Environment

The Ocean Matters More Than We Realize

The Ocean Matters More Than We Realize

At a time when the world faces a multitude of potential calamities – ranging from climate change to a struggling oil industry to rapid population growth – the solution could be all around us: Water.



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Tire Tragedy: When Recycling Goes Awry

Every year, California drivers generate more than 40 million used tires. Most of them are too beat up to be returned to the road, and until the early 1990s, two-thirds went to landfills, taking up space and costing municipalities money. Today, many are sold to companies on the other side of the Pacific, where they may be burned as fuel, returning to the North America as smog.


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What is Energy Star and why does it matter?

Years ago, you’d buy an appliance — perhaps a refrigerator or a lamp — and think nothing of plugging it into your wall and turning it on. You didn’t worry about how much energy it…




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Birth of a Hurricane

Researchers will fly into tropical weather disturbances and observe their transition into tropical storms. David T. Wright, NSF Summer storms are a regular feature in the North Atlantic, and while most pose little threat to…


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Sailing on Plastic Bottles

After sailing more than 8,000 nautical miles and spending 128 days crossing the Pacific, the world’s largest ocean, in a boat made of 12,500 plastic PET bottles, the Plastiki expedition and her crew have safely…


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Indian Ocean Sea-Level Rise Threatens Coastal Areas

The Indo-Pacific warm pool has a signifcant effect on the climate of surrounding lands. Indian Ocean sea levels are rising unevenly and threatening residents in some densely populated coastal areas and islands, a new study…