Category Archives: Environment

New method can selectively remove micropollutants from water

Electrochemical method can remove even tiny amounts of contamination. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be…

Study measures air pollution increase attributable to air conditioning

When summer temperatures rise and people turn to their air conditioners to stay cool, something else also increases: air pollution. A new study published Wednesday (May 3, 2017) in the…

Potential for Saudi Arabian coral reefs to shine

Careful marine management and stricter fishing laws could enable Saudi Arabia’s coral reefs to thrive. Marine surveys estimating fish population density and diversity are crucial to our understanding of how…

Nile faces greater variability

Climate change could lead to overall increase in river flow, but more droughts and floods, study shows. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The unpredictable annual flow of the Nile River is legendary, as…

Evaluating cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos

Researchers have developed a new method for assessing the cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos shared on a social-networking service. Data obtained with this method could help determine which…

Rice U. refines filters for greener natural gas

New study defines best materials for carbon capture, methane selectivity HOUSTON – Natural gas producers want to draw all the methane they can from a well while sequestering as much carbon…

Enormous swarms of midges teach about interconnected landscapes

Swarms of midges rise out of a lake in northern Iceland in such enormous numbers every spring and summer that they can impair breathing and darken the sky, giving the…

UW center helps determine Antarctica’s highest temperatures

The World Meteorological Organization today announced new records for the highest temperatures ever observed in three specific regions of Antarctica. The records are based on verified ground-recorded observations, including automatic…

Forest ‘islands’ offer refuge to wintering birds

The polar vortex of 2013 and 2014 brought the coldest winter many parts of the Midwest had experienced in decades. In Dane County, Wisconsin, it was the coldest it had…

Moving up the food chain can beat being on top

Rice ecologists: Smaller, younger predators have outsized effect on ecosystem HOUSTON – When it comes to predators, the biggest mouths may not take the biggest bite. According to a new…