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June 26, 2022

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Curbing Other Climate Pollutants, Not Just CO2, Gives Earth a Chance

Slashing emissions of carbon dioxide by itself isn't enough to prevent catastrophic global warming, a new study shows. But if we simultaneously also reduce emissions of methane and other often ...

Rocket Engine Exhaust Pollution Extends High Into Earth's Atmosphere

Researchers assessed the potential impact of a rocket launch on atmospheric pollution by investigating the heat and mass transfer and rapid mixing of the combustion byproducts. The team modeled the ...

Micro And Nanoplastic from the Atmosphere Is Polluting the Ocean

According to estimates, by 2040 the level of plastic pollution could reach 80 million metric tons per year. Plastic particles have now been detected in virtually all spheres of the environment, e.g. ...

Exposure to Wildfires Increases Risk of Cancer

A new study finds higher incidence of lung cancer and brain tumors in people exposed to wildfires. The study, which tracks over two million Canadians over a period of 20 years, is the first to ...
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No 'Safest Spot' to Minimize Risk of COVID-19 Transmission on Trains

Researchers have demonstrated how airborne diseases such as COVID-19 spread along the length of a train carriage and found that there is no 'safest spot' for passengers to minimise the risk ...

Higher Socioeconomic Status Linked to Increased Air Pollution Exposure in China

Researchers have uncovered that people living in China who have a higher socioeconomic status are actually more exposed to outdoor air pollution, also known as ambient air pollution. This finding ...

Anthropogenic Vapors in Haze Pollution Over Hong Kong and Mainland China's Megacities

Scientists have revealed the significant roles of anthropogenic low-volatility organic vapors on the secondary organic aerosols (SOA) formation in four megacities in China, providing new insights for ...

High Air Pollution from Fracking in Ohio County

Residents of Belmont County in eastern Ohio have long suffered from health problems they suspected were the result of air pollution from fracking facilities, but regulators dismissed and downplayed ...

Air Pollution Linked to Deadly Heart Rhythm Disorder

Life-threatening arrhythmias are more common on days with highly polluted air, according to new ...

New Material Can 'Capture Toxic Pollutants from Air'

A new material is capable of capturing trace amounts of benzene, a toxic pollutant, from the air and crucially use less energy than existing materials to do ...

Heavy Metal Pollution Can Increase Antibiotic Resistance in Rivers

Scientists have shown that elevated heavy metal levels in rivers can lead to higher levels of antibiotic ...

Cutting Air Pollution Emissions Would Save 50,000 US Lives, $600 Billion Each Year

Eliminating air pollution emissions from energy-related activities in the United States would prevent more than 50,000 premature deaths each year and provide more than $600 billion in benefits each ...

Adopting Low-Carbon Energy Can Reduce Racial Disparities in Air Pollution

Switching to low carbon fuels for transportation, cooking, heating, power generation and other needs would help fight climate change and also reduce racial and ethnic disparities in exposure to air ...

Spider Can Hide Underwater for 30 Minutes

A tropical spider species uses a 'film' of air to hide underwater from predators for as long as 30 minutes, according to new ...

New Technology Reduces Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions to Meet Stringent CARB 2027 NOx Requirements

Engineers have demonstrated the effectiveness of new technology to cut diesel emissions. The advancement successfully reduced heavy-duty diesel engine nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to meet the ...

Anti-Idling Campaign Reduces Idling Time at Elementary Schools

An anti-idling campaign at elementary schools was effective in reducing idling time by 38%, and an air monitoring experiment found that air quality around schools can vary over short distances. These ...

COVID-19 Lockdown Measures Affect Air Pollution from Cities Differently

Seizing on a natural experiment created by restricted travel, researchers combine a network model with air pollution data before and during ...

Lesser Known Ozone Layer's Outsized Role in Planet Warming

New research has identified a lesser-known form of ozone playing a big role in heating the Southern Ocean -- one of Earth's main cooling ...

Air Pollution Linked to Higher Risk of COVID-19 in Young Adults

Residential exposure to ambient air pollutants is linked to an elevated risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, an observational study of young adults in Stockholm, Sweden ...

How Air Pollution Alters Lung Tissue, Increasing Cancer Susceptibility

Scientists have identified a mechanism that explains how fine air pollution particles might cause lung cancer, according to a new ...

Pacific Northwest Wildfires Alter Air Pollution Patterns Across North America

Increasingly large and intense wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are altering the seasonal pattern of air pollution and causing a spike in unhealthy pollutants in August, according to new research. ...

Pollution from Cooking Emissions Hangs in the Air

Organic aerosols -- such as those released in cooking -- may stay in the atmosphere for several days, because of nanostructures formed by fatty acids as they are released into the ...

Layered Controls Can Significantly Curb Exposure to COVID-19

Using a new computational model that simulates the life cycle of pathogen-laden particles, researchers found that a combination of distancing of six feet, universal mask-wearing, and increased room ...

Historically Redlined Neighborhoods Burdened by Excess Oil and Gas Wells, Study Finds

A new study details how historically redlined neighborhoods across the U.S. that scored lowest in racially discriminatory maps drawn by the government-sponsored Home-Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) in ...

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