September 12th, 2012
Just three decades after the invasive Burmese python became established in southern Florida, scientists believe there may now be tens of thousands of these
giant snakes living across an 8,000-square-kilometer area. And…
September 6th, 2012
Tigers, extinct? It’s not only possible, it’s likely, especially in the many nations that have yet to take action on behalf of this majestic animal.
August 31st, 2012
Scientists studying the record loss of Arctic sea ice this summer say it could be game over for the frozen North Pole within “a decade or two.”
August 15th, 2012
Butterflies exposed to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011 had more mishapen or abnormally small wings, antennae and legs than normal, according to a team of Japanese scientists that studied the pale grass blue Zizeeria maha, a butterfly common in Japan.
August 13th, 2012
July 2012 was the hottest ever on record for the contiguous United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Wastewater disposal is greatest threat to drinking water from gas fracking operations, say researchers
August 7th, 2012
A new study has found that fracking for natural gas poses the greatest threat to waterways and drinking water via approved, regular disposal of “fracking water” at municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.
This type of disposal, used in the Marcellus Shale region in the Northeast U.S., is failing to adequately cleanse the wastewater produced by gas wells, according to the study. The result is that ostensibly “treated” water is being discharged into streams and waterways still contaminated with chemicals and minerals that accumulate during the fracking process.
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Technologies to pull carbon from the air should be pursued, despite costs, say Columbia U scientists
July 26th, 2012
Columbia University scientists say that technologies to extract carbon dioxide from the air will likely become a critical part of any strategy to stabilize the global climate and should not be abandoned because of high costs. Writing in the Proceedings…
July 25th, 2012
Signs of global warming have hit Greenland hard this year, with 97 percent of the ice sheet surface experiencing thawing by July 12, according to NASA.
July 23rd, 2012
By declining to implement tougher regulations on smog last fall, President Obama rejected measures that could have saved several thousand lives a year and prevented millions of cases of asthma attacks and other acute respiratory problems, according to …
July 23rd, 2012
Red wolves, commonly mistaken as coyotes, have stunning copper and gray coats. They live in packs composed of one alpha male and one female, along with their litter. When their pups are age 2, the males begin the search for another female to start their own packs, and their parents continue having litters once a year.
July 18th, 2012
This graphic posted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on its Switchboard blog captures so much that we know, but probably still have have difficulty getting our head around it.
July 10th, 2012
The first half of 2012 was the hottest Jan-June period in the contiguous US states since record-keeping began 118 years ago, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)*.