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April 07, 2015

Which Type of Sustainable Rooftop Technology is Best in Cold Climates?

Sustainable rooftop technologies—including green roofs, white roofs, and solar photovoltaic panels—can provide great environmental benefits, but studies of these technologies often look only at their use in hot climates and do not assess their full environmental consequences.

March 16, 2015

The Dangers of Reintroducing Lions and Other Carnivores for Ecotourism

Ecotourism has motivated efforts to reintroduce lions to landscapes where they were not previously common. A new analysis conducted after 4 lions were reintroduced into the fenced Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa, reveals that lions might compete with humans in winter, spring, and autumn and with endemic herbivores in all seasons but winter.

March 16, 2015

Will Future Population Growth Be Limited by Freshwater Availability?

The global human population is growing faster than the water supply. Investigators recently analyzed various models and trends to assess both optimistic and pessimistic projections of future water use and shortages.

March 02, 2015

Human Activity May Be Supporting Growth of Harmful Algae in Lakes

Intensified land-use, sewage discharge, and climate change have likely favored disproportionate development of harmful algae in freshwaters. A new study found that blooms of one type of harmful algae, called cyanobacteria, have increased disproportionately over the past two centuries relative to other species, with the greatest increases since 1945.

March 02, 2015

New York City Climate Change Report Calls for More Research and Planning Efforts

A new report provides projections of New York City’s climate to the end of the century, noting that higher temperatures, heavy downpours, sea level rise, and intensified coastal flooding are the major climate hazards expected for the region.

February 24, 2015

Wiley Receives Nine Prestigious PROSE Awards

Hoboken, NEW JERSEY- February 20, 2015    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb), a global knowledge-based services provider, is honored to be the recipient of nine PROSE Awards for 2015.  The PROSE Awards recognize excellence in professional and scholarly publishing by highlighting distinguished books, journals and electronic content. 

February 17, 2015

Urbanization May Affect the Initiation of Thunderstorms

A study that assessed the impact of urban land use on the initiation of thunderstorms from 1997 to 2013 in the humid subtropical region of the southeast United States found that so-called isolated convective initiation events occur more often over the urban area of Atlanta compared with its surrounding rural counterparts. The findings confirm that human-induced changes in land cover in tropical environments lead to more thunderstorm initiation events.

February 02, 2015

Oceans' Increasing Mercury Levels May Be Harming Fish

Mercury contamination of ocean fish is a serious global health issue, and a new analysis of published reports reveals that the concentration of mercury in yellowfin tuna caught near Hawai’i is increasing at a rate ≥ 3.8 % per year.

January 20, 2015

Public Attitude Toward Tiger Farming and Tiger Conservation

The wild tiger Panthera tigris is considered critically endangered, and it faces unprecedented threats, including habitat loss and fragmentation, depletion of prey, and continued illegal poaching for trade of tiger bones for traditional medicine and skins for ornamentation and collection.

November 13, 2014

Ocean Carbon Uptake More Variable than Thought

The Earth's oceans are thought to have taken up about one quarter of the carbon dioxide (CO2) that humans pumped into the atmosphere in the past 2 decades. While this drives acidification and has consequences for sea life, it also moderates the rate of climate change.

November 07, 2014

Marin Katusa Explores How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp

In The Colder War, analyst Marin Katusa makes the case that Putin is exploiting Russia’s new role as the world’s leading energy supplier (the country exports more oil than the UAE, Kuwait and Iraq combined; has world’s largest natural gas reserves; and is the top uranium exporter) to strong-arm governments and reassert its global importance.

October 20, 2014

Moving Beyond Carbon Sequestration May Improve the Planet’s Health

Managing carbon flow into the atmosphere has been a central focus of efforts aimed at protecting the planet and addressing climate change. A new European Journal of Soil Science review proposes that we focus less on sequestering carbon to mitigate CO2 buildup and more on using wisely the energy it carries.

September 15, 2014

How Are Hybridized Species Affecting Wildlife?

Researchers who transplanted combinations of wild, domesticated, and domesticated-wild hybridized populations of a fish species to new environments found that within 5 to 11 generations, selection could remove introduced foreign genes from wild populations that hybridized with domesticated populations.

September 08, 2014

World’s Top Business Leaders Offer Their Insights on Uniting People, Profits and Planet for Lasting Profitability and Success in New Book

The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today's Profits With Tomorrow's Bottom Line (WILEY; July 2014; Hardcover & eBook; ISBN978-1-118-53969-9; $28.00) by John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz is based on the pioneer work of The B TEAM, a global nonprofit initiative redefining business as a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit.

September 03, 2014

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography to Publish with Wiley

John Wiley and Sons Inc. announced today its selection by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) to publish their highly regarded portfolio of journals focused on marine and inland water systems.

September 02, 2014

Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance provides a compelling model for the future of more effective local government; part of the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center’s Data-Smart City Solutions initiative.

August 27, 2014

An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy with Discussion Questions and a Guide to Going "Glocal"

Where Am I Eating? bridges the gap between global food producers and the American consumer, providing an insightful look at how our eating habits affect farmers and fishermen around the world. This new edition includes a study guide, a deeper explanation of the "glocal" concept, and advice for students looking to become engaged as both local and global citizens.

August 18, 2014

Did an Exceptional Iceberg Sink the Titanic?

While the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is typically blamed on human, design and construction errors, a new Significance paper points to 2 other unfavorable factors outside human control: there were a greater number of icebergs than normal that year, and weather conditions had driven them further south, and earlier in the year, than was usual.

August 18, 2014

Ocean warming could drive heavy rain bands toward the poles

In a world warmed by rising atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, precipitation patterns are going to change because of two factors: one, warmer air can hold more water; and two, changing atmospheric circulation patterns will shift where rain falls.

August 18, 2014

World’s Vegetated Areas Face Threats from Climate Change

Researchers who analyzed the vulnerability of ecosystems to climate change have found that between 10 and 28% of the world’s terrestrial vegetated area can be considered refugia, depending on whether or not wilderness areas are considered. Refugia are areas of biological diversity where natural environmental conditions remain relatively constant during times of great environmental change.

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