What’s the most polluted city? It’s impossible to really know

You might have seen articles ranking the most polluted cities in the world, but a lack of good information makes it difficult to really know.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL | Aug. 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment cities data-science pollution

Air pollution speeds up emphysema

Air pollution's effect on the progress of emphysema in the lungs is "in the same league as the effects of cigarette smoking."

David Hill-Buffalo | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine air-pollution emphysema lungs ozone pollution

Environmental crime goes way beyond poaching

Environmental crime doesn't always take the form we might expect.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation crimes government money pollution

Pollution is behind 1/3 of new asthma cases in Europe

"This new analysis is a call for urgent action. These impacts are preventable. We can and should do something about it."

Texas A&M University | Aug. 9, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine air-pollution asthma childrens-health

Lake Tahoe shows microplastics aren’t just an ocean problem

Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest, cleanest lakes in the US, shows how that the issue of microplastics goes way beyond the oceans.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Aug. 8, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured freshwater lake-tahoe oceans plastics pollution soil

Can folate offset air pollution’s harm during pregnancy?

Women exposed to high levels of air pollution while pregnant may have children with lower IQs. But folate may offset some of the toxic effects.

U. Washington | July 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health folate iq pollution pregnancy

How planting trees can improve water quality

Reforestation of marginal, degraded, or abandoned agricultural land really does offer significant benefits in water quality, research shows.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | July 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment pollution sustainability trees water

Ozone and your skin oils mix to create ‘Pig-Pen effect’

"Some people call this higher concentration of pollutants around the human body the personal cloud... we call it the 'Pig-Pen Effect.'"

Matt Swayne-Penn State | June 27, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine air-quality clothing ozone pollution skin

Sensors help old stormwater systems deal with floods

Cheap sensors can help older stormwater infrastructure better deal with flooding and pollution.

National Science Foundation | June 26, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology floods infrastructure pollution sensors water

To clean up heavy metals, give soil a chemical ‘bath’

There's a new way to clean up the heavy metals in contaminated soil.

Tom Abate-Stanford | June 10, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment lead metals pollution soil

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