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A clearer path to clean air in China

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:49:48 EDT ~ New research shows that a key to reducing extreme wintertime air pollution in China may be reducing formaldehyde emissions rather than sulfur dioxide. Find out more...

Polluted city neighborhoods are bad news for asthmatic children

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:50:23 EDT ~ Children with asthma who grow up in a New York City neighborhood where air pollution is prevalent need emergency medical treatment more often than asthmatics in less polluted areas. Find out more...

Eliminating emissions in India and China could add years to people's lives

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:28:32 EDT ~ In a recent study, researchers wanted to know how replacing coal-fired powerplants in China and India with clean, renewable energy could benefit human health and save lives in the future. The researchers found that eliminating harmful emissions from powerplants could save an estimated annual 15 million years of life in China and 11 million years of life in India. Find out more...

Wind farms and reducing hurricane precipitation

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:10:24 EDT ~ New research reveals an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: the ability to lessen precipitation from hurricanes. Find out more...

Dandelion seeds reveal newly discovered form of natural flight

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:09:42 EDT ~ A study of dandelion seeds in motion has revealed a form of flight not seen before, and explains why the plant is among nature's best fliers. Find out more...

Substantial changes in air pollution across China during 2015 to 2017

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:44:48 EDT ~ The first detailed analysis of air pollution trends in China reveals a 20 per cent drop in concentrations of particulate pollution over the last three years (2015-2017). Find out more...

Moss rapidly detects, tracks air pollutants in real time

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:10:27 EDT ~ Moss, one of the world's oldest plants, is surprisingly in tune with the atmosphere around it. Now scientists report that they have found a simple and inexpensive way to detect air pollutants, specifically sulfur dioxide, in real time based on subtle changes in moss leaves. The discovery could rapidly alert authorities to potentially dangerous alterations in air quality using a sustainable, natural plant sensor. Find out more...

Climate models fail to simulate recent air-pressure changes over Greenland

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:20:32 EDT ~ Climatologists may be unable to accurately predict regional climate change over the North Atlantic because computer simulations have failed to include real data from the Greenland region over the last three decades -- and it could lead to regional climate predictions for the UK and parts of Europe being inaccurate. Find out more...

Applying auto industry's fuel-efficiency standards to agriculture could net billions

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:09:07 EDT ~ Adopting benchmarks similar to the fuel-efficiency standards used by the auto industry in the production of fertilizer could yield $5-8 billion in economic benefits for the U.S. corn sector alone, researchers have concluded. Find out more...

New technique for turning sunshine and water into hydrogen fuel

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:36:59 EDT ~ Researchers have developed new photocatalyst synthesis method using Magnesium hydride (MgH2) and Titanium dioxide (TiO2). The result is expected to contribute to hydrogen mass production through the development of photocatalyst that reacts to solar light. Find out more...