Scientists have broken the stereotype that winter is an off-season for lake plants, animals, and algae. Freshwater systems around the planet are incredibly active and much more complex, especially in recent times since climate change is warming lakes around the planet.
One of the known green energy sources is the electrolysis of water to get hydrogen fed into fuel cell vehicles, but this is in exchange of expensive catalysts and higher energy demands to split water. With the current technology created by a group of researchers, they have figured out a new catalyst that is way cheaper than the usual and is eyed for a clean energy source in the future.
Called "extremophiles," certain small fish are predisposed to remain lively and (well) alive in toxic waters when other fish cannot do so.
Algae blooms are expected to devastate lakes in the next decades, as a direct result of climate change and warming waters. This could be potentially devastating for local ecosystems and those that depend on these freshwater reservoirs.
Every year, monarch butterflies migrate south or west to escape cold northern climates. To better understand this annual migration, reseachers from Washington State University have been breeding and releasing butterflies that are labeled with identification stickers.