Environment

New coating lets toilets clean themselves and save water

A new coating effectively makes self-cleaning toilets while also cutting the amount of water in each flush, researchers report. Every day, more than 141 billion...

Even small doses of air pollution could harm your health

In a new study, researchers found that even a little exposure to the fine particles of air pollution can translate into higher hospitalization rates...

Urban green space may help people live longer

In a new study, researchers found that urban green space can prevent premature deaths. The analysis, which included nine studies involving seven countries and a...

PM 2.5 pollution linked to memory loss, Alzheimer’s-like brain atrophy

In a new study, researchers found that women in their 70s and 80s who were exposed to higher levels of air pollution experienced greater...

Climate change and overfishing are boosting toxic mercury levels in fish

We live in an era — the Anthropocene — where humans and societies are reshaping and changing ecosystems. Pollution, human-made climate change and overfishing have...

Carbon dioxide capture and use could become a new global business

Capturing carbon dioxide and turning it into commercial products, such as fuels or construction materials, could become a new global industry, according to a...

Carbon capture could cause more harm than good, says study

One proposed method for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere – and reducing the risk of climate change – is to capture...

Scientists create a new way to remove carbon dioxide from air

The process could work on the gas at any concentrations, from power plant emissions to open air. A new way of removing carbon dioxide from...

Why polluted air may be a threat to your kidneys

There is good evidence that polluted air increases the risk of respiratory problems such as asthma — as well as organ inflammation, worsening of...

BPA-free plastics may play a role inflammation, obesity

In a new study, researchers found a compound used to reduce public exposure to possible toxic effects of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) may...

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