Topic: Environment

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

Oct. 19, 2011

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.

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

Oct. 12, 2011

An international team of scientists that includes two University of Texas at Austin researchers 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.

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

Sept. 20, 2011

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.

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

July 12, 2011

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.

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

June 6, 2011

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 conference in Austin, June 5-10.

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