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'Super sponge' promises effective toxic clean-up of lakes and more

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:09:44 EDT ~ Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To address this growing problem scientists have created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds. Find out more...

Engineering team develops novel nanofibre solution for clean, fresh air

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:55:01 EDT ~ A research team has successfully concocted a novel nanofiber solution that creates thin, see-through air filters that can remove up to 90 per cent of PM2.5 particles and achieve high air flow of 2.5 times better than conventional air filters. As an added bonus, this eco-friendly air filter improves natural lighting and visibility while blocking harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Find out more...

Multi-year study finds 'hotspots' of ammonia over world's major agricultural areas

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:21:29 EDT ~ Fertilizers, animal waste, changes to atmospheric chemistry and warming soils are all tied to increased ammonia over US, Europe, China and India, say researchers as they reveal the first global, long-term satellite study of airborne ammonia. Find out more...

China's severe winter haze tied to effects of global climate change

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:06:52 EDT ~ China's severe winter air pollution problems may be worsened by changes in atmospheric circulation prompted by Arctic sea ice loss and increased Eurasian snowfall -- both caused by global climate change. Find out more...

Greenhouse gases: First it was cows, now it's larvae

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:16:12 EDT ~ A certain species of larva uses methane to propel itself, and it is even possible that this mechanism is accelerating the release of gases into the atmosphere and magnifying global warming, scientists have discovered. The research demonstrates the negative role played by the larvae not just in global warming but also in disturbing the sedimentary layers at the bottom of lakes. Find out more...

Hydrogen on demand

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:27:23 EDT ~ Using solar energy, researchers have developed a new method for safely and efficiently producing hydrogen in a centralized manner, miles away from the solar farm. It could greatly reduce the cost of producing hydrogen and shipping it to customers. Find out more...

New Bedford Harbor identified as major source of airborne PCBs

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:33:53 EST ~ Sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCBs, from the bottom of the New Bedford Harbor is the number one source of airborne PCBs in the neighborhoods surrounding the port, according to new research. Find out more...

Measurements by school pupils paved way for key research findings on lakes and global warming

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:15:23 EST ~ With their measurements and samples, nearly 3,500 schoolchildren have assisted a research study on lakes and global warming. The results show that water temperatures generally remain low despite the air becoming warmer. This helps to curb the emission of greenhouse gases. Find out more...

First global maps of volcanic emissions use NASA satellite data

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:06:24 EST ~ A number of volcanoes around the world continuously exhale water vapor laced with heavy metals, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, among many other gases. Of these, sulfur dioxide is the easiest to detect from space. Find out more...

Infants are more exposed to harmful pollution on the way to school than on the way home, new research finds

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:08:50 EST ~ Babies in prams accompanying older siblings on the school run are twice as likely to be exposed to harmful air pollution in the morning than in the afternoon, a new study has found. Find out more...