First lockdown's effect on air pollution was overstated, our study reveals

Exaggerating how much lockdown improved air quality could allow us to underestimate the scale of the air pollution problem.

William Bloss, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
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.

Elena Delavega, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Memphis • conversation
Oct. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Ozone gas could disinfect PPE for reuse

"Ozone would be a viable method for hospitals and other organizations to disinfect garments, goggles, and gloves."

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
July 12, 2020 ~7 min

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Prehistoric climate change damaged the ozone layer and led to a mass extinction

New research on the Late Devonian extinction suggests the ozone layer could be naturally depleted as the temperature rises.

John Marshall, Professor of Earth Science, University of Southampton • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~7 min

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Ozone layer: Concern grows over threat from replacement chemicals

Substances used for air conditioning in new cars are building up in the environment

By Matt McGrath • bbcnews
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

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Vanishing oils in fingerprints can reveal their age

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.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~4 min

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Air pollution speeds up emphysema

Air pollution's effect on the progress of emphysema in the lungs is "in the same league as the effects of cigarette smoking."

David Hill-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 14, 2019 ~5 min

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Massive wildfire cloud sheds light on nuclear war’s impact

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.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 8, 2019 ~4 min

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Ozone and your skin oils mix to create ‘Pig-Pen effect’

"Some people call this higher concentration of pollutants around the human body the personal cloud... we call it the 'Pig-Pen Effect.'"

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
June 27, 2019 ~5 min

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Chronic ozone exposure overlaps with injured arteries

Data from six US regions suggest "an association between long-term exposure to ozone and progression of atherosclerosis."

David Hill-Buffalo • futurity
May 30, 2019 ~5 min

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