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Newswise: The “forever chemical”, per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as an emerging threat to soil health
Released: 1-Jul-2022 3:40 PM EDT
The “forever chemical”, per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as an emerging threat to soil health
Higher Education Press

Soils are impacted globally by several anthropogenic factors, including chemical pollutants.

Released: 1-Jul-2022 1:25 PM EDT
New Study Reveals Impact of Plastic on Small Mammals, as Four Out of Seven Species Identified as ‘Plastic Positive’
University of Sussex

Researchers investigating the exposure of small mammals to plastics in England and Wales have found traces in the feces of more than half of the species examined

Released: 30-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Public Health Falls Victim to Climate Change in Wake of U.S. Supreme Court Decision
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

For climate change, June 2022 has been a busy month. It brought unprecedented flooding in Yellowstone National Park, a severe heat wave with life threatening temperatures in the southwestern U.S. and wildfires, which destroyed lives as well as property across the country.

Newswise: Pioneering Recycling Turns Mixed Waste Into Premium Plastics with No Climate Impact
Released: 30-Jun-2022 10:10 AM EDT
Pioneering Recycling Turns Mixed Waste Into Premium Plastics with No Climate Impact
Chalmers University of Technology

Only a fraction of the material that could be turned into new plastic is currently recycled.

Newswise: From the Playroom to the Landfill: DePaul University Researchers Examine Environmental Impact of Children’s Toys
Released: 29-Jun-2022 5:05 PM EDT
From the Playroom to the Landfill: DePaul University Researchers Examine Environmental Impact of Children’s Toys
DePaul University

New research from two DePaul University alumnae delves into the environmental impact of popular children’s toys. The experience working on the research helped both graduates launch careers in sustainability.

Released: 28-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Study Shows Chemical’s Extent in Fairbanks Winter Air
University of Alaska Fairbanks

A chemical compound discovered in 2019 in Fairbanks’ wintertime air accounts for a significant portion of the community’s fine particulate pollution, according to new research that seeks to better understand the causes and makeup of the dirty air.

Released: 28-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Increasing Heat Waves Affect Up to Half a Billion People
University of Gothenburg

Climate change is a reality and extremely high temperatures have been reported by India and Pakistan in the spring.

Newswise: Landmark international conference announced to help end plastic pollution
Released: 28-Jun-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Landmark international conference announced to help end plastic pollution
University of Portsmouth

A global gathering of plastic experts is taking place in Portsmouth this autumn.

Newswise: Specific Environmental Exposures may Help Predict Increased Risk of Death from Cardiovascular Disease
21-Jun-2022 10:00 AM EDT
Specific Environmental Exposures may Help Predict Increased Risk of Death from Cardiovascular Disease
Mount Sinai Health System

A new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai quantifies the cardiovascular risk posed by exposure to specific environmental factors, showing, for example, that air pollution heightens the risk of heart disease mortality by 17 percent.

21-Jun-2022 10:20 AM EDT
Environmental Factors Predict Risk of Death
NYU Langone Health

Along with high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking, environmental factors such as air pollution are highly predictive of people’s chances of dying, especially from heart attack and stroke, a new study shows.

Newswise: Tiny Fish-Shaped Robot ‘Swims’ Around Picking Up Microplastics
Released: 24-Jun-2022 1:15 PM EDT
Tiny Fish-Shaped Robot ‘Swims’ Around Picking Up Microplastics
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers in ACS’ Nano Letters report having created a light-activated fish robot that “swims” around quickly, picking up and removing microplastics from the environment.

Newswise: Nature Journal Publishes UTEP-Led Pollution Study
Released: 21-Jun-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Nature Journal Publishes UTEP-Led Pollution Study
University of Texas at El Paso

Residents of public housing throughout the United States experience higher levels of air pollution, according to an inter-institutional study led by a researcher from The University of Texas at El Paso that appeared in Scientific Reports, one of Nature’s portfolio of journals.

Released: 21-Jun-2022 12:05 AM EDT
Fifth of Global Food-Related Emissions Due to Transport: Research
University of Sydney

In 2007, ‘locavore’ – a person who only eats food grown or produced within a 100-mile (161km) radius – was the Oxford Word of the Year.

Released: 20-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Inhaled Toxic Particles Take Direct Route From Lungs to Brain - Study
University of Birmingham

Breathing in polluted air could lead to toxic particles being transported from lungs to brain, via the bloodstream – potentially contributing to brain disorders and neurological damage, a new study reveals.

Released: 20-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Melting Arctic Ice Could Transform International Shipping Routes, Study Finds
Brown University

With climate change rapidly warming the world’s oceans, the future of the Arctic Ocean looks grim.

14-Jun-2022 3:45 PM EDT
Rutgers & Harvard Scientists Develop Antimicrobial, Plant-Based Food Wrap Designed to Replace Plastic
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Aiming to produce environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic food wrap and containers, a Rutgers scientist has developed a biodegradable, plant-based coating that can be sprayed on foods, guarding against pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms and transportation damage.

Released: 17-Jun-2022 4:20 PM EDT
Citizens Are More Supportive of Climate Action After COVID-19, but More Pessimistic in Their Expectations
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Most of the Spanish population is pessimistic about the future climate actions by the government and citizens after the impact of COVID-19.

Released: 17-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Biogas and biomethane supply chains leak twice as much methane as first thought
Imperial College London

Although biogas and biomethane remain climate-friendlier than non-renewable alternatives, the researchers call for better monitoring and fixing of leaks to ensure biogas and biomethane continue to live up to their green credentials.

Released: 17-Jun-2022 10:55 AM EDT
Scientists Say Global Biodiversity Framework Falls Short on Chemicals and Other Contaminants
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

BRI is part of an international group of scientists who published a joint letter in Science, just prior to the next round of international negotiations on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This letter urges more attention to the diversity of contaminants that pollute the environment and adversely impact biodiversity.

Newswise: Chemical Pollution Threatens Biodiversity
Released: 17-Jun-2022 7:05 AM EDT
Chemical Pollution Threatens Biodiversity
University of Vienna

Environmental chemical pollution threatens biodiversity. However, the complexity of this pollution remains insufficiently recognised by decision-makers - this is what international researchers led by Gabriel Sigmund from the University of Vienna and Ksenia Groh from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) argue in the most recent issue of “Science”. Their letter appears shortly before the international negotiations on the “post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework”. These will take place from 21st of June in Nairobi (Kenya).

Released: 16-Jun-2022 5:50 PM EDT
New Global Biodiversity Framework Falls Short on Chemicals
University of Toronto

Environmental scientists, ecologists, and policy experts argue in a letter published today in Science that the proposed Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework – a new international agreement to protect biodiversity – fails to account for the totality of chemical pollutants that threaten the health of ecosystems worldwide.

Newswise:Video Embedded study-humans-responsible-for-over-90-of-world-s-oil-slicks
Released: 16-Jun-2022 4:10 PM EDT
Study: Humans Responsible for Over 90% of World's Oil Slicks
Florida State University

A team of U.S. and Chinese scientists mapping oil pollution across the Earth’s oceans has found that more than 90% of chronic oil slicks come from human sources, a much higher proportion than previously estimated. Their research, published in Science, is a major update from previous investigations into marine oil pollution, which estimated that about half came from human sources and half from natural sources.

Newswise: Wildfire Smoke Exposure Negatively Impacts Dairy Cow Health
Released: 16-Jun-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Wildfire Smoke Exposure Negatively Impacts Dairy Cow Health

Increasing frequency and size of wildfires in the United States over the past several decades affect everything from human life and health to air quality, biodiversity, and land use.

Released: 16-Jun-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Leading Experts, Officials to Discuss Threats and Solutions for Clean Water
Stony Brook University

A full day of dialogue and scientific presentations by national experts concerning problems and solutions associated with wastewater, nitrogen pollution, PFAS forever chemicals, treatment of drinking water, next generation clean water technologies and other topics will take place during the Clean Water Symposium.

Released: 13-Jun-2022 12:55 PM EDT
Plastic Pollution in Ocean May Harbor Novel Antibiotics, Study Shows
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Plastic pollution in the ocean may serve as a source for novel antibiotics, according to a new student-led study conducted in collaboration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The research will be presented at the American Society for Microbiology’s conference in Washington, D.C. on June 9-13, 2022.

Released: 10-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Air Pollution Gets Worse During Winter at Airports
McGill University

Air pollution kills approximately 7 million people every year worldwide.

Released: 9-Jun-2022 12:05 AM EDT
Microplastics in the Indian Ocean
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

They may be tiny, but they pose a global problem for humans and the environment: microplastic particles. These are plastic particles with a diameter between one micron and five millimeters.

7-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Higher Socioeconomic Status Linked to Increased Air Pollution Exposure in China
University of Washington

For the first time, a University of Washington led team has 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 runs contrary to existing studies conducted throughout North America, which have shown that higher pollution levels tend to be experienced among people with lower socioeconomic status.

Released: 6-Jun-2022 7:05 PM EDT
German study links long-term exposure to air pollution before the pandemic to greater risk of severe COVID-19
European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care

Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a greater risk of severe COVID-19, new research being presented at Euroanaesthesia, the annual meeting of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) in Milan, Italy (4-6 June), finds.

Released: 3-Jun-2022 2:05 AM EDT
Children Who Attend Schools with More Traffic Noise Show Slower Cognitive Development
Barcelona Institute for Global Health

Road traffic noise is a widespread problem in cities whose impact on children’s health remains poorly understood. A new study conducted at 38 schools in Barcelona suggests that traffic noise at schools has a detrimental effect on the development of working memory and attention in primary-school students.

Released: 2-Jun-2022 5:05 PM EDT
The Possibility of Carbon Emissions Peak in China by 2030 Depends on the GDP Growth Rate
Science China Press

This research is done by Professor Weidong Liu, Associate Professors Zhipeng Tang and Mengyao Han, and Dr. Wanbei Jiang from the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Newswise: A 50% Reduction in Emissions by 2030 Can be Achieved. Here’s How
Released: 2-Jun-2022 7:00 AM EDT
A 50% Reduction in Emissions by 2030 Can be Achieved. Here’s How
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

To prevent the worst outcomes from climate change, the U.S. will need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in the next eight years. Scientists from around the nation have developed a blueprint for success.

Released: 1-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Long-Banned Toxic Chemicals Remain a Global Threat
University of Toronto

A new analysis by researchers at Masaryk University, the University of Toronto, and NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has found most countries are not on track to remove their stocks of highly hazardous polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by the 2028 deadline set forth in the Stockholm Convention, the global chemicals management treaty.

Released: 1-Jun-2022 2:05 AM EDT
Water Treatment Efficiently Removes Nanoplastics
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology: ETH

It’s a hot topic, at least on social media: tiny plastic particles allegedly end up not only in oceans and lakes, but also in drinking water – and, yes, even in bottled mineral water.

Released: 1-Jun-2022 1:50 AM EDT
Research Confirms Effectiveness of Oil Dispersants
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Marine oil spills are one of the most direct, and harmful, examples of the toll that the extraction of fossil fuels can take on the environment.

Released: 31-May-2022 5:20 PM EDT
Urgent need for climate protection, energy transition and pandemic preparedness: Science academies publish statements ahead of the G7 summit

The science academies of the G7 states are calling for urgent international action to protect the ocean and polar regions and to accelerate decarbonisation.

Newswise: Mouse Study Links Air Pollution Exposure to Adverse Outcomes in Pregnancy
Released: 31-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Mouse Study Links Air Pollution Exposure to Adverse Outcomes in Pregnancy
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new study in mice by UCLA scientists reveals how exposure to traffic-related air pollutants causes cellular changes in the placenta that can lead to pregnancy complications and affect the health of both mother and offspring.

Newswise: The First Cave-Bound Mollusc Species From the Americas
Released: 26-May-2022 2:05 PM EDT
The First Cave-Bound Mollusc Species From the Americas
Pensoft Publishers

Exclusively subterranean bivalves - the group of molluscs comprising clams, oysters, mussels, scallops - are considered a rarity.

Newswise: Reshaping Global Policies for Circular Economy
Released: 26-May-2022 1:55 PM EDT
Reshaping Global Policies for Circular Economy
Tsinghua University Press

Circular economy may not always be effective or even desirable owing to the spatiotemporal dimensions of environmental risk of materials, and variability of global policies.

Newswise: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Plans Transition to Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Released: 25-May-2022 6:10 PM EDT
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Plans Transition to Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL will demonstrate how new technologies, innovative approaches and partnering with others can lead to net-zero emissions and decarbonization of operations.

Released: 25-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
What a load of trash: New study finds UK litter is dominated by plastics and drinks packaging
Loughborough University

A new study looking at litter in the UK has revealed the types of materials and products being dumped in our hedgerows and waterways.

20-May-2022 10:30 AM EDT
Does the Size of Air Pollution Particles Affect a Person’s Risk of Death from Stroke?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Living in areas with higher air pollution is associated with an increased risk of in-hospital death from stroke, and the risk varies depending on the size of the air pollution particles, according to a new study published in the May 25, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: 23-May-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Target CO2 and non-carbon pollutants to slow climate change
Cornell University

Policies that focus solely on decarbonization will not be sufficient to keep the Earth’s temperature below the “tipping point” threshold scientists have long warned could result in a runaway greenhouse warming effect, according to research published May 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Newswise: Researchers succeed in monitoring the
Released: 23-May-2022 2:55 PM EDT
Researchers succeed in monitoring the "journey" of microplastics through the intestine of a living organism
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

A UAB research team has managed to track the behaviour of microplastics during their "journey" through the intestinal tract of a living organism and illustrate what happens along the way.

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