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Plastics in Electrical Waste: Disposal or Recycling?

Every year, the editors of the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology, select the best papers among their peer-reviewed contributions, which numbered more than 1500 in 2011 alone. This year, a contribution by Empa researchers has been awarded the title "Best Paper" in the "Policy Analysis" category. The scientists studied the proportion of restricted substances found in plastic components from waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Lung Doctors Expect Respiratory Diseases will Worsen with Global Climate Change

Worldwide increases in the incidences of asthma, allergies, infectious and cardiovascular diseases will result from a variety of impacts of global climate change, including rising temperatures, worsening ozone levels in urban areas, the spread of desertification, and expansions of the ranges of communicable diseases as the planet heats up, the professional organization representing respiratory and airway physicians stated in a new position paper.

Kids Go Green with EPA Partnership Programs

Kids Go Green with EPA Partnership Programs

The EPA partners with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Scholastic Inc. to bring environmental education to those most likely to bring it home.

Safety Overhaul Planned for Award Winning Bechtel Project

Bechtel Corporation announced Edward Sproat, former director of DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, will guide senior managers of the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant in planning for a “world-class nuclear safety and quality culture.”

With Climate Change U.S. Could Face Risk From Chagas Disease

Chagas disease, a parasite-borne illness carried by kissing bugs afflicts millions of people in Central and South America today.

News Brief: Grant Funds Transportation Research Center at Carnegie Mellon

DOT recently awarded Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science a $3.5 million grant for the next two years.

The Greening of Chemistry

Cleaner! Faster! Cheaper! is a rallying cry for chemists working to limit the impact of their work on the environment.

Used Water Bottles Become Caps and Gowns

Graduates’ caps and gowns will be green at Michigan Technological University’s spring commencement on Saturday, April 28, 2012 — not in color, but in spirit.



Mining Company Forms Sustainability Professorship with Canadian University

The mining company, Kinross, has funded the position at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with $625,000 for a five-year period.

Device for Harvesting Energy and Water from Human Waste gets Green Light

Work on a prototype device for harvesting energy and clean drinking water from human waste gets the go ahead this month.

Hydrogen Power in Real Life

Since 2009, a hydrogen powered street cleaning vehicle has been undergoing testing on the streets. The project is intended to take hydrogen drives out of the laboratory in order to gain experience on using them under practical conditions.

UN Emission Market Needs Urgent Reform

The United Nations (UN) global carbon market requires substantial reform because it too often fails to support the projects and people it is meant to help, according to new research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Americans at Risk of Flooding as Sea Levels Rise

Nearly four million Americans, occupying a combined area larger than the state of Maryland, find themselves at risk of severe flooding as sea levels rise in the coming century, new research suggests.

Mathematical Methods Predicts Movement of Oil and Ash Following Environmental Disasters

Mathematical methods help predict the movement of oil and ash following environmental disasters.

Global Warming Skepticism Climbs During Tough Economic Times

In recent years, the American public has grown increasingly skeptical of the existence of human-made climate change. Although pundits and scholars have suggested several reasons for this trend, a new study shows that the recent Great Recession has been a major factor.

Fertilization by Invasive Species Threatens Nutrient Poor Ecosystems

Biologists at Bielefeld University have developed a new method for quantifying the effect of non-native species on ecosystem functioning.

Metal Exposure From Laundered Shop Towels May Exceed EPA Permissible Metal Levels

New data suggests metal exposure from use of laundered shop towels may exceed EPA permissible levels in drinking water.

Research Reveals Carbon Footprint Caused by China's Irrigation System

China’s groundwater irrigation system is responsible for polluting the atmosphere with more than 30 million tonnes of CO2 per year – according to research from the University of East Anglia.

Nitrate in Drinking Water Poses Health Risks for Rural Californians

One in 10 people living in California's most productive agricultural areas is at risk for harmful levels of nitrate contamination in their drinking water, according to a report released today by the University of California, Davis. The report was commissioned by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Roadway with Recycled Toilets Labeled 'Greenroad'

Greenroads, a rating system developed at the University of Washington to promote sustainable roadway construction, awarded its first official certification to a Bellingham project that incorporates porcelain from recycled toilets.