USGS studies that took place in Maryland, Nebraska, Indiana, California and Washington are shedding light on the way that agricultural fertilizers make their way through aquifers to nearby waterways. According to USGS scientists, nutrient transport from agricultural fields, including nitrogen and phosphorus compounds, is one of the most serious environmental problems throughout the world because it can cause adverse effects on aquatic ecosystems and/or drinking water supplies. Read more here.
A new report has stated that malaria deaths worldwide are as much as 2 times higher than the World Health Organization reports. However, not everyone concurs. The UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is quoted, read more here.
Gordon Holtgrieve, first author of the newly released Science paper.
Nitrogen pollution from human activities can be found in lake bed sediments from over 100 years ago, and in areas thousands of miles away from any city, farm or factory, CoEnv scientists have found. SAFS’ Gordon Holtgrieve, Daniel Schindler and Lauren Rogers, and others, published these results in the December 16 issue of Science. Their findings are based on the chemical composition of lake bed sediments from 36 different lakes, and mark both the time and the planetary scale at which nitrogen pollution has effected ecosystems. Read the UW News story here.
SAFS’ Thomas Quinn is a co-author of an opinion piece in the Cordova Times. The article discusses the ineffectiveness of the 1872 Mining Law in regulating today’s mines and their effects. Read it here.
The existence of Kepler 22b, a planet circling a star in the constellation Lyra, some 600 light years away, has been confirmed as being within the “Goldilocks zone” for liquid water to exist. Read more here.
New data from a poll commissioned by EarthFix reveals a majority of Northwest residents believe consuming less and making lifestyle changes is the best way to address the economy. They also believe that the threat of climate change requires us to do the same. But the holidays can make it hard to abide by that goal to change habits and consume less. Read more here.
As the planet’s population pushes past the 7 billion mark, the Pacific Northwest will see the greatest population growth of any region in America in the future, according to Peter Ward, professor of Earth and Space Sciences. Read more here.