Some kinds of emissions cuts actually make air pollution worse

Despite the benefites in dealing with air pollution, cuts in NOx emissions can lead to a boom in hazardous ultrafine particles, researchers say.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cities climate-change emissions pollution volatile-organic-compounds-voc

These toxic chemicals steal IQ points from American kids

Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the US between 2001 and 2016, research finds.

NYU Langone Medical Center | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine childrens-health cognition flame-retardants iq lead-exposure methylmercury pesticides pollution

Wind and freshwater rob Southern Ocean of oxygen

Increased freshwater from melting Antarctic ice sheets and increased wind have reduced the oxygen in the Southern Ocean and made the waters warmer and more acidic, geoscientists report.

Mari Jensen-Arizona | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment antarctica ice oceans pollution winds

Genetically modified poplar trees won’t pollute the air

Genetic modification can keep poplar trees from emitting greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, while not messing with their growth potential.

U. Arizona | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change genetic-engineering greenhouse-gas pollution renewable-fuels trees

Mineral-coated sand soaks up water pollution

A new kind of mineral-coated sand can suck up pollution in water, which could pave the way for cities using stormwater during dry seasons.

UC Berkeley | Jan. 3, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment cities pollution sand water

Mealworms could gobble up our big plastic problem

Mealworms can eat plastic and Styrofoam without taking on their toxins, which means they could safely become food for animals.

Rob Jordan-Stanford | Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment insects plastics pollution worms

4 ways to keep your lights from harming insects

Light pollution negatively affects thousands of species: beetles, moths, wasps, and other insects. Here's how to minimize the harm from your bulbs.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Nov. 22, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured conservation insects light pollution sustainability

Air pollution from power plants is killing people

Air pollution from electricity generation led to 16,000 early deaths in the US in 2014, research finds. And there are disparities in impact by race and location.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | Nov. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured health-and-medicine coal death electricity fossil-fuels pollution race-and-ethnicity united-states

Is DDT a cause of Indian immigrant diabetes risk?

Prior exposure to DDT pollution may explain the higher rate of diabetes among immigrants to the United States from India, say researchers.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine diabetes immigration india pollution united-states

Kids are healthier after green school bus makeovers

"Kids are more susceptible to air pollution than adults, yet they're breathing in bus fumes twice a day, every school day."

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine childrens-health pollution sustainability vehicles

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