Why more hospital visits occur just before a thunderstorm

To investigate the link between thunderstorms and ER visits, researchers analyzed lots of data from the National Weather Service and Medicare.

U. Oregon • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: storms air-pollution weather earth-and-environment health-and-medicine emergency-medicine

Your wash cycle pollutes the land and the ocean

Thanks in part to our taste for "fast fashion" made from synthetic microfibers, our washing machines aren't just polluting the ocean, but the land, too.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability pollution consumers earth-and-environment clothing plastics

Female leopards are early birds, males are night owls

Scientists thought leopards were most active at dusk, but a new study shows it's not so cut and dry. Females are early birds and males are active at night.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species science-and-technology earth-and-environment time predators

When it gets hot, asphalt boosts city air pollution

Asphalt is a significant source of air pollutants in urban areas, especially on hot and sunny days, researchers report.

William Weir-Yale • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cities air-pollution heat featured earth-and-environment

National parks may also preserve trait diversity

In addition to providing homes for endangered and threatened species, national parks can protect the trait diversity of mammals, new research finds.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation mammals endangered-species ecosystems earth-and-environment national-parks costa-rica

Plant-based device could charge cars in minutes

A new green supercapacitor is flexible, lightweight, and cost-effective. It could charge your devices way faster, too, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability electricity materials-science mobile-devices science-and-technology earth-and-environment supercapacitor

Blame milkweed loss for steep monarch declines

Loss of milkweed is the most likely reason for the incredible loss of monarchs, a new study of 1.4 million butterflies shows.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation insects plants butterflies earth-and-environment

The ocean’s chemistry isn’t the same everywhere

A new study overturns a 130-year-old assumption about the chemistry of seawater. The main finding? It's not stay the same across the whole ocean.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry oceans ecosystems earth-and-environment salt ions

Climate change makes ‘wildfire weather’ worse

With unusual lightning storms sparking intense wildfires engulfing California, experts warn that rising temperatures will make the situation worse.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change wildfire weather earth-and-environment lightning

Forests recover from logging faster with a bit of help

When forests get a little restoration nudge after logging, they recover much faster than when left to regenerate on their own, researchers report.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change biodiversity forests deforestation earth-and-environment

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