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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 ...

      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 ...

      New Solvent-Based Recycling Process Could Cut Down on Millions of Tons of Plastic Waste

      Multilayer plastic materials are ubiquitous in food and medical supply packaging, particularly since layering polymers can give those films specific ...

      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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      Making a Case for Organic Rankine Cycles in Waste Heat Recovery

      Researchers say that cascaded organic Rankine cycle systems could improve the way in which environmentally-friendly power is generated from waste ...

      Urban Gulls Adapt Foraging Schedule to Human Activity Patterns

      If you've ever seen a seagull snatch a pasty or felt their beady eyes on your sandwich in the park, you'd be right to suspect they know exactly when to strike to increase their chances of ...

      Utilizing a 'Krafty' Waste Product: Toward Enhancing Vehicle Fuel Economy

      Researchers have chemically modified Kraft lignin -- ordinarily considered in the paper industry to be a waste product -- and used it to produce quality carbon fiber. When optimized in the future as ...

      'Environmentally-Friendly' Tableware Harms Marine Animals

      A new study compares the effects of two types of disposable dishes on the marine environment -- regular plastic disposable dishes and more expensive bioplastic disposable dishes certified by various ...

      Leaf-Cutter Bees as Plastic Recyclers? Not a Good Idea, Say Scientists

      Scientists have noted instances of leaf-cutter bees using plastic waste to construct their nests and one research group suggested such behavior could be an 'ecologically adaptive trait' and ...

      Desalination: Industrial-Strength Brine, Meet Your Kryptonite

      A thin coating of the 2D nanomaterial hexagonal boron nitride is the key ingredient in a cost-effective technology developed by engineers for desalinating industrial-strength ...

      New Study Reveals United States a Top Source of Plastic Pollution in Coastal Environments

      The United States ranks as high as third among countries contributing to coastal plastic pollution when taking into account its scrap plastic exports as well as the latest figures on illegal dumping ...

      'Green' Method for Making Pharmaceutical Intermediates

      Scientists develop cHAT to simplify the reduction of alkenes to more useful intermediate molecules for drugs and other useful chemical ...

      Waste Not, Want Not: Recycled Water Proves Fruitful for Greenhouse Tomatoes

      In the driest state in the driest continent in the world, South Australian farmers are acutely aware of the impact of water shortages and drought. So, when it comes to irrigation, knowing which ...

      Copolymer Helps Remove Pervasive PFAS Toxins from Environment

      Researchers have demonstrated that they can attract, capture and destroy PFAS - a group of federally regulated substances found in everything from nonstick coatings to shampoo and nicknamed 'the ...

      New Sulfur Dioxide Conversion Method May Transform Current Industrial Techniques

      A single-step, plasma-enhanced catalytic process to convert sulfur dioxide to pure sulfur from tail gas streams may provide a promising, more environmentally-friendly alternative to current ...

      Microplastics in Groundwater (and Our Drinking Water) Present Unknown Risk

      Microplastics (plastics <5mm) and their negative health impacts have been studied in oceans, rivers, and even soils, and scientists are beginning to grapple with the myriad human health impacts ...

      Mythbusting: Five Common Misperceptions Surrounding the Environmental Impacts of Single-Use Plastics

      Stand in the soda pop aisle at the supermarket, surrounded by rows of brightly colored plastic bottles and metal cans, and it's easy to conclude that the main environmental problem here is an ...

      War on Plastic Is Distracting from More Urgent Threats to Environment, Experts Warn

      A team of leading environmental experts have warned that the current war on plastic is detracting from the bigger threats to the ...

      Fish Exposed to Even Small Amounts of Estrogen Produce Fewer Males

      A biologist conducted experiments with North American freshwater fish called least killifish. She found that fish exposed to estrogen in concentrations of 5 nanograms per liter in controlled lab ...

      Upcycling Polyethylene Plastic Waste Into Valuable Molecules

      Researchers develop a one-pot, low temperature catalytic method to turn polyethylene polymers into alkylaromatic ...

      Phosphorus Deficit May Disrupt Regional Food Supply Chains

      Phosphorus-based fertilizer is essential in modern agriculture. In regions with high population growth, more phosphorus will be needed to produce more food. A new study shows that world regions with ...

      A New Material for Separating CO2 from Industrial Waste Gases, Natural Gas, or Biogas

      With a new material, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) can be specifically separated from industrial waste gases, natural gas, or biogas, and thereby made available for recycling. The ...

      Impact of Wastewater Systems on Edwards Aquifer Evaluated

      Researchers developed an integrated hydrologic computer model to evaluate the impact of different types of wastewater disposal facilities on the Edwards Aquifer, the primary water source for San ...

      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 ...

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