Environment

Wastewater cleaned thanks to a new adsorbent material made from fruit peels

Wastewater cleaned thanks to a new adsorbent material made from fruit peels

Researchers have developed a process that allows to clean waters containing heavy metals and organic compounds, using a new adsorbent material made from the...
China's severe winter haze tied to effects of global climate change

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

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...
How brake dust could end up harming your lungs

How brake dust could end up harming your lungs

New research shows how brake and tire dust—a cloud of tiny metal particles—could wreak havoc on respiratory health. Metals from brakes and other automotive systems...
Eating healthier food could reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Eating healthier food could reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Diet and global climate change You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and while good dietary choices boost your own health, they also...
Cancer 'hot spots' in Florida may be associated with hazardous waste sites

Cancer ‘hot spots’ in Florida may be associated with hazardous waste sites

Studies have shown that hazardous waste sites have the potential to adversely affect human health and disrupt ecological systems. Florida has the sixth highest number...
High blood pressure linked to short-, long-term exposure to some air pollutants

High blood pressure linked to short-, long-term exposure to some air pollutants

Both short- and long-term exposure to some air pollutants commonly associated with coal burning, vehicle exhaust, airborne dust and dirt are associated with the...
Fossil plankton may be the key to understanding prehistoric climate change

Fossil plankton may be the key to understanding prehistoric climate change

Ancient fossilised algae may be the gateway to understanding carbon dioxide and the role it played in transforming the prehistoric climate, a new Oxford...
Contagious cancers are spreading among several species of shellfish, study finds

Contagious cancers are spreading among several species of shellfish, study finds

Direct transmission of cancer among some marine animals may be more common than once thought, suggests a study published in Nature by researchers at...
Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest

Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest

We often think of the Amazon rainforest as a vast expanse of nature untouched by humans. But a new study in Science suggests that's not true--in fact,...
Ninety percent of predatory fish gone from Caribbean coral reefs due to overfishing

Ninety percent of predatory fish gone from Caribbean coral reefs due to overfishing

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that up to 90 percent of predatory fish are gone from Caribbean...