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Ecological News

Canary Island tourists warned to avoid toxic 'sea sawdust' algae.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:30
Tourists have been warned to avoid blooms of toxic micro-algae that have been proliferating in hot weather in the sea off Spain’s Canary Islands.
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To reduce exposure to pollution on your commute, crank the air conditioning.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:30
New research suggests the best way to minimize your pollution exposure on the commute to and from work is to crank the air conditioning in your vehicle.
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Five die while using obesity devices, FDA says.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:30
At least five people have died soon after being fitted with balloons aimed at helping them lose weight, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
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US biomedical research facilities still unprepared for natural disasters and attacks.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:30
Science panel says institutions need to do more to prevent and mitigate damage to research equipment and animals.
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The new climate change activists may surprise you.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:30
New podcast series explores how some people are taking unique approaches to climate activism.
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'Atomic Bill' and the birth of the bomb.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:30
A star New York Times reporter was hired by the Manhattan Project to be its chronicler and cheerleader. The ethical debate continues to this day.
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Adani fined $12,000 for Abbot Point coal terminal stormwater breach.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:30
Activists released striking photos of the difference in the wetlands before and after the cyclone, claiming coal had turned the area black, but Adani said it had complied with the conditions of its licence.
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The death of the internal combustion engine.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:30
It had a good run. But the end is in sight for the machine that changed the world.
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Climate change shifts timing of European floods

ENN Climate - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:57
A study conducted by TU Wien and 30 European partners shows that the timing of the floods has shifted across much of Europe, dramatically in some areas. When a major flood event occurs it is often attributed to climate change. However, a single event is not proof, and so far it has been unclear whether climate change has a direct influence on river floods at large scales in Europe.
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Crank the AC, cut in-car pollution

ENN Pollution - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 03:32
For many, the commute to and from work is a lengthy, stressful process. According to the U.S.  Census Bureau, it takes the average American about 26½ minutes to get to work. That’s nearly an hour each day — to work and back — to face traffic snarls and congested highways. That commute can also be hazardous to your health, exposing drivers to an increased amount of air pollutants that have been linked to a whole host of medical maladies, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory issues and even lung cancer.
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NASA Analyzed Intensifying Franklin's Rains Before Landfall

ENN Climate - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 23:36
Before Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall in east-central Mexico, the storm was intensifying. Two NASA satellites provided a look at the storm's cloud heights and extent and rainfall within.
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Portland State laser mapping project shows global warming effects in Antarctica

ENN Climate - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 23:27
Portland State University researchers and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have publically released high-resolution maps of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, a globally unique Antarctic polar desert.
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Plants Love Microbes – And So Do Farmers

ENN Agriculture - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 23:24
The Sunshine Coast’s plant diversity has helped University of Queensland researchers confirm that nurture has the upper hand – at least when it comes to plant microbes.
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Pennsylvania Hospital Neurosurgeon Performs the First Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery in Pennsylvania

ENN Health - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 23:21
Spine disc related low back and leg pain is a major challenge and is the second most common reason that patients visit the doctor in the United States—outnumbered only be respiratory infections—and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Compression of the spinal nerves is one of the most common diagnoses and is frequently reversible with surgery.
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Human-Caused Warming Likely Led to Recent Streak of Record-Breaking Temperatures, New Study Finds

ENN Climate - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 23:12
It is “extremely unlikely” 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.
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UNH Researcher Develops Innovative Way to Understand Nature of an Entire Tiny Particle

ENN Pollution - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:42
New research from the University of New Hampshire has led to the development of a novel technique to determine the surface area and volume of small particles, the size of a grain of sand or smaller. Due to their tiny size, irregular shape and limited viewing angle, commonly used microscopic imaging techniques cannot always capture the whole object’s shape often leaving out valuable information that can be important in numerous areas of science, engineering and medicine.
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NASA Airborne Mission Returns to Africa to Study Smoke, Clouds

ENN Climate - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:40
NASA's P-3 research plane begins flights this month through both clouds and smoke over the South Atlantic Ocean to understand how tiny airborne particles called aerosols change the properties of clouds and how they influence the amount of incoming sunlight the clouds reflect or absorb.
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What it takes to recover from drought

ENN Climate - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 21:23
Drought-stricken areas anxiously await the arrival of rain. Full recovery of the ecosystem, however, can extend long past the first rain drops on thirsty ground.According to a study published August 10 in Nature, the length of drought recovery depends on several factors, including the region of the world and the post-drought weather conditions. The authors, including William Anderegg of the University of Utah, warn that more frequent droughts in the future may not allow time for ecosystems to fully recover before the next drought hits.Find a video abstract of this study here. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation and by NASA.
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East Coast's rapidly rising seas explained

ENN Climate - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:34
University of Florida scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline’s sea level rise hot spots.
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Underwater noise pollution stresses and confuses fish

ENN Pollution - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 19:56
Researchers at Newcastle University found that European sea bass experienced higher stress levels when exposed to the types of piling and drilling sounds made during the construction of offshore structures.The fish also showed signs of being confused when they encountered a potential predator while exposed to these underwater noises. When researchers played recordings of piling sounds and mimicked an approaching predator, the seabass made more turns and failed to move away from the predator.  When exposed to drilling sounds the sea bass actively avoided these areas, spending more time in what the research team called the ‘safe zone’. 
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