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NASA to study tiny sea creatures to understand Earth's atmosphere and climate

For the first time, scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are studying the tiny sea creatures called phytoplankton and their impact on the atmosphere and climate of the Earth.

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Washington: For the first time, scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are studying the tiny sea creatures called phytoplankton and their impact on the atmosphere and climate of the Earth.

NASA's North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems (NAAMES) study is the first research mission to conduct an integrated study on world`s largest phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic. The study is in its fourth and final deployment stage.

Previous three deployments have confirmed a distinct shift in the annual cycle of the phytoplankton bloom as well as a lack of larger-sized plankton during the peak of the bloom.

Rich Moore, Deputy Project Scientist at NAAMES, in a statement said, "Most scientists studying the bloom head to sea during its climax in late spring and early summer. We did that, but we also went out during the other seasons to fully capture the minimum and transitions of the bloom."

"This thoroughness pays off as our ship-based scientists use these data to fully describe the entirety of the plankton bust/boom cycle. No one has done this before, and we`re excited about the science findings that are beginning to trickle out now," Moore said

The study is set to research the "ascending transition" of the bloom, which occurs after the phytoplankton minimum in February.

In the March-April phase, the plankton are growing steadily, with their abundance in the water continuing to increase or accumulate toward the maximum of the bloom between May and July.

The NAAMES campaign also provides a unique opportunity for researchers aboard Atlantis to do experiments that study growth and decay of the phytoplankton population.

Moore said,"For scientists watching the rates of growth, this is the exciting time, because the accumulation rate is expected to be going through the roof and stay high for the next few months," Moore said.

Rates of phytoplankton accumulation are critical for understanding the ocean conditions that lead to phytoplankton growth and its timing, a key to unlocking the environmental drivers and controls of biological dynamics, the report said.

For the study, the team is combining global data from NASA satellites with the ship, aircraft, and autonomous assets such as floats, along with laboratory research and balloon data.

Scientists are also conducting meteorological balloon launches from the ship to understand the link between the ocean, atmospheric particles and clouds.

(With IANS inputs)

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Junks, rubbish, wastes…These are the terms which are involved in terms of garbage which have created problems all over the environment. 

Wastes prove to be harmful not only for the environment but also to the health of human beings. There are processes which one requires to follow and they are:

1) Reuse

2) Disposal

3) Recycle

There are various ways in which the junks can all be disposed on the basis of the categories on which it falls to. And today, we will be discussing on the same.

Household rubbish

When it comes to the waste which is generated by a household, they can both be reused and recycled. The rubbish which is generated at home can be recycled and there are many ways which are involved in this process. 

The reprocessing process which is involved here is also very simple. It is known that the items which can be reused prove to be a lot more beneficial to the environment.

At home, the composting can be done for the garden waste which is generated and to store the liquid commodities the plastic jars can all be reused.

When it comes to recycling, the materials which you can in this process involves the egg cartons and trays, fluorescent light tubes, televisions, clothes, fabrics and many more. But for the larger household item disposal, you need to take the help of a professional company of rubbish removal sydney.

Removal of junk which involves great risks

Both to the environment and human health, hazardous wastes or wastes which prove to involve a lot of risks are considered bad. 

The hazardous wastes can be narrowed down to solvents, batteries, oil, disinfectants and many more related to these kinds of stuff.

People can help in reducing these harmful effects by making use of paper products like paper bags, tea-bags, napkins and many more. 

People can also use the batteries which can be recharged and this way they can save a lot of money too. One can also buy the products which have Environmental Choice label on them.

You can also prove beneficial to the environment by hauling of the junks in the recycling centers to assure proper disposal of the waste items.

Rubbish disposal of construction materials

When there is a construction going on in your place, it is important to take care of the debris and stones which are left out there as they can cause serious health issues. 

For this, you can take help from the professional companies who will professionally haul off all the construction junks away.

To avoid welcoming serious health and environmental issues, you do have to take help from such removal companies for safer rubbish disposal.

When it comes to wastes, they tend to be endless. There are industrial, medical as well as inorganic junks which are available. 

By adopting some serious measures for proper rubbish removal you can bring about a safer environment and a healthy place for the survival of human kinds.

Saving your planet with professional rubbish removal companies

As we are so much involved in our daily chores and schedule that we often tend to forget about the junk which is piling up. 

We hardly get sufficient time to take care of these junks and dispose of them off for a cleaner and safer environment. 

Sometimes, we even feel that there is a lack of reliable resources for waste disposal.

But, we often forget that there are service providers who are involved in proper waste management programs. 

All it involves is an extensive search for the best rubbish removal service provider. These companies make sure that the wastes are properly disposed and they strive to create an eco-friendly environment.

One needs to be very careful in choosing the best rubbish clearance firm to enjoy the best services which they are offering. 

A lot of inquiry, checking on the references, the reviews from their past clients, all should be well-judged prior to contracting them for your waste disposal services.

Reputation, pricing, and capacity are the three main aspects which you need to look into for a waste management company. There are many companies who have now evolved through the ages as the pile of junks is rapidly growing with time.

These companies offer you’re an uncluttered environment by checking on the junks which you have piled up and disposed of them in the most appropriate manner.

Reputation

When you are searching for a junk removalist, this is something which should be on the top of your checklist. The reputation of a company is the most vital aspect which you can come to know from your surroundings, people who have undertaken their services and many more.

Pricing

You also need to be sure that they have laid out the best budget plan for you and there are no hidden costs which are involved here.

Capacity

You also need to make sure that the company whom you choose should be capable enough to haul of any kind of junks for you.

Once you have a clear notion about the type of service you want to make your surroundings and environment waste-free space to live in, you can choose the company accordingly.

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