CO2 emissions have dropped 17% during pandemic

The drop in carbon dioxide emissions during the COVID-19 pandemic shows we can change our energy-hungry behavior—and how much further we have to go.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change covid-19 emissions pollution

Indigenous peoples bear the brunt of pollution

Research demonstrates the disproportionate impact of pollution on Indigenous peoples worldwide, as well as their resistance.

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured indigenous-people land pollution protests race-and-ethnicity water

Indigenous peoples bear the brunt of pollution

Research demonstrates the disproportionate impact of pollution on Indigenous peoples worldwide, as well as their resistance.

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured indigenous-people land pollution protests race-and-ethnicity water

A few ‘super polluters’ spew most industrial pollution

Just a handful of facilities that emit unusually high levels of toxic chemicals account for the majority of industrial pollution year after year.

Shelly Leachman-UCSB • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment air-quality emissions pollution

Expert: COVID-19 could boost plastic pollution

An expert breaks down why the COVID-19 pandemic has increased plastic use, and why plastic pollution could become a larger problem in the future.

Fengwei Xie-Warwick • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: earth-and-environment covid-19 plastics pollution sustainability

Celiac diagnosis more likely with higher blood levels of pesticides

In a new study, young people newly diagnosed with celiac disease had higher levels of chemicals from pesticides, nonstick cookware, and flame retardants in their blood.

David March-NYU • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine digestive-system food gluten pesticides pollution

Climate and coronavirus hit the same communities hard

"Populations that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus are largely the same as those at risk of more significant climate change impacts."

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured health-and-medicine cities climate-change covid-19 housing pollution race-and-ethnicity viruses

Cookstoves may be more dangerous than believed

Though scientists knew the black smoke from cookstoves contained dangerous carbon, new research indicates that's only half the problem.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-and-medicine carbon food greenhouse-gas pollution

COVID-19 is a ‘global experiment’ for the environment

It will take a long time and lots of data to figure out exactly how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the environment, researchers say.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health-and-medicine climate-change covid-19 emissions pollution

Combined haze and heat to pummel Southeast Asia more often

Simultaneous air pollution and extreme heat events will "increase in frequency by 175% by 2050" in Southeast Asia, a report finds.

Leslie Lee-Texas A&M • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment air-pollution climate-change pollution southeast-asia temperature

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