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Air Analysis – News and Features

A tornado in the distance.
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US Adults Tend To Link Wildfires to Climate Change, But Not Hurricanes

A new study helps to understand public perceptions of the link between climate change and extreme weather events, with wildfires being most confidently linked to climate change compared to hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes.
Smoke coming from factory chimneys.
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Mobile Monitoring for an Airborne Carcinogen in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”

Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology measured concerning levels of ethylene oxide in Louisiana’s southeastern corridor with mobile optical instruments, a technique they say could improve health risk assessments.
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New Method Optimizes Lithium Extraction From Seawater and Groundwater

Scientists have demonstrated a new method to extract valuable lithium from very dilute liquids – including seawater, groundwater and the “flowback water” generated from fracking and offshore oil drilling operations.
A dog with a pink background behind them.
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Four-Legged, Dog-Like Robot Sniffs Out Hazardous Gases in Inaccessible Environments

Nightmare material or truly man’s best friend? A team of researchers equipped a dog-like quadruped robot with a mechanized arm that takes air samples from potentially treacherous situations, such as an abandoned building or fire.
A cloudy city view due to air pollution.
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Climate Change Will Make Air Pollution Worse, Study Finds

A new study finds climate change is likely to make upward spikes of ozone at ground level worse by 2050, which could result in many parts of the United States falling out of compliance with air quality standards and increasing risks to public health.
Smoke coming from factory chimneys.
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Photographic Evidence of Air Pollution Produced by “Painting With Light”

Researchers and artists have joined forces to ‘paint with light’ – making invisible air pollution visible and demonstrating the health risks posed to people living and working in Ethiopia, India, and the UK.
The sun rises over mountains.
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Global Warming Rate at All-Time High

Global warming caused by humans is advancing at 0.26°C per decade – the highest rate since records began.
A forest fire.
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Removing Aerosol Pollution Increases Forest Fire Risk

If we want cleaner air, fewer forest fires, and less severe climate change, a new UC Riverside study shows we must reduce aerosol pollution and greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide at the same time.
A city skyline with green trees in the foreground.
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Cities More Likely To Keep Climate Policies If Residents Affected by Climate-Related Health Issues

Cities around the world were more likely to maintain climate action and enact "green recovery" long-term plans after the pandemic if local decision-makers were more alert to the health risks of climate change.
Soil held in cupped hands.
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Monitor Soil to Better Respond to Wildfires, Say Researchers

Broader surveillance and modeling of wildfire-driven changes to soil could inform strategies for protecting wildlife and natural resources.
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