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Winter cold extremes linked to high-altitude polar vortex weakening

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:40:27 EDT ~ When the strong winds that circle the Arctic slacken, cold polar air can escape and cause extreme winter chills in parts of the Northern hemisphere. A new study finds that these weak states have become more persistent over the past four decades and can be linked to cold winters in Russia and Europe. Find out more...

Breathing dirty air may harm kidneys

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:16:24 EDT ~ Outdoor air pollution may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and contribute to kidney failure, say researchers. Scientists culled national VA databases to evaluate the effects of air pollution and kidney disease on nearly 2.5 million people over a period of 8.5 years, beginning in 2004. The scientists compared VA data on kidney function to air-quality levels collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Find out more...

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:47:04 EDT ~ An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution. Find out more...

Animal acoustic activity decline shows forest fire pollution wreaks havoc on wildlife

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:17:49 EDT ~ Forest fires in Southeast Asia during the El Nio droughts of 2015 caused considerable disruption to the biodiversity of the region due to the smoke-induced 'haze' they created, according to new research. Find out more...

Gravity waves influence weather and climate

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:43 EDT ~ Gravity waves form in the atmosphere as a result of destabilizing processes. The effects of gravity waves can only be taken into consideration by including additional special components in the models. Find out more...

People's love of the seas could be the key for plastic pollution solution

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:27:26 EDT ~ Tapping into the public's passion for the ocean could be the key to reducing the threats to it posed by plastic pollution. Find out more...

To predict how climate change will affect disease, researchers must fuse climate science and biology

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:35:47 EDT ~ To predict how climate change will affect disease, researchers must fuse climate science and biology, according to a new review. Find out more...

A solar cell you can put in the wash

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:18:43 EDT ~ Scientists have developed a new type of ultra-thin photovoltaic device, coated on both sides with stretchable and waterproof films, which can continue to provide electricity from sunlight even after being soaked in water or being stretched and compressed. Find out more...

5,000 deaths annually from Diesel-gate in Europe

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:33:37 EDT ~ Excess emissions from diesel cars cause about 5,000 premature deaths annually across Europe, a new study shows. Higher exposure to secondary particles and ozone can be traced back to excess NOx emissions from diesel cars, vans and light commercial vehicles. With the EU's vehicle emission limits achieved on the road about 5,000 premature deaths could be avoided annually. If diesel cars emitted as little NOx as petrol cars, about 7,500 premature deaths could be avoided annually. Find out more...

Air pollution cuts 3 years off lifespans in Northern China

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:09:53 EDT ~ A Chinese policy is unintentionally causing people in northern China to live 3.1 years less than people in the south due to air pollution concentrations that are 46 percent higher. These findings imply that every additional 10 micrograms per cubic meter of particulate matter pollution (PM10) reduces life expectancy by 0.6 years. Find out more...