Pollution

Top ten toxic threats 2013

The result of slow degradation

2016 World's worst pollution problems

High tunsten levels increase stroke risk

New paints break down nitrogen oxides

Higher lead levels may lie just below surface 

Coal ash ponds found to leak toxic chemicals 

Global patterns of nitrate storage in the vadose zone

Environmental pollutants lurk long after they "disappear"  

Key to cleaner environment may be right beneath our feet! 

Study finds flame retardent pollutants at far-flung locations

Manmade pollutants may be driving Earth's tropical belt expansion

Natural bacterial communities serve as quantitative geochemical biosensors

The impacts of endocrine disrupters on wildlife, people and their environments

Exposure to environmental contaminants today can influence behavior generations later

The dilemma in prioritizing chemicals for environmental analysis: known versus unknown hazards

Maganese concentrations higher in residential neighborhoods than industrial sites, levels vary by region  

Actions of environmental compounds on reproductive disease: epigenetic biomarkers of ancestral exposure

Air Pollution:

Clear the air

Clean air technologies

A story about air quality

Looking for a clean air revolution

Worldwide increase of air pollution

Tracking pollution from outer space

Wood burning is a source of dioxins

Airborne pollutants lead a double life

NASA finds sea ice driving Artic air pollutants

Scientists scrutinize Arctic gas flaring pollution

Arctic ozone levels in never-before-seen plunge

Detecting black carbon in the Arctic atmosphere

Impact of mega-cities on air pollution and climate

How NASA keeps tabs on air pollution from space

Air pollution may boost potency of airborne allergens

Groundbreaking air-cleaner saves polluting industrials

Alpine ecosystems struggle to recover from air pollution

Mortality and burden of disease from ambient air pollution

Trash burning worldwide significantly worsens air pollution 

Advanced satellite tracks air pollution in extraordinary detail

Carbon monoxide's potential comeback as a key air pollutant

Researchers pinpoint how trees play role in smog production

Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk

Scientists eye Chinese satellites to monitor world air pollution

Integrated assessment of black carbon and tropospheric ozone

Urban air pollution - what are the main sources across the world?

Elusive intermediate compound in atmospheric chemistry spotted

Effects of 'business-as-usual' anthropenic emissions on air quality

Billions in savings in health costs through reduction in air pollution

Air pollution reduces global life expectancy by more than one year 

Scientists discover unexpected side effect to cleaning up urban air

In situ study of the mechanical properties of airborne haze particles

Smog-forming particles may grow quickly in supersaturated urban air 

Megacity emissions and lifetimes of nitrogen oxides probed from space

Roadside air can be more charged than under a high voltage power line

More people die from air pollution than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined

WHO releases country estimates on air pollution exposure and health impact

The last decade of global anthropogenic sulfur dioxide: 2000–2011 emissions

Breakthrough CO2 technology eliminates vehicle exhaust fumes at the source

Newly discovered 'blue whirl' fire tornaado burns cleaner for reduced emissions

New approach could reduce human health impacts of electric power generation

Technical opportunities to reduce global anthropogenic emissions of nitrous oxide

Rapid growth of new atmospheric particles by nitric acid and ammonia condensation

Ambient carbon monoxide and daily mortality: a global time-series study in 337 cities

Small, portable sensors allow users to monitor exposure to pollution on their smart phones       

Global premature mortality from anthropogenic outdoor air pollution & contribution of past climate change 

Contributions to cities' ambient particulate matter (PM): review of local source contributions at globall evel   

Atmospheric mercury:

Where does urban mercury come from?

New instrument to monitor atmospheric mercury developed

ORNL research reveals new challenges for mercury cleanup

3 things to know about the benefits of reducing mercury emissions

Upper atmosphere facilitates changes that let mercury enter food chain

Air pollution & climate change:

Climate change and air quality

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Air pollution and climate change

Arabian Sea tropical cyclones are intensified by air pollution

Use of climate-forcing F-gases underline need for innovation

2010 greenhouse gas emissions data from large facilities now available

Response of air stagnation frequency to anthropogenically enhanced radiative forcing

Black carbon aerosols over Manora Peak in the Indian Himalayan foothills: implications for climate forcing

Land & Freshwater Pollution:

Land-based pollution sources

Streams stressed by pharmaceutical pollution

Novel device removes heavy metals from water

Major breakthrough could help detoxify pollutants

Only half of drugs removed by sewerage treatment

Cleaning up decades of phosphorous pollution in lakes

Impacts of atmospheric pollution on aquatic ecosystems

Is radioactive hydrogen in drinking water a cancer threat

New tracers can identify coal ash contamination in water

'Forever chemicals' can have far-reaching consequences

Urban stream contamination increasing rapidly due to road salt

Improving detection of radioactive material in nuclear waste water

Fungicides as an underestimated hazard for freshwater organisms

Nitrogen from humans pollutes remote lakes for more than a century

Scientists discover tiny microbes with potential to cleanse waterways

Mercury from gold mines accumulates hundreds of miles downstream

Long-term study shows acid pollution in rain decreases with emissions

New technique allows frequent water quality monitoring for suite of pollutants

Antibacterial agent used in common soaps found in increasing amounts in freshwater lakes

Coal-tar-based sealcoat &  PAHs: Implications for the environment, health & stormwater management

Salmon dying mysteriously on the US West Coast. Scientists think a chemical in tires may be responsible

Plastic pollutants:

A plastic planet

Plastic pollution

Plastic polltion statistics

Fragmentation of plastic waste

Plastic rain is the new acid rain

How dangerous is microplastic?

A step toward biodegradable plastics

Microplastic from the washing machine

Plastics designed with recycling in mind

New study quantifies microplastic pollution

How plastic waste moves in the environment

New catalysts remove 99% of BPA from water

Microplastics hidden contribution to snow melting

Tires: the plastic polluter you never thought about

Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made

Microplastics in the Great Lakes: becoming benthic

Frontier technologies for addressing plastic pollution

Microplastic pollution in St. Lawrence River sediments

Microplastics in the aquatic and terrestrial environment

Chemists find new way to recycle plastic waste into fuel 

Degrading plastics revealed as source of greenhouse gases

Jakerta's rivers send 2000 tonnes of plastic into ocean each year 

Sunlight converts polystyrene to CO2 and dissolved organic carbon

How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage

Scientists engineer plastic-eating enzyme that could help fight pollution

Wastewater treatment plants significant source of microplastics in rivers

Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic water bottles in hours 

An estimated 10,000 metric tons of plastic enter the Great Lakes every year

Wastewater treatment plants as a source of microplastics in river catchments

Breaking down BPA and similar pollutants with sunlight, nanoparticles and graphene

Development of a new technique for rapidly detecting and and classifying microplastics

Ocean & Lake Pollution:

Mercury:

Mercury is altering gene expression

Mercury in the world's oceans on the rise

Pollution triples mercury levels in ocean surface waters

Researchers warn of legacy mercury in the environment

Mercury in coastal fog linked to upwelling of deep ocean water

Global models offer new insights into Great Lakes mercury pollution

Toxic mercury, accumulating in the Arctic, springs from a hidden source

New low-cost nondestructive technology cuts risk from mercury hot spots

Antarctic sea ice may be source of mercury in Southern Ocean fish and birds

Global prevalence and distribution of genes and micro-organisms involved in mercury methylation

Dead zones are a global water pollution challenge - but with sustained effort they can come back to life

Phosphorous:

Reconsideration of the planetary boundary for phosphorous

Ammonium:

Ammonium source in open ocean tracked

Ocean pollution:

High level of lead found in Indian Ocean

Inventor harnessing waves to clean up the seas

Nutrient pollution of coastal rivers, bays, and seas

The grand challenges in marine pollution research

There's a lot of trash in the ocean - here's how to help

Below the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, more garbage

Evidence of oceanic 'green rust' offers hope for the future

Ocean Plastic:

An ocean of plastic

Plastic in the ocean

The sea as a rubbish tip

The global footprint of plastic

A passive ocean cleanuo begins

Pacific plastic soup grew 100-fold

Plastic particles now infest the Arctic

Microplastic particles threaten fish larvae

A global inventory of small floating plastic debris

Researchers develop plastic from seawater algae

Plastic mirofibre ingestion by deep-sea organisms

Plastic litter taints the sea surface, even in the Arctic

How are microplastics transported to Polar Regions?

'Lost' 99% of ocean microplastics to be identified with a dye?

Just 10 rivers may be to blame for millions of tonnes of ocean plastic

Microplastics in the ocean: biologists study effects on marine animals

Levels of microplastics in the Baltic have remained constant for 30 years

First evidence of from plastic fallout from the North Pacific Garbage Patch

Microplastic pollution in deep-sea sediments from the Great Australian Bight

Modeling marine surface microplastic transport to assess optimal removal locations

Plastic pollution in the world's oceans: over 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing 250,000 tons afloat at sea         

Nanoparticles

Silver nanoparticles may adversely affect environment

New tests for determining health and environmental effects of nanomaterials

For the first time physicists observed and quantified tiny nanoparticles crossing lipid membrane

Tracking technology:

New predictive method pinpoints arsenic hotspots

Maths formula leads researchers to source of pollution

Turning smartphones into personal, real-time pollution monitors  

Model shows how façade pollutants make it into the environment

Regional: 

Europe: 

Europe clears the air

Noise in Europe 2014

Real-time EU air quality data

EU: The clean air policy package 

Coal dust kills 23,000 per year in EU

European reference materials website 

Air pollution still harming health across Europe

Monitoring chemical pollution in Europe's seas

Traffic pollution still harmful to health in Europe

UK rivers heavily contaminated with microplastics 

EMEP/EEA air pollution inventory guidebook 2013

Europe: industrial pollution has high economic cost 

Europe's cities still suffering from harmful air pollution

Many Europeans still exposed to harmful air pollutants

New study links air pollution and early death in the UK

Nitrogen oxide emissions still a major problem in Europe

EU to extend coastal pollution fines to 200 nautical miles

European pollutant release and transfer register (E-PRTR)

Contamination of La Selva geothermal system in Girona, Spain

Newly found health effects of air pollution call for stronger EU air policies

EU meets most international air pollution emissions limits, further cuts possible 

Premature mortality due to air pollution in European cities: a health  impact assessment 

Impact on the transport of terrigenous and anthropogenic elements to peri-alpine lakes (Switzerland)

USA:

BenMAP

Flexibility for the future

Report to Congress on black carbon

The Portland US moss and air quality study

US national atmospheric deposition program

Made in China for us: air pollution as well as exports

US Flint  water crisis: what's in that contaminated water?

Insecticides similar to nicotine widespread in US Midwest

North American regional action plan for mercury - close out report

Eastern US 48-hour air quality forecasts (12 km horizontal resolution)

Nitrogen pollution changing Rocky Mountain National Park vegetation

Lead isotopes yield clues to how Asian air pollution reaches California

Oregon chemists moving forward with tool to detect hydrogen sulphide

Satellite confirms sharp decline in pollution from U.S. coal power plants

EPA issues first national standards for mercury pollution from power plants

Asian emissions can increase ground-level ozone pollution in the US West

Influence of future climate and emissions on regional air quality in California

Half of all children will be autistic by 2025 because of Rundup, MIT scientists

Engineers conduct residential soils study, one of few such U.S. studies ever done

Setting limits: using air pollution thresholds to protect and restore U.S. ecosystems

NIST releases two new SRMs for monitoring human exposure to environmental toxins

Seabirds study shows plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of US Pacific Northwest

Changes and return level of high ozone pollution events over the eastern US following emission controls

South America: 

Peru industrial pollution feeds conflict

Air pollution in Peru from 500 years ago discovered

Climate and Air Pollution Modelling in South America with Focus on Megacities

Asia:

China:

Pollution in China

China's smog suffocating agriculture?

Cadmium poisoning from China plant kills 26

China arms itself for difficult 'war on pollution'

Fighting air pollution in China with social media

China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution

China to slow GDP growth in bid to curb emissions

China offers reward to 6 regions to fight air pollution

China launches new measures to tackle air pollution

Light shed on key component of China's pollution problem

Finnish team to pilot air quality monitoring technologies in China

First infrared satellite monitoring of peak pollution episodes in China

China has made strides in monitoring air pollution, and setting goals

Home cooking, traffic are the sources of key air pollutants from China

Household fuels exceed power plants, cars as smog source in Beijing

Innovative study estimates extent to which air pollution in China shortens human lives

Air pollution is pushing wind speed into a regulator of surface solar irradiance in China

Economics impacts of China’s water pollution mitigation using computable general equilibrium analysis 

Mechanisms for the formation of the Jan 2013 heavy haze pollution episode over central and eastern China

India:

Indian air pollution: loaded dice

New Delhi: we are running out of air

A new look at air pollution sources and atmosphere-warming particles in South Asia

Bangladesh:

Bangaladesh: LLNL helps find link to arsenic-contaminated groundwater

Australia:

Australian shipping emissions identified

Africa:

The impact of African air pollution - A global chemistry climate model study

Scientists warn of the risk from air pollution over the megacities of West Africa