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  • Algae living inside fungi: How land plants first evolved
    on 23/07/2019 at 20:39

    New research presents evidence that algae could have piggybacked on fungi to leave the water and to colonize the land, over 500 million years ago. […]

  • Drinking water: Water solutions without a grain of salt
    on 23/07/2019 at 20:39

    Researchers have developed technology that can deliver clean water to thousands of communities worldwide. […]

  • 'Legacy' mercury pollution still a problem in New Jersey meadowlands waters, US
    on 23/07/2019 at 16:19

    'Legacy' mercury pollution from decades ago and miles away is an important source of contamination in New Jersey Meadowlands waterways, according to a new study that could help guide cleanup efforts. […]

  • Monsoon rains have become more intense in the southwest in recent decades
    on 23/07/2019 at 15:05

    Monsoon rain storms have become more intense in the southwestern United States in recent decades, according to a recent study. Monsoon rains -- highly localized bursts of rain -- have become stronger since the 1970s, meaning the same amount of rain falls in a shorter amount of time -- by 6 to 11 percent. In addition, the number of rainfall events per year increased on average 15 percent during the 1961-2017 period. […]

  • North Carolina coastal flooding is worsening with climate change, population growth
    on 23/07/2019 at 12:59

    Researchers can confirm what data modeling systems have predicted: Climate change is increasing precipitation events like hurricanes, tropical storms and floods. […]

  • Robots roaming in Antarctic waters reveal why Ross Ice Shelf melts rapidly in summer
    on 22/07/2019 at 19:52

    A new study reveals how local factors influence the Ross Ice Shelf's stability, refining predictions of how it will change and influence sea rise in the future. […]

  • Americans are drilling deeper than ever for fresh water
    on 22/07/2019 at 15:59

    A new study shows Americans are drilling deeper than ever for fresh water. […]

  • Lots of lead in the water? Maybe manganese is to blame
    on 22/07/2019 at 15:59

    In the right environment, a harmless mineral can do a lot to change the composition of the drinking water that flows through lead pipes. New research discovers how. […]

  • Airborne lidar system poised to improve accuracy of climate change models
    on 22/07/2019 at 15:59

    Researchers have developed a laser-based system that can be used for airborne measurement of important atmospheric gases with unprecedented accuracy and resolution. The ability to collect this data will help scientists better understand how these atmospheric gases affect the climate and could help improve climate change predictions. […]

  • Eco-friendly composite catalyst and ultrasound removes pollutants from water
    on 19/07/2019 at 17:55

    Scientists have developed a wastewater treatment process that uses a common agricultural byproduct to effectively remove pollutants and environmental hormones, which are known to be endocrine disruptors. […]

  • Geoscientists discover mechanisms controlling Greenland ice sheet collapse
    on 19/07/2019 at 17:55

    New radar technology allowed geoscientists to look at Greenland's dynamic ice-ocean interface that drives sea level rise. […]

  • Smart irrigation model predicts rainfall to conserve water
    on 19/07/2019 at 17:55

    A predictive model combining information about plant physiology, real-time soil conditions and weather forecasts can help make more informed decisions about when and how much to irrigate. This could save 40 percent of the water consumed by more traditional methods, according to new research. […]

  • Jumbo squid mystery solved
    on 18/07/2019 at 12:53

    New research identifies a perfect storm of warming waters and reduced food to blame in the collapse of the once lucrative jumbo squid fishery off Baja California. […]

  • Sea level rise: West Antarctic ice collapse may be prevented by snowing ocean water onto it
    on 17/07/2019 at 18:27

    Scientists are scrutinizing a daring way of stabilizing the West Antarctic ice sheet: generating trillions of tons of additional snowfall by pumping ocean water onto the glaciers and distributing it with snow canons. […]

  • Stronger earthquakes can be induced by wastewater injected deep underground
    on 16/07/2019 at 15:30

    Earthquakes are getting deeper at the same rate as the wastewater sinks. […]

  • Australian ants prepared for 'Insect Armageddon'
    on 16/07/2019 at 14:34

    Researchers have uncovered an exception to the global phenomenon known as 'Insect Armageddon' in the largest study of Australian insect populations conducted to date. […]

  • Tracking down climate change with radar eyes
    on 16/07/2019 at 13:55

    Over the past 22 years, sea levels in the Arctic have risen an average of 2.2 millimeters per year. This is the conclusion of a research team after evaluating 1.5 billion radar measurements of various satellites using specially developed algorithms. […]

  • Joshua trees facing extinction
    on 16/07/2019 at 11:37

    They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won't survive much past this century. […]

  • Flood prediction model developed
    on 15/07/2019 at 22:58

    The duration of floods can be determined by river flow, precipitation and atmospheric blocking. Now an international team of researchers is offering a novel physically based Bayesian network model for inference and prediction of flood duration. The model also accurately examines the timescales of flooding. […]

  • Thirty years of unique data reveal what's really killing coral reefs
    on 15/07/2019 at 20:46

    Coral bleaching is not just due to a warming planet, but also a planet that is simultaneously being enriched with reactive nitrogen from sources like improperly treated sewage, and fertilizers. Nitrogen loading from the Florida Keys and greater Everglades ecosystem caused by humans is the primary driver of coral reef degradation in Looe Key. These coral reefs were dying off long before they were impacted by rising water temperatures. Elevated nitrogen levels cause phosphorus starvation in corals, reducing their temperature threshold for bleaching. […]

  • New analysis reveals challenges for drought management in Oregon's Willamette River Basin
    on 15/07/2019 at 20:16

    In Oregon's fertile Willamette River Basin, where two-thirds of the state's population lives, managing water scarcity would be more effective if conservation measures were introduced in advance and upstream from the locations where droughts are likely to cause shortages. […]

  • A material way to make Mars habitable
    on 15/07/2019 at 15:42

    New research suggests that regions of the Martian surface could be made habitable with a material -- silica aerogel -- that mimics Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect. Through modeling and experiments, the researchers show that a 2- to 3-centimeter-thick shield of silica aerogel could transmit enough visible light for photosynthesis, block hazardous ultraviolet radiation, and raise temperatures underneath permanently above the melting point of water, all without the need for any internal heat source. […]

  • How much water do snowpacks hold? A better way to answer the question
    on 15/07/2019 at 13:46

    Researchers have developed a new computer model for calculating the water content of snowpacks, providing an important tool for water resource managers and avalanche forecasters as well as scientists. […]

  • Better policies around toxic chemicals urged
    on 12/07/2019 at 16:02

    Researchers contend that failures to protect human and environmental health from toxic chemicals result from flawed governance, and lay out a plan for improved policies. […]

  • Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets
    on 12/07/2019 at 14:57

    Researchers have discovered thriving communities of bacteria in Alaskan 'cryopegs,' trapped layers of sediment with water so salty that it remains liquid at below-freezing temperatures. The setting may be similar to environments on Mars, Saturn's moon Titan, or other bodies farther from the sun. […]

  • New research helps predict locations of blue whales so ships can avoid them
    on 10/07/2019 at 17:40

    A new model based on daily oceanographic data and the movements of tagged whales has opened the potential for stakeholders to see where in the ocean endangered blue whales are most likely to be so that ships can avoid hitting them. […]

  • Mussels are inspiring new technology that could help purify water and clean up oil spills
    on 10/07/2019 at 16:16

    Mussels are notorious maritime stowaways known for damaging the hulls of boats, but these same adhesive properties have widespread engineering applications, scientists say. They suggest that the chemistry of mussel threads is inspiring engineering innovations that address a wide range of problems, from cleaning up oil spills to treating contaminated water. […]

  • 20 overlooked benefits of distributed solar energy
    on 10/07/2019 at 14:32

    A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy -- from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. […]

  • A drier future sets the stage for more wildfires
    on 09/07/2019 at 19:36

    November 8, 2018 was a dry day in Butte County, California. The state was in its sixth consecutive year of drought, and the county had not had a rainfall event producing more than a half inch of rain for seven months. The dry summer had parched the spring vegetation, and the strong northeasterly winds of autumn were gusting at 35 miles per hour and rising, creating red flag conditions: Any planned or unplanned fires could quickly get out of control. […]

  • Improved model could help scientists better predict crop yield, climate change effects
    on 09/07/2019 at 15:02

    A new computer model incorporates how microscopic pores on leaves may open in response to light -- an advance that could help scientists create virtual plants to predict how higher temperatures and rising levels of carbon dioxide will affect food crops. […]

  • Left out to dry: A more efficient way to harvest algae biomass
    on 09/07/2019 at 15:02

    Researchers have developed a new system for evaporating the water from algae biomass with reusable nanoporous graphene, which can lead to cheaper, more environmentally friendly biofuels and fine chemicals. […]

  • A clearer picture of global ice sheet mass
    on 09/07/2019 at 13:11

    Fluctuations in the masses of the world's largest ice sheets carry important consequences for future sea level rise, but understanding the complicated interplay of atmospheric conditions, snowfall input and melting processes has never been easy to measure due to the sheer size and remoteness inherent to glacial landscapes. […]

  • New imaging method aids in water decontamination
    on 08/07/2019 at 21:24

    A breakthrough imaging technique shows promise in decontaminating water by yielding surprising and important information about catalyst particles that can't be obtained any other way. […]

  • How to reduce extreme heat in city neighborhoods
    on 08/07/2019 at 19:40

    Planting more vegetation, using reflective materials on hard surfaces and installing green roofs on buildings can help cool potentially deadly urban heat islands -- a phenomenon that exists in nearly all large cities -- a new study shows. […]

  • Ancient Saharan seaway shows how Earth's climate and creatures can undergo extreme change
    on 08/07/2019 at 18:00

    A new paper integrates 20 years of research by a diverse scientific team and describes the ancient Trans-Saharan Seaway of Africa that existed 50 to 100 million years ago in the region of the current Sahara Desert. The study is a comprehensive synthesis and contains the first reconstructions of extinct aquatic species in their habitats along the seaway and places in context massive climate and sea level changes that can occur on Earth. […]

  • 'Liquid forensics' could lead to safer drinking water
    on 08/07/2019 at 18:00

    Ping! The popular 1990 film, The Hunt for Red October, helped introduce sonar technology on submarines to pop culture. Now, nearly 30 years later, a team of scientists is using this same sonar technology as inspiration to develop a rapid, inexpensive way to determine whether the drinking water is safe to consume. Based on their results, the scientists said they can determine changes in the physical properties of liquids. […]

  • Optimizing the growth of coatings on nanowire catalysts
    on 08/07/2019 at 17:12

    A chemical surface treatment boosts the catalytic activity of the wire-looking nanostructures for a key reaction in solar fuel production. […]

  • Istanbul: Seafloor study proves earthquake risk for the first time
    on 08/07/2019 at 17:11

    Istanbul is located in close proximity to the North Anatolian fault, a boundary between two major tectonic plates where devastating earthquakes occur frequently. Using an autonomous measuring system on the seafloor, researchers have now for the first time measured deformation underwater and detected a considerable build-up of tectonic strain below the Marmara Sea near Istanbul. […]

  • Cave secrets unlocked to show past drought and rainfall patterns
    on 08/07/2019 at 16:23

    Global trends in cave waters identify how stalagmites reveal past rainfall and drought patterns. […]

  • Producing graphene from carbon dioxide
    on 08/07/2019 at 16:23

    The general public knows the chemical compound of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere and because of its global-warming effect. However, carbon dioxide can also be a useful raw material for chemical reactions. A working group has now reported on this unusual application. They are using carbon dioxide as a raw material to produce graphene, a technological material which is currently the subject of intense study. […]

  • Thought experiment: Switzerland without fossil fuels. Can that succeed?
    on 08/07/2019 at 16:23

    A new study shows how much work still lies ahead of us if Switzerland is to do without fossil fuels in the future. There are two possible solutions: storing large amounts of energy in summer and limiting our demand in winter, or generating energy in the 'sunny south' or 'windy north' of the world and transporting it here. […]

  • Indian Ocean causes drought and heatwaves in South America
    on 08/07/2019 at 15:24

    Researchers have revealed that atmospheric waves originating from convection over the Indian Ocean had a dramatic impact on climate conditions over South America and South Atlantic, leading to drought and marine heatwaves. Importantly, these conditions are not a one-off and are likely to happen again. […]

  • Just the tonic! How an afternoon tipple made from peas could help save the rainforest
    on 08/07/2019 at 15:24

    Using peas instead of wheat to produce gin significantly reduces the carbon footprint associated with the process. This finding could be utilized in the production of other alcoholic drinks and greener biofuels, and could also help in the fight to save the rainforests. […]

  • Top climate risks for Canada, potential for adaptation
    on 08/07/2019 at 13:42

    An expert panel has identified Canada's top climate change risks and determined that many costs and damages could be avoided with prompt and thoughtful adaptation. […]

  • Snow algae thrive in high-elevation ice spires, an unlikely oasis for life
    on 08/07/2019 at 12:43

    High in the Andes Mountains, dagger-shaped ice spires house thriving microbial communities, offering an oasis for life in one of Earth's harshest environments as well as a possible analogue for life on other planets. […]

  • More 'reactive' land surfaces cooled the Earth down
    on 03/07/2019 at 17:40

    In a new study, researchers show that a paradigm on a global temperature drop that started around 15 million years ago cannot be upheld. With the help of a computer model they explain the Earth's cooling with an increased 'reactivity' of the land surface that has led to a decrease in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing the Earth's natural green house effect. […]

  • Why some cities turn off the water pipes at night
    on 02/07/2019 at 19:27

    For more than a billion people around the world, running water comes from water systems that turn on and off at certain times. A new article proposes a model to explain why and how these systems come to be -- and how they fit into meeting international targets for human development and safe drinking water. […]

  • Equations help predict the behavior of water in rivers
    on 02/07/2019 at 15:28

    Researchers developed a mathematical model that allows for anticipating the failure of dikes that hold in overflowing river water. […]

  • Remote but remarkable: Illuminating the smallest inhabitants of the largest ocean desert
    on 02/07/2019 at 15:27

    The South Pacific Gyre is an ocean desert. However, due to its vast size the microbial inhabitants of the South Pacific Gyre contribute significantly to global biogeochemical cycles. In an unparalleled investigation, scientists have now made a comprehensive inventory of the microbial community of the South Pacific Gyre. This insight was achieved through the development of a novel tool that enables the on-board analysis of the ocean's smallest inhabitants. […]

  • California forest die-off caused by depletion of deep-soil water
    on 02/07/2019 at 15:27

    The inability of long-rooted trees to reach their subsurface water supply in the Sierra Nevada mountain range led to widespread forest die-offs following the drought of 2012-2015. A new study provides a better understanding of the climatic and biological mechanisms in play. […]

  • Holy crocodiles
    on 02/07/2019 at 15:27

    Biologists have researched the cultural status of the reptiles in East Timor. […]

  • How to protect corals facing climate change
    on 01/07/2019 at 18:45

    The best way to protect corals threatened by climate change is to conserve a wide range of their habitats, according to a new study. The finding likely applies to conservation efforts for many other species in the ocean and on land, including trees and birds. […]

  • Environmentally friendly control of common disease infecting fish and amphibians
    on 01/07/2019 at 18:45

    Aquatic organisms in marine systems and freshwaters are threatened by fungal and fungal-like diseases globally. These pathogens are especially dreaded in aquaculture. But they also pose a threat to biodiversity of amphibians. There are few approved chemical means for combating these pathogens, and many have unwanted side-effects. Scientists now propose alternative biological concepts to control fungal disease in a more environmentally friendly way. […]

  • New measurements shed light on the impact of water temperatures on glacier calving
    on 01/07/2019 at 18:45

    Calving, or the breaking off of icebergs from glaciers, has increased at many glaciers along the west coast of Svalbard. Now, researchers have shown that, whilst subsurface water temperatures are the most important driver of frontal mass loss, they are not as important as previously thought. […]

  • New study solves mystery of salt buildup on bottom of Dead Sea
    on 01/07/2019 at 18:44

    New research explains why salt crystals are piling up on the deepest parts of the Dead Sea's floor, a finding that could help scientists understand how large salt deposits formed in Earth's geologic past. […]

  • Evolution of life in the ocean changed 170 million years ago
    on 01/07/2019 at 18:38

    New research identifies a previously overlooked global event which changed the course of the evolution of life in the oceans. It coincided with a rise in calcium carbonate-secreting plankton and their subsequent deposition on the ocean floor. […]

  • Largest-ever simulation of the Deepwater Horizon spill
    on 27/06/2019 at 20:48

    A team of researchers is conducting the largest-ever simulation of the Deepwater Horizon spill to determine more precisely where hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil dispersed following the drilling rig's explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. […]

  • Trees for water quality credits
    on 27/06/2019 at 17:40

    The more naturally verdant an area is, the more likely it will contribute to the general health of the habitats and the organisms in and around it. Sometimes, though, tracing these qualities to specific benefits can be a challenge. […]

  • How to produce natural gas while storing carbon dioxide
    on 27/06/2019 at 15:41

    New research shows that injecting air and carbon dioxide into methane ice deposits buried beneath the Gulf of Mexico could unlock vast natural gas energy resources while helping fight climate change by trapping the carbon dioxide underground. […]

  • The far-future ocean: Warm yet oxygen-rich
    on 27/06/2019 at 15:40

    The higher the temperature, the less gases are dissolved in the water. This simple physical relationship explains, among other things, the measurable loss of oxygen in the warming ocean. However, scientists have published a model study suggesting that despite warming and centuries of deoxygenation the ocean will contain more oxygen in 4000 years than today. The study explains inconsistencies in the oxygen budget of previous simulations, but also raises new questions. […]

  • Rice husks successfully used to remove microcystin toxins from water
    on 06/05/2019 at 17:22

    University of Toledo research identifies another potential -- and renewable -- tool to fight harmful algal blooms. […]

  • Water Now Inc. installs HydraSpin Mobile HS3000 unit in Oklahoma
    on 06/05/2019 at 17:20

    Five additional units expected to be installed this month. […]

  • EPA awards $3.9M for PFAS research
    on 03/05/2019 at 15:09

    Two grants for research to improve understanding of human and ecological exposure to PFAS in the environment awarded to university programs. […]

  • The Maine Road to a Water Career
    on 02/05/2019 at 19:45

    The imminent retirement of a large number of water and wastewater professionals will leave a gaping hole to fill as years of experience and historical knowledge go with them. Attracting new talent to the industry is critical. […]

  • The Value of WWEMA Membership
    on 02/05/2019 at 19:30

    Mike Dimitriou, president of WRT, details what he sees as both the personal and professional value to membership in the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association. […]

  • Standing out from the Cloud
    on 02/05/2019 at 19:24

    The UAE is leading the world in advancing rain enhancement science, demonstrating its vision and commitment to helping those in need in arid regions and beyond gain access to water. […]

  • Smart Water Monitoring Down Under
    on 02/05/2019 at 19:14

    Maintaining water quality requires constant monitoring and testing to ensure accurate measurements are being taken. Traditionally this has involved time-consuming calibration and maintenance. A shire council in New South Wales, Australia, however, has decided to do things differently. […]

  • Intelligent Analysis Is at Hand
    on 02/05/2019 at 19:08

    Most used for municipal distribution system monitoring, Hach’s new Pocket Colorimeter, the DR300, is ready for the data-driven world. […]

  • Promoting Cross-Sector One Water Solutions
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:59

    Traditionally, the planning and water management sectors have tended to collaborate solely within their own communities, but it is important to bridge this disconnect not just within a given community but also across communities. […]

  • Leveraging Digital Technology and Big Data for Better Water Utility Operations
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:49

    The digital and machine learning transformation will immensely improve the way water/wastewater is collected, transported, treated and utilized. […]

  • Confidently Manage, Share and Secure Your Data with Software-as-a-Service
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:44

    With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), utilities can gain a deeper understanding of their information while also managing, sharing and securing their data more easily than ever. […]

  • The Ratepayer Is Asking: What’s in It for Me?
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:41

    People hate surprises, at least on their utility bills. And some customers want to know if all of their conservation efforts are paying off, in real time. […]

  • Enhanced Protection Against Corrosion
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:38

    Standard polywrap creates a barrier between the surface of the pipe and corrosive soil. VB3™ Enhanced Polyethylene takes this a few steps further by actually fighting corrosion. […]

  • Potable Water Management 4.0
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:35

    Remotely monitored and unattended, automated plants must be considered an integrated part of today’s sustainable water management 4.0 technologies. […]

  • How to Apply and Maintain a Photometric/Colorimetric Analyzer
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:32

    Photometric/colorimetric analyzers can be used to monitor ammonium and orthophosphate. Keys to a successful installation are proper application and maintenance of the instrument. […]

  • True Water Management for EJ Water
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:18

    Early in 2014, Badger Meter offered a solution that would provide EJ Water with the water management system and the leading edge technology they were looking for. […]

  • Simplifying Remote Asset Security for South Lake Tahoe
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:15

    For South Tahoe, security, specifically safeguarding facility assets, is a top priority. However, remembering complex passwords and expecting administrators to track multiple passwords across resources presented challenges. […]

  • Preparing a Beachside City for Future Storm Events
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:12

    Long Branch, N.J., decided to retrofit its current drainage system with Proco ProFlex™ Style 730 and Proco ProFlex™ Style 790 duckbill check valves, which would allow the city to achieve its objectives without needing to modify much of its current infrastructure. […]

  • Reliable, Accurate Water Quality Testing
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:08

    Water quality testing requirements are diverse and complex. The kind of instrumentation needed to meet the needs of this exacting array of uses must be reliable, accurate, simple to use, and also must be very flexible. […]

  • Safer, Faster, Easier Pipe Cutting
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:05

    The ICS Utility power cutter addresses operator safety with its revolutionary grinding technology which virtually eliminates rotational kickback and improves operator positioning when cutting pipe. […]

  • PFAS solution for U.S. Air Force Base in Interior Alaska
    on 02/05/2019 at 18:02

    When Eielson Air Force Base, located in the interior of Alaska, found high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in its drinking water, it needed a solution that was effective, cost-efficient, and operable in extreme temperatures. […]

  • Control Total Organic Carbon and Trihalomethane Formation
    on 02/05/2019 at 17:51

    A comprehensive plan to reduce THM formation starts with the effective removal and monitoring of total organic carbon in the water treatment plant, which requires an accurate means to verify TOC levels in both the raw water and finished water. […]

  • Controlling Disinfectant Residuals
    on 02/05/2019 at 17:26

    Medora Corporation’s ResidualHQ© Automated Disinfectant Control is a continuous residual monitoring and disinfectant delivery platform for both chlorine and chloramine applications. […]

  • Chemical Metering Pump Replacement at Camp Pendleton
    on 02/05/2019 at 17:23

    Blue-White’s ProSeries-M® MD-3 pumps maintained an accurate and continuous flow, providing smooth chemical dosing and eliminating the need for a pulsation dampener at the major West Coast base of the United States Marine Corps. […]

  • Level Instrumentation Meets NSF Standards for Water Quality
    on 02/05/2019 at 17:20

    With the emergence of safety concerns over water quality in public water supplies, municipalities are making strides to better conform to preexisting and amended safety regulations. […]