Environment

  1. discarded fishing gear
    Environment

    4 ways to tackle ocean trash besides Ocean Cleanup’s broken system

    Here are three approaches to reducing ocean pollution that might be more effective than a controversial plan to fish trash out of the Pacific.

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  2. animal feedlots
    Environment

    Satellites make mapping hot spots of ammonia pollution easier

    There’s a more accurate way to estimate ammonia emissions.

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  3. scientists with hybrid rice plants
    Plants

    Hybrid rice engineered with CRISPR can clone its seeds

    New research has created self-cloning hybrid rice, raising hopes of higher food production.

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  4. desalination device
    Tech

    A new way to turn saltwater fresh can kill germs and avoid gunk buildup

    A new device that harnesses sunlight to produce pure vapor from seawater could last longer and produce cleaner water than other technology.

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  5. traffic
    Climate

    Global carbon dioxide emissions will hit a record high in 2018

    Carbon dioxide emissions from China, the United States and India all rose this year, a new report finds.

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  6. deer
    Environment

    An acid found in soil may make a disease killing deer less infectious

    An incurable neurodegenerative disease crippling North American deer, elk and moose may be thwarted by an organic soil compound.

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  7. glass of water
    Environment

    Engineers are plugging holes in drinking water treatment

    Drinking water quality has come a long way in the past hundred years — but challenges remain.

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  8. Environment

    Car tires and brake pads produce harmful microplastics

    Scientists surveyed tiny airborne plastics near German highways and found that bits of tires, brake pads and asphalt make up most of the particles.

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  9. factory carbon pollution
    Chemistry

    New devices could help turn atmospheric CO2 into useful supplies

    New electrochemical cells transform carbon monoxide into useful chemical compounds like ethylene and acetate much more efficiently than their predecessors.

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  10. a photo of Angkor Wat temple
    Archaeology

    The water system that helped Angkor rise may have also brought its fall

    A complex water system magnified flooding’s disruption of the medieval Cambodian city of Angkor.

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  11. Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin
    Environment

    We’re probably undervaluing healthy lakes and rivers

    Clean water legislation often doesn’t seem like a good deal on paper. Here’s why that may be misleading.

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  12. polymer painted panel
    Materials Science

    This reflective paint could keep sunbaked buildings cool

    A new type of polymer coating that reflects sunlight to control heat could supplement or replace air conditioning systems.

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