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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 ...

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 ...

Extremely high mold count triggers dangerous air quality alert

MAYWOOD, Ill. – A dangerous air quality alert was called today due to the extremely high count for mold detected in the Gottlieb Allergy Count. ... Full story

WSU helps predict air quality during smoke season

By Kate Nelson, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture intern ... Full story

Still a Lot to Learn About India’s Deadly Air Pollution

What exactly is the relationship between exposure to air pollution and its effect on human health? How much cleaner would the air have to be to reduce the health burden of dirty air? Can cities be designed so as to minimize the flow of air pollution? ... Full story

Study shows links between city design and health

Compact cities with many intersections healthier ... Full story

Electric bugs used to detect water pollution

Scientists from our Department of Chemical Engineering have developed a low-cost device that could be used in developing countries to monitor the quality of drinking water in real time without costly lab equipment. ... Full story

Study Reveals Dynamics of Microbes and Nitrate

CHARLOTTE - Human tampering with global carbon balances has received massive public attention because of its effects on global warming, but we pay less attention to another set of chemical processes we are similarly disrupting: human input to the nitrogen cycle. Unfortunately, the story of nitrogen transformations in the biosphere is also less understood. ... Full story

U-M experts available to discuss harmful Lake Erie algal blooms, microcystin toxin

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan has experts available to discuss harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and the detection of microcystin toxin in Toledo drinking water. They are: ... Full story

CUHK Researcher Predicts Threat to Global Food Security from Climate Change and Air Pollution in Newly Published Study

Professor Amos P. K. Tai of the Earth System Science Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has used a sophisticated computer model to project that in the next few decades, climate change and uncontrolled air pollution together may severely damage global crop production and increase undernourishment rates, posing a serious threat to global food security and public health. ... Full story

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