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Drought’s Lasting Impact on Forests

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In a global study of drought impacts, forest trees took an average of two to four years to resume normal growth rates, a revelation indicating that Earth's forests are capable of storing less carbon than climate models have assumed.

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Just Say ‘No’ to Drugs – in Water

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One teenager is tackling serious water quality issues that threaten the health of rivers, streams and groundwater. When she was just 14 years old, Maria Elena Grimmett was the youngest person published in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Now at 16, she has just put the final touches on her research of a plastic adsorbent that removes pharmaceutical drugs from water sources.

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Playing 'Tag' with Pollution Lets Scientists See Who's It

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Using a climate model that can tag sources of soot and track where it lands, researchers have determined which areas around the Tibetan Plateau contribute the most soot -- and where. The model can also suggest the most effective way to reduce soot on the plateau, easing the amount of warming the region undergoes. The study, which appeared in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics in June, might help policy makers target pollution reduction efforts.

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Soils Support Health

Healthy soils mean healthy food, protects human health

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Tiny Grains of Rice Hold Big Promise for Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Bioenergy

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Rice is the staple food for more than half of the world’s population, but the paddies it’s grown in contributes up to 17 percent of global methane emissions -- about 100 million tons a year. Now, with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane, more starch for a richer food source and biomass for energy production, as announced in the July 30 edition of Nature and online.

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Virginia Tech Researchers Say Wildlife Hold Clues to Antibiotic Resistance in Africa

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Researchers tested for resistance to 10 antibiotics among cattle and 18 wildlife species to explore key attributes and behaviors that may increase exposure and allow resistance to move among humans, animals, and ecosystems.

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Queen’s Researchers Develop Technology to Reduce Cost of Purifying Natural Gas

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Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a cutting-edge method of reducing the carbon dioxide content of natural gas, a process of major economic and environmental importance in the oil and gas industry.

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World’s Largest Climate Research Site Pilots Integrated Modeling

The next generation of equipment is coming to the world’s largest climate research facility, the Southern Great Plains (SGP) field measurement site near Lamont, Oklahoma, which is managed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

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UF/IFAS Researcher Finds Way to Cut Cost, Save Water and Help the Environment by Changing One Simple Thing

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Not only did the tall narrow rows grow the same amount of vegetables, they retained more fertilizers – reducing what would have leached into groundwater – and they would need half the amount of water. In addition, he cut fumigation rates for pests by as much as 50 percent.