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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Decaying Red Sea tanker could be an oil spill time bomb

"The time is now to prevent a potential devastation to the region's waters and the livelihoods and health of millions of people..."

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~5 min

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Exposure to these metals may alter pregnancy hormones

Research in Puerto Rico indicates how exposure to toxic metals can disrupt pregnancy hormones. That disruption can cause preterm birth and low birth weight.

Michelle Edelstein-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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Is cadmium a factor in flu, pneumonia, COVID death rates?

New research suggests a link between cadmium exposure and deaths from influenza, pneumonia, and possibly COVID-19.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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To gauge chemical exposure, check children’s guts?

New findings suggest a way to measure children's exposure to a class of chemicals called SVOCs by checking out their gut microbiomes.

Ken Kingery-Duke • futurity
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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US Clean Air Act saved 1.5 billion birds

The drop in pollution since the passage of the 1970 US Clean Air Act hasn't just helped humans breathe cleaner air. It's also benefited birds.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Dec. 2, 2020 ~5 min

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Dead fish carry mercury into ocean’s deepest trench

"Mercury that we believe had once been in the stratosphere is now in the deepest trench on Earth." Here's why that important.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Nov. 24, 2020 ~9 min

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How pigs and manure helped bring down East Germany

The author of a new book argues that pig farming and manure pollution played a significant role in the end of Communism in East Germany.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~13 min

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Chemicals banned for decades still show up in terns

Chemicals banned in the US for almost 50 years still show up in bodies of migratory terns. "These chemicals are still there. They don't just go away."

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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Does cadmium exposure drive obesity?

New findings in mice indicate a link between cadmium exposure and obesity in female offspring.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Nov. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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