• Atrazine in US Drinking Water Found Widespread

    A widely used pesticide known to impact wildlife development and, potentially, human health has contaminated watersheds and drinking water throughout much of the United States, according to a new report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Banned by the European Union, atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in U.S. waters and is a known endocrine disruptor, which means that it affects human and animal hormones. >> Read the Full Article
  • World's Last Great Forest Under Threat: New Study

    The world's last remaining "pristine" forest -- the boreal forest across large stretches of Russia, Canada and other northern countries -- is under increasing threat, a team of international researchers has found. >> Read the Full Article
  • Bee genome gives killer clue to colony collapse disorder

    Beekeepers have seen hive after hive fall prey to colony collapse disorder (CCD). Now insights from the honeybee genome could overthrow guesswork in the effort to diagnose the cause of the die-offs. >> Read the Full Article
  • Dead Sea among 7 Natural Wonders finalists

    The Dead Sea is among 14 finalists in a global internet vote next year to choose the 7 wonders of the natural world, organizers said on Tuesday >> Read the Full Article
  • Signaling Pathway Ensures That Plants Remember To Flower

    Why do some plants blossom even when days are short and gray? >> Read the Full Article
  • Farmers Care About Trees Too

    Almost half of the world's farmland has at least 10 percent tree cover, according to a study on Monday indicating that farmers are far less destructive to carbon-storing forests than previously believed. "The area revealed in this study is twice the size of the Amazon, and shows that farmers are protecting and planting trees spontaneously," Dennis Garrity, Director General of the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, said in a statement. >> Read the Full Article
  • Advocates Renew Calls for Large-Scale Restoration of La.'s Coastal Wetlands

    Four years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the Louisiana coast, federal and state officials are making little progress in restoring the state's storm-buffering coastal wetlands. Now, restoration advocates and scientists are increasing calls for a solution that takes advantage of the Mississippi River's natural land-building power by reconnecting the sediment-laden river to its sediment-starved delta. >> Read the Full Article
  • Arctic Fisheries Get a New Plan – The Fish Would Approve

    Global Warming is opening up new areas for fishing. We don't know that much about the ecosystems in these areas since they have been under ice until recently. Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke approved a plan to prohibit the expansion of commercial fishing in federal Arctic waters until researchers gather sufficient information on fish and the Arctic marine environment to try to prevent adverse impacts of commercial harvesting activity on the ecosystem. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mercury Persists in Fish in Many Parts of US

    The U.S. Geological Survey released a study that showed mercury contamination in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the country. The work was part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) which provides an understanding of water-quality conditions such as whether conditions are getting better or worse over time and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions. Regional and national assessments are possible because of a consistent study design and uniform methods of data collection and analysis. >> Read the Full Article
  • Not from My Back Yard? Homes Pollute

    They say there's no place like home. But scientists are reporting some unsettling news about homes in the residential areas of California. The typical house there — and probably elsewhere in the country — is an alarming and probably underestimated source of water pollution, according to a new study reported today at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. >> Read the Full Article