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Scientists To Study Pacific Ocean's "Global Chimney"

Remote waters affect billions of people, shape climate and air chemistry worldwide

The remote waters of the Western tropical Pacific Ocean region affect billions of people by shaping climate and air chemistry worldwide. Beginning the week of January 13, 2014, scientists will head to the region to better understand its influence on the atmosphere, including how that influence may change in coming decades if storms over the Pacific become more powerful with rising global temperatures.

Yale Himalaya Initiative Addresses Environment, Livelihood and Culture

Yale Himalaya Initiative (YHI) with a focus on the themes of Environment, Livelihood and Culture brings together diverse disciplinary interests to consider critical questions in the Himalaya and beyond.

Tropical Forest Carbon Sink Hinges On Unique Housing Arrangement Between Trees And Bacteria

A unique housing arrangement between a specific tree species and carbo-loading bacteria may determine how well tropical forests can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, says new research from 16 September 2013 in an advance online publication of the journal Nature.

Modeling Disease Outcomes to Help Meet Challenges of Infectious Diseases and Climate Change

Climate change is already affecting the spread of infectious diseases--and human health and biodiversity worldwide--according to disease ecologists reporting research results in the August 2, 2013 issue of the journal Science. Modeling disease outcomes from host and parasite responses to climate variables, they say, could help public health officials and environmental managers address the challenges posed by the changing landscape of infectious disease.

Harvard Scientists Find Changing Atmosphere Affects How Much Water Trees Need

Increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide alter how plants use water: Spurred by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, forests over the last two decades have become dramatically more efficient in how they use water. "Findings from this study are important to our understanding of forest ecosystems--and how they can be managed more effectively now and in the future."

Oyster 800 Wave Machine Endures Massive Waves in Scotland

The footage was captured on April 23 this year, and shows Oyster 800 in waves over eight metres high at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. "The big challenge in designing and building a wave machine is ensuring it can survive in massive waves. The video gives a good example of what we need to design for," says Aquamarine Power Chief Executive Officer Martin McAdam.

"Sustainability: Water" Video Series on the Health of America's Waters from NSF and NBC Learn

NSF and NBC Learn Explore the Future of Water in New Video Series

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn (NBC News' educational arm) have teamed up to produce a new informative video series that examines the long-term health of one of America's most important resources: water.

How To Reduce Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Development

How the built environment, the way we build our cities and towns, directly affects our environment and public health is considered in a comprehensive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report released on June 17, 2013. The report and associated resources offer advice on how to reduce environmental and human health impacts of development. 

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Offers Sustainability Models

From its ultra energy-efficient buildings to its campus-wide infrastructure, the U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has built a state-of-the-art "laboratory of the future" to facilitate innovative research, development, and commercialization of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. 

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Install 69,500 Photovoltaic Solar Panels To Generate 16 Megawatts (MW) of Power

Sainsbury's has installed 69,500 new photovoltaic solar panels, or 16 MW of power, across 169 stores in the UK.  The significant investment means collectively Sainsbury's supermarkets currently host the largest solar array in the UK and Europe. The solar power will reduce Sainsbury's total CO2 emissions by an estimated 6,800 tonnes per year, and each store's energy consumption as well as delivering energy cost savings.


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