Environment

forest fires

Climate change has doubled forest fires in the western United States

Forest fires have dramatically increased across the western United States in recent decades. These fires have caused widespread forest death, greenhouse gas emissions, and...
megadrought risks

Global warming increases megadrought risks in the American Southwest

A megadrought is a prolonged drought lasting 20 years or longer. It can have very significant impacts on human. Historically, megadroughts have led to the...
Shark fins

Shark fins, meat and cartilages contain toxins related to Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's disease, also known as just Alzheimer's, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. It causes 60%-70%...
microplastics

Washing clothes has become an important source of microplastics in aquatic environment

Microplastics are small plastic particles in the environment that are generally smaller than 1 mm. They have accumulated in oceans and freshwater. A new study published...
deep sea lanternshark

Glowing deep-water sharks’ DNA reveals distinct populations

An international collaboration, led by the University of Exeter and the University of Salford, has been investigating the population structure of the deep sea...
Golden Eagles

Wind turbines in California kill golden eagles from over 100 km away

Renewable energy production is expanding rapidly despite mostly unknown environmental effects on wildlife and habitats. In a recent study, scientists find that in California, wind...
climate change

The impacts of climate change on our society and economy

It is expected climate change will have strong social and economic influences in the future. But a recent review paper published in Science shows...
power grid energy storage

Scientists find low-cost energy storage solutions for wind, water, and solar energy

Renewable energy, such as solar, wind, and water energy, plays an important role in the future global energy supply. However, the availability of these...
man-made debris

In the USA, 25% of fish sold at markets contain man-made debris, says study

Debris are pieces of rubbish or remains. They are generated during human activities in daily life. Debris can be a pollutant that seriously harms...
electronic waste

An effective way to recycle copper from complex electronic waste

Electronic waste, such as discarded mobile phones, computers, and tablets, contains a large amount of precious metals including copper, zinc, gold, silver, etc. Electronic waste...