Articles tagged with ‘environment’

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21 May 2015
Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country’s endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team. In the shallow, warm, coastal...
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19 May 2015
An international team is developing artificial enzymes designed for industrial plants that could convert carbon dioxide into carbonates, with the ultimate aim of reducing CO2 emissions. Enzymes are biological catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions, such as the conversion of gaseous carbon dioxide...
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The dam’s frame consists of gabion cages: wire mesh baskets filled with sturdy columns of recycled concrete cylinders or rocks.
13 April 2015
Researchers in the Philippines are using green engineering to develop a low-cost dam that aims to prevent flooding, generate electricity, and help end food and water shortages. Designed by a team from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), the “Gaia dam”...
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13 April 2015
Research has shown a significant association between haze events in South-East Asia and mortality rates caused by respiratory illness on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Since 1997, the massive burning of biomass in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia, has affected neighbouring countries...
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Schematic view of a mesoporous polymer. Image: National Institute for Materials Science
3 July 2014
Japanese researchers have developed a method to clean oil-contaminated water at oil and natural gas development sites.   Large volumes of oil-contaminated water are generated at oil and natural gas development sites. Such sites need low-cost and efficient water treatment systems that...
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30 June 2014
Tarsiers and tree shrews are being studied to learn more about the effects of ambient temperature on body temperature under tropical conditions. Little is known about the thermal physiology of mammals in the hot and humid tropics. Earlier studies with tree shrews...
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30 June 2014
Researchers in Singapore have produced lactic and acrylic acids from palm oil waste, mitigating the negative impacts of oil palm plantations on the environment. Oil palm plantations have a controversial history in South-East Asia, not least because of their environmental impact on...
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The Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants project is using stellite tracking devices to learn more about elephant behaviour and ecology, and how to mitigate human-elephant conflict. Image: University of Nottingham Malaysia
27 June 2014
A new project is using GPS-collars, camera traps and dung to tell us more about elephants in Malaysia and how to mitigate human-elephant conflict. “We can only manage what we measure.” That’s the key to a unique research project that’s harnessing high-sensitivity...
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27 June 2014
Scientists from Canada and Australia have discovered that a decline in shark populations is detrimental to coral reefs — information that may prove integral to restoration and conservation efforts. “Where shark numbers are reduced due to commercial fishing, there is also a...
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Methyl blue is a toxic organic dye generally used for staining biological samples. Image: Wikipedia
26 June 2014
A new method to manufacture cloth involving the use of a common industrial bleaching agent promises an environmentally safe way for waste water filtration. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is an odourless white powder used as an industrial and commercial bleaching agent for paint, paper,...
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