Boosting the efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems

New design could speed reaction rates in electrochemical systems for pulling carbon out of power plant emissions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 25, 2021 ~6 min

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Biden has pledged to advance environmental justice – here's how the EPA can start

The US environmental justice movement dates back to the early 1980s, but federal support for it has been weak and inconsistent. Here are four things Biden's EPA can do to improve that record.

David Konisky, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 25, 2021 ~8 min

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Air pollution: over three billion people breathe harmful air inside their own homes

Replacing wood stoves is essential but won't solve the indoor air pollution epidemic on its own.

Matthew Shupler, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Public Health, University of Liverpool • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~6 min

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Remediation gets the lead out of soil, but not kids

A relatively affordable remediation process can remove lead from unregulated battery recycling, but isn't as good at getting it out of children's bodies.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

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Cities can help migrating birds on their way by planting more trees and turning lights off at night

Cities are danger zones for migrating birds, but there are ways to help feathered visitors pass through more safely

Frank La Sorte, Research Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

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Concept for a hybrid-electric plane may reduce aviation’s air pollution problem

Proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent, a new study finds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 14, 2021 ~7 min

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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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Clean air: Coal burning ban and wet wood restrictions planned

A new clean air law could see burning house coal banned in Wales, and stricter rules on using wood fires.

bbcnews
Jan. 13, 2021 ~3 min

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Ocean pollutants 'have negative effect on male fertility'

Harbour porpoises exposed to PCBs had shrunken testicles, suggesting sperm and fertility effects.

bbcnews
Jan. 12, 2021 ~5 min

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Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years – systems for managing e-waste aren't keeping up

Technical advances are reducing the volume of e-waste generated in the US as lighter, more compact products enter the market. But those goods can be harder to reuse and recycle.

Shahana Althaf, Postdoctoral associate, Yale University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~9 min

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