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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 ...

      Engineers Combine Light and Sound to See Underwater

      Engineers have developed an airborne method for imaging underwater objects by combining light and sound to break through the seemingly impassable barrier at the interface of air and ...

      Even Razor Clams on Sparsely Populated Olympic Coast Can't Escape Plastics

      Researchers found microplastics in Pacific razor clams on Washington's sparsely populated Olympic Coast -- proof, they say, that even in more remote regions, coastal organisms can't escape plastic ...
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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 ...

      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 ...

      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 ...

      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 ...

      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 ...

      Does Air Pollution Increase Women's Risk of Dementia?

      Older women who live in locations with higher levels of air pollution may have more brain shrinkage, the kind seen in Alzheimer's disease, than women who live in locations with lower levels, ...

      More Children and Youth Drowning as Warming Temperatures Create Unstable Lake Ice

      As winters become milder and lake ice less stable, more children and young adults are falling through the ice and fatally drowning, say researchers. A new study, which looked at 4,000 drownings in 10 ...

      Which Particulate Air Pollution Poses the Greatest Health Risk?

      Researchers have investigated whether particulate matter from certain sources can be especially harmful to human health. They found evidence that the amount of particulate matter alone is not the ...

      Trees and Green Roofs Can Help Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect

      Air pollution experts have found that green infrastructure (GI), such as trees, can help reduce temperatures in many of Europe's cities and ...

      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 ...

      Community Helps Scientists Evaluate Smoke Forecasts

      Across the Wasatch Front, both researchers and community members maintain enough air quality sensors to provide a high-resolution picture of how the smoke moved through the valley -- perfect for ...

      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 ...

      Tropical Peatland Conservation Could Protect Humans from New Diseases

      Conservation of tropical peatlands could reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood of new diseases jumping from animals to humans, researchers ...

      Reducing Aerosol Pollution Without Cutting Carbon Dioxide Could Make the Planet Hotter

      Humans must reduce carbon dioxide and aerosol pollution simultaneously to avoid weakening the ocean's ability to keep the planet cool, new research ...

      Pesticides Commonly Used as Flea Treatments for Pets Are Contaminating English Rivers

      Researchers have found widespread contamination of English rivers with two neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in veterinary flea products: fipronil and the neonicotinoid ...

      Plastic Pollution Is Everywhere. Study Reveals How It Travels

      A study reveals the mechanism by which microplastics, like Styrofoam, and particulate pollutants are carried long distances through soil and other porous media, with implications for preventing the ...

      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 ...

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