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Drinking water odors, chemicals above health standards caused by 'green building' plumbing

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Several types of plastic pipes in eco-friendly green buildings in the United States have been found to leach ...

Hand blenders used for cooking can emit persistent chemicals

Eight out of twelve tested models of hand blenders are leaking chlorinated paraffins when used according to the suppliers’ instructions. This is ...

Lake Erie increasingly susceptible to large cyanobacteria blooms

ANN ARBOR—Lake Erie has become increasingly susceptible to large blooms of toxin-producing cyanobacteria since 2002, potentially complicating efforts to rein in the problem in the wake of this year's Toledo drinking water crisis, according to a new study led by University of Michigan researchers. ... Full story

Bacteria may be key to feeding nitrogen to plants, reducing harmful fertilizers

BLACKSBURG, Va – Birgit Scharf, assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, is interested in making plants grow and in finding a way to do it without environmentally-disastrous chemically-synthesized inorganic nitrogen fertilizers. ... Full story

Human hands are all over Australia’s hottest ever year

OPINION: 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record, but how much of that was due to human-caused climate change? ... Full story

Pollution risks of megacity 'street canyons' examined in unique new research

People living in Hong Kong’s towering skyscrapers may be away from the hustle and bustle of its notorious traffic-snarled streets but the effects of traffic emissions should not be ignored, says a ground-breaking research project led by King’s College London. ... Full story

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 today, CSIRO scientist ... Full story

​NTU spin-off achieves breakthrough with innovative multifunction membranes

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

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

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