If the sea floor is sinking, are we safe from sea level rise?

If the sea floor is sinking, are we safe from sea level rise?

Meltwater adds to sea level riseIra Block/National Geographic/Getty By Michael Le Page “We’ve measured sea level rise wrong for 20 years – and it’s higher than previously thought.” Well, no, not really. This is just one of the misleading headlines about the first study to try to work out how much the ocean floor is […]

Winter road salt, fertilizers turning North American waterways increasingly saltier

Winter road salt, fertilizers turning North American waterways increasingly saltier

Top Story Across North America, streams and rivers are becoming saltier, thanks to road deicers, fertilizers and other salty compounds that humans indirectly release into waterways. At the same time, freshwater supplies are becoming more alkaline or basic, the “opposite” of acidic. Salty, alkaline freshwater can create big problems for drinking water supplies, urban infrastructure […]

Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK

Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK

Tiny microbeads are too tiny to be filtered out using waste-water treatment processesScience History Images / Alamy Stock Photo By New Scientist Staff and Press Association A UK-wide ban on the manufacture of cosmetics and care products containing tiny pieces of plastic known as “microbeads” has come into force. The move is aimed at protecting […]

Biofungicide contains beneficial microbe to help plants fight fungal disease

Biofungicide contains beneficial microbe to help plants fight fungal disease

Top Story The Environmental Protection Agency has registered BASF’s new Velondis brand biofungicide seed treatment formulations, which contain a patented beneficial microbe to help plants fight fungal disease. With potential applications in agriculture, horticulture and forestry, the products are designed to boost the protection of seedlings and plants from key soil-borne diseases. The bacteria produce […]

Investigating improved wind forecasting to harness clean energy potential

Investigating improved wind forecasting to harness clean energy potential

Top Story Wind is a highly variable and intermittent source of energy, which means that integrating it into the power system can prove tricky. Therefore, when integrating wind energy into the power system, power companies will rely heavily on backups to manage against the sudden changes in wind energy. To deploy this juggling act efficiently […]

Tackle UK’s killer toxic air before waging war on ocean plastic

Tackle UK’s killer toxic air before waging war on ocean plastic

Levels of air pollution are dangerously high in many UK citiesGuy Bell/Alamy Stock Photo Two things are almost certain to happen soon. UK environment secretary Michael Gove, moved to urgent action, will publish a plan to tackle plastic pollution. At about the same time, the annual limits on toxic air will be passed in at […]

Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic

Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic

Top Story Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic. In the middle of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole, they discovered that the levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade. The finding indicates that large-scale changes are happening along the coast — because the source of […]

Researchers discover higher environmental impact from cookstove emissions

Researchers discover higher environmental impact from cookstove emissions

Top Story According to new quantitative research findings, particulate emissions from cookstoves in India have been underestimated. Researchers spent 20 days running a series of tests in Raipur, a city in central India, where more than three-quarters of the families use cookstoves to prepare their meals. Cookstoves are a central part of millions of homes […]

Baby skeleton from Alaska reveals origins of Native Americans

Baby skeleton from Alaska reveals origins of Native Americans

The excavation of the Upward Sun River infantsBen Potter By Andy Coghlan She probably died in her first year. But the skeleton of an infant girl who lived in Alaska 11,500 years ago has yielded tantalising new evidence for how and when people first colonised America. It reinforces a long-standing idea that the first settlers […]

Zooming in on protein to prevent kidney stones

Zooming in on protein to prevent kidney stones

Top Story Researchers have applied Nobel prize-winning microscope technology to uncover an ion channel structure that could lead to new treatments for kidney stones. In a recent study, researchers revealed atomic-level details of the protein that serves as a passageway for calcium across kidney cell membranes. Approximately 80 percent of kidney stones are comprised of […]