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Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Pesticides and pollutants are related to a 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Peking University.

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

An international team of scientists has found that Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park, which sits on top of massive reserves of oil, is in the single most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere.

Captive Breeding Could Transform the Saltwater Aquarium Trade and Save Coral Reefs, Marine Biologists Say

Marine biologists at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute are developing means to efficiently breed saltwater aquarium fish, seahorses, plankton and invertebrates in captivity in order to preserve the biologically rich ecosystems of the world's coral reefs.

Border Fences Pose Threats to Wildlife on U.S.-Mexico Border, Study Shows

Border Fences Pose Threats to Wildlife on U.S.-Mexico Border, Study Shows

Current and proposed border fences pose significant threats to wildlife populations, with those animals living in border regions along the Texas Gulf and California coasts showing some of the greatest vulnerability, a new study from The University of Texas at Austin shows.

Conference to Bring World’s Leading Experts on Indoor Air Quality to Austin

The world’s leading experts on indoor air quality will address topics such as how a contaminant found in dust can affect an unborn child in the womb and how the proximity of a person’s car to his or her home can affect cancer risks at the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate’s triennial…   » Continue Reading

Lawn of Native Grasses Beats Traditional Lawn For Lushness, Weed Resistance, Researchers Say

Lawn of Native Grasses Beats Traditional Lawn For Lushness, Weed Resistance, Researchers Say

A lawn of native grasses beats a traditional lawn grass for lushness, weed resistance, according to an ecologist from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin.

Experts for Earth Day: Researchers Offer Environmental Perspectives

Earth Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 22. Faculty experts from The University of Texas at Austin are available to discuss their research on topics ranging from the building of sustainable communities to plant ecology and environmental policies.

New Facility to Help Rescue Oiled Wildlife at Marine Science Institute

New Facility to Help Rescue Oiled Wildlife at Marine Science Institute

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute opened the new Oiled Wildlife Facility in Port Aransas, Texas on Tuesday.

Think Globally, But Act Locally When Studying Plants, Animals, Global Warming, Researchers Advise

Think Globally, But Act Locally When Studying Plants, Animals, Global Warming, Researchers Advise

Global warming is clearly affecting plants and animals, but we should not try to tease apart the specific contribution of greenhouse gas driven climate change to extinctions or declines of species at local scales, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin advise.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Discusses Katrina, Natural Disasters

Event: Lozano Long Conference "From Natural Events to Social Disasters in the Circum-Caribbean." Free and open to the public. When: Feb. 23-25 Where: Various locations on campus. See conference program (PDF) for details. Background: Hurricane Katrina's hit to New Orleans and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti revealed historical and ongoing social inequality, environmental hazards and…   » Continue Reading