An abundant and inexpensive agricultural byproduct, rice husks have been investigated as a water purification solution in the past. This is the first time they have been shown to remove microcystin, the toxin released by harmful algal blooms that are increasingly occurring in the Great Lakes and other freshwater lakes around the world.
Scientists have long known that key models of bacterial movement in real-world conditions are flawed. A new study from Princeton University illuminates precise behavior patterns of E. coli and corrects a longstanding error in predicting their behavior.
Researchers have developed a new methodology for building computer models that paves the way to better understanding the flood risks faced by coastal communities.
Forest fires are causing snow to melt earlier in the season, a trend occurring across the western US that may affect water supplies and trigger even more fires, according to a new study by a team of researchers at Portland State University (PSU) , the Desert Research Institute (DRI), and the University of Nevada, Reno.
While offshore groundwater resources could be used for drinking, agriculture and oil recovery, new research suggests tapping into them could lead to adverse impacts onshore.
New research has uncovered a missing nutrient source in coastal oceans, which could promote better water quality and sand management on popular beaches. While the release of nutrients buried in the seabed 'feeds' coastal marine ecosystems, the latest research at Flinders University has found a new physical mechanism which erodes seabed sediment at depths up to 20 meters, well outside (between 10 km and 20 km) from the surf zone closer to shore.
Fluorinated firefighting foam is a leading cause of PFAS water contamination and is associated with cancer and endocrine disruption. A panel of independent fire-safety experts from across sectors demonstrate that PFAS chemicals are similarly toxic to PFOA and PFOS and are harder to control, leading to increased pollution, exposure, and presence in the food chain. A new report demonstrates the efficacy and viability of fluorine-free foams and calls for a global PFAS ban with no exemptions.
Glaciers are set to disappear completely from almost half of World Heritage sites if business-as-usual emissions continue.
For the first time, researchers at King's College London, in collaboration with the University of Suffolk, have found a diverse array of chemicals, including illicit drugs and pesticides in UK river wildlife. The study published today in Environment International, looked at the exposure of wildlife, such as the freshwater shrimp Gammarus pulex, to different micropollutants (chemicals found at exceptionally low levels) and the levels of these compounds in the animals.
The array of toxic pollutants in California drinking water could cause more than 15,000 cases of cancer, according to a peer-reviewed EWG study that is the first ever to assess the cumulative risk from all contaminants in the state's public water systems.