Environment

Air pollution linked to higher risk of kidney disease

In a new study, researchers found that people may face a higher risk of developing kidney disease if they live in areas with elevated...

What will happen if oceans lose all oxygen?

With no dissolved oxygen to sustain animals or plants, ocean anoxic zones are areas where only microbes suited to the environment can live. "You don't...

UV radiation from sunlight can reduce COVID-19 transmission, study shows

In a new study, researchers found evidence that the spread of COVID-19 is sensitive to UV exposure. While this suggests that COVID-19 may vary with...

This simple thing may improve your mental health in the COVID-19 pandemic

In a new study, researchers found that nature around one's home may help mitigate some of the negative mental health effects of the COVID-19...

Smog exposure linked to higher risk of cardiac arrest

Exposure to ozone, the main ingredient in smog – even at levels below federal safety standards – may increase the risk of going into...

These 4 things join list of risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease

In a new study, researchers found that among older Americans with cognitive impairment, the greater the air pollution in their neighborhood, the higher the...

This common soap additive may worsen fatty liver disease, study shows

In a new study, researchers found evidence that triclosan—an antimicrobial found in many soaps and other household items—worsens the fatty liver disease. The study also...

Chemicals in your living room may cause diabetes, study shows

In a new study, researchers found that flame retardants in nearly every American home could cause diabetes. These flame retardants, called PBDEs, have been linked...

5 myths about single-use plastic

Stand in the soda pop aisle at the supermarket, surrounded by rows of brightly colored plastic bottles and metal cans, and it’s easy to...

Scientists find new low-energy way to recycle plastic waste

When we started using plastics about 70 years ago, not much thought — if any — was given to the implications of their lifespan...