Commercial cooking elevates hazardous pollutants in the environment
As you stroll down restaurant row and catch the wonderful aroma of food — steaks, burgers, and grilled veggies — keep this in mind: You may be in an air pollution zone. Scientists in Minnesota are reporting ...
URI researcher calls for global effort to monitor marine pollutants
A University of Rhode Island researcher who studies chemical pollutants in the marine environment has called on colleagues around the world to establish a global monitoring network to verify that the chemicals banned by the ...
Researchers in Freiburg, Germany, have developed a highly-sensitive, miniaturized mobile ozone sensor which can be used not only in air, but also in water and in the vicinity of explosive gases.
Paper strips can quickly detect toxin in drinking water
(PhysOrg.com) -- A strip of paper infused with carbon nanotubes can quickly and inexpensively detect a toxin produced by algae in drinking water. Engineers at the University of Michigan led the development of the new biosensor.
Tiny motes sniff out chemical, biological threats
(PhysOrg.com) -- Research to develop a new method to detect biological and chemical threats may also lead to new approaches for removing pollutants from the environment.
Mobile lab allows researchers to study air quality, health effects
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new mobile air research laboratory will help a team of researchers led by a Michigan State University professor better understand the damaging health effects of air pollution and why certain ...
EPA announces dioxin review, plans for Dow cleanup
(AP) -- The federal government is taking another look at the long-debated question of how chemicals called dioxins affect human health and the environment.
Blood tests reveal tobacco smoke residues in non-smoking New Yorkers
More than half of non-smoking New Yorkers have elevated levels of cotinine in their blood - meaning that they were recently exposed to toxic second-hand smoke in concentrations high enough to leave residues in the body. Cotinine, ...
EPA to test air outside schools, but has largely ignoring its peer-reviewed screening tool
After ignoring its own research for most of the last decade, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this spring will test the air outside dozens of schools across the nation that are close to industrial polluters.
Microbial factories: Researchers harness bacteria to produce energy, clean up environment
(PhysOrg.com) -- In the search for answers to the planet's biggest challenges, some MIT researchers are turning to its tiniest organisms: bacteria.
Study suggests link between agricultural chemicals and frog decline
(PhysOrg.com) -- Around the world, amphibian populations are in decline, and scientists have not been able to figure out why. Now a study of leopard frogs in Pennsylvania has identified a possible culprit, ...