What’s increasing the concentration of nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas, in our atmosphere? According to a new study, this increase is due mainly to the use of N-based fertilizers.
Biodiversity is a tricky thing. You can walk into a place and feel like you’re in a beautifully diverse landscape, full of a vast array of life. Stand in a marsh, and you’ll feel surrounded by waving reeds and bird song. However, if this marshland ecosystem has been damaged by development, cut off from the [...]
Mountaintop mining is a controversial issue, generating protests among local communities in West Virginia and other areas. A study released today by scientists at Duke University in North Carolina has focused more closely on the impacts which mountaintop mining can have upon the water chemistry of the surrounding areas. Mountaintop Mining: a Controversial Process Mountaintop [...]
If we’d been able to look into the future of oil, would we have done things differently? What type of energy would power our homes and factories today? If those who first started to use oil to power homes and factories and cars had understood the large-scale environmental implications of their actions, would they have [...]
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has changed our society remarkably in the last few years. Although its effects on our everyday lives is obvious, the effects that this technology may have on the environment are much less clear and seldom talked about. A recent article published in Nature, however, covers this topic in detail. ICT: [...]