Greater air pollution and heat tied to adverse pregnancy outcomes

More and more of us–especially in urban areas–are exposed to greater air pollution and higher temperatures (factors of a changing climate). Based on a review of studies conducted between 2007 and 2019, one impact of this across the United States is a significant association with adverse pregnancy outcomes, especially impacting women with related health conditions and/or who are more likely to reside in these areas….

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Microplastics, horizontal gene transfer, and impacts on human health

An estimated 300 million tons of plastics are produced annually. Millions of those tons enter our air, soil, and water as waste every year. As waste, some of this material–still millions of tons–breaks down into smaller particles, or microplastics (< 5 mm in size); the microplastics come from the manufacture of industrial products and the physical, chemical, and biological degradation of larger pieces of plastic…

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The environmental effects of offshore drilling

Quick bibliography: Reviews/recent articles on the environmental effects of offshore drilling. **for the most current version of this bibliography, see — https://sciencebibliographies.strategian.com/the-environmental-effects-of-offshore-drilling/ Classic review: *Menzie, C.A. (1982). The environmental implications of offshore oil and gas activities. Environmental Science & Technology, 16 (8), 454-472. [Cited by] “The purpose of this article is to review the existing literature concerning the environmental fate and effects of routine discharges associated…

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Most-read Science topics (quick post)

Over the last year (since September 2018), the top 5 posts searched and read on Science Connections have been: The impact of sea level rise on Florida–and the world Consumer DNA testing–no oversight, no peer review, only estimates Looking to the past for an alternative to cement Facial recognition and privacy Now that China will no longer take it, the U.S. and other countries will…

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Save money, do good–change your light bulbs (quick post)

Switching light bulbs in your home to LED is a simple, relatively inexpensive way to cut your energy bill (the amount of electricity used with LED bulbs is 80+% less compared to traditional incandescent bulbs). The increasingly wide use of more efficient light bulbs has helped electricity use by Americans to decline since 2010–after rising steeply for decades. The current U.S. Administration may not like…

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It’s raining plastic

News: It’s literally raining plastic–that is, “multicolored microscopic plastic fibers.” Previous research has found microplastics in mountains in Europe, at the bottom of the ocean, and in lakes, rivers, and groundwater around the world … and now in rainwater samples collected in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, USA. “Almost anything that’s made of plastic could be shedding particles into the atmosphere.” “More than 90% of…

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