Aquaponic garden systems use fish feces as natural fertilizers. In return, the plants grow faster and naturally filter the water before returning it to the fish. This system ensures environmental sustainability.
Climate change could warm ocean water temperatures to the point where king crabs could migrate to shallower Antarctica waters, drastically altering marine fauna along the continental shelf and causing widespread reduction in biodiversity.
Widespread drought and wildfires are threatening historic groves of Giant Sequoias in California. Since more extreme droughts are expected in the future, a recent study examined areas that need the most attention to prevent tree loss.
A recent eradication process removed 242 non-native arctic foxes from Chirikof Island in Alaska. The invasive species was originally introduced for fur farming but has since become a nuisance, threatening natural habitats and bird populations.
People are advised to eat increased amounts of seafood, bur almost half of it is wasted each year. Since overfishing, pollution and climate change are already impacting fish populations, scientists are examining ways to reduce waste in order to sustain future demands.
Two Iceland brothers have developed a powerful, lightweight wind turbine that's versatile and powerful enough to charge cell phones, power a TV and small appliances and even charge electric cars.
Microbiologists recently discovered a way to combat worldwide ocean dead zones that are attributed to nitrogen-based fertilizers. Naturally occurring bacteria called rhizobia could replace nitrogen in fertilizer once more is learned about one of its genes called HrrP. Reduced nitrogen runoff would translate into fewer ocean dead zones.
A Duke University study provides the first comprehensive assessment of fracking's total water footprint.
Researchers suggest that the few scattered populations of wild rhinoceros should be consolidated and better managed. In their study, they also identified forest protection zones that could benefit the animals and they recommend breeding to create viable populations.
China successfully used conservation methods to preserve giant panda populations, but researchers have pointed out some ways that a broader series of efforts could help other animals.
New eco-friendly construction materials called BioSIPs were developed by a University of Colorado Denver professor and former graduate student. The two were recently awarded a patent for their design.
Pharmaceuticals that pass through sewage treatment plants contaminate drinking water sources. Scientists from the American Chemical Society have recently developed a way to re-design chemical structures of medicines so that they can easily biodegrade instead.
In addition to the raging wildfires, the Pacific Northwest lowlands are experiencing devastation in mountain pond habitats as a result of climate change. According to recent forecast models, this just may be new norm that amphibians have to get used to.
COTSbot to the rescue! A robotics team has developed a robot to eliminate the invasive crown-of-thorns (COTS) starfish, which is a huge threat to the Great Barrier Reef. What next, a robot for Lionfish in U.S. waters?