Solution to viscosity mystery may curb pesticide pollution

Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: aircraft pollution agriculture pesticides math 3d-printing science-and-technology earth-and-environment liquids

Map shows good and bad news on air pollution

A new global map shows trouble spots for air pollution containing tiny particles called at PM2.5 that can make their way deep into your respiratory system.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution asthma air-pollution maps earth-and-environment

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health

In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.

Xiaohui Xu, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health climate-change pollution asthma models air-pollution heat india temperature lung-disease heatwave air-quality south-asia heatstroke

Self-driving taxis could be a setback for those with different needs – unless companies embrace accessible design now

In order to create an efficient future transportation system, autonomous vehicles need to accommodate people with different mobility needs.

John Lunsford, PhD Candidate in Media, Technology and Society, Cornell University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  pollution  disability  braille  uber  autonomous-vehicles  transportation  safety  technology  self-driving-vehicles  wheelchairs  lyft  americans-with-disabilities-act-ada  waymo  transportation-safety

Russian Arctic oil spill pollutes big lake near Norilsk

There is a risk that tonnes of diesel oil could drift from the lake to the Arctic Ocean.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment pollution arctic russia

Earlier menopause overlaps with PFAS exposure

Women exposed to PFAS may experience menopause two years earlier than other women, a new study finds.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: pollution menopause health-and-medicine

Tags on pet dogs could monitor our chemical exposure

Researchers used silicone dog tags as passive environmental samplers to collect information about everyday chemical exposures.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pollution dogs pets pesticides earth-and-environment health-and-medicine phthalates flame-retardants

Is your neighborhood raising your coronavirus risk? Redlining decades ago set communities up for greater danger

Neighborhood characteristics like pollution from busy roads, widespread public transit use and lack of community-based health care are putting certain communities at greater risk from COVID-19.

Sarah Rowan, Assistant Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease, University of Colorado Denver • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health public-health cities covid-19 coronavirus pollution transport insurance population discrimination commuting urban community

Pollution: Birds 'ingesting hundreds of bits of plastic a day'

Plastic pollutants in UK rivers are finding their way into wildlife and moving up the food chain.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
May 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment pollution wildlife plastic plastic-pollution

CO2 emissions have dropped 17% during pandemic

The drop in carbon dioxide emissions during the COVID-19 pandemic shows we can change our energy-hungry behavior—and how much further we have to go.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change covid-19 pollution carbon-dioxide emissions earth-and-environment

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