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'Realistic' new model points the way to more efficient and profitable fracking
Making ammonia 'greener'
Feds, states can help biochar live up to its soil-saving potential
New mathematical model can help save endangered species
Integrated pathways for meeting climate targets and ensuring access to safe water
Kids: Connection to nature lessens distress, hyperactivity and behavioral problems
New policy design needed to tackle global environmental threat


'Realistic' new model points the way to more efficient and profitable fracking



Posted: 11 Jan 2019 04:25 PM PST


A new computational model could potentially boost efficiencies and profits in natural gas production by better predicting previously hidden fracture mechanics. It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process.


Making ammonia 'greener'



Posted: 11 Jan 2019 11:37 AM PST


Researchers have come up with a new way to create ammonia from nitrogen and water at low temperature and low pressure. They've done it successfully so far in a laboratory without using hydrogen or the solid metal catalyst necessary in traditional processes.


Feds, states can help biochar live up to its soil-saving potential



Posted: 11 Jan 2019 08:28 AM PST


Researchers have assembled current and potential sources of government support to promote the production and use of biochar, which helps preserve valuable soil, enhance agricultural production, improve local air quality and sequester carbon dioxide.


New mathematical model can help save endangered species



Posted: 11 Jan 2019 08:28 AM PST


One of the greatest challenges in saving endangered species is to predict if an animal population will die out. Accurate and reliable models are crucial for conservationists.


Integrated pathways for meeting climate targets and ensuring access to safe water



Posted: 11 Jan 2019 06:51 AM PST


Researchers have led work to develop new pathways showing how the world can develop water and energy infrastructure consistent with both the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) -- ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.


Kids: Connection to nature lessens distress, hyperactivity and behavioral problems



Posted: 11 Jan 2019 06:51 AM PST


A new 16-item parent questionnaire (CNI-PPC) to measure 'connectedness to nature' in very young children has been developed by Dr. Sobko and her collaborator Professor Gavin Brown, Director of the Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit at the University of Auckland. The results revealed that parents who saw their child had a closer connection with nature had less distress, less hyperactivity, and fewer behavioral and emotional difficulties, and improved pro-social behavior.


New policy design needed to tackle global environmental threat



Posted: 11 Jan 2019 06:51 AM PST


A pioneering new report has devised a seven-point plan to help policymakers devise new, coherent and collaborative strategies to tackle the greatest global environmental threats.
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