Air Quality News
June 17, 2019

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Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new ... read more
Why did a giant hole appear in the sea ice off Antarctica in 2016 and 2017, after decades of more typical sea ice cover? Years of Southern Ocean data have explained the ... read more
A new study suggests vents in the seafloor may affect life near the ocean's surface and the global carbon cycle more than previously thought. It's the first to show how iron ... read more

Americans Consumer 70,000 Particles of Microplastics Per Year

Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the globe. Although plastics have made life easier in many ways, disposing of the materials ... read more
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Large Summer 'Dead Zone' Forecast for Chesapeake Bay After Wet Winter and Spring

Ecologists are forecasting a large Chesapeake Bay 'dead zone' in 2019 due to well-above-average river flows associated with increased rainfall in the watershed since last ... read more

Fracking Causes Some Songbirds to Thrive While Others Decline

A new study finds that some songbird species benefit from the spread of fracking infrastructure while others ... read more

Our Water Cycle Diagrams Give a False Sense of Water Security

Pictures of the earth's water cycle used in education and research throughout the world are in urgent need of updating to show the effects of human interference, according to new analysis by an ... read more

Fishers Keen to Help Address the Problem of Marine Litter

Commercial fishers are acutely aware of the potential for marine litter to cause lasting damage to their catches and the wider industry, a new study ... read more

Fertilizer Plants Emit 100 Times More Methane Than Reported

Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers have ... read more

A team of researchers has found surprisingly high levels of pollutants, including formaldehyde and possibly mercury, in carefully monitored homes, and that these pollutants vary through the day and ... read more

New Polymer Tackles PFAS Pollution

The problem of cleaning up toxic polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) pollution -- commonly used in non-stick and protective coatings, lubricants and aviation fire-fighting foams -- has been ... read more

Atmospheric carbon dioxide continued its rapid rise in 2019, with the average for May peaking at 414.7 parts per million (ppm) at NOAA's Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline ... read more

New Research Explores the Mechanics of How Birds Flock

Wildlife researchers have long tried to understand why birds fly in flocks and how different types of flocks work. A new study explores the mechanics and benefits of the underlying flock structure ... read more

Climate Action Urgently Required to Protect Human Health in Europe

In a landmark report, the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) focuses on the consequences of climate change for human health in Europe and the benefits of acting now to reduce ... read more

New Method to Gauge Atmosphere's Ability to Clear Methane

Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Hydroxyl radicals (OH) react with methane and break it down, but it's been hard for scientists to get a handle on how much OH is present in ... read more

Seaweed Helps Trap Carbon Dioxide in Sediment

Researchers have found that these slimy macroalgae play an important role in permanently removing carbon dioxide from the ... read more

Pop-Up Parks Deliver Big Benefits in Small Spaces

'Pop-up parks' represent one possible means to help meet the demands of urbanites for more opportunities to connect with nature in their neighborhoods, serve important conservation ... read more

Slowdown in Earth's Temps Stabilized Nature's Calendar

When the rate of the Earth's air temperature slows down for a significant amount of time, so can ... read more

Mapping Groundwater's Influence on the World's Oceans

Researchers have created high-resolution maps of points around the globe where groundwater meets the oceans -- the first such analysis of its kind, giving important data points to communities and ... read more

Improvements in Water Quality Could Reduce Ecological Impact of Climate Change on Rivers

Improvements in water quality could reduce the ecological impact of climate change on rivers, finds a new ... read more

Over Half a Million Corals Destroyed by Port of Miami Dredging, Study Finds

New findings reveal significant damage to Miami's coral reefs from the 16-month dredging operation at the Port of Miami that began in 2013. The study found that sediment buried between half to ... read more

International Travelers Experience the Harmful Effects of Air Pollution

Even a short stay for travelers in cities with high levels of air pollution leads to breathing problems that can take at least a week from which to recover, a new study ... read more

Exposure to Airborne Metal Pollution Associated With Increased Risk of Early Mortality

A recent study uses samples of wild moss to estimate individual human exposure to atmospheric ... read more

Chemical Blends as Possible Alternative Refrigerants Identified

More than a dozen chemical blends could serve as alternative refrigerants that won't heat the atmosphere as much as today's refrigerants do, or catch fire, according to a new computational ... read more

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