Tagged: Environment

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Are Microplastics in Water Bad For Your Health?

Trillions of pieces of plastic enter our oceans each year, polluting the surface waters and disrupting marine life. A recent concern arising from this is the prevalence of microplastics, small plastic particles thought to cause lasting physiological effects in living...

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Green Chemistry in Synthesis – The 12 Principles

In the 1990s, chemists began to better understand the impact of their activities on safety and sustainability, and took steps to address these issues. What followed was the adoption of certain practices that improved safety and reduced the environmental impact...

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Ozone Chemistry in the Stratosphere

In 1985, British scientists Joe Farman, Jon Shanklin and Brian Gardiner reported that a growing ozone hole was present in the stratosphere above the South pole. This discovery directly led to the Montreal protocol, resulting in worldwide bans of ozone-depleting...

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Climate Change: One Planet, One Chance

The global fight against climate change recently took a huge blow, when the U.S. government announced plans to relax its stance on carbon emissions. But the latest setback concerning climate change is treated with the usual indifference; why is it...