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Elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air may be associated with a high number of deaths from Covid-19

20/04/2020
Contaminación del aire

Corona and air pollution: How does nitrogen dioxide impact fatalities? eurekalert.org. 20/04/2020. Elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air may be associated with a high number of deaths from Covid-19. A new study by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) provides concrete data that back this assumption for the first time. The paper combines satellite […]


Alert by the growing threat of abrupt and irreversible climate changes

29/11/2019

Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against. The growing threat of abrupt and irreversible climate changes must compel political and economic action on emissions. Timothy M. Lenton, Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney, Stefan Rahmstorf, Katherine Richardson, Will Steffen & Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. nature.com. November 27, 2019. Politicians, economists and even some natural scientists have […]


Air pollution is the fifth leading risk factor for mortality worldwide

25/11/2019
Contaminación del aire

Air pollution is reaching endemic proportions. By Daniel T Cross. sustainability-times.com. November 22, 2019. Air pollution is a potent killer. Need proof? Consider these facts: in the United States alone some 200,000 people succumb to ailments brought on or exacerbated by toxic air. Air pollution has been linked to a variety of debilitating health conditions […]


Mercury trade in Indonesia, a business intertwined with the lucrative and illegal production of gold

15/11/2019

The hidden cost of gold: Birth defects and brain damage. By Richard C. Paddock. nytimes.com. November 09, 2019. Thousands of children with crippling birth defects. Half a million people poisoned. A toxic chemical found in the food supply. Accusations of a government cover-up and police officers on the take. La balsa en el Museo del […]


Maternal exposure to industrial pollution can harm the immune system of offspring, study

11/10/2019

Environmental toxins impair immune system over multiple generations. sciencedaily.com. October 02, 2019. Summary: New research shows that maternal exposure to a common and ubiquitous form of industrial pollution can harm the immune system of offspring and that this injury is passed along to subsequent generations, weakening the body’s defenses against infections such as the influenza […]


Environmental contamination from E-cigarette, cigarette, Cigar, and cannabis products

11/10/2019

E-cigarettes, tobacco and cannabis products are littering high schools. sciencedaily.com. October 10, 2019. Summary: High schools in the San Francisco Bay area are being contaminated by plastics and toxic litter from e-cigarettes, cannabis products and combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigarillos, a new study has found.High schools in the San Francisco Bay Area […]


Ambient black carbon particles reach the fetal side of human placenta, study

19/09/2019

Air pollution can reach the placenta around a developing baby. By Aimee Cunningham*. sciencenews.org. September 17, 2019. A study of women in Belgium found black carbon particles, or soot, within the organ. Breathing in polluted air may send soot far beyond a pregnant woman’s lungs, all the way to the womb surrounding her developing baby. […]


High pollutant exposure level of the largest European community of bottlenose dolphins

13/09/2019

Environment: Pollutants found in skin and blubber of English Channel dolphins. eurekalert.org. September 12, 2019. High levels of pollutants, such as industrial fluids and mercury, may have accumulated in the blubber and skin of one of the largest coastal populations of dolphins in Europe, a study in Scientific Reports indicates. Mercury concentrations found in 82 […]


Microplastics prevail in snow from the Alps to the Arctic, study

16/08/2019

Microplastic drifting down with the snow. sciencedaily.com. August 14, 2019. In the Alps and the Arctic, experts confirm the presence of plastic in snow. Summary: Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in sea-water, drinking water, and even in animals. But these minute particles are also transported by the atmosphere and […]


Association between exposure to air pollution and emphysema

15/08/2019

Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes. sciencedaily.com. August 13, 2019. Summary: Air pollution — especially ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change — accelerates the progression of emphysema of the lung, according to a new study. Pulmones (SerTox) Air pollution — especially ozone air […]


The contribution of the vast infrastructure of US military to climate change

09/07/2019

US military is a bigger polluter than as many as 140 countries – shrinking this war machine is a must. By Benjamin Neimark, Oliver Belcher, Patrick Bigger. theconversation.com. 24/06/19. The US military’s carbon bootprint is enormous. Like corporate supply chains, it relies upon an extensive global network of container ships, trucks and cargo planes to […]


A global review of shark and ray entanglement in anthropogenic marine debris, study

06/07/2019

Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic. eurekalert.org. July 04, 2019. Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans, new research shows. University of Exeter scientists scoured existing published studies and Twitter for shark and ray entanglements, and found reports of more than 1,000 entangled individuals. And […]


Study found surprisingly high levels of pollutants, in carefully monitored homes

07/06/2019

Researchers uncover indoor pollution hazards. sciencedaily.com. June 6, 2019. Summary: A team of researchers has found surprisingly high levels of pollutants, including formaldehyde and possibly mercury, in carefully monitored homes, and that these pollutants vary through the day and increase as temperatures rise.Read related:  Children exposure to chemicals emitted from the home environment, study Muebles […]


How much microplastics do Americans consume per year?

07/06/2019

Americans consumer 70,000 particles of microplastics per year. sciencedaily.com. June 5, 2019. Summary: Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the globe. Although plastics have made life easier in many ways, disposing of the materials is a growing problem. Now, researchers estimate that the average […]


Significant plastic accumulation on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia, study

17/05/2019

Australian islands home to 414 million pieces of plastic pollution. sciencedaily.com. May 16, 2019. Summary: A survey of plastic pollution on Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands has revealed the territory’s beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic debris. The study estimated beaches on the Indian Ocean islands are littered with 238 tons […]


Enzyme MHETase decoded: A long-term solution to the plastic waste problem?

16/04/2019

‘Molecular scissors’ for plastic waste. Enzyme MHETase decoded. eurekalert.org. April 12, 2019. Plastics are excellent materials: extremely versatile and almost eternally durable. But this is also exactly the problem, because after only about 100 years of producing plastics, plastic particles are now found everywhere – in groundwater, in the oceans, in the air, and in […]


Global,national & urban burdens of paediatric asthma incidence attributable to ambient NO2 pollution

11/04/2019

Millions of children worldwide develop asthma annually due to traffic-related pollution. sciencedaily.com.  April 10, 2019. Summary: About 4 million children worldwide develop asthma each year because of inhaling nitrogen dioxide air pollution, according to a new study. The study, based on data from 2010 to 2015, estimates that 64 percent of these new cases of asthma […]



Different types of microplastics in the peninsular coastal Mediterranean, in Spain

01/03/2019

PE, PP and PS: The most abundant type of microplastics in Mediterranean coastal waters. eurekalert.org. February 28, 2019. Effects of the plastic civilization. Polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene are the most abundant microplastics in the Mediterranean coastal waters, according to a new study published by the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin -by the experts Miquel Canals, William […]



Children exposure to chemicals emitted from the home environment, study

18/02/2019

Children carry evidence of toxins from home flooring and furniture. eurekalert.org. February 17, 2019. Vinyl flooring and fire retardant furniture foam apparently to blame. Children living in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in their blood or urine than […]


Study about microplastics in marine mammals stranded around the British coast

01/02/2019

Plastic in Britain’s seals, dolphins and whales. eurekalert.org. January 31, 2019. Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) examined 50 animals from 10 species of dolphins, seals and whales […]


Limited retention of wildfire-derived PAHs and trace elements in indoor environments, study

14/01/2019

Wildfire: Fort McMurray homes have normal levels of indoor toxins. sciencedaily.com. January 14, 2019. Summary: Researchers have examined dust from homes in Fort McMurray, Alta., for evidence of harmful toxins left in the aftermath of the devastating 2016 wildfire.Their study reveals normal levels of contaminants that are comparable to homes across Canada, and so far, […]


An interview with an expert in microplastics

10/01/2019

How dangerous is microplastic? .eurekalert.org. January 10, 2018. Dr. Natalia Ivleva discusses her research into the analysis of microplastic. Dr. Natalia Ivleva, a group leader at the Institute for Hydrochemistry (IWC) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has developed new analytical methods based on Raman microscopy for the identification and quantification of microplastic.CREDITUli Benz / […]


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