Warming Seas Could Lead to 70 Percent Increase in Hurricane-related Financial Loss
October 16, 2017 04:39 PM - University of Vermont

If oceans warm at a rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nation-sponsored group that assesses climate change research and issues periodic reports, expected financial losses caused by hurricanes could increase more than 70 percent by 2100, according to a University of Vermont study just published in the journal Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure.

Tai Chi Holds Promise as Cardiac Rehab Exercise
October 11, 2017 08:48 AM - American Heart Association

The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation, according to preliminary research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

How to Help Californians Affected by the North Bay Wildfires
October 10, 2017 04:21 PM - S.E. SMITH

Fast-moving wildfires are devastating parts of Northern California, including Sonoma and Napa Counties, just north of the Bay Area. Victims — and their animals — displaced by evacuation orders and property loss need your help.

Birds Reveal Importance of Good Neighbours for Health and Aging
October 10, 2017 12:20 PM - University of East Anglia

Birds who live next door to family members or to other birds they know well are physically healthier and age more slowly, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Conservationists' Eco-Footprints Suggest Education Alone Won't Change Behaviour
October 10, 2017 11:59 AM - University of Cambridge

Conservationists work to save the planet, and few are as knowledgeable when it comes to the environmental pressures of the Anthropocene.

Climate Change Will Make for More Turbulent Flights
October 4, 2017 04:19 PM - Yale Environment 360

Climate change will significantly increase the incidence of severe turbulence worldwide — as much as tripling it in some spots — by mid-century, resulting in much bumpier flights and a rise in costly in-flight injuries, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Energy technologies get a boost toward commercial use
September 26, 2017 05:53 PM - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Six energy technologies that do everything from protect fish to monitor the health of flow batteries are getting a boost at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

DOE is awarding PNNL nearly $1.5 million to bring six technologies closer to commercial use. The projects were announced today by DOE's Office of Technology Transitions, which selected them for funding from its Technology Commercialization Fund. The technologies show great promise, but need further development to improve their potential use in commercial products or services.

Study Shows Diet and Exercise Improve Treatment Outcomes for Obese Pediatric Cancer Patients
September 21, 2017 01:46 PM - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Diet and exercise may improve treatment outcomes in pediatric cancer patients, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.

Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction
September 20, 2017 02:44 PM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. These globally fatal perturbations in carbon each unfolded over thousands to millions of years, and are coincident with the widespread extermination of marine species around the world. 

Low-Level Radiation Less Harmful to Health Than Other Lifestyle Risks
September 13, 2017 11:02 AM - University of Oxford

Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear.  Mixed messages about the safety of low doses of radiation from different sources have created confusion for the public and for policy makers.  

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