Archive | March, 2017

Four Eco-Friendly Things You Can Do on Earth Day and Every Day

31 Mar

Celebrate Earth Day every day by using these four simple tips to live a more eco-friendly life.

Earth Day is coming up soon—Saturday, April 22, to be exact—and there’s a lot going on, all over the world. From the March for Science to tree planting ceremonies, it seems like everybody’s working on big ways to save the planet. But what if you can’t march? What if you can’t plant a tree? Don’t […]

The World Needs A More Sustainable Supply of Technology Minerals

29 Mar

A research team at the University of Delaware argues that we need to develop a more sustainable supply of technology minerals.

A recent international study shows that many materials that are necessary for technology ranging from cell phones to hybrid or electric cars are hard to come by and poorly documented. “There are treaties on climate change, biodiversity, migratory species and even waste management of organic chemicals, but there is no international mechanism to govern how […]

Crested Ibises and Little Egrets: Mixed-Species Flocks Are Beneficial

27 Mar

Crested ibises and little egrets: Mixed-species flocks benefit both birds.

The crested ibis is an endangered bird local to China, and was thought extinct until seven of them were discovered in 1981. Since then, they have made something of a comeback, but they still face many challenges. According to a recent study by researchers at the Beijing Forestry University, part of the way they deal […]

Earth Day Network Organizes 3-Year Climate Literacy Initiative

24 Mar

Earth Day Network is launching a 3-year global climate and environmental literacy campaign.

Earth Day Network (EDN), the global organizer for Earth Day, is launching a three-year campaign for environmental and climate literacy. Its goals are to promote mandatory environmental and climate literacy education, along with civic engagement and sustainable economic development. “We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware […]

Potential Ebola Vaccine for Wild Apes Might Not Come to Be

22 Mar

Although an oral vaccine has been developed to treat Ebola in wild chimpanzees and other apes, it may be impossible to do any further research on it.

Unbeknownst to many, Ebola is running rampant among chimpanzees and gorillas. One third of the world’s gorilla population has been lost to Ebola over the last 30 years. Coupled with poaching and habitat loss, diseases like Ebola and anthrax pose a serious threat to the survival of these species, which is why the news of a […]

Scientists Will March on Washington on Earth Day

20 Mar

Scientists are going to march on Washington on Earth Day. But will their protest strengthen or dilute the message of Earth Day, and does it matter?

Earth Day isn’t just for planting trees anymore. On Saturday, April 22, scientists across numerous disciplines, from all over the country, will march for science in Washington, D.C. “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter,” the March for Science […]

Coastal Cities Will Pay Dearly for Climate Change

15 Mar

Rotterdam is one of the many coastal cities that will be severely impacted by climate change. Some cities will see major effects within just the next 13 years.

Climate change is, as far as the overwhelming majority of scientists and non-scientists alike, a process that is happening and which poses a significant threat to humanity, not to mention our neighbors among other species. According to a study in Frontiers in Marine Science, climate change is going to have a huge cost for coastal […]

Arctic Sea-Ice Loss Won’t Result in Colder European Winters

13 Mar

Arctic sea-ice loss is, surprisingly, not leading to colder winters in Europe, as scientists had expected.

Artic sea-ice loss is a significant side effect of global climate change, and one that is expected to have a number of consequences for the world at large. But one expected consequence, namely colder winters in northern Europe, doesn’t seem like it’s actually going to happen. According to a study from the University of Exeter […]

Researchers Develop New, Inexpensive Device to Detect Oil Spills

10 Mar

Researchers have developed a new, inexpensive device to detect oil spills and determine the type of oil that was spilled.

Oil spills present a lot of challenges, not the least of which is identifying the kind of oil that has been spilled, and determining the best way to clean it up. Another is tracking how contaminated a particular area has become. Early detection is necessary to respond before too much oil mixes into the water. […]

Climate Change Already Affecting Animal Populations

8 Mar

Climate change is already beginning to affect an array of species, according to a study examining data from northern Europe.

Global climate change is resulting in an increase in the populations of warm-dwelling creatures and a decrease in populations of cooler-dwelling creatures. This is based on research by scientists at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Germany. In a study that used data from 27 different scientific institutions, state authorities, non-governmental organizations and citizen […]