Category Archives: Environment

Invasive worms spreading in Arboretum forests, limited effects so far

When researchers found invasive Asian jumping worms at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum in 2013, they spotted an opportunity to follow the invaders, and their effects, from the beginning. In…

Decades-past logging still threatens spotted owls in national forests

Logging of the largest trees in the Sierra Nevada’s national forests ended in the early 1990s after agreements were struck to protect species’ habitat. But new research reported Dec. 6…

Fish’s rapid response to climate change

Some species of fish have special adaptive mechanisms that could improve their chances of surviving the greenhouse effect. Fish born to parents tolerant to elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2)…

Climate change made Harvey rainfall 15 percent more intense

World Weather Attribution study: Climate change made Harvey 3 times more likely HOUSTON — A team of scientists from World Weather Attribution, including researchers from Rice University and other institutions…

A fast reactor system to shorten the lifetime of long-lived fission products

Researchers in Japan have proposed a more efficient method to reduce radioactive waste. Researchers in Japan have proposed a more efficient method to reduce radioactive waste. The study involves converting…

Cutting datasets down to size

A powerful statistical tool could significantly reduce the burden of analysing very large datasets. By exploiting the power of high-performance computing, a new statistical tool has been developed by KAUST…

Red Sea is warming faster than global average

The world’s warmest sea is heating up faster than the global average, which could challenge the ability of the Red Sea’s organisms to cope. “The global rate of ocean warming…

MIT students fortify concrete by adding recycled plastic

Adding bits of irradiated plastic water bottles could cut cement industry’s carbon emissions. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Discarded plastic bottles could one day be used to build stronger, more flexible concrete structures,…

Fossil coral reefs show sea level rose in bursts during last warming

Reefs near Texas endured punctuated bursts of sea-level rise before drowning HOUSTON — Scientists from Rice University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies have…

NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth’s Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike

A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth’s tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years….