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Lower Atmosphere Ozone Dropped 7% During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

The results of the new study contrast with ground level findings from recent studies in congested cities.

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Biological Assessment of World’s Rivers Presents Incomplete but Bleak Picture

An international team of scientists, including two from Oregon State University, conducted a biological assessment of the world’s rivers and the limited data they found presents a fairly bleak picture.

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Researchers Demonstrate New Method to Track Genetic Diversity of Salmon, Trout

Scientists at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service have demonstrated that DNA extracted from water samples from rivers across Oregon and Northern California can be used to estimate genetic diversity of Pacific salmon and trout.

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Northern Hemisphere Cold Surges Result of Arctic and Tropical Pacific Synergistic Effects

China is just one of many countries in the Northern Hemisphere having what researchers are calling an “extremely cold winter,” due in part to both the tropical Pacific and the Arctic, according to an analysis of temperatures from Dec. 1, 2020, to mid-January of 2021.

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Release of Nutrients From Lake-Bottom Sediments Worsens Lake Erie’s Annual ‘Dead Zone,’ Could Intensify as Climate Warms

Robotic laboratories on the bottom of Lake Erie have revealed that the muddy sediments there release nearly as much of the nutrient phosphorus into the surrounding waters as enters the lake’s central basin each year from rivers and their tributaries.

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Human Impact on Solar Radiation Levels for Decades

In the late 1980s and 1990s, researchers at ETH Zurich discovered the first indications that the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface had been steadily declining since the 1950s. 

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Poor Swelter as Urban Areas of U.S. Southwest Get Hotter

Acres of asphalt parking lots, unshaded roads, dense apartment complexes and neighborhoods with few parks have taken their toll on the poor. 

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Songbirds' Reproductive Success Reduced by Natural Gas Compressor Noise

Some songbirds are not dissuaded by constant, loud noise emitted by natural gas pipeline compressors and will establish nests nearby. 

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Tuning Electrode Surfaces to Optimize Solar Fuel Production

Scientists have demonstrated that modifying the topmost layer of atoms on the surface of electrodes can have a remarkable impact on the activity of solar water splitting.

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