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Grimy windows could be harboring toxic pollutants

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Planting trees not always an effective way of binding carbon dioxide

Tree-planting has been widely seen as an effective way of binding carbon as carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere. But now researchers are...

New way found to turn number seven plastic into valuable products

A method to convert a commonly thrown-away plastic to a resin used in 3D-printing could allow for making better use of plastic waste.

Climate change is increasing frequency of fish mass die-offs

Using data collected from more than 500 previous fish die-offs from lakes across Wisconsin and Michigan, researchers use modeling to predict increasing frequency of...

Air pollution is associated with heart attacks in non-smokers

Research supports a causal relationship between air pollution and heart attacks since smokers, who already inhale smoke, were unaffected by dirty air.

Tracking air pollution disparities — daily — from space

Studies have shown that pollution disproportionately affects communities where economically disadvantaged people and Hispanic, Black and Asian people live. Scientists have begun documenting these...

Plastic upcycling: From waste to fuel for less

Plastic upcycling efficiently converts plastics to valuable commodity chemicals while using less of the precious metal ruthenium. The method could recycle waste plastic pollution...

What happens to the waste after an oil spill clean up?

Images of damaged coastlines, oily sheens, containment booms and endangered wildlife are part of every offshore oil spill. And while a response team arrives...

Improving the estimation of microplastic concentrations in freshwater environments

Microplastic (MP) contamination is a worldwide concern. Despite this, there is no standard method for assessing MP concentrations in rivers, which are the main...

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