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December 5, 2019

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero -- the names of digital-based 'cryptocurrencies' are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical ... read more

Aspirin May Halve Air Pollution Harms

A new study is the first to report evidence that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin may lessen the adverse effects of air pollution exposure on lung function. The researchers ... read more

Ditch the Delicate Wash Cycle to Help Save Our Seas

The volume of water used during a wash cycle, rather than the spinning action of the washing machine, is the key factor in the release of plastic microfibres from ... read more

'Fire Inversions' Lock Smoke in Valleys

There's an atmospheric feedback loop, says an atmospheric scientist, that can lock smoke in valleys in much the same way that temperature inversions lock the smog and gunk in the Salt Lake Valley ... read more
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Pollution from Athabasca Oil Sands Affects Weather Processes

Scientists have been looking at pollution affecting the air, land and water around the Athabaska Oil Sands for some time. After looking at contaminants in snow taken from up-to 25 km away from the ... read more

Nitrous Oxide Levels Are on the Rise

Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas and one of the main stratospheric ozone depleting substances on the planet. According to new research, we are releasing more of it into the atmosphere than ... read more

Micro-Rubber in the Environment

The tread on the tire is worn out, new tires are needed. Everyday life for many drivers. But where do these lost centimeters of tire tread 'disappear' to? As micro-rubbers, they mainly end ... read more

Evolution Can Reconfigure Gene Networks to Deal With Environmental Change

Scientists have unraveled the genetic mechanisms behind tiny waterfleas' ability to adapt to increased levels of phosphorus pollution in ... read more

Urban Development Reduces Flash Flooding Chances in Arid Western US

Urban development in the eastern United States results in an increase in flash flooding in nearby streams, but in the arid West, urbanization has just the opposite effect, according to a researcher, ... read more

Climate Change Expected to Shift Location of East Asian Monsoons

More than a billion people in Asia depend on seasonal monsoons for their water needs. The Asian monsoon is closely linked to a planetary-scale tropical air flow which, according to a new study, will ... read more

Study Shows Where Global Renewable Energy Investments Have Greatest Benefits

New study finds that the amount of climate and health benefits achieved from renewable energy depends on the country where it is installed. Countries with higher carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and ... read more

Nature's Backup Plan for Converting Nitrogen Into Plant Nutrients

Researchers have found that nature has developed a backup method for converting atmospheric nitrogen into the nutrient form critical to plant growth and soil fertility. The researchers report that ... read more

New Particle Analysis Technique Paves Way for Better Air Pollution Monitoring

A new technique for continuously monitoring both the size and optical properties of individual airborne particles could offer a better way to monitor air ... read more

Turbulence Creates Ice in Clouds

Vertical air motions increase ice formation in mixed-phase clouds. This correlation was predicted theoretically for a long time, but could now be observed for the first time in nature. Using laser ... read more

Aviation Emissions' Impacts on Air Quality Larger Than on Climate, Study Finds

New research has quantified the climate and air quality impacts of aviation, broken down by emission type, altitude and location. The team found that growth in aviation causes twice as much damage to ... read more

Pesticide Management Is Failing Australian and Great Barrier Reef Waterways

Scientists say a failure of Australian management means excessive amounts of harmful chemicals -- many now banned in countries such as the EU, USA and Canada -- are damaging the country's ... read more

Huge Gaps in Research on Microplastics in North America

Amid increasing concern about the effects of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems, a new study found that North America is lagging behind other continents when it comes to understanding the ... read more

Combatting Air Pollution With Nature

Air pollution is composed of particles and gases that can have negative impacts on both the environment and human health. Technologies to mitigate pollution have become widespread in recent years, ... read more

City Apartments or Jungle Huts: What Chemicals and Microbes Lurk Inside?

Researchers found city homes to be rife with industrial chemicals, cleaning agents and fungi that love warm, dark surfaces, while jungle huts had fresher air, more sunlight and natural materials with ... read more

Four Decades of Data Sounds Early Warning on Lake George, NY

Although concentrations of chemicals and pollutants like salt and nutrients have increased in the deep waters of Lake George, they're still too low to harm the ecosystem at those depths, ... read more

Oil and Gas Wastewater Used for Irrigation May Suppress Plant Immune Systems

A new study gives pause to the idea of using oil and gas wastewater for irrigation. The team conducted a greenhouse study using produced water to irrigate common wheat crops. Their study showed that ... read more

System Provides Cooling With No Electricity

Imagine a device that can sit outside under blazing sunlight on a clear day, and without using any power cool things down by more than 23 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). It almost sounds ... read more

Cumulative Environmental Exposures Increase Diabetes Risk in Rural Populations

Cumulative environmental exposures affect rural and urban populations differently when it comes to diabetes risk. Multiple environmental factors were associated with a greater risk for diabetes in ... read more

Traffic Exhaust at Residential Address Increases the Risk of Stroke

High levels of traffic exhaust at one's residence increases the risk of stroke even in low-pollution environments, according to a new study. The study suggests that it is mainly black carbon ... read more

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