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September 11, 2013
Deep-ocean carbon sinks
Iowa City IA (SPX) Sep 11, 2013
Although microbes that live in the so-called "dark ocean"-below a depth of some 600 feet where light doesn't penetrate-may not absorb enough carbon to curtail global warming, they do absorb considerable amounts of carbon and merit further study. That is one of the findings of a paper published in the International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME) Journal by Tim Mattes, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, and his colleagues ... read more
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Beneath Earth's surface, scientists find long 'fingers' of heat
Scientists seeking to understand the forces at work beneath the surface of the Earth have used seismic waves to detect previously unknown "fingers" of heat, some of them thousands of miles long, in ... more

Protecting 17 percent of Earth's land could save two-thirds of plant species
Protecting key regions that comprise just 17 percent of Earth's land may help preserve more than two-thirds of its plant species, according to a new Duke University-led study by an international tea ... more

Rising reuse of wastewater in forecast but world lacks data
Amid growing competition for freshwater from industry and cities, coupled with a rising world shortage of potash, nitrogen and phosphorus, an international study predicts a rapid increase in the use ... more
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Pico-world of molecular bioscavengers, mops and sponges being designed
Computer-designed proteins that can recognize and interact with small biological molecules are now a reality. Scientists have succeeded in creating a protein molecule that can be programmed to unite ... more


Global warming has increased risk of record heat
Drought shriveled crops in the Midwest, massive wildfires raged in the West and East Coast cities sweltered. The summer of 2012 was a season of epic proportions, especially July, the hottest month i ... more
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Report reveals missed opportunities to save water and energy
Water and wastewater managers are missing substantial opportunities to save energy and money, according to a report published Wednesday (Sept. 4) by Water in the West, a research center at Stanford ... more

Overgrazing turning parts of Mongolian Steppe into desert
Overgrazing by millions of sheep and goats is the primary cause of degraded land in the Mongolian Steppe, one of the largest remaining grassland ecosystems in the world, Oregon State University rese ... more
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Clues in coral bleaching mystery
Coral reefs are tremendously important for ocean biodiversity, as well as for the economic and aesthetic value they provide to their surrounding communities. Unfortunately they have been in great de ... more

400-year study finds Northeast forests resilient, changing
A joint Harvard-Smithsonian study released in the journal PLOS ONE reveals how much - and how little - Northeastern forests have changed after centuries of intensive land use. A hike through ... more

New model of Earth's interior reveals clues to hotspot volcanoes
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have detected previously unknown channels of slow-moving seismic waves in Earth's upper mantle, a discovery that helps explain "hotspot volcanoe ... more
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Scientists confirm existence of largest single volcano on earth
A University of Houston (UH) professor led a team of scientists to uncover the largest single volcano yet documented on Earth. Covering an area roughly equivalent to the British Isles or the state o ... more

US bars sale, trade of white rhino horns
The last remaining species of rhinoceros that is not endangered will receive new US protection due to an intensifying poaching crisis, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. ... more
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Tropical storm Gabrielle heads for Bermuda: forecasters
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Australia reiterates tough asylum boat policy
Australia's new government said it will make good on its promise to crack down on asylum seeker boat arrivals and people smugglers. ... more

'La Nada' Pacific ocean patterns make forecasting difficult
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Dozens of bushfires flare in Australia
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Logging, herbicides harm Monarch butterfly: study
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