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Congo River Fish Evolution Shaped by Intense Rapids

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Genomic study in lower Congo reveals microscale diversification.

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EDCs, Endocrine Disruptors, Phthalates, Europe, European Union, Denmark, European Chemicals Agency, plasticiers, Health, Human Health, Consumers, Environment

Chemicals Recognised as Human Endocrine Disruptors by EU

For the first, the EU has identified four chemical compounds as being of concern to human health because of their endocrine disrupting properties

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Government of Nigeria Drops Buffer Zone for Superhighway Project but More Must Be Done to Protect Communities and Wildlife

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The Cross River State government’s announcement yesterday to drop a 12-mile buffer around a proposed superhighway though one of Nigeria’s last rainforests is still not enough to prevent the loss of important community forests and significant impacts to the region’s wildlife if the project moves forward, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and its campaign effort to reroute the project entirely.

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Pollution, Environment, Health, seagrass, Seaweed

Underwater Seagrass Beds Dial Back Polluted Seawater

Seagrass meadows – bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth – can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans.

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Agricultural, Mad Cow Disease, cow, Rural, UK, Model, Policy, Vaccination, University of Warwick, Life Sciences, Biology, Disease, Infection

Foot-and-Mouth Crises to Be Averted with Vaccination Strategy

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Future outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) can be controlled effectively and quickly with vaccinations – saving millions of pounds and hundreds of thousands of livestock – according to research by the University of Warwick.

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Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Zoology

Biochemical Tricks of the Hibernating Bear

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Winter is in full swing, and many of us have fantasized about curling up in a warm cave and slumbering until the warmth of spring arrives, just like a bear. Bears have the ability to sleep away the harsh winter months when food is scarce. They can spend five to seven months in hibernation. During this time, bears do not eat, drink, excrete or exercise. Despite the length of inactivity, bears do not experience bone loss, muscle loss, heart complications or blood clots like humans do during extended bouts of inactivity.

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Biology, Evolution, Ecology and Environment, Pollution

'Resurrecting' Tiny Lake-Dwelling Animals to Study Evolutionary Responses to Pollution

A University of Michigan biologist combined the techniques of "resurrection ecology" with the study of dated lake sediments to examine evolutionary responses to heavy-metal contamination over the past 75 years.

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Snow and Soil in Cooperation

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Snow is fun for sledding and skiing, but what is its role in soil protection? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) February 15 Soils Matter blog post explains the crucial role of snow for healthy soils.

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Mercury, Ecosystem, Alaska, Harlequin Duck

Scientists Find Evidence of Alaskan Ecosystem Health in Harlequin Ducks

A new study led by researchers from Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) shows that Harlequin Ducks in coastal areas of Alaska’s Kodiak and Unalaska islands are exposed to environmental sources of mercury and that mercury concentrations in their blood are associated with their local food source, mainly blue mussels.

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India's Big Cats and Wild Dogs Get Along Really Well

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A new WCS study in India shows that three carnivores – tigers, leopards, and dholes (Asian wild dog) – seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side by side with surprisingly little conflict.

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Michigan Technological University, Michigan Tech, Deep Sea Pollution, Mariana Trench, PCBS, Pollution, Ocean Pollution

Environmental Engineer Helps Explain How Deep Sea Pollution Could Happen

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UN Addresses Issue of Ship-Whale Strikes

Scientists and government officials met at the United Nations today to consider possible solutions to a global problem: how to protect whale species in their most important marine habitats that overlap with shipping lanes vital to the economies of many of the world’s nations.

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Eliminating EPA "Crazy and Irresponsible" According to Cal State Channel Islands Environmental Science Expert

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Michigan Tech, Michigan Technological University, Aleksey Smirnov, geodynamo, Earth Science, Geophysics, Magnetism, Magnetic Field

Old Rocks, Biased Data: Overcoming Challenges Studying the Geodynamo

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Bias introduced through analyzing the magnetism of old rocks may not be giving geophysicists an accurate idea of how Earth's magnetic dynamo has functioned. A team led by Michigan Technological University shows there is a way to improve the methodology to get a better understanding of the planet's geodynamo.

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Oceanography, Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Science, Public Health, Ozone, Ozone Pollution, Air Pollution, University of Washington

'The Blob' of Abnormal Conditions Boosted Western U.S. Ozone Levels

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Abnormal conditions in the northeast Pacific Ocean, nicknamed “the blob,” put ozone levels in June 2015 higher than normal over a large swath of the Western U.S.

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Extreme Waves, Melting Canadian Glaciers, Lionfish in the Gulf, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

The latest research on the environment in the Environmental Science News Source

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Benchly, coastal resources, Coastal Management

URI’s Coastal Resources Center Wins 2017 Peter Benchley Ocean Award

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Jennifer McCann, director of U.S. coastal programs for the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island and extension director of Rhode Island Sea Grant, has received an international award for her work in coastal and ocean planning.

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Wave Prediction, Climate Modeling, Hurricanes

Researchers Catch Extreme Waves with Higher-Resolution Modeling

A new Berkeley Lab study shows that high-resolution models captured hurricanes and big waves that low-resolution ones missed. Better extreme wave forecasts are important for coastal cities, the military, the shipping industry, and surfers.

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Canadian Glaciers Now Major Contributor to Sea Level Change, UCI Study Shows

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Ice loss from Canada’s Arctic glaciers has transformed them into a major contributor to sea level change, new research by University of California, Irvine glaciologists has found. From 2005 to 2015, surface melt off ice caps and glaciers of the Queen Elizabeth Islands grew by an astonishing 900 percent.

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Lionfish, Reef Fishes, Coral Reefs, Invasive Species, Nova Southeastern University, Nova Southeastern Univer, Matthew Johnston, Ph.D., NSU Guy Harvey Research Institute, Guy Harvey Research Institute

Spread of Lionfish in Gulf of Mexico Is Threat to Reef Fisheries

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Continuing his research, NSU scientist Matthew Johnston, Ph.D., looks at the potential threat the invasive lionfish poses to reef fish in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.







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