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Gulf Spill Oil Dispersants Associated with Health Symptoms in Cleanup Workers
September 19, 2017 03:36 PM - NIH / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Workers who were likely exposed to dispersants while cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill experienced a range of health symptoms including cough and wheeze, and skin and eye irritation, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study appeared online Sept. 15 in Environmental Health Perspectives and is the first research to examine dispersant-related health symptoms in humans.

New Method to Estimate Abundance, Detect Trends in North Atlantic Right Whales Confirms Recent Population Decline
September 19, 2017 03:18 PM - NOAA

NOAA Fisheries researchers and colleagues at the New England Aquarium have developed a new model to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of endangered North Atlantic right whales, which have declined in numbers and productivity in recent years.  The findings were published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.

Rebuilding from 2011 Earthquake, Japanese Towns Choose to Go Off the Grid
September 19, 2017 03:12 PM - Yale Environment 360

Many of the cities in northern Japan damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami are building back their electric grids with renewable energy and micro-grids — bucking the nation’s old, centralized utility system by making communities in the region self-sufficient in generating electricity, Reuters reported.

UK oil and gas reserves may last only a decade
September 19, 2017 02:45 PM - University of Edinburgh

The Scottish and UK oil industries are entering their final decade of production, research suggests.

A study of output from offshore fields estimates that close to 10 per cent of the UK’s original recoverable oil and gas remains – about 11 per cent of oil and nine per cent of gas resources.

The analysis also finds that fracking will be barely economically feasible in the UK, especially in Scotland, because of a lack of sites with suitable geology.

NASA Sees Tropical Depression Norma's Small Area of Strength
September 19, 2017 02:42 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite has revealed that the area of strongest storms within now Tropical Depression Norma has diminished. 

NASA Looks Within Category 5 Hurricane Maria Before and After First Landfall
September 19, 2017 02:38 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Satellite data is enabling forecasters to look inside and outside of powerful Hurricane Maria. A NASA animation of satellite imagery shows Hurricane Maria's first landfall on the island of Dominica. NASA's GPM satellite provided a 3-D look at the storms within that gave forecasters a clue to Maria strengthening into a Category 5 storm, and NASA's Aqua satellite gathered temperature data on the frigid cloud tops of the storm.

Satellites that Measure Ice Loss to Go Dark
September 19, 2017 11:46 AM - Yale Environment 360

The twin satellites that have been critical in measuring the world’s melting ice sheets for 15 years will soon shut down — months before their replacement is launched into orbit, NASA announced, creating a gap in the ice data record that has been instrumental in studying the impacts of global warming.

Black Sea Water Temperatures May Buck Global Trend
September 19, 2017 11:11 AM - European Commission Joint Research Centre

Average surface temperatures of the Black Sea may not have risen, according to the surprising results of a new study from the JRC.

Heather Kulik: Innovative modeling for chemical discovery
September 19, 2017 11:05 AM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Without setting foot from her office, Heather Kulik, the Joseph R. Mares '24 Career Development Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, is charting unknown worlds. Her discoveries plumb “vast regions of chemical space,” she says, a domain comprised of combinations of chemical elements that do not yet exist. “Best estimates indicate that we have likely made or studied only about 1 part in 10 to the 50th of that chemical space,” she says.

Exposure to Pet and Pest Allergens During Infancy Linked to Reduced Asthma Risk
September 19, 2017 11:02 AM - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Children exposed to high indoor levels of pet or pest allergens during infancy have a lower risk of developing asthma by 7 years of age, new research supported by the National Institutes of Health reveals. The findings, published September 19 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, may provide clues for the design of strategies to prevent asthma from developing.

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