Environment

Credit: University of Alabama in Huntsville A project which aims to use drones to ensure that mobile communications remain accessible in disaster zones has had its first successful demonstration. The Distributed Autonomous and Resilient Emergency Management System (or DARE) project took to the skies in the University of Glasgow’s Stevenson Building today (Thursday 12 March).
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Data was recorded approximately every 100 kilometres along the coast of Australia. Of the marine debris recorded, more than half was plastic. You’ve probably heard that our oceans have become a plastic soup. But in fact, of all the plastic that enters Earth’s oceans each year, just 1% has been observed floating on the surface.
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Farmers applying Aflasafe SN01 in a gro?undnut crop. Credit: Ranajit Bandyopadhyay In Senegal, groundnut and maize are commonly contaminated with highly toxic, cancer-causing chemicals called aflatoxins, which are produced by fungi in the genus Aspergillus when they infect crops. The main aflatoxin-producing species is A. flavus. This contamination typically occurs before harvest and can worsen
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Breathing dirty air takes a heavy toll on gut bacteria, boosting risk of obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and other chronic illnesses, new University of Colorado Boulder research suggests. The study, published online in the journal Environment International, is the first to link air pollution to changes in the structure and function of the human gut
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Illustration of coastal flood response strategies Credit: D. J. Rasmussen, Maya K. Buchanan, Robert E. Kopp, Michael Oppenheimer Scientists agree that sea levels will continue to rise this century, but projections beyond 2050 are much more uncertain regarding exactly how much higher ocean levels will be by 2100. While actions to protect against 2050 sea-level
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Buffalo Bayou in Houston. A Rice University comparison of flood plains around Houston’s two major bayous shows the natural Buffalo Bayou is far better at managing floodwaters than the channelized Brays Bayou. Credit: Andrew Juan/Rice University One bayou meanders toward downtown Houston. The other runs in parallel to the south, much of it through a
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Effect of vegetated and non-vegetated cover on daytime land surface temperatures recorded in 120,000 land units in western Adelaide during a three-day heatwave. Credit: Ossola et al., 2020 Australia just experienced the second-warmest summer on record, with 2019 being the hottest year. Summer temperatures soared across the country, causing great economic and human loss. The
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People walk past a billboard in Miami Beach discussing sea level rise: dozens of trucks have started dumping hundreds of thousands of tons of sand on Miami Beach as part of US government measures to protect Florida’s tourist destinations against the effects of climate change. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that while the
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More than half of the world’s population faces a looming threat to the quality and availability of their drinking water because climate change and urbanisation are expected to cause an increase in groundwater organic carbon, a new UNSW study has found. The research, published in Nature Communications, examined the largest global
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Image of a microcosm of the experiment on amphibians. Credit: Naiara López / UPV/EHU In collaboration with the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC) in Madrid, the UPV/EHU’s Stream Ecology research group has conducted two parallel studies to look at how the larvae of one freshwater amphibian and one invertebrate evolved during 15 days’ exposure
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Wearing clothes can release even greater quantities of microfibres to the environment than washing them, new research shows. In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists from the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials of the National Research Council of Italy (IPCB-CNR) and the University of Plymouth compared four different items of polyester clothing and how many fibres
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