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Three Times More Mercury In Upper Ocean Since Industrial Revolution: Study
2014-08-07 03:05:46

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Although the days of odd behavior among hat makers are a thing of the past, the dangers mercury poses to humans and the environment persist today. Mercury is a naturally occurring element as well as a by-product of such distinctly human enterprises as burning coal and making cement. Estimates of "bioavailable" mercury—forms of the element that can be taken up by animals and humans—play an important role in everything from drafting an...

Scientists Suggest Water Vapor Will Intensify Future Climate Change Projections
2014-07-30 03:07:27

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science A new study from scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and colleagues confirms rising levels of water vapor in the upper troposphere – a key amplifier of global warming – will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades. The new study is the first to show that increased water vapor concentrations in the atmosphere are a direct result of human...

Unraveling Mystery Of Retreating Glaciers In The Pacific Ocean's Western Tropics
2014-03-14 11:39:06

University of California - Los Angeles Using a cutting-edge research technique, UCLA researchers have reconstructed the temperature history of a region that plays a major role in determining climate around the world. The findings, published online Feb. 27 in the journal Nature Geoscience, will help inform scientists about the processes influencing global warming in the western tropical Pacific Ocean. The study analyzes how much temperatures have increased in the region near...

2014-01-07 23:02:11

NCAR scientists and partners next week will launch a field project in the tropical Pacific, a remote region that holds a key to understanding worldwide climate. The warm waters fuel huge clusters of thunderstorms that act as a global chimney, lofting gases and particles into the stratosphere and affecting the planet. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 07, 2014 Even though few people live in the western tropical Pacific Ocean, these remote waters affect billions of people by shaping climate and...

Global Warming To Impact The Tropics Sooner Than You Think
2013-10-10 04:21:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Unless greenhouse gas emissions are stabilized, the average location on Earth will experience a radically different climate by the year 2047, experts from the University of Hawaii, Manoa claim in research published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature. In the study, lead author Camilo Mora and colleagues from the university’s Department of Geography report that ecological and societal disruptions by modern global...

2013-10-04 23:21:48

Landscapes and Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism is an entertaining, highly informative, clear and easily understood overview of the vital factors affecting local environments and their inhabitants. The author shows why understanding local landscape changes and local climate factors are our keys to successful environmental stewardship, and why the recent focus on carbon dioxide gravely misguides those efforts. (PRWEB) October 04, 2013 For 25 years biologist Jim...

Legacy Mercury Levels In Fish, Environment Will Persist For Centuries
2013-07-09 09:29:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Significant reductions in mercury emissions will be necessary just to stabilize current levels of the toxic element in the environment, according to new research from a team led by Harvard University. Surface reservoirs, such as soil, air and water, hold an enormous amount of mercury from past pollution going back thousands of years. Scientists believe it will continue to persist in the ocean and accumulate in fish for decades to...

Ecosystem Chemistry Better Predicted By Plant Species
2013-04-09 09:49:55

Carnegie Institution Carnegie scientists have found that the plant species making up an ecosystem are better predictors of ecosystem chemistry than environmental conditions such as terrain, geology, or altitude. This is the first study using a new, high-resolution airborne, chemical-detecting instrument to map multiple ecosystem chemicals. The result, published in the April 8, 2013, Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a key step toward understanding how...

2012-12-03 13:48:40

Around the world, the effects of global climate change are increasingly evident and difficult to ignore. However, evaluations of the local effects of climate change are often confounded by natural and human induced factors that overshadow the effects of changes in climate on ecosystems. In the December issue of the journal BioScience, a group of scientists writing on long-term studies of watershed and natural elevation gradients at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire and in...

2012-05-09 14:22:51

Accurate Predictions Found in Early Test Results The drive to develop crops for use as biofuel, continues to raise questions about additional uses of forest land.  A cutting edge computer model developed at North Carolina State University offers detailed insight to predict the environmental impact — along with understanding forest ecosystem response to global climate change. “We think the model will help policy makers and forest managers make informed decisions to...


Latest Natural environment Reference Libraries

Environmental Science
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Environmental science is a science that contains a wide range of scientific disciplines. These disciplines are grouped together based on the natural environment which they encompass and interact with. These sciences include physical, chemical, and biological components. Environmental science provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environmental systems. The most common way environmental science is studied is through the work of one individual or small team drawing on the...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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