Category Archives: Environment

Giant clams tell the story of past typhoons

A highly precise method to determine past typhoon occurrences from giant clam shells has been developed, with the hope of using this method to predict future cyclone activity.

Later tropical blooms could affect marine life

Color changes in the northern Red Sea indicate rising sea temperatures could significantly impact tropical marine ecosystems. Monitoring phytoplankton abundance could help to identify areas in the oceans that are…

Rice, UH team preps for massive Antarctic glacier study

Offshore research team to aid in historic study of threatened Thwaites Glacier HOUSTON — A team of scientists from Rice University, the University of Houston, the University of Alabama and…

Sub-sea rift spills secrets to seismic probe

Rice University-led study yields first clues about internal structure of Galicia margin HOUSTON – The first study to spring from a Rice University-led 2013 international expedition to map the sea floor off…

Human impact on sea urchin abundance

In the longest running study of its kind, researchers found sea urchin populations were strongly affected by human-driven environmental changes. Sea urchin populations are more sensitive to human activities than…

Measuring the risks of extreme temperatures on public health

Heat and cold waves affect people with certain health conditions differently, highlighting the need for tailored public service risk communication. Extreme hot and cold weather increase the number of deaths…

Environment benefits from large middle class in some Asian countries [Asia Research News 2018 feature

A large middle class in Thailand and Indonesia is demanding more environmental protection; something not happening in other developing South-East Asian nations. More equitable income distribution is resulting in better…

Calculating the impacts of natural events on wildlife

A new method could help scientists understand how wildlife populations are affected by major natural events, such as hurricanes, severe winters, and tsunamis. The approach suggests the 2011 tsunami had…

The absence of ants – Entomologist confirms first Saharan farming 10,000 years ago

Dr Stefano Vanin was part of an international team working on discoveries at the Holocene age hunter-gatherer site at Takarkori in south-western Libya. BY analysing a prehistoric site in the…

ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter from orbit

The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from…