Pollution

Green infrastructure: New tool by University of Toronto researchers to help construction industry reduce carbon footprint
December 12, 2017 08:10 AM - University of Toronto

A team of researchers from the University of Toronto is partnering with the construction industry to help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, bridges, public transit and other major infrastructure projects.

“What we’re building is a decision-support tool that can be used in the early stages of design and planning,” says Heather MacLean, a professor in the department of civil engineering who is one of five Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering professors involved in the project. “Ultimately, the goal is to produce infrastructure with much lower greenhouse gas impact.”

Exposure to Air Pollution Just Before or After Conception Raises Risk of Birth Defects
December 11, 2017 10:37 AM - Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center

Women exposed to air pollution just prior to conception or during the first month of pregnancy face an increased risk of their children being born with birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate or abnormal hearts.

Scientists Home in on Causes of High Radium Levels in Key Midwestern Aquifer
December 8, 2017 08:01 AM - USGS (United States Geological Survey)

Oxygen levels, dissolved minerals among factors responsible for high concentrations of radium in untreated water from aquifer that underlies six states

U.S. Geological Survey scientists have shed new light on processes that happen deep underground.

Transportation Replaces Power in U.S. as Top Source of CO2 Emissions
December 7, 2017 09:17 AM - Yale Environment 360

Power plants have been the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States for more than 40 years. But according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, transportation has now claimed the top spot.

Successful Nigerian business-NGO partnerships rooted in collaboration
December 7, 2017 08:18 AM - York University

What’s the key ingredient to successful partnerships? York University Development Studies Professor Uwafiokun Idemudia reviewed existing research on an unorthodox union between a non-governmental organization (NGO) and an oil company with a history of spills in Nigeria. He found that collaboration was beneficial even when innate creative tensions exist, and to reach sustainable targets, the company needs to align its overall strategy with the goals of the partnership.

Clean Energy: Experts Outline How Governments Can Successfully Invest Before It's Too Late
December 6, 2017 04:16 PM - University of Cambridge

Governments need to give technical experts more autonomy and hold their nerve to provide more long-term stability when investing in clean energy, argue researchers in climate change and innovation policy in a new paper published today.

Traffic pollution putting unborn babies' health at risk, warn experts
December 6, 2017 01:09 PM - BMJ

Traffic pollution, but not traffic noise, linked to low birth weight

Air pollution from road traffic is having a detrimental impact upon babies’ health in London, before they are born, finds a study.

Traffic pollution putting unborn babies' health at risk, warn experts
December 6, 2017 01:09 PM - BMJ

Traffic pollution, but not traffic noise, linked to low birth weight

Air pollution from road traffic is having a detrimental impact upon babies’ health in London, before they are born, finds a study.

London air pollution cancels positive health effects of exercise in over-60s
December 6, 2017 10:06 AM - Imperial College London

Exposure to air pollution on city streets is enough to counter the beneficial health effects of exercise in older adults, according to new research.

London air pollution cancels positive health effects of exercise in over-60s
December 6, 2017 10:06 AM - Imperial College London

Exposure to air pollution on city streets is enough to counter the beneficial health effects of exercise in older adults, according to new research.

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