environment

High levels of human-made CO2 causes ocean acidification that is rapidly dissolving the seafloor, a new study warns. Normally the deep sea bottom is a chalky white. It’s composed, to a large extent, of the mineral calcite (CaCO3) formed from the skeletons and shells of many planktonic organisms and corals. The seafloor plays a crucial… Read more

Taking a deep breath might be a bit harder for children exposed early in life to a widely used class of pesticides in agriculture, according to a new paper by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. A new study has linked the levels of organophosphate pesticide metabolites in the urine of 279 children living… Read more

Researchers report that the children of mothers who experienced higher levels of exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid while pregnant had higher body fat and faster weight gain throughage 8. The participants live downstream from a chemical plant that used PFOA. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a suspected “obesogen,” because lab studies suggest exposure to its broader family… Read more

Plants could potentially help solve a global problem: how to clean up land contaminated by explosives, according to biologists at the University of York. TNT has become an extensive global pollutant over the last 100 years and there are mounting concerns over its toxicity to biological systems. The majority of TNT remains in the roots… Read more