Environmental Policy

Low dose, constant drip: Pharmaceuticals & personal care products impact aquatic life
November 15, 2017 11:41 AM - Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Traditional toxicity testing underestimates the risk that pharmaceutical and personal care product pollution poses to freshwater ecosystems. Criteria that account for ecological disruption – not just organism death – are needed to protect surface waters, which are under pressure from a growing population and escalating synthetic chemical use. So reports a new study published this week in Elementa.

Urgent action for planetary health: International Health Lecture
November 14, 2017 10:17 AM - Academy of Medical Sciences (UK)

We need to pay more attention to the health of the planet to save lives, and improve global health, now and in the future, Dr Samuel Myers said at The 2017 Academy of Medical Sciences & The Lancet International Health Lecture

15,000 Scientists in 184 Countries Warn About Negative Global Environmental Trends
November 13, 2017 12:36 PM - Oregon State University

Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinctions and human population growth, scientists warn in today’s issue of BioScience, an international journal.

Some Coal Ash from China Too Radioactive for Reuse
November 10, 2017 11:21 AM - Duke University

Manufacturers are increasingly using encapsulated coal ash from power plants as a low-cost binding agent in concrete, wallboard, bricks, roofing and other building materials. But a new study by U.S. and Chinese scientists cautions that coal ash from high-uranium deposits in China may be too radioactive for this use.

Climate change, sparse policies endanger right whale population
November 10, 2017 10:55 AM - Cornell University

North Atlantic right whales – a highly endangered species making modest population gains in the past decade – may be imperiled by warming waters and insufficient international protection, according to a new Cornell analysis published online in Global Change Biology, Oct. 30.

China's Sulfur Dioxide Emissions Declined Significantly While India's Grew Over Last Decade
November 9, 2017 12:09 PM - University of Maryland

Sulfur dioxide is an air pollutant that causes acid rain, haze and many health-related problems. It is produced predominantly when coal is burned to generate electricity.

Geography PhD creates virtual environment for coastal planning project
November 9, 2017 08:09 AM - University of Victoria

What if you could experience the beauty of Sidney Spit (at the northern tip of Sidney Island) without leaving your home? Robert Newell has applied cutting-edge technology to develop a virtual reality experience that takes visitors on a tour of the park, over land and underwater, using visualization tools.

Are the Grandkids Worth It? Climate Change Policy Depends on How We Value Human Population
October 31, 2017 02:29 PM - Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

If the human population continues to grow, more pressure will be put on carbon dioxide emissions — leaving future generations vulnerable to the effects of climate change. To head this off, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced, but that could cost billions of dollars or more over the next few decades, a dilemma plaguing today’s policymakers.

How cities can fight climate change most effectively
October 30, 2017 11:25 AM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not greater housing density.

Marine Species Threatened by Deep-Sea Mining
October 25, 2017 11:39 AM - University of Gothenburg

Less than half of our planet’s surface is covered by land. The rest is water, and this environment is home to an enormous range of animal species, most of which remain undiscovered and thus have not yet been named.

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