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Lake Baikal: Protection of a unique ecosystem

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:30:13 EDT ~ Researchers are studying the impact of climate change and environmental toxins on the lake's fauna. They addressed the question of how Baikal amphipods that fulfill important ecological functions in the lake react to pollutants in the water. Find out more...

Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:42:06 EDT ~ A first test of humans' ability to modify clouds would help explain the behavior of clouds and aerosols, while also testing a possible future climate emergency measure. Find out more...

'Hindcasting' study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:30:34 EDT ~ Using a publicly available climate model, researchers 'hindcast' the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than would otherwise have occurred. Find out more...

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:53:31 EDT ~ Everyone knows that exposure to pollution during rush hour traffic can be hazardous to your health, but it's even worse than previously thought. In-car measurements of pollutants that cause oxidative stress found exposure levels for drivers to be twice as high as previously believed. Find out more...

Coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba may survive global warming, new study finds

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:06:16 EDT ~ Coral reefs in the Red Seas Gulf of Aqaba can resist rising water temperatures, suggests new research. If they survive local pollution, these corals may one day be used to re-seed parts of the world where reefs are dying. The scientists urge governments to protect the Gulf of Aqaba Reefs. Find out more...

The way rivers function reflects their ecological status and is rarely explored

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:50:33 EDT ~ A research project proposes going beyond the study of river ecosystems and incorporating into the studies routinely carried out a set of processes that regulate not only the fluxes of matter but also the fluxes of energy within an ecosystem. In a recently published paper, the group is proposing a new working framework to study the status of rivers. Find out more...

Environmental pollution exposure during pregnancy increases asthma risk for three generations

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:35:12 EDT ~ Exposure to environmental pollutants during pregnancy may increase the risk of asthma for as many as three consecutive generations, according to new research. Find out more...

Ozone pollution connected to cardiovascular health

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:05:07 EDT ~ Exposure to ozone, a risk for impaired lung function, is also connected to health changes that can cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, according to a new study of Chinese adults. A new study followed 89 healthy adults living in Changsha City for one year. They showed blood platelet activation and an increase in blood pressure, suggesting a possible mechanism by which ozone may affect cardiovascular health. Find out more...

Air pollution: Diesel is now better than gas, emitting fewer carbonaceous particulates

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:04:29 EDT ~ Regulators, take note: a new international study shows that modern diesel passenger cars emit fewer carbonaceous particulates than gasoline-powered vehicles. Find out more...

Tiny particles increase in air with ethanol-to-gasoline switch

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:10:18 EDT ~ The concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometers in diameter rose by one-third in the air of So Paulo, Brazil, when higher ethanol prices induced drivers to switch from ethanol to gasoline, according to a new study. The research team also found when drivers switched back to ethanol because prices had gone down, the concentration of ultrafine particles also went down. Find out more...