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World Heritage Sites threatened by rising sea levels

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:10:22 EDT ~ In the Mediterranean region, there are numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in low-lying coastal areas. In the course of the 21st century, these sites will increasingly be at risk by storm surges and increasing coastal erosion due to sea-level rise. Find out more...

Clean Water Act dramatically cut pollution in US waterways

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 11:51:02 EDT ~ The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in US water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades. The team analyzed data from 50 million water quality measurements collected at 240,000 monitoring sites throughout the US between 1962 and 2001. Most of 25 water pollution measures showed improvement. Find out more...

Climate change efforts should focus on ocean-based solutions

Thu, 04 Oct 2018 08:53:46 EDT ~ The first broad-scale assessment of ocean-based measures to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide, counteract ocean warming and/or reduce ocean acidification and sea-level rise shows their high potential to mitigate climate change and its impacts. The study identifies ocean-based renewable energy as the most promising, and several local marine conservation and restoration options as 'no-regret measures', that should be scaled-up and implemented immediately, but concludes all other measures are still too uncertain to recommend without further research. Find out more...

Finding middle ground on the range

Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:03:31 EDT ~ Cattle ranching and conservation may seem an unusual pair in the American West, but new research reveals a clear link between the economic health of ranches and the ability to maintain habitat for an iconic wild bird that for years has been at the center of public land policy debate: the greater sage grouse. Find out more...

Big increase in economic costs if cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are delayed

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 19:20:52 EDT ~ Stronger efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions should be undertaken to avoid global warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius -- without relying on potentially more expensive or risky technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or reduce the amount of sunlight reaching Earth's surface. Find out more...

Funded by new tax credits, US carbon-capture network could double global CO2 headed underground

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:52:15 EDT ~ Researchers have proposed a US pipeline network that would capture, transport and store underground up to 30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year -- an amount equal to removing 6.5 million cars from the road. The authors found that the network infrastructure would only be possible if tax credits passed by Congress in 2018 to encourage investment in carbon capture-and-storage technology are coupled with low-interest government financing. Find out more...

Urbanization is cutting off life support to New York City's wetlands

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:34:27 EDT ~ Using sediment cores to trace the evolution of Jamaica Bay's wetlands, a team led by researchers finds that urbanization is weakening the shoreline and starving the marshes of vital mineral sediment, causing their gradual but dramatic erosion. Find out more...

Research forecasts US among top nations to suffer economic damage from climate change

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:28:02 EDT ~ For the first time, researchers have developed a data set quantifying what the social cost of carbon -- the measure of the economic harm from carbon dioxide emissions -- will be for the globe's nearly 200 countries. Although much previous research has focused on how rich countries benefit from the fossil fuel economy, while damages accrue primarily to the developing world, the top three counties with the most to lose from climate change are the United States, India and Saudi Arabia -- three major world powers. Find out more...

EU Fisheries failures jeopardise sustainability of small fishing communities, researchers argue

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:21:10 EDT ~ Traditional artisanal fishing has been harmed by EU fishing policies that favor big businesses and ignores other more sustainable approaches to conserving fish stocks, according to new research. Find out more...

Aerial survey reveals great diversity and abundance in NE Canyons Marine National Monument

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:03:45 EDT ~ Airborne marine biologists were amazed by the sheer abundance and diversity of large marine wildlife in their recent aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the only marine national monument on the East Coast, about 150 southeast of Cape Cod. Find out more...