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May 5, 2015

Apr. 29, 2015 — Geoscientists analyzed soil contamination through melt waters at airports. They found that de-icing agents like propylene glycol and potassium formate have a negative impact on groundwater quality ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Several species of fish — including the peppered chub and the plains minnow — were found to be severely declining in the Great Plains. A new article documents a reduction in water flow in Great ... read more

How 'Time Is Money' Thinking Can Hurt the Environment

Apr. 24, 2015 — Thinking 'time is money' can be a barrier for people to act in environmentally friendly ways, even for tasks like recycling that take mere seconds, according to ... read more

Making Chemistry Greener

Apr. 21, 2015 — Chemists are working to develop “greener” processes for discovering, developing and manufacturing medicines and other molecules with therapeutic potential, as well as compounds used in biomedical ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Tampons may not be an obvious scientific tool, but engineers have been using them to identify where waste water from baths, washing machines, sinks and showers is polluting our rivers and ... read more

Nuclear Waste: Bury Nuclear Waste Down a Very Deep Hole, Say Scientists

Apr. 14, 2015 — Technologies that will enable nuclear waste to be sealed 5 km below the Earth's surface could provide a safer, cheaper and more viable alternative for disposing of high level nuclear ... read more

Combined Sewer Systems Lead to Risk of Illness After Heavy Rains

Apr. 10, 2015 — Consumers whose drinking water can be contaminated by the release of untreated wastewater after heavy rains face increased risk for gastrointestinal illness, according to a report. Many older cities ... read more

How Unwanted CDs and DVDs Could Help Cut Carbon Emissions

Apr. 8, 2015 — Now that most consumers download and stream their movies and music, more and more CDs and DVDs will end up in landfills or be recycled. But soon these discarded discs could take on a different role: ... read more

Fracking Fluids Contain Potentially Harmful Compounds If Leaked Into Groundwater

Apr. 8, 2015 — The organic chemicals in fracking fluid have been uncovered in two new studies, providing a basis for water contamination testing and future regulation. The research reveals that fracking fluid ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, scientists found they could grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — Diminishing or eliminating of waste is the main advantage of implementing sustainable development in business. It enables recycling, efficient usage of natural resources, allows businesses to save ... read more

Widespread Agricultural Contaminant Impacts Fish Reproductive Behavior

Apr. 1, 2015 — A common growth-promoting hormone used worldwide in the cattle industry has been found to affect the sexual behaviors of fish at a very low concentration in waterways – with potentially serious ... read more

How to Make a Profit from Rotting Garbage

Mar. 31, 2015 — Landfills can make a profit from all their rotting waste and a new patent explains exactly how to make the most out of the stinky garbage sites. Decomposing trash produces methane, a landfill gas ... read more

Exercise Can Outweigh Harmful Effects of Air Pollution

Mar. 30, 2015 — The beneficial effects of exercise are more important for our health than the negative effects of air pollution, in relation to the risk of premature mortality, new research shows. In other words, ... read more

Mar. 27, 2015 — Researchers have assessed the 'criticality' of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research. A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — New types of membrane adsorbers remove unwanted particles from water and also, at the same time, dissolved substances such as the hormonally active bisphenol A or toxic lead. To do this, researchers ... read more

Disturbingly Little Known About Microbeads, Plastics in the Great Lakes

Mar. 24, 2015 — A New Democratic Party Member of Parliament is calling on the Canadian government to list microbeads, tiny plastic flakes used in cosmetics, as a potential toxic substance. Health Canada claims the ... read more

Mar. 24, 2015 — Researchers have developed new membranes or micro-filters that will result in clean water in a much more energy efficient ... read more

Mar. 24, 2015 — Contaminants - such as medical residues and pesticides - go through the traditional wastewater purifying process and go back to the environment. Concern over their volyme in waste and drinking water ... read more

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