Washington Post: That dreamy haze in Monet’s impressionist paintings? Air pollution, study says.

Washington Post: That dreamy haze in Monet’s impressionist paintings? Air pollution, study says.. “A new study, published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, analyzed changes in style and color in nearly 100 paintings by impressionist painters Monet and Joseph Mallord William (J.M.W.) Turner, who lived during Western Europe’s Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th century. The study found that over time, as industrial air pollution increased throughout Turner’s and Monet’s careers, skies in their paintings became hazier, too.”

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Monterey Bay Aquarium study creates new open-access database to better identify plastic pollution sources

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Monterey Bay Aquarium study creates new open-access database to better identify plastic pollution sources. “Published in Scientific Data, the study offers a more extensive free resource for scientists to tap than previously available. It adds 42 polymer types not included in other open-access libraries and is the first to include polymers from non-plastic particles, such as seagrass, shells, and animal tissues, to prevent misidentification and improve accuracy of results. The study constructs a library of polymer types to match current and newly discovered plastic pollutants.”

Launched last month: Refinery Air Watch

Spotted via my Google Alerts: Refinery Air Watch. From the home page: “This site collects fenceline air monitoring data from oil refineries and makes it available for you to download. You can find here two-week sampling data from all U.S. oil refineries, and continuous monitoring data from California refineries.”

PFAS: Wisconsin DNR launches one-stop map of forever chemical contamination (Wisconsin State Journal)

Wisconsin State Journal: PFAS: Wisconsin DNR launches one-stop map of forever chemical contamination. “Wisconsin environmental regulators have launched a new online tool to track pollution by so-called toxic ‘forever chemicals.’ The Department of Natural Resources combined information from drinking and surface water monitoring programs, health consumption advisories, and a database of contaminated sites into a single online map.”

ScienceDaily: Database tracks agricultural phosphorus use world-wide

ScienceDaily: Database tracks agricultural phosphorus use world-wide. “Researchers have released a study quantifying cropland phosphorus budgets around the world, which will help in identifying nutrient management gaps in different regions in food production and consumption systems. This new database will help countries and regions to evaluate their performances in addressing phosphorus pollution and scarcity challenges, and guide actions towards a more sustainable future.”

University of Portsmouth: New Evidence Finds Current Policies Not Working To End Plastic Pollution

University of Portsmouth: New Evidence Finds Current Policies Not Working To End Plastic Pollution. “The results of the research form the heart of the recently launched GPPC – a unique online inventory of plastic policies that is easily searchable. Free to all, it is a ‘one stop shop’ of independent, evidence-based plastics advice. The new website is a knowledge sharing platform that gives the latest guidance to anyone with an interest in plastics policy. The website is designed to give governments and businesses the evidence needed to make informed, evidence-based decisions around plastic policies.”

KSAT: Website aims to make pollution permit information more accessible in Houston

KSAT: Website aims to make pollution permit information more accessible in Houston. “The new website, called AirMail and launched Tuesday, automatically assembles data from across [Texas Commission on Environmental Quality]’s labyrinthine website so that ordinary people and community groups can easily see where polluting projects are planned, file official comments and request public hearings.”

Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens

Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens . “Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Environmental Justice, announce the release of the Environmental Justice Index (EJI). The EJI builds off existing environmental justice indexes to provide a single environmental justice score for local communities across the United States so that public health officials can identify and map areas most at risk for the health impacts of environmental burden.”

University of Washington: Popular map for exploring environmental health disparities, vulnerabilities in Washington gets an update

University of Washington: Popular map for exploring environmental health disparities, vulnerabilities in Washington gets an update. “Map users can create data visualizations to see environmental health risks and compare census tracts based on dozens of factors, such as existing levels of pollution that include ozone concentration, PM2.5, diesel emissions, lead risks in homes, proximity to heavilytrafficked roads, industrial or waste treatment facilities and Superfund sites. Included also are socioeconomic factors such as English proficiency, education levels, housing affordability and employment statistics, birthweights and prevalence of cardiovascular disease.”

University of Massachusetts Amherst: New Open-Access Book On Microplastic Pollution Highlights The Need For Better Science And Management

University of Massachusetts Amherst: New Open-Access Book On Microplastic Pollution Highlights The Need For Better Science And Management. “In ‘Microplastic in the Environment: Pattern and Process,’ editor Michael S. Bank, senior scientist at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research and professor of contaminants and complex systems at UMass Amherst, tackles an extraordinarily complex problem that has recently come to popular attention: the problem of microplastics.”

UMBC: UMBC-led team generates first global map of cargo ship pollution, revealing effects of fuel regulations

UMBC: UMBC-led team generates first global map of cargo ship pollution, revealing effects of fuel regulations. “A new study in Science Advances led by UMBC’s Tianle Yuan used satellite data from 2003 – 2020 to determine the effect of fuel regulations on pollution from cargo ships. The research team’s data revealed significant changes in sulfur pollution after regulations went into effect in 2015 and 2020. Their extensive data set can also contribute to answering a bigger question: How do pollutants and other particles interact with clouds to affect global temperatures overall?”

EurekAlert: One-stop policy shop opens, with solutions to end plastic pollution

EurekAlert: One-stop policy shop opens, with solutions to end plastic pollution. “An invaluable new resource to help tackle plastic pollution on land and in the ocean is going live today. The Global Plastics Policy Centre (GPPC) online platform is the latest development from the University of Portsmouth’s Revolution Plastics research initiative. Free to all, it is a ‘one stop shop’ of independent, evidence-based advice on plastic policy.”