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A hidden source of air pollution? Your daily household tasks

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:58:57 EST ~ Cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city. Find out more...

Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:58:52 EST ~ While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to solve this problem. Find out more...

Research forms complex picture of mercury pollution in a period of global change

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:46:17 EST ~ This study looks at how climate change and land use modification impact mercury pollution in wetlands. Find out more...

Upcycling plastic bags into battery parts

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:44:22 EST ~ Plastic bag pollution has become a huge environmental problem, prompting some cities and countries to heavily tax or ban the sacks. But what if used plastic bags could be made into higher-value products? Now, researchers have reported a new method to convert plastic bags into carbon chips that could be used as anodes for lithium-ion batteries. Find out more...

Wave device could deliver clean energy to thousands of homes

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 19:08:52 EST ~ A device that could convert wave energy into electricity has been demonstrated in scaled trials. Find out more...

Moving artificial leaves out of the lab and into the air

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:00:20 EST ~ Researchers have proposed a design solution that could bring artificial leaves out of the lab and into the environment. Their improved leaf, which would use carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- from the air, would be at least 10 times more efficient than natural leaves at converting carbon dioxide to fuel. Find out more...

New model predicts how ground shipping will affect future human health, environment

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:14:44 EST ~ The trucks and trains that transport goods across the United States emit gases and particles that threaten human health and the environment. A new project developed a new model that predicts through 2050 the impact of different environmental policies on human mortality rates and short- and long-term climate change caused by particulate and greenhouse gas emissions. Find out more...

Connection between home energy efficiency and respiratory health in low-income homes

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:14:41 EST ~ A new study finds people living in drafty homes in low-income, urban communities are at a higher risk of respiratory health issues. Find out more...

Marine scientists find toxic bacteria on microplastics retrieved from tropical waters

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:03:48 EST ~ A team of marine scientists had uncovered toxic bacteria living on the surfaces of microplastics (which are pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters in size) collected from the coastal areas of Singapore. These bacteria are capable of causing coral bleaching, and triggering wound infections in humans. The team also discovered a diversity of bacteria, including useful organisms - such as those that can degrade marine pollutants like hydrocarbons - in the plastic waste. Find out more...

Skyglow over key wildlife areas

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 08:32:21 EST ~ Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world's key wildlife areas, new research shows. Find out more...