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      December 3, 2020

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      Hydrogen-Powered Heavy Duty Vehicles Could Contribute Significantly to Achieving Climate Goals

      A partial transition of German road transport to hydrogen energy is among the possibilities being discussed to help meet national climate targets. ...

      Air Pollution Spikes Linked to Lower Test Scores for Salt Lake County Third Graders

      More frequent exposure to air pollution spikes were associated with reduced test scores for third graders in Salt Lake County. Schools with a higher ...

      Forest Fires, Cars, Power Plants Join List of Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease

      A new study has found that among older Americans with cognitive impairment, the greater the air pollution in their neighborhood, the higher the ...

      Clean Air Act Saved 1.5 Billion birds

      US pollution regulations meant to protect humans from dirty air are also saving birds. So concludes a new continent-wide study. Study authors found that improved air quality under a federal program ...
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      Ozone Breaks Down THC Deposited on Surfaces from Thirdhand Cannabis Smoke

      Researchers have discovered that ozone -- a component of outdoor and indoor air -- can react with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis, on glass or cotton surfaces to ...

      The Science of Windy Cities

      Researchers model urban airflows to help improve the design of drones, skyscrapers, and natural ventilation ...

      Does Air Pollution Affect Mental Health Later in Life?

      In a study of women aged 80 years and older, living in locations with higher exposures to air pollution was associated with increased depressive ...

      NASA Model Reveals How Much COVID-Related Pollution Levels Deviated from the Norm

      Using computer models to generate a COVID-free 2020 for comparison, NASA researchers found that since February, pandemic restrictions have reduced global nitrogen dioxide concentrations by nearly 20 ...

      How Air Pollution Affects Homeless Populations

      When air quality worsens, either from the smoke and ozone of summer or the inversion of winter, most of us stay indoors. But for individuals experiencing homelessness, that's not always an ...

      Early-Life Events Linked to Lung Health in Young Adulthood

      Early-life events, such as the exposure to air pollutants, increases the risk of chronic lung disease in young adulthood, according to new results. The studies add to the growing evidence that ...

      Drop in Pandemic Carbon Dioxide Emissions Previews World of Electric Vehicles

      When the San Francisco Bay Area mandated shelter-in-place March 16, it created a natural experiment for UC Berkeley's Ron Cohen, who had established an inexpensive pollution sensor network in ...

      More Green Spaces Can Help Boost Air Quality, Reduce Heart Disease Deaths

      The number of trees, shrubs and grasses in an area - known as green space or greenness - can improve air quality, counteract air pollution and may reduce heart disease deaths. Policies that improve ...

      The Burning Question of Bonfire Night Pollution

      Bonfire Night celebrations contaminate our air with 100 times more soot than usual. The particles, also known as black carbon are so small, they can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause ...

      Brown Carbon 'Tarballs' Detected in Himalayan Atmosphere

      Some people refer to the Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau as the 'third pole' because the region has the largest reserve of glacial snow and ice outside of the north and south poles. The glaciers, ...

      Flying Through Wildfire Smoke Plumes Could Improve Smoke Forecasts

      The biggest study yet of West Coast wildfire plumes shows how a smoke plume's chemistry changes over time. Results suggest current models may not accurately predict the air quality downwind of a ...

      Researchers Devise New Method to Get the Lead out

      Researchers have devised a simple, quick and inexpensive way to quantify how much lead is trapped by a water ...

      SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak Investigation in Meat Processing Plant Suggests Aerosol Transmission in Confined

      The importance of maintaining high quality air flow to restrict transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in confined workspaces has been strongly indicated by the investigation of an outbreak of the virus at a ...

      Exposure to Air Pollution Increases COVID-19 Deaths by 15 Percent Worldwide, Study Estimates

      Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to an increased risk of dying from COVID-19, and now a new study has estimated the proportion of deaths from the coronavirus that could be ...

      Marine Biology: Sponges as Biomonitors of Micropollution

      Sponges are filter feeders that live on particulate matter -- but they can also ingest microscopic fragments of plastics and other pollutants of anthropogenic origin. They can therefore serve as ...

      Severe Air Pollution Drives Food Delivery Consumption and Plastic Waste

      When the air outside is bad, office workers are more likely to order food delivery than go out for lunch, which in turn increases plastic waste from food packaging, according to a study by ...

      Understanding How Toxic PFAS Chemicals Spread from Release Sites

      New lab studies are helping researchers to better understand how so called 'forever chemicals' behave in soil and water, which can help in understanding how these contaminants ...

      COVID-19 Lockdowns Averted Tens of Thousands of Premature Deaths Related to Air Pollution, Study Finds

      Scientists have found that particulate matter concentrations in China dropped by an unprecedented 29.7 percent, and by 17.1 percent in parts of Europe, during lockdowns that took place between Feb. 1 ...

      Thawing Permafrost Releases Organic Compounds Into the Air

      When permafrost thaws due to global warming, not only the greenhouse gases known to all, but also organic compounds are released from the soil. They may have a significant impact on climate ...

      School Absences Correlate to Impaired Air Quality

      In Salt Lake City schools, absences rise when the air quality worsens, and it's not just in times of high pollution or 'red' air quality days -- even days following lower levels of ...

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