Category Archives: Environment

Gentrification Changes the Personality Makeup of Cities in a Short Time

AUSTIN, Texas —A study of almost 2 million U.S. residents across 199 cities shows that rising housing costs may drive increases in “openness” of character among residents of a city — all in well under a decade. The findings, published in the journal American Psychologist, indicate that increasing affluence can rapidly change a city’s personality by attracting certain types of newcomers and by changing the environment around established residents. (more…)

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Imaging technique could help identify where landslides

New approach developed by UCLA’s Seulgi Moon

Each year, landslides kill thousands of people around the world and cause catastrophic property damage. But scientists are still trying to better understand the circumstances that cause them. Doing so would go a long way toward helping people predict where landslides could occur and how severe they might be. (more…)

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‘Slow Slip’ Earthquakes’ Hidden Mechanics Revealed

Texas — Slow slip earthquakes, a type of slow motion tremor, have
been detected at many of the world’s earthquake hotspots, including
those found around the Pacific Ring of Fire, but it is unclear how
they are connected to the damaging quakes that occur there.
Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have now revealed the
earthquakes’ inner workings using seismic CT scans and
supercomputers to examine a region off the coast of New Zealand known
to produce them.

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Recycling – Cardboard Balers Help You Get Money from Trash the Easy Way

Why recycle?

Why do we need to recycle cardboards? Why not just dump them at the landfills and let them rot back to their organic origins? Well, there are a number of reasons why we need and indeed should recycle cardboard boxes and pieces; but probably the easiest answer to that question is simply because we can. However, conserving the environment while preserving our natural resources, cutting down on carbon emissions, saving money through reuse of resources and so on also form good arguments as to why we should recycle.  (more…)

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Letzte Warm­zeit: Ver­stärk­te Er­wär­mung in Berg­regio­nen

Tropfsteine wie ein Lottogewinn: Stalagmiten aus zwei Höhlen in den Schweizer Alpen ermöglichen erstmals eine durchgehende Rekonstruktion der Temperaturen im letzten Interglazial. Paul Wilcox vom Institut für Geologie zeigt in einer nun publizierten Studie, dass hochalpine Gebiete von stärkeren Temperatur-Zunahmen betroffen waren als niedrigere Lagen. (more…)

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Bessere Frühwar­nung vor Mega­stür­men

Der Verlauf einiger der stärksten Stürme der Erde kann dank neuer Forschungsergebnisse nun deutlich besser prognostiziert werden: Ein internationales Team rund um Cornelia Klein vom Institut für Atmosphären- und Kryosphärenwissenschaften der Uni Innsbruck untersuchte diese Megastürme in der Sahelzone und erarbeitete einen Vorsprung von bis zu sechs Stunden. (more…)

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Decoding the Skies: The Impact of Water Vapor on Afternoon Rainfall

The role of incoming water vapor in rainfall has been a complex area of study, but new research shows water vapor is a vital piece of the puzzle.

The role that atmospheric water vapor plays in weather is complex and not clearly understood. However, University of Arizona researchers have started to tease out the relationship between morning soil moisture and afternoon rainfall under different atmospheric conditions in a new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. (more…)

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