Environment News

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:00

A new study shows that the first meal influences how the lizards disperse from their birthplaces, how they grow, and whether they survive. For young lizards born into this unpredictable world, their very first meal can be a major life changer.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 09:04

A new report on sea level rise recommends that the State of Maryland should plan for a rise in sea level of as much as 2 feet by 2050. Led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report was prepared by a panel of scientific experts in response to Governor Martin O’Malley’s Executive Order on Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction. The projections are based on an assessment of the latest climate change science and federal guidelines.

 

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 14:48

The oxygen content of the ocean may be subject to frequent ups and downs in a very literal sense — that is, in the form of the numerous sea creatures that dine near the surface at night then submerge into the safety of deeper, darker waters at daybreak.

 

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 12:36

Scientists have long known that seeds gobbled by birds and dispersed across the landscape tend to fare better than those that fall near parent plants where seed-hungry predators and pathogens are more concentrated.

 

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 14:51

Since the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts in in the Earth's upper atmosphere in 1958, space scientists have believed that these belts consisted of two doughnut-shaped rings of highly charged particles — an inner ring of high-energy electrons and energetic positive ions, and an outer ring of high-energy electrons.

 

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 11:05

 A new study shows that internal rhythm of harvested vegetables such as cabbage can be altered by changing light-dark cycles. In this new report, the scientists showed how manipulation of circadian rhythms caused cabbage to produce more phytochemicals, including antioxidants. The findings suggest that storing fruits and vegetables in dark trucks, boxes and refrigerators may reduce their ability to keep daily rhythms.