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October 24, 2020

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War on Plastic Is Distracting from More Urgent Threats to Environment, Experts Warn

A team of leading environmental experts have warned that the current war on plastic is detracting from the bigger threats to the ...

Fish Exposed to Even Small Amounts of Estrogen Produce Fewer Males

A biologist conducted experiments with North American freshwater fish called least killifish. She found that fish exposed to estrogen in concentrations of 5 nanograms per liter in controlled lab ...

Upcycling Polyethylene Plastic Waste Into Valuable Molecules

Researchers develop a one-pot, low temperature catalytic method to turn polyethylene polymers into alkylaromatic ...

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 ...
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Impact of Wastewater Systems on Edwards Aquifer Evaluated

Researchers developed an integrated hydrologic computer model to evaluate the impact of different types of wastewater disposal facilities on the Edwards Aquifer, the primary water source for San ...

Does Science Have a Plastic Problem? Microbiologists Take Steps to Reducing Plastic Waste

A research group developed an approach to reduce plastic waste produced by their lab. They have shared their approach with the hope that other labs will follow ...

Glitter Litter Could Be Damaging Rivers, Research Suggests

New research indicates that glitter could be causing ecological damage to our rivers and ...

Filtering Radioactive Elements from Water

Researchers previously developed a filter membrane made out of whey proteins and activated carbon. In a new study, they now demonstrate just how efficient this membrane is at filtering radioactive ...

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 ...

Researchers Help Develop Sustainable Polymers

Researchers have made new discoveries on the effects of temperature on sustainable polymers. Their findings may help the industry to produce plastics that are better for the ...

Reusing Tableware Can Reduce Waste from Online Food Deliveries

In China, approximately 10 billion online food orders were served to over 400 million customers in 2018. All of these orders came in single-use plastic packaging, with single-use plastic tableware. ...

Mirror-Like Photovoltaics Get More Electricity out of Heat

New heat-harnessing 'solar' cells that reflect 99% of the energy they can't convert to electricity could help bring down the price of storing renewable energy as heat, as well as ...

Ecologists Sound Alarm on Plastic Pollution

Ecologists examining plastic pollution entering oceans, rivers and lakes around the world annually, outline potential impacts of various mitigation strategies over the coming decade. The researchers ...

The Persistence of Plastic

The amount of synthetic microfiber we shed into our waterways has been of great concern over the last few years, and for good reason: Every laundry cycle releases in its wastewater tens of thousands ...

Researchers Ask: How Sustainable Is Your Toothbrush?

Researchers have examined the sustainability of different models of the most commonly used oral health product - the toothbrush - to ascertain which is best for the planet and associated human ...

How to Harness the Power of Biosolids to Make Hydrogen

New technology uses biosolids to drive the chemical reactions needed to produce hydrogen from biogas. The circular economy approach means all the materials needed for hydrogen production could be ...

Worldwide Loss of Phosphorus Due to Soil Erosion Quantified for the First Time

Phosphorus is essential for agriculture, yet this important plant nutrient is increasingly being lost from soils around the world. The primary cause is soil erosion. The study shows which continents ...

Bacteria Are in Key Role for Successful Recirculating Aquaculture Farming

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production sectors globally. Due to continuous growth, ecologically, economically and socially sustainable sites for aquaculture are already in use, ...

New Process for Efficient Removal of Steroid Hormones from Water

Micropollutants contaminate the water worldwide. Among them are steroid hormones that cannot be eliminated efficiently by conventional processes. Researchers have developed an innovative filtration ...

Saving Marine Life: Novel Method Quantifies the Effects of Plastic on Marine Wildlife

Scientists have developed a novel quantitative method to quantify the effects of plastic on marine animals. This method successfully shows that plastic ingestion by sea turtles might be causing ...

Viruses Could Be Harder to Kill After Adapting to Warm Environments

Enteroviruses and other pathogenic viruses that make their way into surface waters can be inactivated by heat, sunshine and other microbes, thereby reducing their ability to spread disease. But ...

The Widespread Footprint of Blue Jean Microfibers

With many people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, blue jeans are a more popular wardrobe choice than ever. But most people don't think about microscopic remnants of their comfy ...

SARS-CoV-2 RNA Detected in Untreated Wastewater from Louisiana

Scientists have detected genetic material from SARS-CoV-2 in untreated wastewater samples collected in April 2020 from two wastewater treatment plants in ...

Scientists Use Fruit Peel to Turn Old Batteries Into New

Scientists have developed a novel method of using fruit peel waste to extract and reuse precious metals from spent lithium-ion batteries in order to create new batteries. The scientists say that ...

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