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Journalists and Geochemists Team Up to Test for Lead in Newark’s Water

With help from local tv station Univision 41, Earth Institute scientists tested how well Newark’s lead filters are working. The results support new findings from city officials.

by |September 25, 2019
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You Asked: How Does Climate Change Help to Spread Diseases?

An Earth Institute expert explains why climate change is great for mosquitoes (but bad for people), and why we shouldn’t really worry about prehistoric germs coming back to life.

by |September 24, 2019
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Op-Ed: The Environment May Be At Risk From Vaping, Too

As the government responds to the outbreak of vaping-related illnesses, it should also consider how improper disposal of vaping products can harm communities and the environment.

by |September 19, 2019
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Testing Fluoride Levels in Indian Wells

A team of researchers taught social science students to test for high fluoride levels in their own villages, and experimented with creative ways to get the word out about the dangers of fluorosis.

by |September 16, 2019

Air Pollution Cuts Are Saving Lives in New York State

Lower air pollution levels saved an estimated 5,660 lives in New York State in 2012, compared to 2002 levels, according to a new study.

by |August 7, 2019
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Nothing to Sneeze At: How Climate Change Could Make Your Allergies Worse

As the world warms, plants may benefit but pollen allergies will likely get worse.

by |July 23, 2019

By Cutting Ozone Pollution Now, China Could Save 330,000 Lives by 2050

Climate change could worsen China’s already bad ozone pollution problem — but a new study shows that it doesn’t have to be that way.

by |July 16, 2019
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The Right Way to Host a Vaccine Debate

Scientists often have a disadvantage during vaccine debates. Fortunately, one Facebook group has found a solution.

by |June 10, 2019
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Breaking Down the Anti-Vaccine Echo Chamber

The rhetoric around vaccination is generally black and white: vaccines are good or vaccines are bad. But now more than ever, it’s important to find ways to communicate across the divide.

by |May 8, 2019

Study Identifies Better, Cheaper Ways to Stem Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh

Some solutions are over 100 times cheaper than others, costing as little as $1 per person.

by |May 5, 2019