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Aerosols from Coniferous Forests No Longer Cool the Climate as Much

Emissions of greenhouse gases have a warming effect on the climate, whereas small airborne particles in the atmosphere, aerosols, act as a cooling mechanism. 

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Potentially Large Economic Impacts of Climate Change Can Be Avoided by Human Actions

People are less motivated to take actions if its outcome is uncertain, and this could be true for climate-related issues. 

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Plastic Teabags Release Microscopic Particles into Tea

Many people are trying to reduce their plastic use, but some tea manufacturers are moving in the opposite direction: replacing traditional paper teabags with plastic ones. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology have discovered that a soothing cup of the brewed beverage may come with a dose of micro- and nano-sized plastics shed from the bags. Possible health effects of ingesting these particles are currently unknown, the researchers say.

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Studies Link Air Pollution to Mental Health Issues in Children

Three new studies by scientists at Cincinnati Children’s, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cincinnati, highlight the relationship between air pollution and mental health in children.

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OSU Ecologist: Ocean-Based Actions Can Close Gaps in Climate Change Mitigation

Ocean-based actions have greater potential to fill in gaps in climate change mitigation than previously appreciated, an Oregon State University scientist and two co-authors explain in a paper published today in Science.

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New NOAA-USGS Model Provides Critical Data to Electrical Power Grid Operators

This week NOAA added a new model to its suite of tools designed to help the nation deal with space weather events.

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A Year Locked in Ice

The most ambitious research expedition ever to target the central Arctic got underway as the German icebreaker RV Polarstern pulled out of Tromso on September 20.

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Leaving More Deadwood in Forests Enhances Biodiversity

Increasing the amounts of deadwood in protected forests would help conserve biodiversity, according to a new University of Alberta review.

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Adjacent Possible

A visit to Eastern Edge Gallery in downtown St. John’s recently may have had people confused about whether or not they were in an art gallery or a computer science lab.

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Researcher Part of Climate Change Report Released at UN Climate Action Summit

Dr. Thierry Chopin, a professor of marine biology at UNB, is one of 19 international researchers and policy analysts who prepared a groundbreaking report for the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.

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