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July 12, 2020



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Removing Toxic Chemicals from Water: New Environmentally-Friendly Method

Researchers have developed a new environmentally friendly method for removing toxic chemicals from water. A newly invented machine, called the Matrix Assembly Cluster Source (MACS), has been used to ...

Erosion of Ozone Layer Responsible for Mass Extinction Event

Researchers have shown that an extinction event 360 million years ago, that killed much of the Earth's plant and freshwater aquatic life, was caused by a brief breakdown of the ozone layer that ...

COVID-19 Lockdowns Significantly Impacting Global Air Quality

Levels of two major air pollutants have been drastically reduced since lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant -- ground-level ozone -- has increased in China, ...

Pig-Pen Effect: Mixing Skin Oil and Ozone Can Produce a Personal Pollution Cloud

When ozone and skin oils meet, the resulting reaction may help remove ozone from an indoor environment, but it can also produce a personal cloud of ...
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All Things Considered, Wooden Pallets Are More Eco-Friendly Than Plastic Pallets

Weighing in on a debate that has raged for decades, researchers, after conducting a series of ultra-detailed comparisons, have declared that shipping pallets made of wood are slightly more ...

Brazilian Wildfire Pollution Worsens Air Quality in Distant Cities

Wildfires in south eastern Brazil produce airborne pollution that worsens air quality in major cities such as Sao Paulo -- cancelling out efforts to improve the urban environment and posing health ...

Iodine May Slow Ozone Layer Recovery

Air pollution and iodine from the ocean contribute to damage of Earth's ozone ...

Shutdown of Coal-Fired Plants in US Saves Lives and Improves Crop Yields

The decommissioning of coal-fired power plants in the continental United States has reduced nearby pollution and its negative impacts on human health and crop yields, according to a new ...

Planetary Boundaries: Interactions in Earth System Amplify Human Impacts

Transgressing one planetary boundary can amplify human impacts on another one. For the first time, an international team of scientists now quantified some of the planetary-scale interactions in the ...

Nitrous Oxide, a Greenhouse Gas, Is on the Rise

A new study from an international group of scientists finds we are releasing more of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide into the atmosphere than previously ...

New AI Deep Learning Model Allows Earlier, More Accurate Ozone Warnings

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based ozone forecasting system, which would allow local areas to predict ozone levels 24 hours in ...

Energy Regulation Rollbacks Threaten Progress Against Harmful Ozone

The fight against harmful ozone is under legal threat. Air quality and carbon emissions regulations are currently in limbo in courts and congress, from core legislation from the 1970s to rules from ...

How Much Are You Polluting Your Office Air Just by Existing?

Could your basic acts of existence be polluting the air in the office room where you work? To find out, a team of engineers has been conducting one of the largest studies of its ...

Rising Ozone Is a Hidden Threat to Corn

By exposing a genetically diverse group of corn plants in the field to future ozone levels, researchers discovered hidden ...

Emissions from Cannabis Growing Facilities May Impact Indoor and Regional Air Quality

Scientists have studied air quality inside of four cannabis growing facilities in Nevada and California. They recorded high levels of BVOCs (biogenic volatile organic compounds) and butane inside ...

Earth's Fingerprint Hints at Finding Habitable Planets Beyond the Solar System

Astronomers have assembled a 'fingerprint' for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting ...

Air Pollution Can Accelerate Lung Disease as Much as a Pack a Day of Cigarettes

Air pollution -- especially ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change -- accelerates the progression of emphysema of the lung, according to a new ...

Reducing Greenhouse Gas in Rocky Mountain Region Has Health, Financial Benefits

Research suggests that imposing fees on energy producers that emit greenhouse gas could improve the health and financial well-being of the Rocky Mountain ...

Ozone Threat from Climate Change

We know the recent extreme heat is something that we can expect more of as a result of increasing temperatures due to climate change. But a new study warns that there's another impact -- ...

Airborne Lidar System Poised to Improve Accuracy of Climate Change Models

Researchers have developed a laser-based system that can be used for airborne measurement of important atmospheric gases with unprecedented accuracy and resolution. The ability to collect this data ...

By Cutting Ozone Pollution Now, China Could Save 330,000 Lives by 2050

If China takes strong measures to reduce its ozone pollution now, it could save hundreds of thousands of lives in the long run, according to a new ...

Damage to the Ozone Layer and Climate Change Forming Feedback Loop

Increased solar radiation penetrating through the damaged ozone layer is interacting with the changing climate, and the consequences are rippling through the Earth's natural systems, effecting ...

Old Ice and Snow Yields Tracer of Preindustrial Ozone

Using rare oxygen molecules trapped in old ice and snow, US and French scientists have answered a long-standing question: How much have 'bad' ozone levels increased since the start of the ...

Electric Vehicles Would Be a Breath of Fresh Air for Houston

Researchers are expressing hope for the future of Houston's breathable air, despite the city's poor rankings in the American Lung Association's 2019 'State of the Air' ...

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