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Despite Trump Decision, States and Cities Step Up to Paris Agreement Plate

7 Jun

While Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, mayors and governors across the country have stepped up to take the lead in conservation and greenhouse gas reduction.

As news of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change spread, many states and cities immediately had a message for the president: even if you don’t believe in climate change, we see the reality, and if you won’t do something about it, we will. Shortly after […]

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement

2 Jun

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The announcement was greeted with cheers by some and sorrow by many.

On June 1, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. He also said the U.S. would begin negotiations to enter the accord, or a new treaty, on terms that he believes would be better for American businesses and taxpayers. “So we’re getting out, but we will start […]

Earthworms Being Harmed By Tillage Farming Practices

10 May

Populations of earthworms are being severely harmed by a common farming practice.

You may not think much about earthworms, but they are crucial to healthy soil. In fact, Charles Darwin called them “nature’s plough” because they are constantly eating and defecating soil, making it more nutritious and better aerated—and therefore more fertile. But a widely used farming practice is severely damaging those earthworm populations. Tillage farming, also […]

Greater Income Inequality Means Greater Carbon Emissions

19 Apr

New research shows that income inequality is a contributor to carbon emissions.

Researchers from Boston College have found that evidence that links carbon emissions with income inequality. Scientists have known for some time that national wealth and carbon emissions have been linked, but this is the first study that explores this link within individual U.S. states. By exploring data from 1997 to 2012, the researchers learned that […]

House Mouse Evolution Reveals Early Human Impact on Ecosystems

5 Apr

The evolution of the house mouse shows the evolution of humankind's impact on the environment.

It has generally been thought that humans only started to have a real impact on the ecosystems around us when we started to develop agriculture. But that hypothesis is slowly unraveling as scientists and researchers learn ever more about our ancient ancestors. A new study has shown that people were having these impacts well before […]

Asian Dust Feeds Giant Sequoias In the United States

3 Apr

Giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevadas get some of the nutrition they need thanks to Asian dust.

People are largely used to thinking of ecosystems as separate and self-contained. But as scientists learn more about the Earth and how its myriad systems work together to give us the world we know, some things come as a surprise–like the relationship between giant sequoias and Asian dust. The Sierra Nevadas are naturally low in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wild Bee Populations are Dropping, but Pollination Demand is Rising

6 Mar

Populations of wild bees are declining, but the demand for pollination is increasing.

Wild bees are responsible for pollinating a lot of crops in the United States, some of which rely on the bees, while others simply benefit from their actions. But a study from the University of Vermont has found a “worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand” around the country. They […]

New Computer Model Predicts Location of Ocean Garbage Patches

24 Feb

ocean garbage patches

Garbage patches form in the world’s oceans when debris starts collecting in one area. It’s a phenomenon that we’ve known about for some time, but are only just starting to understand it. Researchers at the University of Miami Rosentiel School have developed a computer model which can help to explain how debris gets pulled into […]