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Impact aerosols have on the climate varies greatly depending on where they were released — ScienceDaily

When it comes to aerosol pollution, as the old real estate adage says, location is everything. Aerosols are tiny particles that are spewed into the atmosphere by human activities, including burning coal and wood. They have negative effects on air quality — damaging human health and agricultural productivity. While greenhouse gases cause warming by trapping […]

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Google workers protest censored China search

SAN FRANCISCO — More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. “Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about […]

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Researchers have helped create the first tool to calculate the ‘nitrogen footprint’ of an organization — ScienceDaily

University of Melbourne researchers have helped create the first tool to calculate the ‘nitrogen footprint’ of an organisation. The tool will provide a guide to sustainability and pollution reduction for daily activities such as food consumption, travel and energy use. Researchers at the University of Melbourne, Zhejiang University, University of New Hampshire and University of […]

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Despite increased manufacturing, clean air laws reduced factory pollution by more than half — ScienceDaily

The federal Clean Air Act and associated environmental regulations have driven steep declines in air pollution emissions over the past several decades, even as U.S. manufacturers increased production, a study by two University of California, Berkeley, economists has shown. The study, forthcoming in the American Economic Review, found that polluting emissions from U.S. manufacturing fell […]

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Are devastating wildfires a new normal? “It’s actually worse than that,” climate scientist says

California Gov. Jerry Brown has called the devastating wildfires tearing through Northern California “part of a trend — a new normal.” But one climate scientists says “it’s actually worse than that.” “A new normal makes it sound like we’ve arrived in a new position and that’s where we’re going to be,” said Michael Mann, a professor […]

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Does rain follow the plow? — ScienceDaily

What makes it rain? Many people joke it only takes washing the car or forgetting an umbrella to make rain fall, though in reality, those things are two of many rain-making myths that have been perpetuated throughout the years. In the 19th century, the “rain follows the plow” myth was used to justify settlement of […]

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