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Pollution 211Ʊ
October 21, 2020

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Legacy Pollutants Found in Migratory Terns in Great Lakes Region

Chemicals that haven't been manufactured in the U.S. for years or even decades are still turning up in the bodies of migratory terns in the Great Lakes region, a new study finds. The research focused ...

Severe Air Pollution Drives Food Delivery Consumption and Plastic Waste

When the air outside is bad, office workers are more likely to order food delivery than go out for lunch, which in turn increases plastic waste from food packaging, according to a study by ...

A Renewable Solution to Keep Cool in a Warming World

Month-after-month, year-after-year, the world continues to experience record high temperatures. In response to this and exacerbated by a growing global population, it is expected that ...

Odors as Navigational Cues for Pigeons

Volatile organic compounds identified that can be used for olfactory navigation by homing ...
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Trees and Lawns Beat the Heat

As climate change pushes many cities towards dangerous temperatures, planners are scrambling to mitigate excessive heat. One strategy is to replace artificial surfaces with vegetation cover. In ...

People Can Do More Than Use Less Plastic to Help Save the Great Barrier Reef

There are many threats to Australia's Great Barrier Reef - cyclones, shipping, crown-of-thorns starfish - but QUT researchers say climate change is its worst enemy. Yet a survey they conducted ...

Australian Valley a 'Natural Laboratory' to Test Carbon Sequestration Theory

An idea to enhance natural carbon capture from olivine weathering has never been tested at scale. Geoscientists have proposed the Tweed Valley as a laboratory and gained some interesting initial ...

Climate-Friendly Cooling to Help Ease Global Warming

A new study shows that coordinated international action on energy-efficient, climate-friendly cooling could avoid as much as 600 billion tons CO2 equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions in this ...

Dust Dampens Albedo Effect, Spurs Snowmelt in the Heights of the Himalayas

Dust blowing onto high mountains in the western Himalayas is a bigger factor than previously thought in hastening the melting of snow there, researchers show. That's because dust - lots of it in ...

800 Million Children Still Exposed to Lead

Every third child in the world has too much lead in their body, according to a new report from UNICEF and Pure ...

Marine Heatwaves Can Strengthen Hurricanes

Oceanographers have found that a hurricane can be considerably strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico through the compounding effects of two extreme weather events. This process could continue in the ...

How Urban Grime Affects Chemical Reactions in Cities

Many city surfaces are coated with a layer of soot, pollutants, metals, organic compounds and other molecules known as'urban grime.' Chemical reactions that occur in this complex milieu can ...

Many Ventilation Systems May Increase Risk of COVID-19 Exposure, Study Suggests

Ventilation systems in many modern office buildings, which are designed to keep temperatures comfortable and increase energy efficiency, may increase the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, ...

Are China's Pollution Remediation Efforts Making the Planet Warmer?

A 10-year effort by China to improve air quality and reduce pollution-related health risks has caused warming in areas across the northern hemisphere, according to new ...

Achieving Clean Air for All Is Possible, Experts Say

A new study however shows that it is possible to achieve clean air worldwide with fundamental transformations of today's practices in many sectors, supported by strong political ...

The same team who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme 'cocktail' which can digest plastic up to six times ...

Tree Rings Show Scale of Arctic Pollution Is Worse Than Previously Thought

The largest-ever study of tree rings from Norilsk in the Russian Arctic has shown that the direct and indirect effects of industrial pollution in the region and beyond are far worse than previously ...

New Way of Analyzing Soil Organic Matter Will Help Predict Climate Change

A new way of analyzing the chemical composition of soil organic matter will help scientists predict how soils store carbon -- and how soil carbon may affect climate in the ...

New Knowledge 211Ʊ What Causes Thunderstorms and Cloud Bursts

Thunderstorms often provoke violent cloud bursts that can result in devastating flooding. But what actually spawns thunderstorms and cloud bursts? This question has spurred a new ...

Unusual Climate Conditions Influenced WWI Mortality and Subsequent Influenza Pandemic

Scientists have spotted a once-in-a-century climate anomaly during World War I that likely increased mortality during the war and the influenza pandemic in the years that ...

Air Pollution Leads to Increase in Electricity Usage

High levels of air pollution are forcing people inside to consume more electricity, subsequently causing even greater environmental problems by increasing greenhouse gas ...

UK Lockdown and Air Pollution: Nitrogen Dioxide Halved but Sulfur Dioxide Doubled

A new study of air pollution in the United Kingdom during the first 100 days of lockdown has revealed that while nitrogen oxide levels were cut by half, levels of sulfur dioxide increased by over 100 ...

First Evidence That Air Pollution Particles and Metals Are Reaching the Placenta

Pollution particles, including metals, have been found in the placentas of fifteen women in London, according to new ...

Unexpected Wildfire Emission Impacts Air Quality Worldwide

During wildfires, nitrous acid plays a leading role -- spiking to levels significantly higher than scientists expected, driving increased ozone pollution and harming air quality, according to a new ...

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