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Air from laundry machines using the top-selling scented liquid detergent and dryer sheet contains hazardous chemicals, including two that are classified as carcinogens.

laundry basket

Climate is changing fire patterns in the west in a way that could markedly change the face of Yellowstone National Park, according to new research.


Stanford researchers say climate change will put the squeeze on many California premium wine grape growers, but a new study recommends steps to keep their vineyards from suffering.

Wine grapes

University of Minnesota engineering researchers discover new source for generating 'green' electricity.

Martin Saar, an Earth sciences faculty member

Large areas of the globe are likely to warm up so quickly that by the middle of this century even the coolest summers will be hotter than the hottest summers of the past 50 years.

Increased greenhouse gas emissions could lead to permanently hotter summers

It may not be possible to prevent total destruction from the most powerful tornadoes such as those which just struck the South, but better building practices and code enforcement could help with the lesser storms.

Roof collapse

Technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are unlikely to offer an economically feasible way to slow human-driven climate change for several decades.

carbon dioxide emmision

The huge tsunami triggered by the 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake destroyed coastal towns, washing such things as houses and cars into the ocean. Projections of where this debris might head have been made.

The mass of debris stretches for miles off the Honshu Coast

With birds chirping and temperatures warming , spring is finally in the air. But for University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) environmental chemist Torsten Meyer, springtime has a dark side.

Tulip in spring snow

A hurricane-like superstorm expected to hit California once every 200 years would cause devastation to the state’s businesses unheard of even in the Great Recession, a USC economist warns.

A flood map of the greater Los Angeles area provided by the U.S. Geological Surv

UC Davis experiment with ants, lizards and seaweed on a dozen Caribbean islands shows that predicting the effects of environmental change on complex natural ecosystems requires a large laboratory.

UC Davis researcher Jonah Piovia-Scott conducts a lizard census on Island 214

Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change.

Satellite Instrument

If humans don’t moderate their use of fossil fuels, there is a real possibility that we will face the environmental, societal and economic consequences of climate change faster than we can adapt to them.

Lonnie Thompson

A climate and weather monitoring system developed at Oregon State University will be used to help underwrite and verify claims of crop losses to improve services to farmers and prevent abuse in crop insurance program.

Wheat fields

Scientists demonstrate that atmospheric aerosols above the Amazon rainforest are mainly produced by biological sources and are able to draw conclusions about the mechanisms of this ecosystem.

Formation of clouds and precipitation. Image: MPI for Chemistry

A UA-led team of geologists reports that glaciers can help actively growing mountains become taller – contrary to the conventional view that the only role for glaciers in mountain formation is shrinking them through erosion.

This is the south flank of glaciated Cordillera Darwin

Scientists from OSU and China have identified a series of potentially harmful compounds in the smoke emitted from a "roasting" process used to recycle electronic waste.

electronic waste

While Arctic sea ice has been diminishing in recent decades, the Antarctic sea ice extent has been increasing slightly.

sea ice

An international science team involving the University of Colorado at Boulder hit bedrock, drilling down more than 1.5 miles in an effort to help assess the risks of abrupt future climate change on Earth.

Deep ice cores from the last interglacial period

Preliminary research found that framing climate change as a public health problem seems to make the issue more relevant, significant and understandable to members of the public.

Eating apple - Photo by Gary Scott


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