Deforestation brought on decreased precipitation in Ganga Basin, NE India

Deforestation brought on decreased precipitation in Ganga Basin, NE India | 08/24/2016 Using satellite data and regional climate models, IIT Bombay researchers have found that deforestation (converting woody savannah to crop land) in northeast India and north-central India has led to a 100-200 mm reduction in summer monsoon rainfall in these two regions. The land use information is based on satellite data for two time … Continue reading Deforestation brought on decreased precipitation in Ganga Basin, NE India

New bits of knowledge into the relationship amongst erosion and tectonics in the Himalayas

New bits of knowledge into the relationship amongst erosion and tectonics in the Himalayas | 08/24/2016 Earth’s climate interacts with so called surface processes — such as landslides or river erosion — and tectonics to shape the landscape that we see. In some regions, the sheer force of these processes has led scientists to believe that they may even influence the development of tectonics. An … Continue reading New bits of knowledge into the relationship amongst erosion and tectonics in the Himalayas

Off South Africa s coast, great white sharks are threatened

Off South Africa s coast, great white sharks are threatened | 08/23/2016 On the edge of a boat off this coastal village, Michael Rutzen stubs his cigarette into a soda can and stares pensively out to sea. Extensive research by Rutzen and his marine biologist partner, Sara Andreotti, has found that great whites off the South African coast are rapidly heading for extinction. The area … Continue reading Off South Africa s coast, great white sharks are threatened

More than 80,000 cautioned to empty seething California rapidly spreading fire

More than 80,000 cautioned to empty seething California rapidly spreading fire | 08/21/2016 An evacuation order has been issued for over 80,000 people due to a massive wildfire that has ripped through rural communities outside Los Angeles California.Authorities on Wednesday warned 82000 residents in San Bernardino County to evacuate from the fast-moving fire that began on Tuesday in Cajon Pass, a mountain pass between the … Continue reading More than 80,000 cautioned to empty seething California rapidly spreading fire

Scotland’s wind turbines cover all its electricity needs for a day

Scotland’s wind turbines cover all its electricity needs for a day | 08/21/2016 High winds on Sunday were strong enough to power the equivalent of all of Scotland’s electricity needs for the day, according to environmentalists. The Met Office issued a yellow “be aware” weather warning covering much of the country as wind speeds reached 115mph on the top of the Cairngorms and gusts of … Continue reading Scotland’s wind turbines cover all its electricity needs for a day

Climate change alters the rules of sperm competition in the sea

Climate change alters the rules of sperm competition in the sea Researchers from the University of Exeter have shown that increasing ocean acidification, brought about by human made carbon emissions, reduces sperm performance in a species of sea urchin, slowing down sperm in future ocean conditions. Interestingly, they found that different males were affected to different extents and that this could change the outcome when … Continue reading Climate change alters the rules of sperm competition in the sea

Seventh-Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter Becomes First Major Economy To Formally Accept The Paris Agreement

Seventh-Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter Becomes First Major Economy To Formally Accept The Paris Agreement | 08/21/2016 When 175 countries and parties officially signed the Paris Agreement on Earth Day this year, it marked a critical next step in the fight to stop climate change. But signing the agreement in front of the cameras at the UN is only the first step. Approval of it back … Continue reading Seventh-Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter Becomes First Major Economy To Formally Accept The Paris Agreement

Neonic’ bug sprays awful news for honey bees: study

Neonic’ bug sprays awful news for honey bees: study | 08/18/2016  A widely-used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids has contributed to the large-scale and long-term decline of wild bees, according to research unveiled Tuesday.A study covered 62 species from 1994 to 2011, examining the impact of exposure to the pesticide, which was used to treat oilseed rape crops in England. In five of the species, … Continue reading Neonic’ bug sprays awful news for honey bees: study

Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer

Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer | 08/17/2016 Phosphorus is a key supplement for every living being. At the point when lacking in the eating routine, it seriously bargains human wellbeing, and when inadequate in horticulture, it confines crop profitability. Without phosphorus, there can be no sustenance creation. As the wellspring of phosphorus is non-renewable phosphate rocks, there is a solid requirement for expanded … Continue reading Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer

Methane leaks: A new way to find and fix in real time

Methane leaks: A new way to find and fix in real time | 08/16/2016 The technique led to the detection and immediate repair of two leaks in natural gas pipelines in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest. The approach could inform strategies for meeting new federal limits on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Methane emissions have spiked in recent decades … Continue reading Methane leaks: A new way to find and fix in real time