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Strategies to improve water quality

Illinois residents value efforts to reduce watershed pollution, and they are willing to pay for environmental improvements, according to a new study from agricultural economists.

Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create ‘living materials’

Engineers have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mix of bacteria and yeast similar to the ‘kombucha mother’ used to ferment tea. Using this mix, called a Syn-SCOBY (synthetic symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), they produced cellulose embedded with enzymes that can perform a variety of functions, such as sensing environmental pollutants.

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Can Wall Street’s Heaviest Hitter Step Up to the Plate on Climate Change? – The New Yorker

Subscribers to The Climate Crisis newsletter received this piece in their in-boxes. Sign up to receive future installments. The year is coming to an end, and all eyes are trained on D.C., as Joe Biden prepares to helm a venerable…

Can Wall Street’s Heaviest Hitter Step Up to the Plate on Climate Change? – The New Yorker

Subscribers to The Climate Crisis newsletter received this piece in their in-boxes. Sign up to receive future installments. The year is coming to an end, and all eyes are trained on D.C., as Joe Biden prepares to helm a venerable…

Environmental effects of purchasing, consuming mislabeled fish

Seafood is the world’s most highly traded food commodity, and reports of seafood mislabeling have increased over the past decade. However, proof of the environmental effects of mislabeled seafood has been scant as has research. So, researchers analyzed the impact of seafood mislabeling on marine population health, fishery management effectiveness, and habitats and ecosystems in the United States, the world’s largest seafood importer.

Plastics pose threat to human health, report shows

Plastics contain and leach hazardous chemicals, including endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that threaten human health. An authoritative new report, Plastics, EDCs, & Health, from the Endocrine Society and the IPEN (International Pollutants Elimination Network), presents a summary of international research on the health impacts of EDCs and describes the alarming health effects of widespread contamination from EDCs in plastics.

China, in Nudge to U.S., Makes a New Promise to Tackle Global Warming – The New York Times

China on Saturday promised incremental new steps to address climate change in the next decade, but signaled that it would not reveal all of its plans before seeing the next moves taken by its main global rival, the United States….

Environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as observed from space

COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work, as various health and safety restrictions keep more of us at home more often. The resulting changes to our behavior are already impacting the environment around us in myriad ways, according to comparisons of remote sensing data before and during the pandemic collected by NASA, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and ESA (European Space Agency) Earth-observing satellites and others.

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Paper-based electrochemical sensor can detect COVID-19 in less than five minutes

Researchers have developed a rapid, ultrasensitive test using a paper-based electrochemical sensor that can detect the presence of the virus in less than five minutes. It uses a graphene biosensor and is adaptable to other viruses.

Paper-based electrochemical sensor can detect COVID-19 in less than five minutes

Researchers have developed a rapid, ultrasensitive test using a paper-based electrochemical sensor that can detect the presence of the virus in less than five minutes. It uses a graphene biosensor and is adaptable to other viruses.