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      December 3, 2020

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      Tire-Related Chemical Is Largely Responsible for Adult Coho Salmon Deaths in Urban Streams

      Scientists have discovered a chemical that kills coho salmon in urban streams before the fish can ...

      Cluster of Alaskan Islands Could Be Single, Interconnected Giant Volcano

      A small group of volcanic islands in Alaska's Aleutian chain might be part of a single, undiscovered giant volcano, say scientists. If the researchers' suspicions are correct, the newfound volcanic ...

      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. ...

      Watching the Arctic Thaw in Fast-Forward

      The frozen permafrost in the Arctic is thawing on an alarming scale. By analyzing an annual record of satellite images, researchers have now confirmed these findings: thermokarst lakes in Alaska are ...
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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 ...

      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 likelihood of amyloid plaques - a hallmark of ...

      Genes Unlock Clues to the Evolution and Survival of the Great Barrier Reef

      Innovative molecular techniques explain how corals on the east coast of Australia survived previous tough conditions--enabling the Great Barrier Reef to become the vast reef it is today. Scientists ...

      Irreversible Hotter and Drier Climate Over Inner East Asia

      Researchers warn that heatwaves and concurrent droughts of Mongolia's semi-arid plateau have increased significantly during the past two decades, with troubling implications for the future. The ...

      A Filter for Environmental Remediation

      Scientists have discovered a new method for producing sodium titanate mats nanostructured in a seaweed-like morphology for filtering heavy metal ions and radioactive materials from water. This work ...

      Ghost Fishing Threatens Endangered River Dolphins, Critically Endangered Turtles, Otters

      Waste fishing gear in the River Ganges poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles and dolphins, new research ...

      To Push or to Pull? How Many-Limbed Marine Organisms Swim

      Couinter-intuitively, small marine animals don't use their limbs or propulsors to push themselves through the water while swimming. Instead, their appendages create negative pressure behind them ...

      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 ...

      Strengthening the Climate Change Scenario Framework

      Over the past decade, the climate change research community developed a scenario framework that combines alternative futures of climate and society to facilitate integrated research and consistent ...

      COVID-19: Air Quality Influences the Pandemic

      Temperature inversions or Saharan dust intrusions can favor the presence of fine particles in the air. Their high concentration can aggravate the consequences of COVID-19, new research has ...

      Areas Where the Next Pandemic Could Emerge Are Revealed

      A team of experts has incorporated environmental, social and economic considerations -- including air transit centrality -- to identify key areas at risk of leading to the next pandemic. The research ...

      Supersized Wind Turbines Generate Clean Energy--and Surprising Physics

      As wind energy scales up, researchers study the fluid dynamics ...

      The Science of Windy Cities

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

      Shift in Atmospheric Rivers Could Affect Antarctic Sea Ice, Glaciers

      Weather systems responsible for transporting moisture from the tropics to temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere have been gradually shifting toward the South Pole for the past 40 years, a ...

      Climate Change Presents New Challenges for the Drinking Water Supply

      Rising temperatures in Germany's largest drinking water reservoir present new challenges for the drinking water supply. According to a group of researchers, the impacts of this increase can be ...

      Airflow Studies Reveal Strategies to Reduce Indoor Transmission of COVID-19

      Researchers present a range of studies investigating the aerodynamics of infectious disease. Their results suggest strategies for lowering risk based on a rigorous understanding of how infectious ...

      U.S.-European Mission Launches to Monitor the World's Oceans

      The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will extend a nearly 30-year continuous dataset on sea level collected by an ongoing collaboration of U.S. and European satellites while enhancing weather ...

      Indonesian Wildfires a 'Fixable Problem'

      Indonesian wildfires that cause widespread air pollution and vast carbon emissions are a 'fixable problem', according to the leader of a project set up to help tackle the ...

      Some Amazon Rainforest Regions More Resistant to Climate Change Than Previously Thought

      A new observational study demonstrates that increasing air dryness does not reduce photosynthesis in certain very wet regions of the Amazon rainforest, contradicting Earth System Models that show the ...

      There Are Microplastics Near the Top of Mount Everest Too

      Researchers analyzing snow and stream samples have found evidence of microplastic pollution on Mount Everest. While the highest concentrations of microplastics were around Base Camp where hikers and ...

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