Thursday, November 29th, 2012
A team of Israeli researchers has developed a method to track pollution over the world’s mega-cities, a satellite-based process they say could help hold nations accountable for their pollution and promote cleaner industrial practices.
Using data collected by three NASA satellite systems, the researchers from Tel Aviv University (more…)
Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Putting a speed limit on cargo ships as they sail near ports and coastlines could cut their emission of air pollutants by up to 70 percent, reducing the impact of marine shipping on Earth’s climate and human health, scientists have found. Their evaluation of the impact of vessel speed reduction policies, such as those proposed by the California Air Resources Board, (more…)
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Deep-sea cameras deployed to monitor biodiversity on the Arctic seabed have documented a significant rise in the amount of plastic waste and other litter on the remote sea floors of the Far North, according to a new study.
While looking at many thousands of seabed photos (more…)
Friday, October 5th, 2012
Scientists have developed a superabsorbent material they say offers a cost-effective way to remove, recover and clean up large oil spills.
Writing in the journal Energy & Fuels, Pennsylvania State University researchers Xuepei Yuan and T. C. Mike Chung describe a polymer material that they (more…)
Monday, September 24th, 2012
There are many ways to harm your respiratory system such as smoking or breathing in asbestos. For urbanites living in cities across Europe, merely living and breathing in the city can be bad. A new study released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) found that most residents of European cities breathe toxic pollutants exceeding international health standards. The most (more…)
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Radioactive materials emitted during the Fukushima disaster caused physical mutations and genetic damage to butterfly populations living near the nuclear plant, a new study says.
In a series of tests, Japanese scientists found that butterflies collected from the Fukushima area about (more…)
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Levels of some automobile-related pollutants in Los Angeles have plummeted by 98 percent since the 1960s, even as gasoline consumption nearly tripled during the same period, a new study says.
Levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are emitted from the tailpipes of cars and are a key (more…)
Friday, August 10th, 2012
From reducing mobile source emissions, to connecting households to drinking water and wastewater services, to clean-up efforts of streams and canals, the United States and Mexico have made a joint effort to protect both human health and the environment in their shared 2,000 mile border region. (more…)
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Last time I talked about why energy matters (obviously for the internet). Today I’ll look at one half of the energy efficiency incentive package… or why we should care about saving energy (as if preserving talking cat videos was not enough of a reason).
Electricity is the cheapest form of power in most (more…)
Monday, August 6th, 2012
A new NASA study calculates that nearly 64 million tons of dust, pollution, and other tiny particles enter the atmosphere above North America from other continents each year, nearly as much as the 69 million tons of aerosols produced domestically through natural processes and human activities. (more…)