Science Daily – Earth & Climate News

  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated
    1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- and it is rapidly getting worse.... Read more »
  • The universal language of hormones
    Bioinformatics specialists have studied a specific class of hormones which is relevant for plants, bacteria and indirectly for humans, too. Their results challenge previous scientific assumptions.... Read more »
  • When the Mediteranean Sea flooded human settlements
    Around 7,600 years ago, the emergence of agricultural settlements in Southeastern Europe and subsequent progress of civilization suddenly came to a standstill. This was most likely caused by an abrupt sea level rise in the northern Aegean Sea. Researchers have now detected evidence of this in the fossils of tiny... Read more »
  • Blackbirds in the city: Bad health, longer life
    Blackbirds live longer in cities than in forests. But their telomeres, the repetitive stretches of DNA at the ends of the chromosomes, show that these city birds have a much poorer health status than their rural cousins.... Read more »
  • Identifying the chemical forming carcinogens in recycled water
    Engineers at wastewater recycling plants can rest easy knowing that their methods for minimizing the formation of a potent carcinogen are targeting the right chemical compound. Chemists have confirmed the chemical responsible for the formation of the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethyalmine, or NDMA, in recycled wastewater.... Read more »
  • Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched
    Working up a sweat from carrying a heavy load? That is when the textile works at its best. Researchers have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. The greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes the more electricity it generates.... Read more »
  • Laser-based system offers continuous monitoring of leaks from oil and gas operations
    Researchers have conducted the first field tests for a new laser-based system that could one day be used to continuously monitor for costly and dangerous methane leaks at oil and gas production sites.... Read more »
  • In field tests, device harvests water from desert air
    You really can extract clean drinking water right from the air, even in the driest of deserts, researchers have found. They've demonstrated a real-world version of a water-harvesting system based on metal organic frameworks, or MOFs, that they first described last year.... Read more »
  • Plants really do feed their friends
    Researchers have discovered that as plants develop they craft their root microbiome, favoring microbes that consume very specific metabolites. Their study could help scientists identify ways to enhance the soil microbiome for improved carbon storage and plant productivity.... Read more »
  • Mat baits, hooks and destroys pollutants in water
    A polymer mat has the ability to fish biologically harmful contaminants from water through a strategy known as 'bait, hook and destroy.'... Read more »