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Hello La Niña

November 10, 2016 – La Niña has arrived and is favored to stick around through winter. Forecasters say the climate phenomena will likely contribute to drier and warmer weather in the southern U.S. and wetter, cooler conditions in the Pacific Northwest and across to the northern tier of the nation this winter. NOAA scientists declared […]

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Reducing exposure to bisphenol A lowers levels of this environmental estrogen in women

NEW ROCHELLE, NY, Nov. 3, 2016 – Women who avoided foods, cosmetics, and other products packaged in BPA-containing plastic containers for 3 weeks had significant reductions in urinary levels of BPA, a commonly used “endocrine disruptor” associated with negative health effects including weight gain. Over the 3-week study period, the women who participated in an […]

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Study: West Coast record low snowpack in 2015 influenced by high temperatures

The western-most region of the continental United States set records for low snowpack levels in 2015 and scientists, through a new study, point the finger at high temperatures, not the low precipitation characteristic of past “snow drought” years. The study suggests greenhouse gases were a major contributor to the high temperatures, which doesn’t bode well […]

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Researchers Invent ‘Perfect’ Soap Molecule That Is Better for the Environment

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Oct. 26, 2016 – A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging […]

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World’s oldest tree species resistant to mountain pine beetle

LOGAN, Utah, October 20 2016 – Scientists have discovered that Great Basin bristlecone pine, which has the longest lifespan of any non-clonal organism worldwide, is highly resistance to mountain pine beetle. Mountain pine beetles, a native insect to western North America, have killed millions of trees in the last decade. Warming temperatures associated with climate […]