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Researchers explore psychological effects of climate change

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:40:10 EST ~ While some people have little anxiety about the Earth's changing climate, others are experiencing high levels of stress, and even depression, based on their perception of the threat of global climate change, researchers found. Psychological responses to climate change seem to vary based on what type of concern people show for the environment, with those highly concerned about the planet's animals and plants experiencing the most stress. Find out more...

New research to help reduce number of algae blooms that form annually

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:16:44 EST ~ A new study shows that sampling headwaters where streams form can identify which landscapes are resilient enough to handle the rigors of farming and which are vulnerable to leaching toxic residue into waterways. Find out more...

Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:25:26 EST ~ Researchers reveal why Arctic sea ice began to melt in the middle of winter two years ago -- and that the increased melting of ice in summer is linked to recurring periods of fair weather. Find out more...

Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants force fish to work much harder to survive

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:37:44 EST ~ Pharmaceuticals and other human-made contaminants are forcing fish that live downstream from a typical sewage treatment plant to work at least 30 percent harder just to survive, researchers have found. Find out more...

Shale gas is one of the least sustainable ways to produce electricity, research finds

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:50:12 EST ~ Shale gas is one of least sustainable options for producing electricity, according to new research. Find out more...

Sanchi oil spill contamination could take three months to reach mainland

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:37:33 EST ~ Water contaminated by the oil currently leaking into the ocean from the Sanchi tanker collision is likely to take at least three months to reach land, and if it does the Korean coast is the most likely location. However, the oil's fate is highly uncertain, as it may burn, evaporate, or mix into the surface ocean and contaminate the environment for an extended duration. Find out more...

Babies stir up clouds of bio-gunk when they crawl

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:09:35 EST ~ When babies crawl, their movement across floors, especially carpeted surfaces, kicks up high levels of dirt, skin cells, bacteria, pollen, and fungal spores, a new study has found. The infants inhale a dose of bio bits in their lungs that is four times (per kilogram of body mass) what an adult would breathe walking across the same floor. Find out more...

Strong support for ocean protection: Study

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:10:08 EST ~ People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection. Find out more...

Bad air quality along Utah's Wasatch Front causes more than 200 pneumonia cases each year

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:50:52 EST ~ Air pollution erodes the health of adults over age 65, a population particularly vulnerable to the effects of pneumonia. Find out more...

Noise from oil and gas operations stresses birds, hinders reproduction

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:24:42 EST ~ Birds exposed to constant noise from oil and gas operations show physiological signs of chronic stress, have chicks whose growth is stunted, and -- in some cases -- lay fewer eggs that hatch, according to a new study. Find out more...