Rainy days can send nitrogen runoff to rivers

Heavy rain events, which happen just a few days each year, have an outsize role in sending nitrogen runoff into waterways, computer modeling indicates.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pollution agriculture water rain nitrogen earth-and-environment fertilizer

Your wash cycle pollutes the land and the ocean

Thanks in part to our taste for "fast fashion" made from synthetic microfibers, our washing machines aren't just polluting the ocean, but the land, too.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability pollution consumers earth-and-environment clothing plastics

Device speeds up tests for lead in water

The cheap device could also allow people to easily and swiftly test their water supplies for lead contamination, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: pollution water lead sensors health-and-medicine

There’s more to plastic waste than bottles and bags

Two-thirds of the plastic waste in the US in 2017 came from things other than plastic packaging, a new study shows.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution earth-and-environment plastics

China’s lockdown cut some air pollution, but not all

Despite a striking drop in nitrogen oxide during China's near-total February lockdown, other air pollution levels didn't follow suit, experts say.

Hannah Hickey-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 pollution china earth-and-environment

Air pollution cuts 2 years off life expectancy

A new study quantifies the effect air pollution has on human life expectancy around the world. It's not good news, researchers report.

U. Chicago • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities pollution life-expectancy earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Team finds paint, baby formula, and more in oysters

"We were particularly surprised to find three different brands of milk powder formula, which comprised 14% of the microdebris contaminants."

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: bacteria pollution food oceans earth-and-environment health-and-medicine plastics oysters

Clean Arctic skies are a window to Earth in 1850

Pristine air over the Southern Ocean suggests clouds from the industrial era weren't so different from those of today, researchers say.

U. Washington • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution antarctica oceans clouds earth-and-environment

Reviews sound the alarm on endocrine disruptors

A broad look at research on endocrine disruptors and human health consequences suggests regulations need to catch up to the evidence.

Shira Polan-NYU • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pollution hormones earth-and-environment health-and-medicine laws plastics flame-retardants bisphenol-a-bpa

Dusty air ups infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new study in Sub-Saharan African shows that increases in dust air pollution boosts infant mortality. Climate change could make things even worse, too.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change pollution emissions childrens-health babies featured health-and-medicine sub-saharan-africa dust

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