PFAS could be reduced by Australian plants

May 3, 2022 by  
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New research  has found that Australian native rushes Phragmites australis ,  Juncus kraussii , and    Baumea articulata  could remove up to 53% of PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) contaminants from the environment. Conducted by researchers at the  University of South Australia , the study found that the once-popular chemicals could be removed from the environment cheaply by using these plants. The three weeds identified as having the potential to remediate PFAS were put to a test in contaminated waters. It was found that the common reed Phragmites australis removed up to 53% of legacy PFAS contaminants from the surface water. These findings provide the much-needed solution that could help remove chemicals from the environment. Related: Hemp is helping clean up PFAS chemicals in Maine PFAS chemicals were once hailed as revolutionary for their uses. They are used on nonstick pans, firefighting foam, and plenty of other products. Even today, some manufacturers still use PFAS in products, despite having been found to be harmful to the environment and human health. The  US Environmental Protection Agency  warns that PFAS could lead to a range of medical complications. Some of the medical issues associated with the chemicals include a decline in fertility, delayed development in children, a high risk of obesity , and weakened immune systems.    Dr. John Awad , one of the researchers, says that the new findings could go a long way in alleviating said risks. By using these plants, PFAS could be significantly sucked out of nature , leading to a cleaner environment for healthy living. “PFAS are often referred to as ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down, instead accumulating in the environment and in our bodies where they can cause adverse health effects,”Awad said. “In Australia, PFAS concerns often relate to the use of firefighting foam, especially legacy firefighting foam, which accumulates in the surface water of our waterways.” According to Awad, the reeds were found to be the most effective in removing PFAs from contaminated stormwater . “Our research tested the effectiveness of Australian rushes to remove PFAS chemicals from stormwater, finding that  Phragmites australis  was the most effective at absorbing chemicals through its roots and shoots,” Awad said. The study was done in partnership with the CSIRO and the University of Western Australia. The researchers used constructed floating wetlands where plants were grown hydroponically. According to Awad, the approach offers a better solution for the natural remediation of contaminated water bodies. “Constructed floating wetlands can be readily installed into existing urban environments, such as holding reservoirs and retention basins, making them highly maneuverable and adaptable to local waterways,” Awad said. Via NewsWise Image via Pexels

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Comedian John Oliver addresses environmental racism

May 3, 2022 by  
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TV personality and comedian John Oliver shared opinions on the emotive issue of environmental racism in the US. While delivering his weekly show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver , the host took a dive into the history of America and how environmental racism has shown up across communities over the years. He cited studies showing how people of color are exposed to higher environmental risks than other racial groups. He noted that 38% of black Americans are exposed to polluted air and 75% are more likely to live in communities bordering factories. The comedian delivered the message in a satirical and funny manner, attempting to get the point home without seeming to target anyone. Statistically, racial disparities exist across the US even when  earning disparities  are accounted for. Oliver noted from studies that black Americans earning $200,000 annually are more exposed to air pollution than whites making $25, 000 annually.  Related: Air pollution now directly affects 99% of the world Oliver used this example to show how racism in America is greater than money. He even came up with a list of top powerful things to Americans in an attempt to lighten up his room: “In fact, I believe America’s current top five power rankings go: racism, beef , viral videos of soldiers reuniting with their dogs, DJ Khaled’s PR team, and then money,” he said. Delving deeper, Oliver looked at the history of America and tried to explain how this happened. He cited federal policies among the causes of racial segregation today, such as the prevention of blacks from owning land where whites did and zoning of areas where blacks lived as industrial parks . Further, he says that although history played a role in the segregation faced by blacks, the lack of social power to fight polluters today is another factor. “But history and zoning are only part of the story here because it also is about who has the power to push back,” Oliver said. “And polluters often assume that black communities, in particular, won’t be able to stop them. Sometimes, pollution can be invisible. And those that you’d expect to warn you about that can be incredibly slow to do so when it comes to communities of color.” Looking at the  West Calumet housing complex  as a classic example, Oliver delved into the history of how powerless people of color are settled in unsafe environments. The settlement was built on former lead-smelting land despite the fact that it was supervised and supported by the federal government . Government investigations found the areas around the community to have 200 times more than recommended levels of lead, but still kept quiet since 1985. According to Oliver, these issues are way beyond the scope of black Americans and people of color, and can only be handled from the top. He did, however, call for support from social and environmental support organizations. Via The Guardian Lead image via Pexels

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We Earthlings: Saving a Rainforest Lowers CO2 Levels

April 12, 2022 by  
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Existing rainforests are our most effective natural method to prevent climate change. They process between… The post We Earthlings: Saving a Rainforest Lowers CO2 Levels appeared first on Earth911.

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3 things learned from Microsoft’s carbon removal report

April 1, 2022 by  
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The software and hardware maker’s carbon removal goals are among the most ambitious in the corporate world. Here are some of its early lessons.

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Earth911 Quiz #56: Does This Go in the Blue Bin?

March 24, 2022 by  
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Editor’s note: “Does This Go in the Blue Bin” is one of our most popular… The post Earth911 Quiz #56: Does This Go in the Blue Bin? appeared first on Earth911.

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How to build a business plan from your academic sustainability research

March 14, 2022 by  
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Some of the most important research on climate changing is happening in academia, but getting it from the lab to the investor table is key.

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3 design considerations for electric school bus vehicle-to-grid programs

March 14, 2022 by  
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What utilities, regulators and other stakeholders need to know to design future projects with EV and V2G technology.

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Cement: the most destructive material in the world or a driver of progress?

March 4, 2022 by  
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Concrete is the most consumed material in the world, but manufacturing it emits almost 3 billion metric tons of CO2 every year.

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6 stops on the roadmap to net zero emissions for the apparel sector

March 4, 2022 by  
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These actions can deliver 60 percent of the emissions reductions needed for the industry to stay in line with the Paris Agreement.

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Maven Moment: Mom’s Pizza Pan

March 2, 2022 by  
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