USGS finds US aquifers being drawn down at accelerating rate

Read the full story from Green Car Congress. A new US Geological Survey study finds that US aquifers are being drawn down at an accelerating rate. Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900-2008) comprehensively evaluates long-term cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers (distinct underground water storage areas) in the United States, bringing together reliable …

New NOAA report examines national oil pollution threat from shipwrecks

NOAA presented to the U.S. Coast Guard today a new report that finds that 36 sunken vessels scattered across the U.S. seafloor could pose an oil pollution threat to the nation’s coastal marine resources. Of those, 17 were recommended for further assessment and potential removal of both fuel oil and oil cargo. The sunken vessels …

Can biochar and hydrochar stability be assessed with chemical methods?

Naisse, Christophe, Marie Alexis, Alain Plante, Katja Wiedner, Bruno Glaser, Alessandro Pozzi, Christopher Carcaillet, Irene Criscuoli, and Cornélia Rumpel. (2013). "Can Biochar and Hydrochar Stability be Assessed with Chemical Methods?" Organic Geochemistry, online ahead of print. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orggeochem.2013.04.011. Abstract: Field application of biochar is intended to increase soil carbon (C) storage. The assessment of C storage …

Canary Database: Animals as Sentinels of Human Environmental Health Hazards

This database is an index of scientific studies from MEDLINE, CAB Abstracts, and Agricola regarding evidence of animals as "early warning" sentinels of human health hazards. From their mission statement: The Canary Database aims to overcome scientific barriers which limit the use of animal sentinel data for early recognition of human environmental health hazards. These …