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Pollution News
May 20, 2019

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A survey of plastic pollution on Australia's Cocos (Keeling) Islands has revealed the territory's beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic debris. ... read more
An enormous volcanic eruption on Iceland in 1783-84 did not cause an extreme summer heat wave in Europe. But, as Benjamin Franklin speculated, the eruption triggered an ... read more

Unprecedented Weakening of Asian Summer Monsoon

Rainfall from the Asian summer monsoon has been decreasing over the past 80 years, a decline unprecedented in the last 448 years, according to a new ... read more
A team of scientists has created a bowl-shaped electrode with 'hot edges' which can efficiently convert carbon dioxide from gas into carbon based fuels and chemicals, helping ... read more
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Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a new ... read more

Diagnosing Urban Air Pollution Exposure With New Precision

A new review of studies on levels of urban exposure to airborne pollutants and their effects on human health suggests that advanced instrumentation and information technology will soon allow ... read more

Environmental Pollutants Could Impact Cellular Signs of Aging

Researchers have linked some environmental pollutants with diseases, a decreased life span and signs of premature aging, such as wrinkles and age spots. But can accelerated aging be detected at the ... read more

Field Study Finds Pellet-Fed Stoves Cut Air Pollutant Emissions 90%

A field study finds that a new cookstove design, which makes use of compressed wood pellets, reduces air pollution by about 90% for a range of contaminants associated with health problems and climate ... read more

Planting and growing a strategic mix of cover crops not only reduces the loss of nitrogen from farm fields, protecting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, but the practice also contributes nitrogen ... read more

A new study suggests that carbon dioxide regeneration may become faster in many regions of the world as the oceans warm with changing climate. This, in turn, may reduce the deep oceans' ability ... read more

Biodegradable Bags Can Hold a Full Load of Shopping Three Years After Being Discarded in the Environment

Researchers examined the degradation of five plastic bag materials widely available from high street retailers in the ... read more

Mapping Industrial 'Hum' in the US

Using a dense sensor network that scanned the United States between 2003 and 2014, researchers have identified areas within the country marked by a persistent seismic signal caused by industrial ... read more

Human Encroachment Alters Air Quality Over Amazon Rainforest

Plumes of air pollution generated from a rapidly expanding city within the Amazon rainforest are wafting hundreds of miles and degrading air quality in the pristine rainforest, according to a team of ... read more

Human-Caused Climate Change Played Limited Role in Beijing's 2013 'Airpocalypse'

Although the particulate matter that filled the winter skies resulted from both human and natural emissions, a new study concludes that human-caused climate change played only a minor role in the ... read more

Unravelling the Complexity of Air Pollution in the World's Coldest Capital City

A joint Mongol-Japanese research team conducted the first detailed study of organic air pollutants in Ulaanbaartar city. The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contents of airborne particulates ... read more

Particulate Matter Takes Away 125,000 Years of Healthy Life from Europe's Child Population

A study analyzes the burden of disease of seven environmental hazards to children in the 28 countries of the European ... read more

Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors

A new study finds that air pollution significantly increases the risk of hospitalizations for young cancer ... read more

Elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide in air flowing out to sea from Silicon Valley and the Salinas Valley could increase the amount of carbon dioxide dissolving in Monterey Bay waters by about ... read more

Researchers find that 'speed bumps' in space, which can slow down satellites orbiting closer to Earth, are more complex than originally ... read more

From Coal to Gas: How the Shift Can Help Stabilize Climate Change

A transition from coal-based energy to cleaner-burning gas has long been viewed as a staple of many climate action plans, despite concerns over leakage and possible harmful emissions. A recent study ... read more

Engineers are developing a smart robotic system for sniffing out pollution hotspots and sources of toxic leaks. Their approach enables a robot to incorporate calculations made on the fly to account ... read more

Green Material for Refrigeration Identified

Researchers have identified an eco-friendly solid that could replace the inefficient and polluting gases used in most refrigerators and air ... read more

'Induced' Driving Miles Could Overwhelm Potential Energy-Saving Benefits of Self-Driving

The benefits of self-driving cars will likely induce vehicle owners to drive more, and those extra miles could partially or completely offset the potential energy-saving benefits that automation may ... read more

New Report Examines the Safety of Using Dispersants in Oil Spill Clean Ups

Scientists have issued a series of findings and recommendations on the safety of using dispersal agents in oil spill clean-up ... read more

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