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July 24, 2016

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July 24, 2016

How Are Beaches Restored?

July 15, 2016 — Erosion and human activities challenge beach ecosystems, say researchers. A new article explains how damage to the coastline can be ... read more

July 6, 2016 — There's a lot more we could be doing to combat urban sprawl -- and European countries are leading the way, say ... read more

June 28, 2016 — Researchers have found a way to use mid-infrared lasers to turn molecules in the open air into glowing filaments of electrically charged gas, or plasma. The method could make possible remote ... read more

Household Fuels a Major Contributor to Beijing's Infamous Air Pollution

June 27, 2016 — Because of uncontrolled and inefficient combustion of solid fuels in household devices, emission reductions from the residential sector may have greater air-quality benefits in the North China Plain, ... read more

Tiny Algae Ideal for Sniffing out Nutrient Pollution in Water

June 24, 2016 — Tiny algae, called diatoms, living in water could be key to providing a definitive and clear measure of whether streams, rivers and lakes have damaging levels of nutrients in ... read more

Computer Models Show Park Microclimates Improve City Life

June 24, 2016 — Computer modelling based on microclimate data from a Malaysian public park has shown how adding trees and grass can improve living conditions in dense city ... read more

Engineers Develop New, Low-Cost Way to Capture Carbon

June 22, 2016 — A research team reports an unconventional reversible chemical reaction in a confined nanoenvironment. The discovery, a milestone in clarifying the scientific underpinnings of moisture-swing chemical ... read more

June 22, 2016 — A legacy of acid rain has acidified forest soils throughout the northeastern US, lowering the growth rate of trees. In an attempt to mitigate this trend, in 1999 scientists added calcium to an ... read more

June 22, 2016 — In 2012, a research group proved that the source of sounds associated with the Northern Lights is located close to the ground at an altitude of approximately 70 meters. Now, by combining his ... read more

Measure Greenhouse Gases from Space

June 22, 2016 — Space agencies examine the extent of greenhouse gases in the air via prisms and gratings in satellites. New technology now makes it possible to connect both components with each other so that they ... read more

Chemists Find New Way to Recycle Plastic Waste Into Fuel

June 21, 2016 — A new way of recycling millions of tons of plastic garbage into liquid fuel has been ... read more

Estuaries Like Chesapeake Bay Could Contribute More to Global Warming Than Once Thought

June 21, 2016 — Estuaries and coastal systems are thought to be a relatively small source of atmospheric methane, as little as 3 percent. However, a new study has found that the methane building up in the Chesapeake ... read more

Odors Can Be Measured by Analytical Chemistry

June 21, 2016 — For the first time scientists have developed a convincing model able to measure odors from pig farms by means of precise measurements of the content of odorants in the atmosphere. The model is based ... read more

Fossil Fuel Combustion Endangers Children's Health in Two Significant Ways: Scientist Reviews the Evidence

June 21, 2016 — Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide has been identified as the root cause of much of the ill health of children today. Because of their inherent biological ... read more

June 14, 2016 — Global emissions of ethane, an air pollutant and greenhouse gas, are on the uptick again, according to a new study. The air samples for the study were collected from more than 40 sites around the ... read more

Air Purification: Plant Hemoglobin Proteins Help Arabidopsis Thaliana Plants Fix Atmospheric Nitric Oxide

June 13, 2016 — Nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions are mainly caused by combustion processes in industrial facilities and engines. In humans, the gaseous pollutants particularly irritate the mucous membranes in the ... read more

June 9, 2016 — Air pollution -- including environmental and household air pollution -- has emerged as a leading risk factor for stroke worldwide, associated with about a third of the global burden of stroke in ... read more

Environmental, Health Impacts of US Health-Care System

June 9, 2016 — If the US health-care system were a country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research. The study quantified previously unreported environmental and ... read more

Metal Exposure: Factor in Bat Population Decline

June 9, 2016 — Scientists have led the first full-scale national assessment of metal contamination in bats, showing that many bats in the UK contain levels of metals high enough to cause toxic ... read more

Energy-Saving Devices Work, If You Use Them Correctly

June 8, 2016 — A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it. A new study shows that people living in green dwellings who ... read more

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