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2011-02-09 15:14:15

Cultivating coca bushes, the source of cocaine, is speeding up destruction of rainforests in Colombia and threatening the region's "hotspots" of plant and animal diversity, scientists are reporting in a new study. The findings, which they say underscore the need for establishing larger protected areas to help preserve biodiversity, appear in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Liliana M. Dávalos and colleagues note that the pace of deforestation in Colombia has...

2011-02-02 13:26:48

As farmers in Hungary ponder spring planting on hundreds of acres of farmland affected by last October's red mud disaster, scientists are reporting that high alkalinity is the main threat to a bountiful harvest, not toxic metals. In a study in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, they also describe an inexpensive decontamination strategy using the mineral gypsum, an ingredient in plaster. Erik Smolders and colleagues note that a dam burst at a factory processing aluminum...

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2011-01-27 05:50:00

A new study released Wednesday finds that dispersants placed deep in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the BP oil spill seemed to keep some oil from contaminating the water's surface.  However, the chemicals in the dispersant lingered underwater, adding to growing concerns about the long-term consequences for the region. The study, which appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, was the first peer-reviewed research published on the fate of oil dispersants added...

2011-01-12 16:41:14

Scientists are reporting that so-called "thirdhand smoke" "” the invisible remains of cigarette smoke that deposits on carpeting, clothing, furniture and other surfaces "” may be even more of a health hazard than previously believed. The study, published in ACS' journal, Environmental Science & Technology, extends the known health risks of tobacco among people who do not smoke but encounter the smoke exhaled by smokers or released by smoldering cigarette butts. Yael Dubowski...

2011-01-04 14:16:00

A special edition of the American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T), one of the world's premier environmental journals, is available now for a limited time online without charge. The special edition will be accessible free during 2011, when the world celebrates the International Year of Chemistry. Entitled "Environmental Policy: Past, Present, and Future," the special issue of ES&T recognizes closure of a "green" decade in which people became more...

2010-12-15 15:54:34

Manufacturer recalls of toys, promotional drinking glasses, and other children's products constitute an ongoing "toxic toys crisis" that requires banning potentially harmful ingredients in these products and other changes in policy and practices. That's the conclusion of a new analysis in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Monica Becker, Sally Edwards and Rachel Massey note that in June the United States government recalled 12 million promotional drinking glasses sold at a...

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2010-12-13 10:30:08

Central Pennsylvania lands, once dotted with iron furnaces, retain traces of earlier burning Iron furnaces that once dotted central Pennsylvania may have left a legacy of manganese-enriched soils, according to findings reported last week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T). This manganese can be toxic to trees, especially sugar maples and other vegetation, say geoscientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The research, which quantified the amounts...

2010-12-03 15:40:03

Combination generates pure hydrogen gas and desalination facilitated by external power supply Fresh water and reusable energy. Humans are on a constant hunt for a sustainable supply of both. Water purification requires a lot of energy, while utility companies need large amounts of water for energy production. Their goal is to find a low-energy-required treatment technology. Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver College of Engineering and Applied Science may have discovered an...

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2010-12-01 06:48:47

Human activities played important role in the evolution of watersheds Once lost in the mists of time, the colonial hydrology of the northeastern U.S. has been reconstructed by a team of geoscientists, biological scientists and social scientists. The results, which extend as far back as the year 1600, appear in the current issue of the journal Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T). The findings provide a new way of uncovering the hydrology of the past, and will lead to a better...

2010-11-10 17:35:40

Manufacturer recalls of toys, promotional drinking glasses, and other children's products constitute an ongoing "toxic toys crisis" that requires banning potentially harmful ingredients in these products and other changes in policy and practices. That's the conclusion of a new analysis in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. Monica Becker, Sally Edwards and Rachel Massey note that in June the United States government recalled 12 million promotional drinking...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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