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How we are contaminating our waters with microplastics and a multitude of chemicals

A plastic sandwich wrapper bobs in the water where the Limmat River flows out of Lake Zurich. The current carries it downstream through Zurich's historic center before eventually depositing it on the bank of Werd island. Exposed to sunlight, it gradu.....»»

Category: topSource:  pcmagJun 6th, 2023

New business model may help curb fashion"s fierce environmental impacts

Clothes that are produced quickly and just as quickly go out of style and into the trash bin can have dire effects on the environment, polluting the air with carbon and choking landfills with chemicals that can seep into the water supply......»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2023

Research estimates that a mere 2% of all chemical exposure has been identified

What chemicals are we exposed to on a daily basis? That is the central question of "non-targeted analysis" or NTA, an emerging field of analytical science that aims to identify all chemicals around us. A daunting task, because how can you be sure to.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2023

Investigating invasive plants as roadside contaminant removal tools

Tall, densely growing Phragmites and cattail (Typha) are familiar plants alongside highways and byways in the northern United States, flourishing in salty roadsides and degraded wetland environments created by chemicals applied to roads in the colder.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 21st, 2023

Overfishing and climate change impacts on New Zealand"s fish populations were hidden—until now

Pelagic-oceanic fish commonly caught in warmer waters, such as skipjack tuna and blue mackerel, have been increasing in New Zealand's waters since the 1950s, while cold-water species such as southern bluefin tuna display strong reductions in overall.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 21st, 2023

Lolita the orca"s ashes are going home for a traditional water ceremony: Here"s what will happen

Lolita, the orca who lived in a tank at the Miami Seaquarium from her capture in 1970 in waters off Washington state to her death 53 years later in August, will be honored in a homecoming Saturday......»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 21st, 2023

Turning mixed plastic into useful chemicals

Almost 80% of plastic in the waste stream ends up in landfills or accumulates in the environment. Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have developed a technology that converts a conventionally unrecyclable mixture of plastic waste into useful ch.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 20th, 2023

Contaminants of emerging concern impact fish health in Minnesota waters

Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa discovered fish from 18 out of 19 testing sites in northern Minnesota contained contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) such as pharmaceuticals, hormone.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 20th, 2023

Fast-track strain engineering for speedy biomanufacturing

Using engineered microbes as microscopic factories has given the world steady sources of life-saving drugs, revolutionized the food industry, and allowed us to make sustainable versions of valuable chemicals previously made from petroleum......»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 19th, 2023

Researchers develop standards to help eliminate "forever chemicals" in firefighting foams

In movies, when we see fiery car crashes or flaming planes on runways, we know they are not real. But in the real world, fuel fires must be quenched with special kinds of chemicals, and the ones that have been most commonly used are known as aqueous.....»»

Category: topSource:  informationweekRelated NewsSep 18th, 2023

Polar experiments reveal seasonal cycle in Antarctic sea ice algae

In the frigid waters surrounding Antarctica, an unusual seasonal cycle occurs. During winter, from March to October, the sun barely rises. As seawater freezes it rejects salts, creating pockets of extra-salty brine where microbes live in winter. In s.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 15th, 2023

"Huge" overfishing problem shows need to ratify ocean treaty: Greenpeace

Overfishing in international waters has surged in the past five years and demonstrates the need to ratify a recent global treaty to protect the high seas, a Greenpeace report said Wednesday......»»

Category: topSource:  marketingvoxRelated NewsSep 14th, 2023

What"s the real story about shark populations in New York waters?

The lack of evidence about shark biology, their prey, and changes in the ecosystems of New York area coastal waters is a driving force to expand research about sharks and their populations in the region, so say a team of scientists in an article publ.....»»

Category: topSource:  marketingvoxRelated NewsSep 13th, 2023

A novel approach for removing microplastics from water

A new study led by Texas A&M AgriLife Research has identified what may be a novel biological approach for removing extremely small and potentially dangerous plastic particles from water......»»

Category: topSource:  theglobeandmailRelated NewsSep 13th, 2023

Surfactants can cause toxic chemicals in aerosols to last longer in the air

Research led by the University of Birmingham has found that hazardous chemicals commonly encountered in aerosols, such as those produced by cooking and cleaning, can be "protected" in 3D structures formed by surfactants, causing them to last longer i.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 12th, 2023

JWST accidentally discovers 21 brown dwarfs

When you launch humanity's most powerful telescope, you expect results. The JWST has delivered excellent results by detecting ancient galaxies, identifying chemicals in exoplanet atmospheres, and peering into star-forming regions with more detail and.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 12th, 2023

Flashes of light in Venusian atmosphere may be meteors, not lightning

A team of planetary scientists at Arizona State University has found evidence that the multitude of bright flashes in Venus' atmosphere may be due to meteors passing through, not lightning strikes. In their paper published in Journal of Geophysical R.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 12th, 2023

New water treatment approach helps to avoid harmful chemicals

The water coming out of your faucet is safe to drink, but that doesn't mean it's completely clean. Chlorine has long been the standard for water treatment, but it often contains trace levels of disinfection byproducts and unknown contaminants. Georgi.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 11th, 2023

Scientists find evidence of sea star species hybridization

Scientists have long suspected two species of sea stars—commonly referred to as starfish—along rocky European and North American coastlines of crossbreeding in the cool waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Now, according to recently analyzed genom.....»»

Category: topSource:  marketingvoxRelated NewsSep 11th, 2023

Aotearoa"s kelp forests at risk, study shows

New research from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington shows warming waters are putting kelp forests in danger......»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 8th, 2023

Photocoupled electroreduction of CO2 over photosensitizer decorated covalent organic frameworks

Electrocatalytic CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) is thought to be an ecologically favorable technique for using CO2 as a cheap and abundant C1 feedstock for the production of value-added chemicals such as CO. However, the thermodynamically stable natu.....»»

Category: topSource:  physorgRelated NewsSep 8th, 2023