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Australia's waters are full of plastic, and we put it there

The world's largest collection of marine debris information has identified Australia's coastal rubbish is mainly plastic from Australian sources.In a report released ...

​NTU spin-off achieves breakthrough with innovative multifunction membranes

Two-year-old startup with an industry valuation of S$80 million ...

Clean Air Halves Health Costs in Chinese City

Air pollution regulations over the last decade in Taiyuan, China, have substantially improved the health of people living there, accounting for a greater than 50 percent reduction in costs associated with loss of life and disability between 2001 and 2010, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health, the Shanxi Medical University, the Center of Diseases Control and Prevention of Taiyuan Municipality, and Shanghai Fudan University School of Public Health. ... Full story

Scientists discover hazardous waste-eating bacteria

Tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear waste disposal, say researchers involved in a study at The University of Manchester. ... Full story

Dietary recommendations may be tied to increased greenhouse gas emissions

ANN ARBOR—If Americans altered their menus to conform to federal dietary recommendations, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases tied to agricultural production could increase significantly, according to a new study by University of Michigan researchers. ... Full story

Home is where the microbes are: Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes

A person’s home is their castle, and they populate it with their own subjects: millions and millions of bacteria. ... Full story

Ibuprofen posing potential threat to fish

Research led by the University of York suggests that many rivers contain levels of ibuprofen that could be adversely affecting fish health. ... Full story

Despite a significant reduction in smog-producing toxins in past decade, GTA still violates Canada’s ozone standards

TORONTO, ON – A new study shows that while the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has significantly reduced some of the toxins that contribute to smog, the city continues to violate the Canada-wide standards for ozone air pollution. ... Full story

Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury

New measurements from fish purchased at retail seafood counters in 10 different states show the extent to which mislabeling can expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels of mercury, a harmful pollutant. ... Full story

Table salt measures radiation in Fukushima

Ordinary table salt can be used to measure radiation from radioactive substances, provided that it is stored in the dark. This has been shown in a new thesis from Lund University in Sweden, where the method has been enhanced and tested on fallout from the nuclear disasters in Fukushima and Chernobyl. ... Full story

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