Tracking nitrogen pollution

Journal Reference: Madeline Berger, Steven W.J. Canty, Cascade Tuholske, Benjamin S. Halpern. Sources and discharge of nitrogen pollution from agriculture and wastewater in the Mesoamerican Reef region. Ocean & Coastal Management, 2022; 227: 106269 DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2022.106269 “Tropical coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs, are oligotrophic, meaning they are located in nutrient-poor waters and have therefore … Read more

Air air pollution, including during wildfires, shows ill effects in children

Journal Reference: Anna M. Parenteau, Nicholas V. Alen, Jennifer La, Alison T. Luck, Devin J. Teichrow, Enya M. Daang, Adam T. Nissen, LillyBelle K. Deer, Camelia E. Hostinar. Associations of air pollution with peripheral inflammation and cardiac autonomic physiology in children. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2022; DOI: 10.1002/cad.20474 Blood samples show that … Read more

Natural clean-up: Bacteria can remove plastic pollution from lakes

Journal Reference: Sheridan, E.A., Fonvielle, J.A., Cottingham, S. et al. Plastic pollution fosters more microbial growth in lakes than natural organic matter. Nat Commun, 2022 DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31691-9 The bacteria break down the carbon compounds in plastic to use as food for their growth. The scientists say that enriching waters with particular species of bacteria could … Read more

Air pollution caused 2,780 deaths, diseases, and IQ loss in children in Massachusetts in 2019

Journal Reference: Philip J. Landrigan, Samantha Fisher, Maureen E. Kenny, Brittney Gedeon, Luke Bryan, Jenna Mu, David Bellinger. A replicable strategy for mapping air pollution’s community-level health impacts and catalyzing prevention. Environmental Health, 2022; 21 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s12940-022-00879-3 The study was supported by the Barr Foundation and is the first to examine far-reaching public health … Read more

Link between air pollution and child brain development strengthened

Journal Reference: Yu Ni, Christine T. Loftus, Adam A. Szpiro, Michael T. Young, Marnie F. Hazlehurst, Laura E. Murphy, Frances A. Tylavsky, W. Alex Mason, Kaja Z. LeWinn, Sheela Sathyanarayana, Emily S. Barrett, Nicole R. Bush, Catherine J. Karr. Associations of Pre- and Postnatal Air Pollution Exposures with Child Behavioral Problems and Cognitive Performance: A … Read more

New research finds deep-sea mining noise pollution will stretch hundreds of miles

Journal Reference: Rob Williams, Christine Erbe, Alec Duncan, Kimberly Nielsen, Travis Washburn, Craig Smith. Noise from deep-sea mining may span vast ocean areas. Science, 2022; 377 (6602): 157 DOI: 10.1126/science.abo2804 The study by scientists from Oceans Initiative, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan, Curtin University in Australia, and the … Read more

Research reveals why tackling particle pollution leads to rise in photochemical smog

Journal Reference: Peter D. Ivatt, Mathew J. Evans, Alastair C. Lewis. Suppression of surface ozone by an aerosol-inhibited photochemical ozone regime. Nature Geoscience, 2022; DOI: 10.1038/s41561-022-00972-9 The findings, published in Nature Geoscience, challenge established methods for tackling air pollution, the researchers say. Surface ozone is the main component of “smog” and is created by chemical … Read more

Scientists warn of links between soil pollution and heart disease

Journal Reference: Thomas Münzel, Omar Hahad, Andreas Daiber, Philip J. Landrigan. Soil and water pollution and human health: what should cardiologists worry about? Cardiovascular Research, 2022; DOI: 10.1093/cvr/cvac082 “Soil contamination is a less visible danger to human health than dirty air,” said author Professor Thomas Münzel of the University Medical Center Mainz, Germany. “But evidence … Read more

Microplastic pollution in Montana’s flathead lake

Journal Reference: Xiong Xiong, Tyler H. Tappenbeck, Chenxi Wu, James J. Elser. Microplastics in Flathead Lake, a large oligotrophic mountain lake in the USA. Environmental Pollution, 2022; 306: 119445 DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2022.119445 Now, thanks to a study conducted at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station, scientists have a greater understanding of the amount of … Read more

Scientists call for cap on production to end plastic pollution

Journal Reference: Melanie Bergmann, Bethanie Carney Almroth, Susanne M. Brander, Tridibesh Dey, Dannielle S. Green, Sedat Gundogdu, Anja Krieger, Martin Wagner, Tony R. Walker. A global plastic treaty must cap production. Science, 2022; 376 (6592): 469 DOI: 10.1126/science.abq0082 Now, after the United Nations’ historic decision to adopt a global treaty to end plastic pollution earlier … Read more

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