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A new approach can predict pollution from cooking emissions

Organic aerosols may stay in the atmosphere for several days. Because of nanostructures formed by fatty acids as they are released into the air. Scientists...

Microplastics threaten typical remote cryospheric regions

Microplastics usually refer to plastic fibers, films, fragments and microbes with sizes less than five millimeters. They are widely distributed in water, soil, sediment,...

Policy and farm management help China mitigate climate change

Production of animal protein in China has increased by 800% over the past 40 years. The production was driven by population growth, urbanization and...

Discovering a new way by which aerosols rapidly form and grow at high altitude

Aerosol particles can form and grow in Earth's upper troposphere in an unexpected way. The new mechanism may represent a major source of cloud...

Hawaii hurricane season forecasted to be slow with La Nina

Hawaii and the Central Pacific basin should expect two to four hurricanes, tropical depressions or tropical storms this year. The annual National Oceanic and...

Tungsten isotopes in seawater expose co-evolution of Earth’s mantle and continents

Andrea Mundl-Petermeier and Sebastian Viehmann of the Department of Lithospheric Research at the University of Vienna have demonstrated that a new geochemical archive which...

Microplasticsarepervasive in Nigerian drinking water

In Nigeria, about 90% of water available for drinking is sourced from boreholes. Deep and narrow wells tap into naturally occurring underground water.A recent...

Climate change will force big shift in the timing, amount of snowmelt across the Colorado River Basin

New research predicts that changes in mountain snowmelt will shift peak streamflows to much earlier in the year for the vast Colorado River Basin....

Climate change a major factor in South Africa floods

The fatal floods that wreaked havoc in South Africa in mid-April this year have been attributed to human-caused climate change. The study by the...

California Coastal Commission rejects plan for Poseidon desalination plant

The California Coastal Commission voted against a controversial plan by the company Poseidon Water to build a huge desalination plant in Huntington Beach. Despite...

Study provides methods for obtaining source apportionment of soil heavy metals

Previous studies have indicated that soil heavy metals (HMs) contaminating the surrounding of mining areas mainly emanates from industrial emissions. Research on the quantification...

NASA’s ECOSTRESS detects ‘heat islands’ in extreme Indian heat wave

A relentless heat wave has blanketed India and Pakistan since mid-March. It caused dozens of deaths, fires, increased air pollution and reduced crop yields....

Building a global system to measure sustainable cities

A new series launched today in The Lancet Global Health provides the building blocks for a global standard to measure the sustainability of cities worldwide and...

Restaurant menu design could impact carbon footprint of dining

A study employing hypothetical restaurant menus suggests that climate-friendly default options and labels indicating the carbon footprint of each dish may influence diners' dish...

Ancient microorganisms found in halite may have implications for search for life

Primary fluid inclusions in bedded halite from the 830-million-year-old Browne Formation of central Australia contain organic solids and liquids. It is documented with transmitted...