Exposure to air pollution before and after birth may affect fundamental cognitive abilities

A study finds that exposure to fine particulate matter in the first years of life is associated with poorer performance in working memory and...

Scientists discover the source of new CFC emissions

Since 2013, annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) have increased by around 7,000 tonnes from eastern China, according to new research.

Electric car switch on for health benefits

Could the health benefits and reduced costs to healthcare systems be enough to justify subsidizing charging infrastructure to allow society to switch from the...

Australian islands home to 414 million pieces of plastic pollution

A survey of plastic pollution on Australia's Cocos (Keeling) Islands has revealed the territory's beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of...

An evolutionary rescue in polluted waters

The combination of a big population, good genes and luck helps explain how a species of fish in the Houston Ship Channel was able...

Unravelling the complexity of air pollution in the world’s coldest capital city

A joint Mongol-Japanese research team conducted the first detailed study of organic air pollutants in Ulaanbaartar city. The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contents of...

Using the physics of airflows to locate gaseous leaks more quickly in complex scenarios

Engineers are developing a smart robotic system for sniffing out pollution hotspots and sources of toxic leaks. Their approach enables a robot to incorporate...

‘Induced’ driving miles could overwhelm potential energy-saving benefits of self-driving

The benefits of self-driving cars will likely induce vehicle owners to drive more, and those extra miles could partially or completely offset the potential...

Falling levels of air pollution drove decline in California’s tule fog

The Central Valley's heavy wintertime tule fog -- known for snarling traffic and closing schools -- has been on the decline over the past...

Current methods may inadequately measure health impacts from oil, natural gas extraction

Measurements of hazardous air pollutant concentrations near oil and natural gas extraction sites have generally failed to capture levels above standard health benchmarks; yet,...

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