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Newswise: What are blue, green, and grey water?
Released: 17-Jan-2022 8:00 AM EST
What are blue, green, and grey water?
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Each classification of water can be used differently, preserving this precious resource

Newswise: Doctors Name Metalworking Occupations Most Predisposed to Respiratory Tract Inflammation
Released: 15-Jan-2022 3:05 PM EST
Doctors Name Metalworking Occupations Most Predisposed to Respiratory Tract Inflammation
Russian Foundation for Basic Research

The RUDN University medic with colleagues from Kazakhstan and the USA studied the markers of inflammation in the respiratory tract in a metalworking occupational cohort. It is known that they inhale particles of metals and their oxides, and this can have negative health consequences. According to the composition of the exhaled air, doctors assessed which workers have a more pronounced risk of inflammatory processes in the lungs.

Newswise: Citizen science helps nurture our health through nature
Released: 13-Jan-2022 7:05 PM EST
Citizen science helps nurture our health through nature
University of South Australia

From lifting our moods, to boosting our immune systems, the intrinsic health benefits of being in nature are well known. But as urbanisation continues to encroach on green spaces, finding ways to connect with natural environments is becoming more challenging.

Released: 13-Jan-2022 4:00 PM EST
Public Health Researchers, Mentors, Educators, and Trainees Honored with 2022 SOT Awards
Society of Toxicology

The 2022 SOT Award recipients represent outstanding individuals in academia, industry, and government whose work in chemical exposures and effects, genetic risk factors, radiation effects, new approach methodologies, the microbiome, and more is improving understanding of health risks.

Newswise: Meeting ATS-Recommended Air Quality Standards Would Save Thousands of Lives
Released: 13-Jan-2022 8:00 AM EST
Meeting ATS-Recommended Air Quality Standards Would Save Thousands of Lives
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

A paper published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society presents research discussing how new air quality standards recommended by the American Thoracic Society have the potential to prevent more illness and death than standards adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This study is part of the annual ATS/Marron Institute Health of the Air report.

Newswise: Case Western Reserve researchers monitoring Cleveland’s effort to address lead-poisoning issue
Released: 12-Jan-2022 5:10 PM EST
Case Western Reserve researchers monitoring Cleveland’s effort to address lead-poisoning issue
Case Western Reserve University

When Cleveland City Council passed the Lead Safe Cleveland ordinance in 2019—landmark legislation resulting from data showing the toxic heavy metal was poisoning the city’s youth at alarming rate—a team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University was tasked with tracking and evaluating the initiative’s progress.

Released: 11-Jan-2022 5:35 PM EST
Long term exposure to air pollution may heighten COVID-19 risk
BMJ

Long term exposure to ambient air pollution may heighten the risk of COVID-19 infection, suggests research published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Released: 11-Jan-2022 5:10 PM EST
Chemical Commonly Found in Consumer Products May Disrupt a Hormone Needed for Healthy Pregnancy
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Exposure to phthalates—a group of chemicals found in everything from plastics to personal care products to electronics—may disrupt an important hormone needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy, according to a Rutgers study.

Newswise: Overcoming a bottleneck in carbon dioxide conversion
Released: 11-Jan-2022 3:55 PM EST
Overcoming a bottleneck in carbon dioxide conversion
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

If researchers could find a way to chemically convert carbon dioxide into fuels or other products, they might make a major dent in greenhouse gas emissions.

Released: 11-Jan-2022 2:45 PM EST
University Hospitals makes $1.2 million ‘Community Health Investment’ in Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

In its first investment as part of its new Community Health Investment Strategy, University Hospitals is committing a total of $1.2 million to the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, a public-private partnership formed to address and prevent the pernicious issue of lead poisoning. As part of this new strategy, UH will take a portion of assets that would traditionally have been invested in such vehicles as stocks and bonds and make them available for investments into the under-resourced parts of Cleveland.

Newswise: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shares details on microplastic detection project
Released: 11-Jan-2022 1:00 PM EST
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shares details on microplastic detection project
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Microplastics are tiny plastic pieces that can be found in the ocean and atmosphere. Scientists’ current understanding of microplastics is that they are widespread globally, but the impact they have on ecosystems and humans is largely unknown. Current technologies for identifying microplastics are also limited, but a project led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Chemical Sensors Lab is moving researchers closer to an in-field microplastics sensor that measures the amount of plastic particles in water.

Newswise: New Research: Almost 400,000 Californians May Lack Access to Safe Drinking Water
11-Jan-2022 8:05 AM EST
New Research: Almost 400,000 Californians May Lack Access to Safe Drinking Water
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

An estimated 370,000 Californians rely on drinking water that may contain high levels of the chemicals arsenic, nitrate or hexavalent chromium, and contaminated drinking water disproportionately impacts communities of color in the state, according to a new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Released: 10-Jan-2022 11:25 AM EST
How circular waste management systems can benefit the environment
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

A new IIASA-led study shows, for the first time, how circular waste management systems can help to effectively curb emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants.

Newswise: Nearly 2 Million Children Worldwide Develop Asthma as a Result of Breathing in Traffic- Related Pollution
4-Jan-2022 10:05 AM EST
Nearly 2 Million Children Worldwide Develop Asthma as a Result of Breathing in Traffic- Related Pollution
George Washington University

Nearly 2 million new cases of pediatric asthma every year may be caused by a traffic-related air pollutant, a problem particularly important in big cities around the world, according to a new study published today.

Newswise: Eight substances added to 15th Report on Carcinogens
21-Dec-2021 10:25 AM EST
Eight substances added to 15th Report on Carcinogens
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Eight substances have been added to the Report on Carcinogens, bringing the total list to 256 substances that are known, or reasonably anticipated, to cause cancer in humans. This is the 15th Report on Carcinogens, which is a cumulative report, mandated by Congress and prepared by the National Toxicology Program (NTP).

Newswise: Understanding cobalt’s human cost
Released: 17-Dec-2021 2:20 PM EST
Understanding cobalt’s human cost
Northwestern University

While driving an electric car has fewer environmental impacts than gasoline-powered cars, the production of the parts necessary for these green technologies can have dire effects on human well-being.

Released: 15-Dec-2021 4:45 PM EST
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The Latest Mental Health Research and Feature News in the Mental Health Channel on Newswise

Released: 15-Dec-2021 11:55 AM EST
E-waste recycling emits emerging synthetic antioxidants
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology Letters have detected a broad range of emerging synthetic antioxidants, called hindered phenol and sulfur antioxidants, in dust from electronic waste (e-waste) recycling workshops, possibly posing risks for the workers inside.

Released: 15-Dec-2021 11:50 AM EST
Identifying schools with high lead levels in drinking water
American Chemical Society (ACS)

In a new study in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology Letters, researchers used real-world data to determine an approach for identifying schools likely to have problematic tap water lead levels

9-Dec-2021 8:05 PM EST
Despite cleaner air, pollution disparities for people of color remain across the US
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers investigated disparities in exposure to six major air pollutants in 1990, 2000 and 2010 by comparing models of air pollution levels to census data. While overall pollutant concentrations have decreased since 1990, people of color are still more likely to be exposed to all six pollutants than white people, regardless of income level, across the continental United States.

Released: 10-Dec-2021 1:10 PM EST
Chemicals from Hair and Beauty Products Impact Hormones, Especially During Pregnancy
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Use of certain personal care products during pregnancy may impact maternal hormone levels, according to a new Rutgers study.

Newswise: Biodiversity Research Institute Announces Publication of New Scientific Paper on the Benefits of Savanna Fire Management in Africa
Released: 9-Dec-2021 12:15 PM EST
Biodiversity Research Institute Announces Publication of New Scientific Paper on the Benefits of Savanna Fire Management in Africa
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), announces the publication of the scientific paper Savanna fire management can generate enough carbon revenue to help restore Africa’s rangelands and fill Protected Area funding gaps in the December issue of the journal One Earth. The new study builds on a history of collaborative and independent research by BRI, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Soils for the Future, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) that has culminated in this paper, which quantifies the benefits of savanna fire management in Africa.

Released: 9-Dec-2021 8:50 AM EST
Chronic Exposure to Air Pollution May Increase Risks for ICU Admission or Death Among COVID-19 Patients, Study Find
Mount Sinai Health System

New study suggests persistent exposure to air pollutants in residential communities can impact health outcomes for COVID-19 patients

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7-Dec-2021 6:05 AM EST
Kiwis took advantage of COVID freedoms last New Year to party hard
University of South Australia

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the impact of lockdowns and restrictions on designer drug use in 10 different countries over the 2020/21 New Year period, according to a new study led by the University of South Australia.

Released: 6-Dec-2021 3:45 PM EST
Spaceflight wreaks havoc on liver metabolism
University of Tsukuba

The latest findings of a series of studies on mice that examined harmful effects caused by spending time in space show that gene expression related to liver metabolism is altered in response to the space environment.

Released: 6-Dec-2021 2:05 PM EST
New study shows link between long-term exposure to air pollution and fatty liver disease
Elsevier

Metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD) is a growing global health challenge and poses a substantial economic burden.

Newswise: Economists Find Out Why Ecolabeling Does Not Work in Russia
Released: 3-Dec-2021 4:05 AM EST
Economists Find Out Why Ecolabeling Does Not Work in Russia
Russian Foundation for Basic Research

RUDN University economists have found out how consumers feel about ecolabeling in Russia. It turned out that consumers do not pay attention to eco-labels, and manufacturers mislead them, so in Russia ecolabeling does not contribute to the sustainable development of the economy. Economists have suggested using a smartphone app to help buyers verify the authenticity of eco-stamps.

Newswise: RUDN Scientists Propose a Method for Assessing the Circular Economy
Released: 3-Dec-2021 3:05 AM EST
RUDN Scientists Propose a Method for Assessing the Circular Economy
Russian Foundation for Basic Research

RUDN University economists have developed an approach for assessing the development of the circular economy in different countries. The new method will help experts and governments determine how successfully waste recycling systems, energy-saving technologies and new green materials are being introduced into the economy.

Newswise: Light-powered soft robots could suck up oil spills
Released: 2-Dec-2021 1:20 PM EST
Light-powered soft robots could suck up oil spills
University of California, Riverside

A floating, robotic film designed at UC Riverside could be trained to hoover oil spills at sea or remove contaminants from drinking water.

Newswise:Video Embedded septic-system-waste-pervasive-throughout-florida-s-indian-river-lagoon
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Released: 2-Dec-2021 8:30 AM EST
Septic System Waste Pervasive Throughout Florida’s Indian River Lagoon
Florida Atlantic University

There are more than 300,000 septic systems permitted in six counties adjacent to the 156-mile-long Indian River Lagoon (IRL) in Florida. Researchers assessed water quality and measured stable nitrogen isotopes in groundwater, surface water, and macrophyte tissue to identify nitrogen sources impacting the lagoon.

Released: 30-Nov-2021 12:40 PM EST
Reduced meat diet has many advantages
University of Bonn

950 kilograms of food and drink are consumed by every citizen in the EU annually - a sizeable quantity, the weight of a small car.

16-Nov-2021 2:20 PM EST
Filtering Microplastics Trash from Water with Acoustic Waves #ASA181
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Filtering and removing the microplastics from water is a difficult task, but acoustic waves may provide a solution. Researchers have developed a filtration prototype that uses two speakers to create acoustic waves. The force produced by the waves separates the microplastics from the water by creating pressure on a tube of inflowing water. As the tube splits into three channels, the microplastic particles are pressed toward the center as the clean water flows toward the two outer channels.

Newswise: UCLA to Sponsor Conference Series on Climate Change and Public Health in California
Released: 29-Nov-2021 5:05 PM EST
UCLA to Sponsor Conference Series on Climate Change and Public Health in California
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

In the aftermath of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) this month, experts from the public and private sectors will meet Tuesday, Nov. 30, at UCLA to discuss the expected impact of climate change on the health of Californians.

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Released: 29-Nov-2021 2:55 PM EST
Study Outlines Challenges to Ongoing Clean-up of Burnt and Unburnt Nurdles Along Sri Lanka’s Coastline
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

When a fire broke out on the deck of the M/V XPress Pearl cargo ship on May 20, 2021, an estimated 70-75 billion pellets of preproduction plastic material, known as nurdles, spilled into the ocean and along the Sri Lankan coastline. That spill of about 1,500 tons of nurdles, many of which were burnt by the fire, has threatened marine life and poses a complex clean-up challenge.

29-Nov-2021 7:05 AM EST
Exploring pathways to reduce the economic and environmental risks of climate change
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

A new study by an international team of researchers explored the physical and macroeconomic impacts associated with mitigation pathways with different levels of temperature overshoot.

Released: 29-Nov-2021 8:45 AM EST
Giving shoppers a nudge to forgo plastic bags
Ohio State University

The opportunity to make a small charitable donation on a store owner’s nickel may be just the encouragement shoppers need to forgo toting their goods home in a single-use plastic bag, new research suggests.

Released: 26-Nov-2021 12:05 PM EST
NAU, partner institutions selected for international sustainability award
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a key partner in a project that has been recognized for its work in achieving one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals—goals designed to protect and sustain all life on Earth amid a changing climate.

19-Nov-2021 11:40 AM EST
Vehicles are an under-recognized source of urban ammonia pollution
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers report in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology Letters that satellite data from before & during the spring 2020 lockdown in Los Angeles shows that vehicles are the main source of urban airborne ammonia, which forms small particles that contribute to air pollution & harm human health.

Newswise: Natural feedback or human activities? A new study points to agricultural and industrial sources as the main cause to the soaring atmospheric methane
Released: 18-Nov-2021 10:15 AM EST
Natural feedback or human activities? A new study points to agricultural and industrial sources as the main cause to the soaring atmospheric methane
Science China Press

Climate change is causing rapid warming in the arctic and tropical regions where natural wetland store large pools of carbon and emit methane.

Newswise: FAU Seeks Participants for Study on Health Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms
Released: 18-Nov-2021 8:30 AM EST
FAU Seeks Participants for Study on Health Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers are continuing a first-of-its-kind evaluation of both the short-term and potential long-term health effects of harmful algal blooms among Florida residents. The study also will be the first-of-its-kind to evaluate the potential effect of exposure to COVID-19. Researchers will explore if there is a relationship between a history of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and susceptibility to the effects of harmful algal blooms exposure.

Newswise: Back down to earth
Released: 17-Nov-2021 5:45 PM EST
Back down to earth
UC Berkeley College of Engineering

The humdrum task of garbage-sorting can elicit confusion or even suspicion. Compost? Recycle? Are those corn-based disposable forks truly compostable or are they just feel-good trash? Many recyclable plastics never even make it into the right bin, and while products with terms like “eco” and “plant-derived” in their brand names can let us feel like we are making Earth-friendly choices, scientists say their benefits may be oversold.

Released: 17-Nov-2021 3:05 PM EST
Scientists Confirm: Essential Oils Unrelated to Hormone Disruption
Franklin Health Research

Epidemiological Research Debunks the Long-Held Myth That Lavender and Tea Tree Oils Cause Endocrine Disruption in Children.

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Released: 17-Nov-2021 10:00 AM EST
New Technique Improves Conversion of Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuels
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated how coating copper catalysts with thin films can improve a standard technique for converting carbon dioxide emissions into useful chemicals and liquid fuels.

Released: 16-Nov-2021 6:35 PM EST
Air pollution decrease in India during COVID-19 lockdown not as high as originally thought
York University

Observational data shows air pollution in India decreased drastically in the first COVID-19 lockdown when emissions from vehicles naturally declined, but York University researchers say those numbers only tell part of the story – blue skies and an absence of visible smog can be deceiving and hide pollutants that could potentially cause health issues.

Released: 16-Nov-2021 3:40 PM EST
Air filter significantly reduces presence of airborne SARS-CoV-2 in COVID-19 wards
University of Cambridge

When a team of doctors, scientists and engineers at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the University of Cambridge placed an air filtration machine in COVID-19 wards, they found that it removed almost all traces of airborne SARS-CoV-2.

Newswise: Five UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Scholars Among Most Highly Cited Researchers for 2021
Released: 16-Nov-2021 1:30 PM EST
Five UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Scholars Among Most Highly Cited Researchers for 2021
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

The world’s most influential researchers include 43 UCLA scholars - and five of them are faculty at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Newswise: Where COVID-19's death grip slipped (briefly)
Released: 15-Nov-2021 5:10 PM EST
Where COVID-19's death grip slipped (briefly)
Earth Institute at Columbia University

Geochemist Lex van Geen works at the intersection of public health and environmental risks.

Newswise: Are scientists contaminating their own samples? New study shows we may be emitting clouds of microfibres
Released: 15-Nov-2021 4:25 PM EST
Are scientists contaminating their own samples? New study shows we may be emitting clouds of microfibres
Staffordshire University

More than 70% of microplastics found in samples from oceans and rivers could come from the scientists collecting them.


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