Archive | January, 2016

Too Much Carbon Dioxide Can Lead to “Intoxicated” Fish

27 Jan

One of the many side effects of global climate change is something called hypercapnia. It’s a phenomenon in which fish and other marine creatures become “intoxicated” due to an overabundance of carbon dioxide in the water. While the idea of intoxicated fish might seem silly on the face of it, the problem is quite serious. […]

Keeping Plastic out of the Ocean is More Effective than Cleaning it Later

22 Jan

plastic in ocean

There have been a number of studies recently that have found plastic in the digestive tracts of a wide array of marine animals. Further, a huge swirling mass of plastics, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is floating in the north Pacific. Plastics in the ocean are a serious problem, as hey can disrupt […]

New Evidence of an Anthropocene Epoch

15 Jan

construction site

For some years now, scientists have been making arguments for the Anthropocene epoch: a geological time period defined by human impact on the planet, and which began in the mid-20th Century. Now, geologists in the Anthropocene Working Group, an international collaboration of scientists seeking to quantify the concept, are arguing that there is even more […]

We Need to Monitor Greenhouse Gases Produced by Livestock

11 Jan

cows grazing in a pasture

The United States is one of the world’s largest producers of greenhouse gasses, and following the Paris Climate Conference held in December of last year, we’re trying to improve that, partly through more rigorous monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, there’s one big problem: we’re not monitoring meat production. Cows, as many people are aware, […]

DuPont Will Dedicate $10 Billion to Food Security Research

7 Jan

Big changes are coming for global chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical as they recently announced a $130 billion merger deal, creating DowDuPont. DowDupont won’t be around for long, though, as it will break into three separate public companies in less than two years. They will each specialize in different areas of the industry: specialty […]

Cancer Might Be More About Your Environment Than Your Luck, Study Suggests

4 Jan

female scientist performing experiment

Unfortunately, we don’t know as much about cancer as we would like to. But luckily, one study is shedding some light on one interesting aspect of how cancer occurs in many people. According to a new study from the journal Nature, cancer is overwhelmingly a result of environmental factors and not largely down to “bad […]