EPA suggests safer flame retardants
(HealthDay)—Safer alternatives to a toxic flame retardant chemical are presented in a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Report ponders: How sensitive is climate to CO2?
Scientists are more confident than ever that pumping carbon dioxide into the air by burning fossil fuels is warming the planet. The question is, by how much?
Month-long study by UH targets improved air quality forecasting
University of Houston (UH) professors and students are taking part in an air quality study that will help scientists understand how to better interpret and forecast air quality using satellite data and numerical ...
Can bacteria combat oil spill disasters?
Teams of international scientists have decrypted the effectiveness of two types of bacteria, which could be used in the future to help combat oil spill disasters. According to a report written by scientists from the Helmholtz ...
Europe-wide studies into cormorant-fishery conflicts published
Findings from a major Europe-wide study into cormorant-fishery conflicts were published this week, providing one of the most detailed ecological and socio-economic investigations of these fish-eating birds, ...
Investigating mercury pollution in Indonesia
Professor Takanobu Inoue of Toyohashi Tech's Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has been conducting field surveys of mercury poisoning in Indonesia for over a decade. His findings have serious ...
Turning plastic bags into high-tech materials
University of Adelaide researchers have developed a process for turning waste plastic bags into a high-tech nanomaterial.
Border's Mexicali tops Mexico City in pollution
Move over, Mexico City, a think tank study says the country's most damaging air pollution is in the border city of Mexicali.
Pollution deadlier than road accidents in Sao Paulo
Air pollution kills more people annually than road accidents in Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous city which will host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup, a study found.
Ruth Patrick, pioneering US ecologist, dies at 105 (Update)
Ruth Patrick, a scientist whose research on freshwater ecosystems led to groundbreaking ways to measure pollution in rivers and streams, has died. She was 105.
Artificial lighting and noise alter biorhythms of birds
(Phys.org) —Noise from traffic and artificial night lighting cause birds in the city centre to become active up to five hours earlier in the morning than birds in more natural areas. These were the findings ...
Spinning CDs to clean sewage water
Audio CDs, all the rage in the '90s, seem increasingly obsolete in a world of MP3 files and iPods, leaving many music lovers with the question of what to do with their extensive compact disk collections. ...
Solving the bottleneck in biogas production
Agro-biogas plants produce renewable energy, extracting gas produced in the anaerobic fermentation of animal manures mixed with organic wastes from the food sector. One by-product of this fermentation process ...
US to limit emissions at new power plants
The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed Friday to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants in a bid to implement President Barack Obama's plan to fight climate change.