Environment

Plastic contaminants harm sea urchins

Exeter, UK — Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae, new research shows. Scientists soaked various plastic samples in seawater then removed the plastic...

Glyphosate may Affect Human Gut Microbiota

Turku, Finland — Glyphosate is the most commonly used broad-spectrum herbicide. Researchers from the University of Turku in Finland have developed a new bioinformatics tool to predict if a microbe,...

Boost to Develop Microalgae into Health Foods

Adelaide, South Australia — Dietary supplementation of fatty acids produced from microalgae have wide-reaching health benefits for humans, including the ability to reduce obesity, diabetes and fatty...

To Protect Nature’s Benefits, Focus on People

Stanford, CA — To calculate the true value of a forest, we need to know how people benefit from it, according to new research published in Nature Sustainability. A healthy forest holds a treasure trove...

Carbon Storage from the Lab

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany — Peatlands with their huge diversity of peat moss species store about 30 percent of the earth’s soil carbon. This means they store roughly twice as much carbon...

Seafood Study Finds Plastic in All Samples

Exeter, UK — A study of five different seafoods has found traces of plastic in every sample tested. Researchers bought oysters, prawns, squid, crabs and sardines from a market in Australia and analysed...

Algal Symbiosis Could Shed Light on Dark Ocean

East Boothbay, Maine — New research has revealed a surprise twist in the symbiotic relationship between a type of salamander and the alga that lives inside its eggs. A new paper in Frontiers in Microbiology...

Hot Urban Temperatures and Tree Transpiration

Washington, DC — Shade from urban trees has long been understood to offer respite from the urban heat island effect, a phenomenon that can result in city centres that are 1-3 degrees Centigrade warmer...

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