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More Schools, More Challenging Assignments Add Up to Higher IQ Scores

( - UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- More schooling -- and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools -- may be the best explanation for the dramatic rise in IQ scores during the past century

Mar 24, 2015 - 11:48:41 AM

Many Plastics Labeled 'biodegradable' Don't Break Down as Expected

( - Susan Selke, Rafael Auras and colleagues note that to deal with our plastic waste problem, many countries and local governments have adopted laws, such as single-use bag bans, to deal with increasing amounts of trash.

Mar 18, 2015 - 10:18:41 AM

Evolving to Cope with Climate Change

( - Over the next two centuries, climate change is likely to impact everything from industrial agriculture to the shape of our coastlines. The changing climate will certainly cause huge changes around the world, and the challenge is to predict exactly what impact those changes will have.


Mar 6, 2015 - 8:49:20 AM

$45 Million to Support Wildlife, Habitats and Imperiled Species

( - State efforts to protect species and habitats in greatest need of conservation received a boost today as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced over $45 million in funding provided through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program.


Mar 4, 2015 - 3:23:24 PM

Human Gene Identified for Tolerance to an Environmental Hazard

( - 3/4/2015 - Studies conducted at the Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University in Sweden show that some indigenous groups in the Andes of northern Argentina have increased resistance to arsenic.

Mar 4, 2015 - 10:24:52 AM

On-board School Bus Filtration System Reduces Pollutants by 88 Percent

( - An on-board air filtration system developed specifically for school buses reduces  exposure to vehicular pollutants by up to 88 percent, according to a study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Mar 2, 2015 - 10:33:16 AM

Cape Deal in the Water

( - First proposed in 2001, the Cape Wind Project aims to put 130 wind turbines across 24 square miles of Horseshoe Shoal almost five miles offshore of Massachusetts' Cape Cod

Mar 1, 2015 - 4:55:31 PM

Is Air Pollution Stressing You Out?

( - There is mounting evidence that higher levels of air pollution could be causing you to stress out more than normal.

Feb 24, 2015 - 10:20:14 AM

Safe Insulation

( - Making your home more energy efficient is certainly good for the planet and will cut your heating/cooling bills, but you're right to worry about chemical off-gassing.

Feb 20, 2015 - 2:13:25 PM

E-Waste Blizzard

( - With a record four million pre-orders for Apple's best-selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it's more evident than ever that consumers want the latest in smartphone technology at their fingertips.

Feb 20, 2015 - 2:03:43 PM

Health Impacts of Coal

( - Coal combustion plants account for more than half of Americans' electric power generation.

Feb 15, 2015 - 9:56:40 AM

Divesting from Fossil Fuels

( - With crucial international climate negotiations coming up in Paris in the Fall of 2015, the first ever Global Divestment Day took place on February 13-14

Feb 15, 2015 - 9:37:58 AM

Naptime Activists Unite

( - Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) isa community of 400,000+ parents working to combat air pollution and respond to the climate change crisis.

Feb 6, 2015 - 3:18:32 PM

Microbeads and Marine Pollution

( - According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Americans' 275 million TV sets burn through some 65 billion kilowatt hours of energy each year, representing four to five percent of U.S. household electricity consumption.

Feb 1, 2015 - 9:34:34 AM

Better Living Through Conservation Genetics

( - Traditionally, conservation biologists have relied on field observation and sample and statistical analysis to help them understand the dynamics behind species loss, but today genetics is taking on an increasingly important role in helping quantify the biodiversity around us and even save some threatened species.

Jan 25, 2015 - 10:18:19 AM

Safeguarding Grizzlies

( - Before European colonization of North America, upwards of 50,000 grizzly bears-also known as brown bears-roamed free across what is now the continental United States.

Jan 20, 2015 - 4:33:19 PM

Revenge of the Bacteria

( - The development and widespread adoption of so-called "antibiotics"-drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection-has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives.

Jan 10, 2015 - 9:35:10 AM

Focusing on Lasting Legacy Prompts Environmental Action

( - Prompting people to think about the legacy they want to leave for future generations can boost their desire and intention to take action on climate change

Jan 8, 2015 - 11:54:20 AM

What's in the Grime Tarnishing the Taj Mahal?

( - Every several years, workers apply a clay mask to India's iconic but yellowing Taj Mahal to remove layers of grime and reveal the white marble underneath.

Jan 7, 2015 - 11:36:40 AM

Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives?

( - The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit dedicated to protecting human health and the environment through research, education and advocacy, launched its "Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives" in November 2014...

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:32:35 AM

Saving Our Soils and Climate with Biochar

( - Biochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass-and it's been associated with fertile soils for some two thousand years.

Dec 13, 2014 - 8:07:28 AM

Getting Kids Into Environmental Activism

( - There is not time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up and protect it.

Dec 8, 2014 - 9:13:07 AM

Reusing Greywater At Home

( - Now that solar panels are so commonplace on rooftops across the country, reusing so-called greywater-that is, the waste water from sinks, showers, tubs and washing machines-for landscape irrigation may be the next frontier in the greening of the American home

Nov 21, 2014 - 6:20:42 PM

Assessing the Risks of Genetically Engineered Crops

( - Proponents of genetic engineering (GE)-whereby DNA from unrelated species is combined to produce improved or novel organisms-insist that the benefits of increased crop yields and less agricultural waste outweigh the potential risks, but many environmental and public health advocates aren't convinced.

Nov 15, 2014 - 7:13:19 AM

Antarctic Polar Ice is Melting

( - The rapidly melting ice sheets on the coast of West Antarctica are a potential major contributor to rising ocean levels worldwide.

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:11:47 PM

Volunteers Get Ready for Audubon Christmas Bird Count

( - NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2014)- The National Audubon Society invites volunteers across the western hemisphere to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey in the world, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

Oct 29, 2014 - 12:56:53 PM

Raking Leaves This Fall - Tips to Prevent Injury

(HealthNewsDigest.comz) - It's that time of year again. Everyone is ready for hot apple cider, pumpkin picking, hay rides, and sweaters. It's also time for beautiful fall foliage and raking leaves.

Oct 29, 2014 - 11:23:37 AM

Why Plants Don't Get Sunburn

( - Plants rely on sunlight to make their food, but they also need protection from its harmful rays, just like humans do.

Oct 29, 2014 - 10:11:08 AM

A Fireball in Space Reveals the Nature of Novae

( - New Haven, Conn.-For the first time, scientists have measured the size and structure of a nova's nuclear blast as it happened - thanks, in part, to a Yale University astronomer's timely observations.

Oct 27, 2014 - 10:24:22 AM

Sweden's Environmental Leadership

( - It's true that Swedencame out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).

Oct 25, 2014 - 10:40:19 AM

Artificial Turf Issues

( - Just when you thought it was safe to play soccer on that brand new synthetic turf field, it may be time to think again.

Oct 18, 2014 - 9:53:23 AM

Dinosaur Breathing Study: Noses Enhanced Smelling and Cooled Brain

( - ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 14, 2014) - It's been millions of years since T. rex took its last breath, but a team led by Ohio University scientists is breathing life back into dinosaurs using high-powered computer simulations to model airflow through dinosaur snouts.

Oct 14, 2014 - 4:07:16 PM

Plastic Bag Bans

( - California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015.

Oct 11, 2014 - 11:27:05 AM

How to Create a Greener Hospital

( - Going green and cost savings go hand in hand for healthcare facilities.  From waste reduction to saving energy, green alternatives are available in virtually all product and service areas, allowing facilities to create the best healing environments and cut costs across the board.

Oct 8, 2014 - 7:36:15 AM

Ethanol's Unrealized Promise

( - Ethanol and similar "biofuels" made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels.

Sep 13, 2014 - 9:12:21 PM

Tar Sands Oil Development's Impact on Birds

( - Each year tens of million of migratory birds "overwinter" in the Canadian Boreal forest, a vast tract of mostly uninhabited coniferous woodlands and wetlands stretching from Newfoundland to the Yukon.

Sep 6, 2014 - 11:47:52 AM

Dealing with Mounting 'E-Waste'

( - With electronic equipment and gadgets the fastest growing waste stream in many countries, how to deal with so-called "e-waste" may in fact be one of the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st century.

Aug 30, 2014 - 12:17:59 PM

Global Conversion of Forests to Cropland Affected Climate

( - New Haven, Conn.- The conversion of forests into cropland worldwide has triggered an atmospheric change that, while seldom considered in climate models, has had a net cooling effect on global temperatures, according to a new Yale study.

Aug 28, 2014 - 4:38:43 PM

Antarctica's Melting and its Impact on Coastlines

( - The Antarctic continent, roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined, is composed of rock covered by glaciers some 16,000 feet thick.

Aug 14, 2014 - 7:52:37 PM

Happier Consumers Can Lead To Healthier Environment

( - WASHINGTON - The pursuit of true happiness can lead people to lifestyles that will not only be satisfying but will be better for the environment, according to an overview of psychological research presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.

Aug 9, 2014 - 2:13:41 PM

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