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Great Lakes, Mercury, Lake Superior, fish, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, environmental modeling

The Big Picture of Great Lakes Mercury Pollution

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A transdisciplinary team examined regulatory impacts on Great Lakes mercury, focusing on an Upper Peninsula tribal community with high fish consumption.

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Clouds, Thunderstorms, Amazon, Climate, Aerosols, Pollution

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University of Washington, Oceanography, Fluid Dynamics, Ocean Science, Ocean Pollution, ocean physics

Temporary 'Bathtub Drains' in the Ocean Concentrate Flotsam

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An experiment using hundreds of plastic drifters in the Gulf of Mexico shows that rather than simply spread out, as current calculations would predict, many of them clumped together in a tight cluster.

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Bad Air Quality Along Utah’s Wasatch Front Causes More Than 200 Cases of Pneumonia Each Year

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Air pollution erodes the health of adults over age 65, a population particularly vulnerable to the effects of pneumonia.

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Stress, PTSD, fracking, Wildlife Conservation, oil and gas drilling

Industrial Noise Pollution Causes Chronic Stress, Reproductive Problems in Birds

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A new study by CU Boulder researchers found that blue birds nesting near noisy oil and gas operations have hormonal changes similar to people with PTSD, smaller nestlings and fewer eggs that hatch

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Environment, Pollution, algal blooms, Septic Systems, Waste Water, Microcystis, Red Tides, Green Tides, Brown Tides, Toxins, toxic algae, Ecosystem, Water Treatment, Septic Tank, Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie Estuary

Study Finds Source of Toxic Green Algal Blooms and the Results Stink

Florida’s St. Lucie Estuary received national attention in 2016 as toxic green algal blooms wreaked havoc on this vital ecosystem. A new study contradicts the widespread misconception that periodic discharges from Lake Okeechobee were responsible. Water samples gathered and tested in the year-long study provide multiple lines of evidence that human wastewater nitrogen from septic systems was a major contributor to the high nitrogen concentrations in the estuary and downstream coastal reefs.

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Uniformed Services University, Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences, USU, Usuhs, Rhodotorula, Rhodotorula taiwanesis, radioactive waste, Bioremediation, Genome Sequencing, Yeast

Yeast May Be the Solution to Toxic Waste Clean-Up

About 46,000 nuclear weapons were produced during the Cold War era, leading to tremendous volumes of acidic radioactive liquid waste seeping into the environment. A new study suggests yeast as a potentially safer and more cost effective way to help clean up these radioactive waste sites. The study, “Prospects for Fungal Bioremediation of Acidic Radioactive Waste Sites: Characterization and Genome Sequence of Rhodotorula taiwanensis MD1149,” was published in Frontiers in Microbiology, Jan. 8.

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Conservation in Colombia, Leaping Larvae, Electric Sense in Sharks, and More in the Wildlife News Source

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Arctic, Clouds, Aerosol, Pollution, Air Pollution, Greenhouse Effect

Arctic Clouds Highly Sensitive to Air Pollution

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A study from University of Utah atmospheric scientist Tim Garrett and colleagues finds that the air in the Arctic is extraordinarily sensitive to air pollution, and that particulate matter may spur Arctic cloud formation. These clouds, Garrett writes, can act as a blanket, further warming an already-changing Arctic.

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Energy, Clean Coal, Fossil Fuel

A Fossil Fuel Technology That Doesn’t Pollute

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Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.







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