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Large differences in the climate impact of biofuels, Swedish research finds.

Large differences in the climate impact of biofuels, Swedish research finds.

When biomass is combusted the carbon that once was bound in the growing tree is released into the atmosphere. For this reason, bioenergy is often considered carbon dioxide neutral. Research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, however, shows that this is a simplification. The use of bioenergy may affect ecosystem carbon stocks, and it can […]

Экологические итоги 2011 года

Экологические итоги 2011 года

WWF назвал самые яркие события уходящего года в области охраны окружающей среды, и обозначил экологические задачи, стоящие перед Россией в 2012 году. Катастрофа такого уровня, как авария на АЭС Фукусима-1, несомненно, вызвала живое обсуждение о будущем энергетическом балансе в мире, и в ряде стран оно привело к решению отказаться от ядерной энергетики. Новое видение энергетического […]

World’s first captive breeding of Ozark hellbenders

World’s first captive breeding of Ozark hellbenders

Ozark hellbenders have been bred in captivity — a first for either of the two subspecies of hellbender. The decade-long collaboration of the Saint Louis Zoo’s Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation and the Missouri Department of Conservation has yielded 63 baby hellbenders. The first hellbender hatched on Nov. 15, and currently there are approximately […]

Run-off, emissions deliver double whammy to coastal marine creatures, study finds.

Run-off, emissions deliver double whammy to coastal marine creatures, study finds.

Increasing acidification in coastal waters could compromise the ability of oysters and other marine creatures to form and keep their shells, according to a new study led by University of Georgia researchers. Their findings will be published in the November 2011 issue of Nature Geoscience. The researchers determined the combined effects of fertilizer runoff carried […]

Sea-life paddling fast to survive climate change.

Sea-life paddling fast to survive climate change.

Climate change is subtly altering average yearly and seasonal temperatures on land and water and looks set to have a significant impact on Northern Ireland’s coastal ecology, according to Dr David Schoeman, a University of Ulster marine scientist and co-author of an important international study into ocean warming to be published on November 3 in […]

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: New approach to assessing impacts of ecological damage.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: New approach to assessing impacts of ecological damage.

The magnitude and depth of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will require an unprecedented effort to determine the extent and severity of ecological damage and to develop restoration plans for affected areas in the Gulf of Mexico, says an interim report by the National Research Council. A broad approach that focuses on repairing ecosystem processes […]

Pythons and people take turns as predators and prey

Pythons and people take turns as predators and prey

People and giant snakes not only target each other for food — they also compete for the same prey, according to a study co-authored by a Cornell University researcher. More than a quarter of the men in a modern Filipino hunter-gatherer group have been attacked by giant pythons — yet those same hunter-gatherers often target […]

Do not harm invasive species that pollinate, study warns.

Do not harm invasive species that pollinate, study warns.

In an irony of nature, invasive species can become essential to the very ecosystems threatened by their presence, according to a recent discovery that could change how scientists and governments approach the restoration of natural spaces. Princeton University researchers report this month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B evidence that destructive, non-native […]

Из лаборатории в Александрии исчезли препараты, способные вызвать экологическую катастрофу

Из лаборатории в Александрии исчезли препараты, способные вызвать экологическую катастрофу

Из лаборатории медицинского университета в Александрии неведомые злоумышленники похитили опасные радиоактивные вещества. Египетское агентство по атомной энергии предупреждает: если преступники не вернут препараты, может произойти экологическая катастрофа. Сотрудники университета считают, что похитители даже не предполагают, насколько опасной оказалась добыча, по-другому они хотя бы изолировали ее в специальном контейнере. Теперь эксперты призывают воров не в коем […]

Компания Electrolux и проект Vac From The Sea получили награды ООН

Компания Electrolux и проект Vac From The Sea получили награды ООН

Компания Electrolux получила награду ООН за проект Vac from the Sea. Эта награда вручается ООН вместе с Международной ассоциацией общественных отношений IPRA. Награда была вручена 21 октября 2011 г. во время торжественной церемонии в Стамбуле, Турция. Проект Vac from the Sea также оказался победителем в номинации корпоративных коммуникаций, ему также присвоили специальную награду Efes Group […]

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