Pollution

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Air Pollution May Shrink the Brain, Study Suggests
pollution, smog, pollutants
April 23rd, 2015
People who breathe polluted air every day may have smaller brains, and a higher risk for "silent strokes," researchers say.
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Utah Suicides Linked to Air Pollution
Salt Lake City, Utah, and the surrounding mountains.
February 18th, 2015
Suicides correlate with air pollution levels in Salt Lake county, Utah, adding to a small but growing body of research that suggests that environmental factors influence suicide risk.
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Cleaner Air Really Does Improve Kids' Lung Health
The Los Angeles skyline
March 4th, 2015
In California, tougher rules about air pollution are linked with better lung health in children, a large new study finds.
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Fires Intensified Deadly Tornado Outbreak
Smoke and tornadoes
February 3rd, 2015
One of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history was strengthened by smoke from burning farmlands in Central America, a new study suggests.
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Awash in Plastic: Oceans May Hold 250,000 Tons of Trash
trash island
December 10th, 2014
Ocean waters may hold 10 times more garbage than a previous estimate.
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2011 Japan Tsunami Unleashed Ozone-Destroying Chemicals
An aerial view of damage to Sukuiso, Japan, a week after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the area in March, 2011.
April 3rd, 2015
The 2011 Japan tsunami released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying chemicals and greenhouse gases into the air.
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Cities Birth More Thunderstorms Than Rural Areas
Atlanta lightning
February 19th, 2015
Hot and humid cities can birth more summer thunderstorms than rural areas in the Southeast.
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Urgently Examining Environmental Impacts of Fertilizer Run-off
Angela Peace uses applied mathematics to solve diverse questions about biological phenomena
January 25th, 2015
As human activity alters the balance of nutrient cycles in nature, one mathematical biologist seeks answers to questions about how phosphorous pollution affects our lakes.
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