From nanoplastics to air toxins: pollution stories for the media.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution causes 6.7 million premature deaths every year. This includes both outdoor air pollution and indoor air pollution from cooking, heating and other household activities.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are more than 7 million waterborne illnesses each year. These diseases can be caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that contaminate drinking water, recreational water, and environmental water sources.

Nanoplastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 100 nanometers in size. They are released into the environment from a variety of sources, including wastewater treatment plants, tire wear, and the breakdown of larger plastic items. Nanoplastics can absorb and leach environmental chemicals that can pose a threat to human health and the environment.

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Climate increases the risk of high concentrations of toxins in northern US lakes

– Carnegie Institution for Science

New research shows the surprising effects of fire in North America's boreal forests

– Northern Arizona University

Safely removing nanoplastics from water using ‘Prussian blue', a pigment used to dye jeans

– National Research Council of Science and Technology

Biodegradable plastics are still harmful to fish

-University of Otago

Wildlife is polluted by flammable substances on a massive scale

– Green Scientific Policy Institute

Quantification of national methane emissions worldwide

– Peking University

Ocean Circulation, Melting Ice and Growing Tourism May Contribute to Arctic Microplastics

-University of Exeter

Gulf of Mexico water quality improves when social costs are added to carbon emissions, study finds

-University of New Hampshire

Researchers have identified outbreaks of harmful blue-green algae in Florida lakes

-Florida State University

Aerosol organic nitrogen is a significant contributor to global atmospheric nitrogen deposition

-Science China Press

Studies have shown that smoke from wildfires can linger in homes long after the first fire

-Colorado State University