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Scientists Use Vegetable Oil Byproduct to Remove Heavy Metals From Contaminated Water

Scientists Use Vegetable Oil Byproduct to Remove Heavy Metals From Contaminated Water

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, collaborating with ETH Zurich, Switzerland (ETHZ), have discovered a way to turn byproduct from vegetable oil production into a membrane that filters out heavy metals from water. “Water pollution remains a major global issue in many parts of the world,” said Ali Miserez, study author and professor at Nanyang […]

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    Court Rules EPA Failed to Fully Consider Glyphosate’s Risk to Humans and Wildlife

    Court Rules EPA Failed to Fully Consider Glyphosate’s Risk to Humans and Wildlife

    A federal court ruled Friday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must reconsider whether glyphosate — the active ingredient in Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller — poses a health risk to humans and endangered species.  Environmental groups had challenged the Trump administration’s 2020 interim registration for the chemical, which concluded that it did not cause cancer […]

    Early Heat Wave Breaks Records, Ignites Fires in Western Europe

    Early Heat Wave Breaks Records, Ignites Fires in Western Europe

    An early June heat wave has broken records and ignited wildfires in Western Europe, leading to concerns that this could be the new normal as the climate crisis makes extreme weather events like heat waves more frequent and intense.  Spain experienced temperatures that it normally doesn’t see until August, according to AP News, while France […]

    Mangroves and Coral Reefs Yield Positive Return on Investment for Flood Protection, Study Finds

    Mangroves and Coral Reefs Yield Positive Return on Investment for Flood Protection, Study Finds

    Using a benefit-risk analysis, researchers have found that mangroves and coral reefs can be cost-effective in reducing coastal flooding, a press release from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), said. Using risk and insurance industry techniques, the researchers were able to show that the gains from reduced damage from floods outweighed the costs of […]

    Scientists Develop Wind Turbines Resistant to Hurricanes

    Scientists Develop Wind Turbines Resistant to Hurricanes

    Scientists are constantly working on ways to innovate wind turbines to make them more efficient and resilient. From designing wood turbine towers with a smaller carbon footprint to investigating ways to reuse old wind turbine blades, there are a lot of impressive wind energy feats underway around the world. Now, researchers have found a way […]

    Human Trash Discovered on Mars

    Human Trash Discovered on Mars

    No human being has yet set foot on Mars, but something has preceded us.  NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover announced on its Twitter account Wednesday that it had encountered a piece of human-generated litter on the Red Planet. “My team has spotted something unexpected: It’s a piece of a thermal blanket that they think may have […]