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Finned sharks. Photo by Sebastián Losada, Wikipedia Commons.
Finned sharks. Photo by Sebastián Losada, Wikipedia Commons.


Are We Winning The War Against Shark Fin Soup?

By Graham Land The swelling tide of new money in Asia has resulted in some serious conservation concerns. Rapid economic growth in countries like China and Vietnam has equipped millions who were previously excluded from enjoying luxury goods with unprecedented buying power. As a result, the thirst for items associated with status and mythical healing […]

The "ceremonial" South Pole, at Amundsen–Scott Station, Antarctica
The "ceremonial" South Pole, at Amundsen–Scott Station, Antarctica


Antarctic Subglacial Lake Holds Viable Microbial Ecosystems

In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) this week published a paper confirming that the waters and sediments of a lake that lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the surface of the West […]

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Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines That Run On Solar Or Wind Power – Analysis

By Andrew Topf Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable energy to cut costs and lighten their carbon footprint. At first blush, mining and renewable energy seem incongruous. Mining’s reputation as a […]

Satellites observed the largest ozone hole over Antarctica in 2006. Purple and blue represent areas of low ozone concentrations in the atmosphere; yellow and red are areas of higher concentrations. Image Credit: NASA
Satellites observed the largest ozone hole over Antarctica in 2006. Purple and blue represent areas of low ozone concentrations in the atmosphere; yellow and red are areas of higher concentrations. Image Credit: NASA


Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Says

NASA research shows Earth’s atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide. Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning and as a fire-extinguishing agent, was regulated in 1987 under the Montreal Protocol along with other chlorofluorocarbons […]

Sunset in the Orinoco river basin. Credit: Ana M. Aldana, WIkipedia Commons.
Sunset in the Orinoco river basin. Credit: Ana M. Aldana, WIkipedia Commons.


Solar Energy That Doesn’t Block The View

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that […]