Tree rings show scale of Arctic pollution is worse than previously thought

The largest-ever study of tree rings from Norilsk in the Russian Arctic has shown that the direct and indirect effects of industrial pollution in the region

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change environment pollution ecology trees arctic

Rainy days can send nitrogen runoff to rivers

Heavy rain events, which happen just a few days each year, have an outsize role in sending nitrogen runoff into waterways, computer modeling indicates.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pollution agriculture water rain nitrogen earth-and-environment fertilizer

How can smoke from West Coast fires cause red sunsets in New York?

Last week, much of the Midwest and eastern US experienced hazy skies and red sunsets. The cause was smoke transported from the Western US by the jet stream and spread as far as Boston and even Europe.

Jeffrey B. Halverson, Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: atmosphere pollution wildfires smoke sun fire jet-stream fire-season

Your wash cycle pollutes the land and the ocean

Thanks in part to our taste for "fast fashion" made from synthetic microfibers, our washing machines aren't just polluting the ocean, but the land, too.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability pollution consumers earth-and-environment clothing plastics

Device speeds up tests for lead in water

The cheap device could also allow people to easily and swiftly test their water supplies for lead contamination, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: pollution water lead sensors health-and-medicine

There’s more to plastic waste than bottles and bags

Two-thirds of the plastic waste in the US in 2017 came from things other than plastic packaging, a new study shows.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution earth-and-environment plastics

China’s lockdown cut some air pollution, but not all

Despite a striking drop in nitrogen oxide during China's near-total February lockdown, other air pollution levels didn't follow suit, experts say.

Hannah Hickey-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 pollution china earth-and-environment

What's in wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

Wildfires blanketing several Western cities are creating hazardous health conditions. Don't count on cloth masks to protect your lungs.

Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health environment covid-19 coronavirus pollution lungs heat-wave forests air-pollution heat particulates wildfires smoke firefighting

What's in that wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

Wildfires blanketing several Western cities are creating hazardous health conditions. Don't count on cloth masks to protect your lungs.

Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health environment covid-19 coronavirus pollution lungs heat-wave forests air-pollution heat particulates wildfires smoke firefighting

The risk of preterm birth rises near gas flaring, reflecting deep-rooted environmental injustices in rural America

A study shows that low-income communities and communities of color are bearing the brunt of the energy industry's pollution in the region. The risks also extend to the unborn.

Lara Cushing, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health environment pregnancy pollution industry air-pollution environmental-justice oil air social-justice hispanics flaring

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