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February 19, 2019

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February 19, 2019

Scientists Developed a Method That Allows Removal of Antibiotic Residue from Waste Water

Feb. 13, 2019 — A new article is focused in particular on organic aerogels produced from phenolic compounds obtained upon processing Estonian oil shale, i.e. from local raw material. In order to produce highly ... read more

New Device Simplifies Measurement of Fluoride Contamination in Water

Feb. 11, 2019 — Seeking to address fluoride contamination in drinking water, chemical engineers have developed a portable and user-friendly device that can measure fluoride concentration accurately and ... read more

Jan. 25, 2019 — Microplastics contaminate the world's surface waters, yet scientists have only just begun to explore their presence in groundwater systems. A new study is the first to report microplastics in ... read more

Farm Manure Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- Even in Winter

Jan. 22, 2019 — Researchers have shown, for the first time, that manure used to fertilize croplands in spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions in winter. While it's known that ... read more

Jan. 22, 2019 — Around 30 percent of the world's biosolids are stockpiled or sent to landfill each year, while over 3 billion cubic meters of clay soil is dug up for the global brickmaking industry. Using ... read more

Environmental 'Time Bomb' Warning for World's Groundwater Reserves

Jan. 22, 2019 — Future generations could be faced with an environmental 'time bomb' if climate change is to have a significant effect on the world's essential groundwater ... read more

Integrated Pathways for Meeting Climate Targets and Ensuring Access to Safe Water

Jan. 11, 2019 — Researchers have led work to develop new pathways showing how the world can develop water and energy infrastructure consistent with both the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 ... read more

'Environmentally Friendly' Flame Retardant Could Degrade Into Less Safe Compounds

Jan. 9, 2019 — To reduce the risk of fire, many everyday products -- from building materials to furniture to clothing -- contain flame retardants. In recent years, some of these compounds were shown to have harmful ... read more

Jan. 9, 2019 — Tropical forests are one of the largest natural sources of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), and a tiny insect may play a big role in how those emissions are spread out across the ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — For the production of drugs, pesticides and smartphone displays, most of the processes are cost-intensive and generate a large amount of waste. Scientists have now succeeded in developing a ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — Engineers have developed an innovative, low-cost technology to turn seawater into drinking water, thanks to the use of solar energy ... read more

Microplastics and Plastic Additives Discovered in Ascidians All Along Israel's Coastline

Jan. 3, 2019 — A new study finds that microplastics -- tiny pieces of plastic ingested by aquatic life -- are present in solitary ascidians, sac-like marine invertebrate filter feeders, all along the Israeli ... read more

Dec. 28, 2018 — Trash, particularly plastic, in the ocean and along the shoreline is an economic, environmental, human health, and aesthetic problem causing serious challenges to coastal communities around the ... read more

Pine Needles from Christmas Trees Could Be Turned Into Paint and Food Sweeteners

Dec. 27, 2018 — Abandoned Christmas trees could be saved from landfill and turned into paint and food sweeteners according to new ... read more

Dec. 26, 2018 — A new study shows that trace elements found in fish ear bones can be used as biogenic tracers to track coal ash contamination. Strontium isotope ratios in the otoliths of fish collected from two ... read more

Sustainable 'Plastics' Are on the Horizon

Dec. 25, 2018 — A new study describes a process to make bioplastic polymers that don't require land or fresh water -- resources that are scarce in much of the world. The resulting material is biodegradable, ... read more

Plastic Waste Disintegrates Into Nanoparticles

Dec. 19, 2018 — There is a considerable risk that plastic waste in the environment releases nano-sized particles known as nanoplastics, according to a new study. The researchers studied what happened when takeaway ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — Researchers developed an inexpensive large-scale flexible thermoelectric generator (FlexTEG) module with high mechanical reliability for highly efficient power generation. Through a change in ... read more

Takeaway Containers -- The Environmental Cost of Packing Our Favorite Fast-Foods

Dec. 18, 2018 — Scientists say more should be done to tackle the growing environmental impact of takeaway food containers. A new study estimates there are 2025 million takeaway containers per year being used in the ... read more

Dec. 17, 2018 — A 'gold rush' of seabed mining could lead to unprecedented damage to fragile deep-sea ecosystems, researchers have ... read more

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