Pollution

Pollution linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, equivalent to 1 in 6 deaths
October 20, 2017 01:24 PM - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Pollution is linked to an estimated nine million deaths each year worldwide – equivalent to one in six (16%) of all deaths, according to a major new report in The Lancet. Most of these deaths are due to non-communicable diseases caused by pollution such as heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

NOAA, NASA team up again to investigate the atmosphere over Antarctica
October 20, 2017 08:17 AM - NOAA

Thirty years after NASA and NOAA launched a groundbreaking airborne campaign to study the Antarctic ozone hole, the two federal science agencies have once again joined forces over the world’s highest, driest and coldest continent to sniff out the secrets of the atmosphere.

On Oct. 14, NASA’s heavily instrumented DC-8 flew over Antarctica as part of the Atmospheric Tomography Mission or ATom, an unprecedented effort to sample the remote atmosphere to understand the distribution of man-made pollutants and short-lived greenhouse gases.

Forest fires on the rise as JRC study warns of danger to air quality
October 19, 2017 10:48 AM - European Commission Joint Research Centre

The JRC’s annual forest fires report confirms a trend towards longer and more intense fire seasons in Europe and neighbouring regions, with wildfires now occurring throughout the year. The report coincides with an international study which finds that global wildfire trends could have significant health implications due to rising harmful emissions.

Study Estimates about 2.1 Million People using Wells High in Arsenic
October 18, 2017 02:25 PM - United States Geological Survey

Most Arsenic Presumed to be From Naturally Occurring Sources

Study Estimates about 2.1 Million People using Wells High in Arsenic
October 18, 2017 02:25 PM - United States Geological Survey

Most Arsenic Presumed to be From Naturally Occurring Sources

Illinois Sportfish Recovery a Result of 1972 Clean Water Act, Scientists Report
October 18, 2017 12:35 PM - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and other sportfish are at the highest levels recorded in more than a century in the Illinois River, according to a new report. Their dramatic recovery, from populations close to zero near Chicago throughout much of the 20th century, began just after implementation of the Clean Water Act, the researchers say.

Researchers Customize Catalysts to Boost Product Yields, Decrease Chemical Separation Costs
October 18, 2017 11:54 AM - DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

UAH graduate student uncovers link between forest fire smoke, pollution events
October 17, 2017 04:40 PM - University of Alabama Huntsville

Smoke from forest fires might contribute to more than half of certain gritty air pollution events in the continental U.S. during the summer, and as much as 20 percent of those events throughout the year, according to new research at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

UAH graduate student uncovers link between forest fire smoke, pollution events
October 17, 2017 04:40 PM - University of Alabama Huntsville

Smoke from forest fires might contribute to more than half of certain gritty air pollution events in the continental U.S. during the summer, and as much as 20 percent of those events throughout the year, according to new research at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Rivers Carry Plastic Debris Into The Sea
October 17, 2017 11:10 AM - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic debris ends up in the sea - a global environmental problem with unforeseeable ecological consequences. The path taken by plastic to reach the sea must be elucidated before it will be possible to reduce the volume of plastic input. To date, there was only little information available on this. It has now been followed up by an interdisciplinary research team who were able to show that plastic debris is primarily carried into the sea by large rivers.

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