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NASA biofuel algae being grown inside floating plastic bags

April 11th, 2012

NASA has developed a system capable of growing large amounts of algae for biofuel production within a network of floating plastic bags, an innovation its developers say could ultimately produce a new fuel source. By pumping wastewater and carbon dioxid…


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New iPad app will help mariners avert right whale collisions

April 5th, 2012

A coalition of conservation groups has created an iPad/iPhone app capable of warning mariners when they are approaching areas of high risk for collision with endangered North Atlantic right whales. The so-called Whale Alert app, which is available for …


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Ranchers’ attitudes vary toward programs designed to protect endangered species, report says

April 2nd, 2012

Wildlife does not respect property boundaries. Therefore, protecting endangered species cannot be accomplished on government-owned lands alone. The cooperation and assistance of private landowners is essential. However, some landowners see government biodiversity programs, such as the Endangered Species Act, as a threat to independent management of their property.


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Scientists clone American elm trees that survived Dutch elm outbreaks

March 30th, 2012

Scientists say they have successfully cloned American elm trees that survived epidemics of Dutch elm disease, a fungal infection that has decimated the iconic tree species across eastern Canada and the U.S. Using tissue
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Microbial fuel cell converts raw sewage into electricity

March 29th, 2012

U.S. scientists have developed a fuel cell capable of converting 13 percent of the energy found in sewage into electricity, a process that its developers say could also more efficiently treat municipal wastewater. In a report released at the annual mee…


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Fracking of shale may impair carbon storage projects, study says

March 27th, 2012

The fracturing of shale rock formations associated with the drilling process known as fracking might undermine future attempts to store carbon dioxide underground, according to a new study.


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New EPA rules will limit CO2 emissions from power plants

March 27th, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to impose a limit on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, a strict new regulation that could prevent conventional coal-fired power plants from being built. In new rules to be announc…


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Brazil policies helped drive decline in deforestation, report says

March 26th, 2012

Brazilian conservation policies were responsible for about half of the 70 percent decline in deforestation within the Amazon rainforest from 2005 to 2009, according to a new study. In an analysis conducted by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), resear…


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Beekeepers urge U.S. ban on pesticide toxic to honeybees

March 25th, 2012

A coalition of commercial beekeepers and environmental groups is urging U.S. regulators to suspend the use of a pesticide they say may be contributing to a sharp decline in honeybee populations. In a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…


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NASA map depicts unusual warm stretch across much of U.S.

March 21st, 2012

A new NASA map of temperature anomalies recorded across the U.S. in mid-March illustrates just how unusual the recent stretch of warm weather has been, particularly in Midwestern states where thousands of
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Local fisheries management helps prevent overfishing, study says

March 20th, 2012

A new study says that co-management of fisheries at the local level is an effective strategy for curbing overfishing and preserving the world’s dwindling marine resources. In an analysis of 42 coral reef sites where the fisheries are managed by a par…


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U.S. startup develops process to convert plastic waste into oil

March 19th, 2012

A U.S. startup company says it has developed a technology to convert plastic waste into a highly refined, low-sulphur oil, an innovation company officials say could provide a domestic source of fuel and keep untold amounts of plastic out of landfills. …


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