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Low Oxygen Levels, Coral Bleaching Getting Worse in Oceans

By Seth Borenstein / U.S. News January 4, 2018 Two new studies show global warming is making oceans sicker, depleting oxygen and harming coral reefs. Global warming is making the world's oceans sicker, depleting them of oxygen and harming delicate coral reefs more often, two studies show. The lower oxygen levels are making marine life [...]

2018-02-06T23:21:45+00:00 January 4th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Low Oxygen Levels, Coral Bleaching Getting Worse in Oceans

Corn’s Ancestor Could Help It Go Green

By Alex Fox / EOS January 4, 2018 The grandfather of modern corn may hold the key to reducing its need for chemical fertilizers. Ears of corn (maize), showing a wide range of colors and shapes that reflect different varieties. Credit: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, CC BY NC-SA 2.0 Corn has [...]

2018-02-06T23:09:14+00:00 January 4th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Corn’s Ancestor Could Help It Go Green

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

By Damian Carrington / The Guardian January 4, 2018 Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites [...]

2018-02-06T22:57:24+00:00 January 4th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Oxygen levels in Earth’s oceans continue to drop

By UPI January 4, 2018 Regions of low-oxygen and no-oxgyen in Earth’s oceans are growing in size and number, according to a new study — the most comprehensive survey of ocean oxygen levels to date. The latest data shows expanses of no-oxygen in the open ocean have increased four-fold over the last half-century. Since 1950, [...]

2018-02-06T22:53:55+00:00 January 4th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Oxygen levels in Earth’s oceans continue to drop

Lowering the temperature on nitrogen splitting

By Sam Lemonick / c&en January 3, 2018 Computer simulations predict a new light-activated catalyst could make the Haber-Bosch process obsolete The world relies on the Haber-Bosch process to reduce atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia to make fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, and other industrially important chemicals. But the process consumes a tremendous amount of energy—about 1% of the [...]

2018-02-06T23:07:51+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Lowering the temperature on nitrogen splitting

Group hopes new deal will help shrink Gulf dead zone

By Keith Magill / Daily Comet January 2, 2018 A local wetlands advocacy group has forged an agreement it hopes will help reduce the size of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone The Thibodaux-based Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program announced the deal Tuesday. The non-binding agreement with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture opens the door for [...]

2018-02-06T23:23:18+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Group hopes new deal will help shrink Gulf dead zone

The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017

By Emily Atkin / New Republic December 13, 2017 Apocalyptic weather dominated the headlines, but meat production also caused severe destruction in 2017. Off the coast of Louisiana, in an 8,000-square-mile swath of ocean, the marine life is suffocating to death. Nutrient pollution, flowing from the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico, is birthing huge [...]

2018-02-06T23:24:22+00:00 December 13th, 2017|News|Comments Off on The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017

How are chickens and pigs altering the Gulf of Mexico? Sustainability group asks Tyson CEO to help protect Gulf

By Steve Hardy / The Advocate November 30, 2017 Shrimpers and environmentalists gathered on the banks of the Mississippi River here Thursday to call on livestock farmers to help protect the Gulf of Mexico. Sustainability group Mighty Earth sent an open letter to the CEO of Tyson Foods, urging him to take steps to prevent [...]

2017-12-05T13:38:43+00:00 December 5th, 2017|News|Comments Off on How are chickens and pigs altering the Gulf of Mexico? Sustainability group asks Tyson CEO to help protect Gulf

Dr. Rabalais presents at TEDWomen Conference

Nancy Rabalais speaks at TEDWomen 2017 Bridges, November 1-3, 2017, Orpheum Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Stacie McChesney / TED Dr. Nancy Rabalais, Professor and Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, presented a TED talk at TEDWomen in New Orleans on November 1, 2017. The theme of the conference was “Bridges,” [...]

2017-11-06T11:44:10+00:00 November 6th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Dr. Rabalais presents at TEDWomen Conference

Historic patterns point to 2025 drought

By Alma Gaul | Quad-City Times October 12, 2017 Based on historic weather patterns, the Midwestern United States can expect the drought of the century around 2025, according to Elwynn Taylor, a climatologist for Iowa State University Extension, Ames. The Midwest might be ripe for a major drought in 2025, according to a climatologist [...]

2017-10-17T17:44:36+00:00 October 12th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Historic patterns point to 2025 drought