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Autonomous Vehicles, self driving cars, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas, Pollution, Environment

Maximizing the Environmental Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

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The added weight, electricity demand and aerodynamic drag of the sensors and computers used in autonomous vehicles are significant contributors to their lifetime energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study.

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Weather, Storms, extratropical cyclones, nor'easters, non-tropical storms, Storm Surges, Environment, Flooding, Inundation, Science, Hurricanes, Tropical Cyclones, November 1950 storm, Ash Wednesday Storm, Sewells Point, Norfolk, Virginia, The Battery, Manhattan, New York, New York City, Boston, Massachusetts, anticyclone, high pressure system, El Nino, Arctic osci

Don’t Blame Hurricanes for Most Big Storm Surges in Northeast

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Hurricanes spawn most of the largest storm surges in the northeastern U.S., right? Wrong, according to a study by Rutgers University–New Brunswick scientists. Extratropical cyclones , including nor’easters and other non-tropical storms, generate most of the large storm surges in the Northeast, according to the study in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. They include a freak November 1950 storm and devastating nor’easters in March 1962 and December 1992.

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Biological and Environmental Research, biological and environmental sciences, Bacteria, manganese oxide, Nanoparticle, Nanoparticles, Nanoscience, Emsl, Ohio State University, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, OSU, Nature Communication, Nature Communications, Oxides, Enzyme, Enzymes, Manganese, bacterial enzyme, bacterial enzymes, Mnx, Bioenergy, Pa

How Bacteria Produce Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles

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Multiple techniques to characterize an enzyme complex shed light on how bacteria create particles and contribute to global cycles.

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Research, Oceanography, earth system science, Climate Change, Environment

UCI Oceanographers Solve Mystery of Phytoplankton Survival in Nutrient-Poor Pacific

Upwelling in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean provides essential nutrients for the region’s microscopic plants, but iron – a key ingredient that facilitates nitrogen consumption – is in short supply. To compensate, the phytoplankton band together to recycle the scarce metal and retain it in their upper-ocean habitat, scientists at the University of California, Irvine have discovered.

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Biological and Environmental Research, biological and environmental sciences, Journal of Geophysical Research, cloud condensation nuclei, Aerosol, Aerosols, Clouds, Atmospheric System Research, Atmospheric Research, Cloud, Geophysics Research, BNL, Geophysics, Brookhaven National Lab, Brookhaven Nat'l Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Particles,

From 100,000 to 8: Representing Complex Aerosol Patterns with Far Fewer Particles

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Study shows how aerosols interacting with clouds can be accurately captured by sparse set of representative particles.

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Emissions, Air Pollution, Air Quality, Environmental Protection

'Excess Emissions' Make Significant Contribution to Air Pollution

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A study by Indiana University researchers shows that excess emissions -- which occur with plant shut-downs, start-ups and malfunctions, and not just in connection with natural disasters -- can make serious contributions to overall air pollution.

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WCS Media Briefing: The Hi-Tech Tool Poachers Hate

1) SMART Connect allows rangers and conservation area managers to exchange critical information and transmit data in real time, 2) Developer of “SMART Connect” will explain how new tool can revolutionize protected area management, 3) SMART is currently deployed in over 600 sites in 55 countries around the world

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Ticks, Lyme Disease, Vector Borne Diseases, Forest, Invasive Plants

Every Rose Has Its Thorn — and Its Tick

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When it comes to avoiding Lyme disease, know your forest. That's the cautionary tale from a new study which found that ticks in urban parks in Delaware dominated by an invasive rose bush were nearly twice as likely to be infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, as compared to ticks from uninvaded forest fragments.

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Northern Arizona University, Serengeti Plain, Africa, Soil Fungi, Ecosystem, mammal diversity, Journal of Ecology, Ecology, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi , Bo Stevens, Jeffrey Propster, Andrew Abraham, Chase Ridenour, Christopher Doughty, Nancy Johnson, biofertilizers

Researchers Quantify Nutritional Value of Soil Fungi to the Serengeti Food Web

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A new study by Northern Arizona University scientists shows how much arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi contribute to the complex ecosystem that makes up the Serengeti.

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Drones, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Green Transportation, package delivery

Drones Deliver Green Transportation Option

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By getting your next package delivered by drone, you could be saving energy, but only if companies deploy drones sensibly. New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based delivery could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector.







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