Environment

Photosynthesizers using water, which releases oxygen, could not compete with those using iron. (Image: via   pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

What Delayed Earth’s Oxygenation?

Powering a massive biosphere on Earth, photosynthesis is the light-mediated reaction that converts carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates and oxygen. About 2.3 billion years ago, this reaction led to a dramatic oxygenation of Earth’s atmosphere.

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What Delayed Earth’s Oxygenation?

Powering a massive biosphere on Earth, photosynthesis is the light-mediated reaction that converts carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates and oxygen. About 2.3 billion years ago, this reaction led to…

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No More Plastic Straws in Taiwan

A new plastic straw ban came into effect on July 1 in Taiwan as the country seeks to cut back on the plastic pollution plaguing the island. Taiwan uses around…

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The Largest Seaweed Bloom in the World Discovered

Scientists, led by the USF College of Marine Science, used NASA satellite observations to discover the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world called the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt (GASB),…

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US military and Its Massive Carbon Footprint

The U.S. military’s carbon footprint is enormous and must be confronted in order to have a substantial effect on battling global warming. Research by social scientists from Durham University and…

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Canada Decides to Ban Single-Use Plastics

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that his country will ban single-use plastics by 2021. Referring to the plastic pollution problem plaguing our planet, Trudeau reminded that we can…

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Magnetism Discovered in the Earth’s Mantle

The huge magnetic field that surrounds the Earth, protecting it from radiation and charged particles from space — which many animals even use for orientation purposes — is changing all…