To make less-harmful road salts, we're studying natural antifreezes produced by fish

De-icing salts help us get around in winter, but they corrode cars, crack roads and contaminate rivers and lakes. Scientists are working to develop better options by imitating natural antifreezes.

Monika Bleszynski, Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor, University of Denver • conversation
Jan. 29, 2021 ~8 min

How city roads trap migrating fish

A recent US study found tyre chemicals were polluting rivers and poisoning migratory salmon.

Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Sêr Cymru Research Fellow in Environmental Sciences, Swansea University • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~5 min

Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires - it's a risk in urban fires, too

A new study shows how toxic chemicals like benzene are leaching into water systems after nearby fires. The pipes don't have to burn – they just have to heat up.

Kristofer P. Isaacson, Ph.D. Student, Purdue University • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

Taking fish out of fish feed can make aquaculture a more sustainable food source

Fish farms feed millions of people around the world, but they also consume a lot of fish that are dried or ground up to make aquafeed. Researchers are developing more sustainable alternatives.

Pallab Sarker, Associate Research Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashion

Black Friday sales reveal fast fashion extremes. But how does it affect the planet?

Mark Sumner, Lecturer in Sustainablity, Fashion and Retail, University of Leeds • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~7 min

Secondhand clothing sales are booming – and may help solve the sustainability crisis in the fashion industry

Fast fashion is far from green. But the rapid expansion of online clothing resale platforms could help shrink the garment industry's negative impact on the environment.

Cosette Marie Joyner Armstrong, Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~7 min

On environmental protection, Biden's election will mean a 180-degree turn from Trump policies

The Trump administration has used executive orders, deregulation and delays to reduce environmental regulation. Biden administration officials will use many of the same tools to undo their work.

Janet McCabe, Professor of Practice of Law, Indiana University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Restoring seagrasses can bring coastal bays back to life

Healthy seagrasses form underwater meadows teeming with fish and shellfish. A successful large-scale restoration project in Virginia could become a model for reseeding damaged seagrass beds worldwide.

Karen McGlathery, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 20, 2020 ~11 min

PFAS 'forever chemicals' are widespread and threaten human health – here's a strategy for protecting the public

PFAS chemicals are toxic, widespread and persistent in the environment, and the federal government has been slow to regulate them. A scientist explains why evaluating them one by one isn't working.

Carol Kwiatkowski, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~9 min

A proposed mine threatens Minnesota's Boundary Waters, the most popular wilderness in the US

Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.

Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, Pomona College • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~10 min

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