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Researchers Use Magnets to Remove Microplastics From Water

Researchers Use Magnets to Remove Microplastics From Water

Researchers at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) have discovered a way to use magnetic materials to quickly and affordably remove microplastics from water. The findings show the materials work to remove plastic particles 1,000 times smaller than plastics currently detectable in existing water treatment plants. The team developed an adsorbent from nanomaterials, including […]

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    Solar Panels and Crops Can Coexist, But More Research Needed to Maximize Success

    Solar Panels and Crops Can Coexist, But More Research Needed to Maximize Success

    By Kari Lydersen A recent analysis reveals the daunting number of variables that need to be considered when attempting to pair agricultural production and solar generation.  Federal researchers know that solar panels and crops can coexist and provide mutual benefits in certain scenarios. A recent study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) confirms this but also […]

    Indian Cities Invest in Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors

    Indian Cities Invest in Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors

    By Deepa Padmanaban In 2019, the Indian government established the National Clean Air Programme for nonattainment cities (cities that did not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards). The program aimed to develop clean air action plans to reduce particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution by 20% to 30% by 2024. So far, this effort has been largely ineffective. The program’s […]

    The COP Process: What You Need to Know

    The COP Process: What You Need to Know

    COP stands for Conference to the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which aims to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations to prevent dangerous global warming.  A total of 198 nations have ratified the UNFCCC. The U.S. was the fourth overall nation and the first industrialized nation to ratify the UNFCCC.  The […]

    UN Chief Says We Are on ‘Highway to Climate Hell’

    UN Chief Says We Are on ‘Highway to Climate Hell’

    The latest round of UN climate change negotiations began in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with an urgent warning about the necessity of acting rapidly to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.  The conference, otherwise known as COP27, kicked off Sunday, November 6, with a procedural opening followed by the World Leaders Summit that launched […]

    Researchers Discover Waste Treatment Process to Turn Sewage Into Biogas

    Researchers Discover Waste Treatment Process to Turn Sewage Into Biogas

    Researchers from Washington State University have found a new method of waste treatment that can turn sewage sludge into biogas, which can be used for producing electricity or making renewable natural gas (RNG) for community use. The research, expected to publish in the journal Waste Management this December, tested a waste pretreatment process that applied […]