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Surface modification of titanium dioxide for photocatalytic degradation of hazardous pollutants under ordinary visible light

UiTM researchers have developed a modified photocatalyst which is economical and effective at transforming organic pollutants into harmless end products Photocatalytic degradation is one of the highly effective applications in transforming organic pollutants to harmless ... - Read More

Seal teeth offer glimpse into the environmental past of Russia's Lake Baikal

March 21 marks World Water Day and a fitting time to consider one of the most unique mammals in Earth's waters The nerpa also known as the Baikal seal is the only seal that lives ... - Read More

Bionic plants: Nanotechnology could turn shrubbery into supercharged energy producers

Plants have many valuable functions They provide food and fuel release the oxygen that we breathe and add beauty to our surroundings Now a team of MIT researchers wants to make plants even more useful ... - Read More

Africa's air pollution underestimated in climate change models

Human activity in Africa significantly contributes to air pollution However no detailed data regarding country by country pollutant emissions in the continent was available until now To remedy this a joint French Ivory Coast team ... - Read More

'Super bacteria' clean up after oil spills

Norwegian researchers in Trondheim have achieved surprising results by exploiting nature's own ability to clean up after oil spills Scientists know that marine bacteria can assist in cleaning up after oil spills What is surprising ... - Read More

West Virginia spill activates engineers to determine effects of chemicals

Virginia Tech faculty engineers and students are unravelling fundamental chemical and health properties of the chemical that contaminated the drinking water for the residents of West Virginia Fueled by a $50 000 National Science Foundation ... - Read More

First infrared satellite monitoring of peak pollution episodes in China

Pollution, Pollution
Plumes of several anthropogenic pollutants especially particulate matter and carbon monoxide located near ground level over China have for the first time been detected from space The work was carried out by a team at ... - Read More

Made in China for us: Air pollution tied to exports

Chinese air pollution blowing across the Pacific Ocean is often caused by the manufacturing of goods for export to the U S and Europe according to findings by UC Irvine and other researchers published today ... - Read More

Loss of biodiversity limits toxin degradation

You might not think of microbes when you consider biodiversity but it turns out that even a moderate loss of less than 5% of soil microbes may compromise some key ecosystem functions and could lead ... - Read More

Cracked sea ice stirs up Arctic mercury concern

sea, Ice, Mercury
Vigorous mixing in the air above large cracks in Arctic sea ice that expose seawater to cold polar air pumps atmospheric mercury down to the surface finds a NASA field campaign This process can lead ... - Read More

Arctic: Mercury deposition and ozone depletion, linked to sea-ice dynamics

Mercury, Ice, sea, Ozone depletion, Dynamics
This week a new study published in Nature and co authored by Drs Chris Moore and Daniel Obrist of Nevada's Desert Research Institute establishes for the first time a link between Arctic sea ice dynamics ... - Read More

An improved, cost-effective catalyst for water-splitting devices

Solar energy appears to be the only form of renewable that can be exploited at level that matches the world's growing needs However it is equally necessary to find efficient ways to store solar energy ... - Read More

The Play-by-Play of Energy Conversion: Catching Catalysts in Action

but some details remain hidden Beginning in 2015 the next generation National Synchrotron Light Source II NSLS II will provide even brighter x rays and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials CFN will operate the first ... - Read More

Greek economic crisis leads to air pollution crisis

In the midst of a winter cold snap a study from researchers in the United States and Greece reveals an overlooked side effect of economic crisis dangerous air quality caused by burning cheaper fuel for ... - Read More

Hack the planet? Geoengineering research, ethics, governance explored

Climate, climate
Hacking Earth's climate to counteract global warming a subject that elicits strong reactions from both sides is the topic of a December special issue of the journal Climatic Change A dozen research papers include the ... - Read More

Ethanol blends carry hidden risk

Methane, Methane
Blending more ethanol into fuel to cut air pollution from vehicles carries a hidden risk that toxic or even explosive gases may find their way into buildings according to researchers at Rice University Those problems ... - Read More

Risk assessment for pesticides in EU unsuitable for use in field

Risk assessment
The method used to approve pesticides in the EU needs to be revised This was confirmed by a recent study by the Institute for Environmental Sciences Landau According to the study the level of fungicides ... - Read More

Water pollution in Mozambique

Pollution, Pollution
During her PhD project Olivia Carolina Narciso Pedro has studied the incidence of cyanobacteria and the production of microcystins toxic peptides in three different drinking water systems in Mozambique and established methods for monitoring cyanotoxins ... - Read More

Tracking fracking pollution

As a result of the fracking revolution North America has overtaken Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of oil and gas This despite endless protests from environmentalists But does drilling for natural gas really ... - Read More

Microplastics make marine worms sick

marine, Marine
Tiny bits of plastic trash could spell big trouble for marine life starting with the worms say a team of researchers from Plymouth University and the University of Exeter who report their evidence in a ... - Read More
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