Pollution News
February 18, 2020

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Rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100, suggesting restoration projects in these areas will likely ... read more
Toxic and invisible oil spread well beyond the known satellite footprint of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a new study. These new findings have important ... read more

Dramatic Health Benefits Following Air Pollution Reduction

Reductions in air pollution yielded fast and dramatic impacts on health-outcomes, as well as decreases in all-cause morbidity, according to new ... read more

Environmental Cost of Cryptocurrency Mines

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero -- the names of digital-based 'cryptocurrencies' are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical representation, could these new ... read more
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How Roots Find Their Way to Water

Plants use their roots to search for water. While the main root digs downwards, a large number of fine lateral roots explore the soil on all sides. Interestingly, lateral roots appear to already ... read more

Hot Climates to See More Variability in Tree Leafing as Temperatures Rise

Scientists found that while all regions of the country can expect an earlier start to the growing season as temperatures rise, the trend is likely to become more variable year-over-year in hotter ... read more

Himalayan Glacier Shows Evidence of Start of Industrial Revolution

Human beings altered one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas hundreds of years before a person ever set foot there, new research has found. The study indicates that the byproducts of burning coal ... read more

Impact of Oil Contaminated Water on Tubeworms and Brittlestars

A new study adds a new layer to understanding how an oil spill could impact marine life. A diverse community of worms and other marine organisms on the seafloor plays a large role in nutrient ... read more

New Commuter Concern: Cancerous Chemical in Car Seats

The longer your commute, the more you're exposed to a chemical flame retardant that is a known carcinogen and was phased out of furniture use because it required a Proposition 65 warning label ... read more

Scientists Reveal Whole New World of Chemistry by Stepping Indoors

An atmospheric chemist had spent her entire career probing the complexities of outdoor air -- how gases and particles in the atmosphere move, interact and change, and how human activities perturb the ... read more

Nanoparticles Produced from Burning Coal Result in Damage to Mice Lungs

Titanium oxide found in coal smog and ash can cause lung damage in mice after a single exposure, with long-term damage occurring in just six ... read more

Lights Out? Fireflies Face Extinction Threats of Habitat Loss, Light Pollution, Pesticides

Habitat loss, pesticide use and, surprisingly, artificial light are the three most serious threats endangering fireflies across the globe, raising the specter of extinction for certain species whose ... read more

Green Infrastructure Provides Benefits That Residents Are Willing to Work For, Study Shows

Urban areas face increasing problems with stormwater management. Green infrastructure, including features such as rain barrels, green roofs, rain gardens, and on-site water treatment, can provide ... read more

Aerosols Have an Outsized Impact on Extreme Weather

A reduction in manmade aerosols in Europe has been tied to a reduction in extreme winter weather in the ... read more

Oil Spill Clean-Up: Better Method

Oil poses a considerable danger to aquatic life. Researchers have developed a new technology for the removal of such contaminations: Textiles with special surface properties passively skim off the ... read more

Agricultural Area Residents in Danger of Inhaling Toxic Aerosols

Excess selenium from fertilizers and other natural sources can create air pollution that could lead to lung cancer, asthma, and Type 2 diabetes, according to new ... read more

New Research Looks at Type 1 Diabetes and Changes in the Environment

Studies have shown a rapid increase in new cases of type 1 diabetes worldwide. However, scientists and researchers have struggled to identify a direct cause. Many have questioned if changes in the ... read more

Biological Diversity as a Factor of Production

Can the biodiversity of ecosystems be considered a factor of production? Researchers are studying the economic benefits that farmers and foresters can obtain by focusing on several species instead of ... read more

City in a Test Tube: Researchers Simulate Urban Pollution to Show How It Damages the Heart

A unique study mimicking city centre pollution levels shows how just two hours of bad air adversely affects the heart and blood vessels for a whole ... read more

New Way of Recycling Plant-Based Plastics Instead of Letting Them Rot in Landfill

Scientists at the University of Bath have developed a chemical recycling method that breaks down plastics into their original building blocks, potentially allowing them to be recycled repeatedly ... read more

Airborne Microbes Link Great Barrier Reef and Australian Continent

A team of researchers has discovered a link between two different ecosystems, continental Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, due to airborne microbes that travel from the former to the latter. The ... read more

Microplastics from Ocean Fishing Can 'Hide' in Deep Sediments

Microplastic pollution in the world's oceans is a growing problem, and most studies of the issue have focused on land-based sources, such as discarded plastic bags or water bottles. Now, ... read more

Finer Particulate Matter (PM1) Could Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

In addition to harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, air pollution contains tiny particles that have been linked to health problems, including cardiovascular disease and ... read more

Potential Global Spread of New Coronavirus

Experts in population mapping have identified cities and provinces within mainland China, and cities and countries worldwide, which are at high-risk from the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus ... read more

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