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Nitrogen pollution's path to streams weaves through more forests (and faster) than suspected
A USDA Forest Service scientist and 29 co-authors completed one of the largest and longest examinations to trace unprocessed nitrate movement in forests. (2019-03-15)
Air pollution causes 800,000 extra deaths a year in Europe and 8.8 million worldwide
Air pollution could be causing double the number of extra deaths a year in Europe than has been estimated previously, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal. (2019-03-12)
At 3,836 mph, which way does the air flow?
UB aerospace engineer James Chen publishes a paper that extends classical kinetic theory into high-speed aerodynamics, including hypersonic speed, which begins at 3,836 mph or roughly five times the speed of sound. (2019-03-12)
Air pollution may impact fetal cardiovascular system, Rutgers study says
Microscopic particles in air pollution inhaled by pregnant women may damage fetal cardiovascular development, according to a study by Rutgers researchers. (2019-03-11)
A tale of two cities: Is air pollution improving in Paris and London?
For the first time, a joint air pollution study across two mega-cities -- London and Paris -- measures the impact of policies designed to reduce air pollution from urban traffic over the last 12 years. (2019-03-11)
US black and Hispanic minorities bear disproportionate burden from air pollution
Black and Hispanic Americans bear a disproportionate burden from air pollution caused mainly by non-Hispanic white Americans, according to a study to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2019-03-11)
Probing water's skin
Electrosprays of water cannot reliably probe the air-water interface. (2019-03-07)
Swifts are born to eat and sleep in the air
Nearly 100 species of swift are completely adapted to life in the air. (2019-03-06)
Nitric acid and ammonia electrosynthesis
The commercial synthesis methods for HNO3 and NH3 chemicals is Ostwald and Haber-Bosch process, respectively, but both of them are energy-intensive and high-emission. (2019-03-05)
India's stubble burning air pollution causes USD 30 billion economic losses, health risks
India's air pollution made headlines around the globe last year. (2019-03-04)
Scientists develop printable water sensor
A new, versatile plastic-composite sensor can detect tiny amounts of water. (2019-03-04)
SDSU study looks to limit secondhand smoke in homes with children
SDSU researchers found at least some smokers with kids will modify their behavior with an electronic push. (2019-03-04)
How the humble marigold outsmarts a devastating tomato pest
Researchers from Newcastle University's School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, carried out a study to prove what gardeners around the world have known for generations -- marigolds repel tomato whiteflies. (2019-03-01)
Crop residue burning is a major contributor to air pollution in South Asia
Urban emissions of black carbon from fossil fuel combustion are not always the main contributor to severe air pollution in south Asian megacities like New Delhi, shows a new study by researchers from Stockholm University and the Indian Institute for Tropical Meteorology, published in the journal Nature Sustainability. (2019-02-27)
Scientists simulate forest and fire dynamics to understand area burn of future wildfires
Scientists, including Matthew Hurteau in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico, are examining more data via simulations of wildfires in the Sierra Nevada to improve their understanding between prior and future wildfires. (2019-02-26)
Study examines indoor exposure to air pollution
In an Indoor Air study conducted in a suburb of the city of Kuopio, Finland, relatively short-lasting wood and candle burning of a few hours increased residents' daily exposure to potentially hazardous particulate air pollution. (2019-02-21)
Simulated ocean mesoscale structures induce air-sea interaction
Using the Community Earth System Model framework, the authors build a very high-resolution quasi-global coupled model by coupling an eddy-resolving quasi-global ocean model with a high-resolution atmospheric model. (2019-02-20)
Delhi's complicated air pollution problem
According to the World Health Organization, Delhi is the world's most polluted large city. (2019-02-20)
Climate change makes summer weather stormier yet more stagnant
Climate change is shifting the energy in the atmosphere that fuels summertime weather, which may lead to stronger thunderstorms and more stagnant conditions for midlatitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including North America, Europe, and Asia, a new MIT study finds. (2019-02-18)
A hidden source of air pollution? Your daily household tasks
Cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city. (2019-02-17)
Large-scale window material developed for PM2.5 capture and light tuning
A research team from University of Science and Technology of China develops a simple and economical process to fabricate large-scale flexible smart windows. (2019-02-16)
Super-light, super-insulating ceramic aerogel keeps the hottest temperatures at bay
Researchers have developed a near weightless material, comprised mostly of air, capable of both withstanding and protecting against some of the most extreme temperatures experienced in aerospace and industrial environments. (2019-02-14)
Moving artificial leaves out of the lab and into the air
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have proposed a design solution that could bring artificial leaves out of the lab and into the environment. (2019-02-12)
Connection between home energy efficiency and respiratory health in low-income homes
A new study finds people living in drafty homes in low-income, urban communities are at a higher risk of respiratory health issues. (2019-02-11)
How poppy flowers get those vibrant colours that entice insects
With bright reds and yellows -- and even the occasional white -- poppies are very bright and colorful. (2019-02-08)
How bees stay cool on hot summer days
Harvard researchers have developed a framework that explains how bees use environmental signals to collectively cluster and continuously ventilate the hive. (2019-02-08)
New method improves infrared imaging performance
By successfully suppressing spectral cross-talk in dual-band photodetectors, Professor Manijeh Razeghi has opened the door to a new generation of infrared imaging devices with applications in medicine as well as defense and security. (2019-02-08)
Addressing cooling needs and energy poverty targets in the Global South
With most of the northern hemisphere currently in the icy grip of one of the coldest winters ever recorded, in the south, it is record-breaking heat that is the problem. (2019-02-07)
Fractures have long-term impacts on quality of life in older people
Single and multiple hip, vertebral, and rib fractures strongly affect the quality of life of older adults over a prolonged period of time, according to a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. (2019-02-06)
A warming world increases air pollution
The UC Riverside-led study shows that the contrast in warming between the continents and sea, called the land-sea warming contrast, drives an increased concentration of aerosols in the atmosphere that cause air pollution. (2019-02-04)
Children exposed to air pollution at school may be at greater risk of overweight and obesity
Exposure to air pollution, particularly at school, could be associated with a higher risk of overweight and obesity during childhood (2019-01-31)
Counties with dirtier air have more stroke deaths
Counties with higher levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) air pollution have more stroke deaths and shorter life expectancies among their citizenry. (2019-01-30)
Unexpected link between air pollutants from plants and manmade emissions
Scientists are a step closer to understanding what controls fine particulate matter in the Earth's atmosphere after identifying new linkages between natural contaminants and with manmade pollutants. (2019-01-30)
Lubricant for oil tankers
If ship hulls were coated with special high-tech air trapping materials, up to one percent of global CO2 emissions could be avoided. (2019-01-24)
New technology uses lasers to transmit audible messages to specific people
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory report using two different laser-based methods to transmit various tones, music and recorded speech at a conversational volume (2019-01-23)
Study predicts how air pollutants from US forest soils will increase with climate change
Scientists predict that certain regions of the United States will experience higher levels of pollutants that cause smog, acid rain and respiratory problems due changes in forest soils from climate change. (2019-01-22)
In China, a link between happiness and air quality
In a paper published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, a research team led by Siqi Zheng, the Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Center for Real Estate, and the Faculty Director of MIT China Future City Lab, reveals that higher levels of pollution are associated with a decrease in people's happiness levels. (2019-01-21)
North Sea rocks could act as large-scale renewable energy stores
Rocks in the seabed off the UK coast could provide long-term storage locations for renewable energy production, new research suggests. (2019-01-21)
Air pollution increases ER visits for breathing problems
As levels of ozone and fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) rise, more patients end up in the ER with breathing problems, according to the largest US study of air pollution and respiratory emergency room visits of patients of all ages. (2019-01-17)
Health risks through fumigated containers
Products transported by sea in containers are often fumigated with biocides as protection against pests. (2019-01-16)
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