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Beijing Creates Anti-Smog Police to Fight Air Pollution

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:26:00 EST

Authorities in Beijing are taking new actions to resolve the city’s ongoing and harmful air pollution problem with the creation of an anti-smog police force — but will it help?Beijing’s acting mayor Cai Qi reportedly announced the initiative on Saturday, January 7. The dedicated branch of regulation enforcement will patrol the streets looking specifically for violations that could harm air quality, including open air barbecues, unlicensed burning of materials and improperly maintained roads.(image)



Affordable water in the US: A burgeoning crisis

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:13:00 EST

If water rates continue rising at projected amounts, the number of U.S. households unable to afford water could triple in five years, to nearly 36 percent, finds new research by a Michigan State University scholar.(image)



Farthest Stars in Milky Way Might Be Ripped from Another Galaxy

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:14:00 EST

The 11 farthest known stars in our galaxy are located about 300,000 light-years from Earth, well outside the Milky Way's spiral disk. New research by Harvard astronomers shows that half of those stars might have been ripped from another galaxy: the Sagittarius dwarf. Moreover, they are members of a lengthy stream of stars extending one million light-years across space, or 10 times the width of our galaxy.(image)



Louisiana Faces Faster Levels of Sea-Level Rise Than Any Other Land on Earth

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:49:00 EST

Louisiana—which faces faster levels of sea-level rise than any other land on Earth—could lose as many as 2,800 square miles of its coast over the next 40 years and about 27,000 buildings will need to be flood-proofed, elevated or bought out, the New Orleans Advocate reported.(image)



An ecological invasion mimics a drunken walk

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:32:00 EST

A theory that uses the mathematics of a drunken walk describes ecological invasions better than waves, according to Tim Reluga, associate professor of mathematics and biology, Penn State.(image)



Climate change and farming: let's be part of the solution!

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:23:00 EST

What with rising rainfall in the west, and hotter, drier summers in the east, British farmers place plenty of challenges from global warming, writes Anna Bowen. But there are also positive opportunities for agricultural innovators to adapt their farming systems to changing conditions, make their operations more resilient and sustainable, and make themselves part of the solution.(image)



Rocky mountain haze

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:53:00 EST

Many people head to the mountains in the summer to get above the haze of the cities and valleys. A new study finds that the haze could be catching up.(image)