Environmental Protection

Environmental Health and Safety


Plastic Particles More Prevalent Than Previously Thought

For decades, oceanographers have collected water samples from the surface of the ocean in order to record how much plastic debris currently litters the waters. But a new study asserts that surface collection alone is insufficient because high winds have a tremendous impact on the buoyancy of the plastic debris.

Algae and Mosses Take Up Huge Amounts of Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen

In cities, the presence of algae, lichens, and mosses is not considered desirable and they are often removed from roofs and walls. It is, however, totally unfair to consider these cryptogamic covers, as the flat growths are referred to in scientific terms, just a nuisance.

Maine Garbage Study Shows 60 Percent of Trash Could Be Diverted

Since municipalities pay for trash disposal, usually by the ton, researchers say big savings could result from reducing volume of trash, along with the cost of hauling it and paying tipping fees for disposal, in addition to improving the environment.

EPA Provides $970,000 to Clean Up and Revitalize Contaminated Properties in New York

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing a total of $970,000 to New York City and Ogdensburg, New York to clean up abandoned and contaminated sites.

Highway Through Amazon Worsens Effects of Climate Change

Paving a highway across South America is providing lessons on the impact of road construction elsewhere.

PBS NewsHour Reporting Friday on Rising Sea Levels in Coastal Louisiana

On Friday, PBS NewsHour reporter Hari Sreenivasan will report on how rising sea levels in coastal Louisiana are threatening Native Americans' tribal lands.

Salt Lake and Ogden Receive $1.3 Million to Revitalize Contaminated Properties

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Jim Martin presented the Mayors of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and Ogden City with $1.3 million in grant awards to advance the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of properties.

Children Exposed to Pollutant Found in Tobacco Show Signs of Chromosomal Damage

According to a new study, children exposed to high levels of the common air pollutant naphthalene are at increased risk for chromosomal aberrations (CAs), which have been previously associated with cancer. These include chromosomal translocations, a potentially more harmful and long-lasting subtype of CAs.



Researchers Studying Impacts of Pharmaceutical Chemicals and Products on Environment

Researchers at the University of York headed a major international review aimed at enhancing efforts to better understand the impacts of chemicals used in pharmaceuticals or in personal care products, such as cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, deodorants and toothpastes (PPCPs), on the natural environment.

Research Pair Concerned Birth Control Chemicals are Contaminating Wastewater

A college professor and a ecotoxicologist have teamed up to write a paper suggesting that a public discourse on birth control chemicals be held before public officials decide whether to dedicate funds to cleaning such drugs from wastewater, or not.

Groundwater Depletion in Semiarid Regions of Texas and California Threatens Food Security

The nation's food supply may be vulnerable to rapid groundwater depletion from irrigated agriculture, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere.

EPA Awarding $69.3 Million in Grants to Clean and Redevelop Contaminated Properties

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving out $69.3 million grants for new investments to provide communities with funding necessary to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and create jobs while protecting public health.

Online Racing Game Shows How Plastics Contribute to Auto Fuel-Efficiency

Plastics Make it Possible has launched Plastics Speedway, an online car-racing game that highlights many of the ways plastics contribute to automobile fuel-efficiency, safety and design.

New Solar Cell May Lessen Solar Energy Technology Limitations

Northwestern University researchers have developed a new solar cell that, in principle, will minimize all of these solar energy technology limitations.

Bark Beetle May Impact Air Quality and Climate

At national parks out West, lodgepole pine trees are dying because of bark beetle. And atmospheric haze, caused in part by tiny solid particles suspended in the air, is becoming a problem.

Officials Discuss Hudson River Cleanup Project

Several politicians and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency met up on the shore of the Hudson River to discuss the progress of the federal Superfund cleanup on the Hudson River and the efforts to restore properties along its shorelines.

Pollution Warming Atmosphere Through Thunderstorm Clouds

Pollution is warming the atmosphere through summer thunderstorm clouds, according to a computational study published May 10 in Geophysical Research Letters.

Oil Spill Workers Asked to Join Gulf Study

Deepwater Horizon cleanup workers and volunteers are invited to participate in the GuLF Study to help determine whether the oil spill contributed to physical and mental health problems.

Prenatal Pollution Exposure Dangerous for Kids With Asthma

The link between prenatal exposure to air pollution and childhood lung growth and respiratory ailments has been established by several studies in recent years, and now a new study suggests that these prenatal exposures can be especially serious for children with asthma.

Environment Influences Behavior Generations Later

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University have seen an increased reaction to stress in animals whose ancestors were exposed to an environmental compound generations earlier.

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