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China Won't Breathe Easy Until Port Pollution Solved (Op-Ed)
shipping and dolphin
October 28th, 2014
China is taking initial steps to control emissions from ports and shipping — an important new flank in that nation's war on pollution.
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The Deep Ocean Traps Mercury, Study Finds
A McLane pump being deployed from R/V Thompson during the West Pacific GEOTRACES cruise in 2013 helped researchers gather small particles of organic matter to which mercury attaches and sinks to intermediate depths (100 to 1,000 meters) in the ocean.
August 6th, 2014
An international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in understanding how toxic mercury disperses in the ocean.
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Broccoli Brew Eases Air Pollution Effect, But Is This Detox?
Broccoli sprouts
June 27th, 2014
A broccoli concoction showed promise in a recent study in fighting one harmful effect of air pollution, but that doesn't mean that broccoli can "detox" the body.
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To Eliminate River Sludge, Modern Tech Is Key (Video)
Altamaha river pollution
August 27th, 2014
After 60 years, will technology and a lawsuit finally bring clear waters to Georgia's Altamaha river?
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Dust In Your Eye? Particulate Matter Seen from Space
aerosol, pollution, smoke, fire, dust storm, astmosphere
July 31st, 2014
A recent map of fine atmospheric particles called aerosols reveals how fires and dust can inject particles high into the atmosphere.
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2014 Beach Report: 'Superstar' Seashores & Worst 'Repeat Offenders'
Surfer on the Beach
June 26th, 2014
A new report that graded the water quality of beaches across the United States found that 10 percent of the country's shores are contaminated or polluted. The report also identified 35 "superstar" beaches and 17 "repeat offenders."
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Benchmarking Carbon Pollution From 100 Top Power Producers (Op-Ed)
carbon dioxide, pollution, climate change
May 29th, 2014
Some of the top polluters in the U.S. are changing to cleaner energy — a trend that should accelerate with new U.S. standards.
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Underwater Maids: Mussels and Clams Could Mop Up Waterways
California floater mussels
August 20th, 2014
They might not have feather dusters, brooms or even arms and legs, but bivalves — such as clams, mussels and oysters — make good underwater maids, a new study suggests.
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Trees: Unlikely Culprits in Ozone Pollution
A map of the globe reveals formaldehyde gas in the atmosphere from fires and forest hydrocarbon emissions in September 2013.
July 23rd, 2014
People aren't the only polluters — trees emit harmful compounds, too, as a recent map reveals. However, tree emissions would not be harmful were it not for the human emissions that react with these compounds, causing ozone pollution.
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1 in 10 US Beaches Not Fit for Swimming
June 26th, 2014
Now that summer is here, a trip to the beach should bring familiar smells: seawater, sunscreen and, depending where you live, sewage. One in ten recreational beaches in the United States isn't fit for swimming, according to a new report.
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