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Working lands play a key role in protecting biodiversity

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:11:03 EDT ~ Diversifying working lands -- including farmland, rangeland and forests -- may be key to preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change, says a new review article. These changes could extend the habitat of critters like bats, but also much larger creatures like bears, elk and other wildlife, outside the boundaries of protected areas, while creating more sustainable, and potentially more productive, working lands. Find out more...

New material, manufacturing process use sun's heat for cheaper renewable electricity

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:51:38 EDT ~ Scientists have developed a new material and manufacturing process that would make one way to use solar power -- as heat energy -- more efficient in generating electricity. Find out more...

Dandelion seeds reveal newly discovered form of natural flight

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:09:42 EDT ~ A study of dandelion seeds in motion has revealed a form of flight not seen before, and explains why the plant is among nature's best fliers. Find out more...

Moss rapidly detects, tracks air pollutants in real time

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:10:27 EDT ~ Moss, one of the world's oldest plants, is surprisingly in tune with the atmosphere around it. Now scientists report that they have found a simple and inexpensive way to detect air pollutants, specifically sulfur dioxide, in real time based on subtle changes in moss leaves. The discovery could rapidly alert authorities to potentially dangerous alterations in air quality using a sustainable, natural plant sensor. Find out more...

When it comes to smartphone lifespan, brand name matters more than hardware

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:24:34 EDT ~ The environmental costs of smartphones are often exacerbated by the relatively short lifespans of these globally ubiquitous devices. When it comes to extending the lifespan of these products, brand name might be more important than repairability, a new study finds. Find out more...

Renewable energy is common ground for Democrats and Republicans

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:24:31 EDT ~ While conservatives and liberals tend to disagree on many environmental issues, they both view the development of solar power and other forms of renewable energy as financially savvy and a step towards self-sufficiency. Find out more...

Population aging and decrease may have socioeconomic and environmental benefits

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:19:52 EDT ~ Environmental scientists argue that societies should embrace population aging and decrease. They cite multiple reports of the socioeconomic and environmental benefits of population aging, mortality-related decrease, and shrinking workforces due to retirement and maintain that, contrary to some economic analyses, costs associated with aging societies are manageable, while smaller populations make for more sustainable societies. Find out more...

Can forests save us from climate change?

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:01:14 EDT ~ Additional climate benefits through sustainable forest management will be modest and local rather than global. Even if Europe's forests are managed in such a way that their carbon sequestration is maximized it will not impact the climate significantly. Find out more...

Best use of wildflowers to benefit crops on farms

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:31:51 EDT ~ For the first time, a new study of strawberry crops on New York farms tested this theory and found that wildflower strips on farms added pollinators when the farm lay within a ''Goldilocks zone,'' where 25 to 55 percent of the surrounding area contained natural lands. Outside this zone, flower plantings also drew more strawberry pests, while having no effect on wasps that kill those pests. Find out more...

New interactive scenario explorer for 1.5 degrees C pathways

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:35:52 EDT ~ IIASA and the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC) have made the scenarios underlying last week's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5 degrees C Special Report publicly available, in an interactive online resource. The resource provides scenarios and a suite of visualization and analysis tools, making the assessment more transparent to researchers, policymakers, and the public. Find out more...