Exaggerating how much lockdown improved air quality could allow us to underestimate the scale of the air pollution problem.
Jan. 13, 2021 • ~7 min
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Remembering Mario Molina, Nobel Prize-winning chemist who pushed Mexico on clean energy -- and, recently, face masks
Molina, who died on Oct. 8, 'thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.' His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.
Oct. 10, 2020 • ~6 min
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New research on the Late Devonian extinction suggests the ozone layer could be naturally depleted as the temperature rises.
June 1, 2020 • ~7 min
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Substances used for air conditioning in new cars are building up in the environment
May 14, 2020 • ~5 min
The degradation of unsaturated oils due to reaction with ozone in the air can provide the age of fingerprints. It could tie suspects to crime scene.
Feb. 27, 2020 • ~4 min
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Air pollution's effect on the progress of emphysema in the lungs is "in the same league as the effects of cigarette smoking."
Aug. 14, 2019 • ~5 min
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Wildfires in British Columbia in 2017 caused the formation of a cloud so big that scientists say it will help them model the effects of a nuclear war.
Aug. 8, 2019 • ~4 min
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"Some people call this higher concentration of pollutants around the human body the personal cloud... we call it the 'Pig-Pen Effect.'"
June 27, 2019 • ~5 min
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Data from six US regions suggest "an association between long-term exposure to ozone and progression of atherosclerosis."
May 30, 2019 • ~5 min
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