Book Excerpt from <em>Thicker Than Water</em>
Book Excerpt from Thicker Than Water
In Chapter 5, "Pick Up the Pieces," author Erica Cirino investigates the potential health risks of the small plastic particles that permeate the planet.
Book Excerpt from Thicker Than Water
Book Excerpt from Thicker Than Water

In Chapter 5, "Pick Up the Pieces," author Erica Cirino investigates the potential health risks of the small plastic particles that permeate the planet.

In Chapter 5, "Pick Up the Pieces," author Erica Cirino investigates the potential health risks of the small plastic particles that permeate the planet.

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Opinion: Plastic Pollution May Endanger Brains
Opinion: Plastic Pollution May Endanger Brains
Erica Cirino | Oct 1, 2021
Plastic waste pervades every ecosystem on Earth and is likely affecting neurobiology as well.
Shane Campbell-Staton Dissects the Anthropocene
Shane Campbell-Staton Dissects the Anthropocene
Lisa Winter | Sep 1, 2021
The Princeton University evolutionary biologist studies how animals are changing due to human activity.
Study Looks for Effects of Fetal Exposure to Air Pollution
Study Looks for Effects of Fetal Exposure to Air Pollution
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2021
By measuring various pollutants in the immediate vicinity of pregnant women and tracking brain development of their children, researchers in Barcelona aim to untangle any influence the former has on the latter.
Oxygen Levels Dropping in US and European Lakes: Study
Oxygen Levels Dropping in US and European Lakes: Study
Lisa Winter | Jun 7, 2021
Researchers find a widespread decline in dissolved oxygen levels in lakes, which is known to reshape ecosystems.
Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices
Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices
Asher Jones | Jun 1, 2021
More and more people are traveling around the world to watch the luminous displays of fireflies, but tourism-related light pollution and habitat degradation threaten to snuff out the insects at some locations.  
A Federal Judge Ditches EPA&rsquo;s Science Transparency Rule
A Federal Judge Ditches EPA’s Science Transparency Rule
Asher Jones | Feb 8, 2021
The Trump-era regulation, which allowed certain studies to be downplayed in the development of environmental regulations, drew sharp criticism from scientists and environmental groups.
EPA Finalizes Much-Criticized &ldquo;Transparency&rdquo; Rule
EPA Finalizes Much-Criticized “Transparency” Rule
Shawna Williams | Jan 5, 2021
The regulation, which requires that the agency give preference to dose-response studies in which the underlying data are available, could downplay findings key to defining the dangers of pollution.
Q&amp;A: Pollution Linked to 15 Percent Increase in COVID-19 Deaths
Q&A: Pollution Linked to 15 Percent Increase in COVID-19 Deaths
Lisa Winter | Nov 10, 2020
Jos Lelieveld of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry explains how fine particulate might contribute to deaths from COVID-19.
Looming Change
Looming Change
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2020
While the world is still coming to grips with the new reality wrought by COVID-19, the risk of catastrophe from a warming planet persists.
Wrist-Mounted Air Pollution Detector
Wrist-Mounted Air Pollution Detector
Claire Jarvis | May 1, 2020
A novel sampler records data on a broad range of environmental contaminants.
EPA Protections Relaxed During Coronavirus Pandemic
EPA Protections Relaxed During Coronavirus Pandemic
Amy Schleunes | Mar 27, 2020
Citing potential worker shortages and the effects of restricted travel and social distancing, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a “sweeping suspension” of environmental regulations that some say gives companies free rein to pollute.
Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone
Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone
Nayanah Siva | Mar 11, 2020
Also known as superworms, the scavengers are able to digest the plastic, opening up the possibility of harnessing their abilities to help tackle our pollution crisis.
Image of the Day: Plastic Nests
Image of the Day: Plastic Nests
Amy Schleunes | Mar 3, 2020
Seabirds in Norway use fishing debris to construct nests.
Vegetation Filters Harmful Particulates from Air&mdash;But How Much?
Vegetation Filters Harmful Particulates from Air—But How Much?
Shawna Williams | Jan 6, 2020
Studies on various roadside layouts and species tend to yield different results for plants’ effectiveness at alleviating pollution.
EPA Plans Modifications to Controversial Transparency Proposal
EPA Plans Modifications to Controversial Transparency Proposal
Shawna Williams | Nov 12, 2019
The changes would further restrict which scientific findings can be used in drafting regulations.
Infographic: How Air Pollution Could Affect the Brain
Infographic: How Air Pollution Could Affect the Brain
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2019
Evidence is accumulating that breathing contaminated air might impair cognition.
Air Pollution May Damage People&rsquo;s Brains
Air Pollution May Damage People’s Brains
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2019
Contaminants in the atmosphere appear to have harmful effects on neurodevelopment and cognitive function.
Microplastics in Drinking Water Don&rsquo;t Threaten Human Health: WHO
Microplastics in Drinking Water Don’t Threaten Human Health: WHO
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 22, 2019
A new report finds no evidence of a current danger from microplastics, but the World Health Organization urges further research.
Coral Deaths Spurred by Pollutants From Land
Coral Deaths Spurred by Pollutants From Land
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 17, 2019
Runoff and waste may be more harmful to the animals than climate change.