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  • Fighting smog supports solar power
    on December 6, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Model calculations by researchers show that if China fought smog more aggressively, it could massively increase solar power production. […]

  • Report reveals link between air pollution and increased risk for miscarriage
    on December 5, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Researchers found women living along the Wasatch Front -- the most populous region in the state of Utah -- had a higher risk (16 percent) of miscarriage following short-term exposure to elevated air pollution. […]

  • Wind power vulnerable to climate change in India
    on December 5, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    The warming of the Indian Ocean, caused by global climate change, may be causing a slow decline in wind power potential in India, according to a new study. […]

  • Dirty air now could harm hearts of offspring later
    on December 5, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    A parent's exposure to dirty air before conception might spell heart trouble for the next generation, a new animal study suggests. […]

  • Pollution: New ammonia emission sources detected from space
    on December 5, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Researchers have prepared the first global map of the distribution of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) by analyzing measurements taken by satellites between 2008 and 2016. The IASI interferometer allowed them to catalog more than 200 ammonia sources, two-thirds of which had never been identified before. These sources are essentially sites of intensive livestock production and industrial activity. […]

  • Global carbon dioxide emissions rise even as coal wanes and renewables boom
    on December 5, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Renewable energy capacity has hit record levels and global coal use may have already peaked. But the world's carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels increased in 2018, and the trend places global warming targets in jeopardy. […]

  • Neighborhoods with more green space may mean less heart disease
    on December 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have better blood vessel health and lower levels of stress, and a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and others. […]

  • Can rice filter water from agricultural fields?
    on December 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    While it's an important part of our diets, new research shows that rice plants can be used in a different way, too: to clean runoff from farms before it gets into rivers, lakes, and streams. […]

  • More diversity than before: Indications for recovery after ecosystem pollution
    on December 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Lake Constance, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Europe, suffered from eutrophication, or nutrient contamination caused by agricultural and waste water run-off in the mid-1900s. A study has now revealed that one European whitefish species expanded its genetic variation through hybridization with other whitefish species during the period of eutrophication. […]

  • How mussels handle microplastic fiber pollution
    on December 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    New research shows that mussels readily take in microplastic pollution fibers from the ocean but quickly flush most of them out again, according to a new study. […]

  • Salt-evolved zooplankton grow too slowly to block salt-induced algal blooms
    on December 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Small animals at the base of the freshwater food chain can rapidly adapt to salt pollution -- from sources like winter road deicing, agriculture, and mining -- but at a price. […]

  • Snowpack declines may stunt tree growth and forests' ability to store carbon emissions
    on December 1, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Researchers conducting a 5-year-long study examining snow cover in a northern hardwood forest region found that projected changes in climate could lead to a 95 percent reduction of deep-insulating snowpack in forest areas across the northeastern United States by the end of the 21st century. The loss of snowpack would likely result in a steep reduction of forests' ability to store climate-changing carbon dioxide and filter pollutants from the air and water. […]

  • Greenhouse gas 'detergent' recycles itself in atmosphere
    on November 30, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    A simple molecule in the atmosphere that acts as a 'detergent' to break down methane and other greenhouse gases has been found to recycle itself to maintain a steady global presence in the face of rising emissions, according to new research. Understanding its role in the atmosphere is critical for determining the lifetime of methane, a powerful contributor to climate change. […]

  • Historical climate important for soil responses to future climate change
    on November 30, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Researchers examined how 18 years of drought affect the billions of vital bacteria that are hidden in the soil beneath our feet. The results show that this type of extreme weather determines how soils respond to future climate change. […]

  • Climate change and air pollution damaging health and causing millions of premature deaths
    on November 29, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Researchers are looking at the effects of climate change on human health, and the implications for society. […]

  • How plastic waste moves in the environment
    on November 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    A researcher for the first time has modeled how microplastic fibers move through the environment. The work could someday help communities better understand and reduce plastics pollution, which is a growing problem around the world. […]

  • Microplastics pollution in Falklands as high as UK
    on November 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    The first study to investigate microplastics around Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands -- two of the most remote locations in the South Atlantic Ocean -- has found levels of contamination comparable with the waters around the UK. […]

  • Combined local and global actions could lessen impacts of change in marine environment
    on November 26, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Increased oil and gas activities could combine with ocean warming and acidification to have a significant negative impact on marine organisms, a new study suggests. […]

  • New insight into ocean-atmosphere interaction and subsequent cloud formation
    on November 26, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Organic compounds undergo drastic variations in their chemical composition as they transfer from the ocean's surface to atmospheric aerosols which act as nuclei to form clouds. […]

  • Mere sunlight can be used to eradicate pollutants in water
    on November 26, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Advances in environmental technology: You don't need complex filters and laser systems to destroy persistent pollutants in water. Chemists have developed a new process that works using mere sunlight. The process is so simple that it can even be conducted outdoors under the most basic conditions. […]

  • Environmental exposures early in life modify immune responses
    on November 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    The prevalence of allergic diseases has increased significantly over the last decades, creating substantial financial and societal burdens. Due to this, researchers are trying to discover new approaches to the prevention and treatment of these diseases. […]

  • Study uncovers link between air pollution and intellectual disabilities in children
    on November 21, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    British children with intellectual disabilities are more likely than their peers to live in areas with high outdoor air pollution, according to a new study. […]

  • Removing toxic mercury from contaminated water
    on November 21, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Water which has been contaminated with mercury and other toxic heavy metals is a major cause of environmental damage and health problems worldwide. Now, researchers present a totally new way to clean contaminated water, through an electrochemical process. […]

  • Current climate models underestimate warming by black carbon aerosol
    on November 19, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Researchers have discovered a new, natural law that sheds light on the fundamental relationship between coated black carbon and light absorption. […]

  • Long-term exposure to road traffic noise may increase the risk of obesity
    on November 16, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Long term exposure to road traffic noise is associated with increased risk of obesity. […]

  • What did birds and insects do during the 2017 solar eclipse?
    on November 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    In August of 2017, millions peered through protective eyewear at the solar eclipse -- the first total eclipse visible in the continental United States in nearly 40 years. During the event, researchers watched radar to observe the behavior of birds and insects. […]

  • Natural solutions can reduce global warming
    on November 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    A new study found that 21 percentof the United States' greenhouse gas pollution (1.2 Pg CO2e year) could be removed through enhanced management of forest, grassland, agricultural, and coastal areas. An offset at this level would be the equivalent to pollution from every single US car and truck on the road. […]

  • Your heart hates air pollution; portable filters could help
    on November 13, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    The fifth-leading risk factor for mortality worldwide, air pollution presents a major heart health risk. A simple intervention could help people breathe easier at home. […]

  • Back-to-the-future plants give climate change insights
    on November 13, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    If you were to take a seed and zap it into the future to see how it will respond to climate change, how realistic might that prediction be? More so than was previously realized, according to a new study. […]

  • Alpine ice shows three-fold increase in atmospheric iodine
    on November 13, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Analysis of iodine trapped in Alpine ice has shown that levels of atmospheric iodine have tripled over the past century, which partially offsets human-driven increases in the air pollutant, ozone. […]