should It?

The northwest corner of Wyoming is boiling. There, 10,000 hydrothermal features transform Yellowstone National Park into an alien world with searing waters and steaming vents—all fueled by a simmering supervolcano. While scientists agree that Yellowstone is not likely to erupt anytime soon, if and when it does, the event would be catastrophic. A massive magma […]

Let there be no industrialisation near Sundarbans

The Sundarbans mangrove forest, the habitat of Bengal tigers, is threatened by heedless industrialisation, which must be halted by Bangladesh. UN expert John H Knox said this yesterday in his last public statement as the special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. The statement was shared on the website of United Nations Human Rights. […]

People aren’t the worst – they are the only hope for the planet

Variants of that sentiment appeared all over social media when Coles decided against phasing out plastic bags on the basis that shoppers needed “more time to make the transition”. Then came the special climate edition of the New York Times Magazine putting essentially the same argument, albeit on a much grander scale. In a long […]

Rain-on-snow flood risk to increase in many U.S. mountain regions

Flooding caused by rain falling on snowpack could more than double by the end of this century in some areas of the western U.S. and Canada due to climate change, according to new research from CU Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The greatest flood risk increases are projected for the Sierra […]

Back to the Future of Climate Change

Researchers at Syracuse University are looking to the geologic past to make future projections about climate change. Christopher K. Junium, assistant professor of Earth sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), is the lead author of a study that uses the nitrogen isotopic composition of sediments to understand changes in marine conditions during […]

Why Gene Editing Is the Next Food Revolution

Tucked into a suburban Long Island neighborhood, a 12-acre plot may be growing the future. Under a blistering July sun, Zachary Lippman bends over a row of foot-high plum tomato plants to reveal budding yellow flowers that will each produce a tomato and ripen over the summer. Out here, on the grounds of a former […]

Dhaincha as green manure

Farmers in Sonarai village in Domar upazila are gradually adopting an environment-friendly procedure to enrich their farmland for a better yield of crops by growing dhaincha, a green bushy plant. Thanks to the officials of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) for motivating farmers to leave excessive dependence on chemical fertilisers as their regular use reduces […]

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