Environment

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero — the names of digital-based ‘cryptocurrencies’ are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical representation, could these new methods of exchange actually be negatively impacting our planet? It’s a question being asked by researchers at The University of New Mexico, who are investigating the environmental impacts
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Duke researchers created a model to predict the occurrence of hexavalent chromium in drinking water wells based on geology and chemistry. In the Piedmont region, more than 50% of the wells are expected to be above the health advisory level (red). Credit: Rachel Coyte, Duke Univ. More A new study which combines measurements from nearly
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A new study finds that the amount of climate and health benefits achieved from renewable energy depends on the country where it is installed. Countries with higher carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and more air pollution, such as India, China, and areas in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, achieve greater climate and health benefits per megawatt
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Princeton University researchers have found that nature has developed a backup method for converting atmospheric nitrogen into the nutrient form critical to plant growth and soil fertility. The researchers report that the process known as nitrogen fixation can be carried out by the metal vanadium in ecosystems — particularly in the northern hemisphere — where
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More There is growing interest in the potential for soil carbon to mitigate climate change, brought into the public sphere at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. France. There, the French government launched an international initiative, “4per1000,” aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building soil carbon.
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An international team of researchers led by the University of Leeds have revealed for the first time that Amazon forests with the greatest evolutionary diversity are the most productive. The team used long term-records from 90 plots as part of the Amazon Forest Inventory Network (RAINFOR) and ForestPlots.net to track the lives and productivity of
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Deadly bushfires have ravaged eastern Australia More Sydney residents were warned of “catastrophic” danger and a state of emergency was declared Monday as Australia girded for a fresh wave of devastating bushfires. For the first time, Australia’s largest city and the surrounding area faced the top level of fire warning—with authorities warning “lives and homes
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