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Wind, rain play key role in breeding patterns of migratory tree swallows

Wind and precipitation play a crucial role in advancing or delaying the breeding cycles of North American tree swallows, according to the results of a new University of Colorado Boulder-led study. The research, which appears in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, sheds new light on how wet, windy weather can affect tree swallow nesting and underscores the ...

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Discovery in northern lakes may be key to understanding early life on Earth

A team of researchers has discovered that many Canadian lakes can provide new insights into ancient oceans, and their findings could advance research about greenhouse gas emissions, harmful algal blooms, and early life forms. Scientists from the University of Waterloo led the team of microbiologists, geochemists, and freshwater specialists in a surprising finding that lakes of the Boreal Shield may ...

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Study finds how polluting nanoparticles get into blood and damage hearts.

A cyclist wears a mask as he cycles near Buckingham Palace in London April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor Powered by WPeMatico

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Massachusetts carbon fee would save $2.9 billion in health costs over two decades, study finds.

A state carbon fee aimed at decreasing pollution would save $2.9 billion in health benefits and 340 lives between now and 2040, according to a new Harvard University study commissioned by environmental groups. “It’s a report showing that instituting a carbon fee in Massachusetts can have substantial benefits to public health through improving air quality,” said Jonathan Buonocore, a professor at ...

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What if you could filter dirty air just by riding a bike?

Riding a bike in a smoggy city–and sucking in exhaust from the tailpipes of the cars in front of you–can undo the benefits of exercise. In Beijing, artist Daan Roosegaarde is beginning to imagine one potential solution: a bike that could pull in dirty air, filter it, and release clean air. advertisement The concept is one part of Roosegaarde’s larger Smog ...

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China economic upturn threatens emissions gains.

An uptick in China’s economy after a four-year slowdown in growth threatens to reverse improvements in greenhouse gas emissions that had helped keep global levels flat for three years. China’s economy grew at an annual rate of 6.9 per cent in the first quarter this year, its fastest in 18 months, according to official data. Commodity prices recovered last year after a ...

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B.C., Alberta methane pollution higher than disclosed, reports suggest.

Methane emissions from oil and gas facilities in Alberta and B.C. are much higher than previously thought and are being under-reported, according to two new environmental reports.  The David Suzuki Foundation teamed up with St. Francis Xavier University to conduct the first study of its kind in Canada.  They found that methane pollution from oil and gas facilities in northeastern B.C. ...

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The toxic air in Britain’s cities demands urgent action – not legal delays.

The toxic air in Britain’s cities demands urgent action – not legal delays.

The UK government is facing criticism for delaying publication of its air quality plan. The country’s high court had ordered the government to urgently revise its strategy for dealing with air pollution, after breaching legally-binding EU limits of toxic pollutants in towns and cities across the Britain. In November 2016, the court ruled an earlier version of its air quality ...

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Bill aims to protect communities of color from polluting concrete facilities.

Senator Borris Miles’ bill requires concrete crushing facilities to be located at least 440 yards away from parks and playgrounds. Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 4:09 pm CST Workers pour concrete onto I-10 in Texas. The concrete recycling plants that crush concrete from demolished buildings are located close to neighborhoods and emit fine dust.  Wikimedia Commons Concrete crushing plants, which ...

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Deadly toxic air enters bloodstream 15 minutes after cyclists inhale it.

Tiny particles in toxic air work their way into the bloodstream just 15 minutes after being inhaled with potentially deadly consequences, UK scientists revealed today.  A groundbreaking study shows for the first time that nanoparticles in vehicle emissions are able to “cross the barrier” from the lungs into blood vessels. This enables them to circulate around the body and increase ...

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