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    Is Wood the Climate-Friendly Urban Building Material of the Future?

    Is Wood the Climate-Friendly Urban Building Material of the Future?

    One of the challenges urban planners face as they attempt to fashion climate-friendly cities is how to construct new buildings. Common materials steel and cement are notoriously difficult to decarbonize, yet the number of people living in cities could increase to 80 percent of the total population by 2100, potentially requiring more new construction between […]

    EPA Proposes Regulating Two Common ‘Forever Chemicals’ Under Superfund Law

    EPA Proposes Regulating Two Common ‘Forever Chemicals’ Under Superfund Law

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a major step on Friday towards regulating the toxic substances known as “forever chemicals” for their tendency to persist in the environment and the human body.  The agency announced a proposal to list two of the most common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the […]

    History of Manatees Across World’s Oceans Tracked by New Research

    History of Manatees Across World’s Oceans Tracked by New Research

    Manatees, large herbivores that grace the world’s coastal marine waters, estuaries, rivers, swamps and marine wetlands, are gentle creatures often referred to as “sea cows.” Their enormous size — an average manatee is ten feet long and weighs 1,200 pounds — might remind you of their closest relative, the elephant. According to Ocean Today, manatees […]

    Study Shows How Warming May Have Released Sea Floor Methane in the Past

    Study Shows How Warming May Have Released Sea Floor Methane in the Past

    One of the biggest concerns about the climate crisis is that warming temperatures could trigger additional releases of greenhouse gas emissions that would in turn generate more warming. One example is the melting of the Arctic permafrost. Another is the release of methane from the world’s oceans. Now, scientists have found evidence that this latter […]