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Urban Water Atlas for Europe: 360 view on water management in cities

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:09:18 EDT ~ On 27 April 2017, the European Commission published the Urban Water Atlas for Europe. The publication the first of its kind shows how different water management choices, as well as other factors such as waste management, climate change and even our food preferences, affect the long-term sustainability of water use in our cities. Find out more...

Overfishing in one of world's most productive fishing regions, new study suggests

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:31:01 EDT ~ Scientists used images from satellites and flyovers to count the number of small boats, or pangas, to find that fishing in Gulf of California, which separates Baja California and mainland Mexico, is over capacity. The analysis suggests that future investment in the region's fisheries may not be economically or ecologically viable. Find out more...

Thought Antarctica's biodiversity was doing well? Think again

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:30:58 EDT ~ Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are not in better environmental shape than the rest of the world. Find out more...

Modeling reveals how policy affects adoption of solar energy photovoltaics in California

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:08:04 EDT ~ Researchers inspired by efforts to promote green energy, are exploring the factors driving commercial customers in Southern California, both large and small, to purchase and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. They built a model for commercial solar PV adoption to quantify the impact of government incentives and solar PV costs. Find out more...

Process invented to make sustainable rubber, plastics

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:07:55 EDT ~ Synthetic rubber and plastics -- used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products -- are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those humanmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to a team of scientists that has invented a process to make butadiene from renewable sources. Find out more...

Towards a liveable future

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:16:55 EDT ~ Humans have influenced nature since as early as the Ice Age, and over the past century our impact has become even greater with our many new technologies and a growing world population. Researchers have studied this impact and how we can keep it within reasonable limits so that nature can be preserved. We cannot do without nature: we need it for our food and for raw materials, as well as for relaxation. Find out more...

Better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:49:14 EDT ~ Many companies want to know how the creation of their products affects the environment. Scientists have now found a way to better predict and quantify environmental impacts. Find out more...

Empowerment of women worldwide key to achieving competing goals

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:18:13 EDT ~ World hunger and biodiversity loss can both be addressed by ensuring that women worldwide have access to education and contraception, an interdisciplinary team of experts argues. Find out more...

Recovering species must be celebrated or we risk reversing progress

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:36:54 EDT ~ A failure to celebrate conservation successes means we miss vital opportunities to convince the public of 'real and practical solutions' they can engage with. Conservationists across the globe see the need to champion environmental victories and show there is cause for hope -- the decisive component in the fight to save disappearing biodiversity. Find out more...

A better life in the outback: Improving living standards in the Australian desert region

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:08:47 EDT ~ People who live in desert regions are perceived as living in hardship and isolation and surviving largely due to subsidies from the 'mainstream' economy. New research suggests that for some desert regions, particularly Australia's 'outback', there is huge potential given appropriate infrastructure and investment. Find out more...