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

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

We're using microbes to clean up toxic electronic waste – here's how

Within the growing mountains of electronic waste, precious metals lie waiting to be recovered.

Sebastien Farnaud, Professor of Bio-innovation and Enterprise, Coventry University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pollution recycling landfill groundwater bioremediation e-waste electronic-waste precious-metals

Global electronic waste up 21% in five years, and recycling isn't keeping up

Demand for electric and electronic products is fuelling the meteoric rise in e-waste.

Vanessa Forti, Programme Associate at UNU-Vie-SCYCLE., United Nations University • conversation
July 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  pollution  electronics  recycling  e-waste  electronic-waste

Most people carry remnants of a chemical pollutant – ultrasound technology can help clean it up

New treatment can break down toxic substances into relatively harmless elements.

Madeleine Bussemaker, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Surrey • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: pollution ultrasound pfas chemical-pollution dark-waters

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

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

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