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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have discovered new ways that ions interact with mineral surfaces in water, opening a door to new knowledge on how contaminants travel in the environment. The insight, published in today’s issue of Physical Review Letters, leads to a better understanding of the factors that determine water quality.
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Whether you’re looking for a nugget of information or a compelling diagram for your next lecture, burrow into this cache of graphics gathered from the United Nations Environment Programme’s publications and Web sites.
The 750 maps, graphs, and other illustrations include everything from trends in nitrogen concentrations in the Baltic Sea to projected habitat loss for African great apes over the next 3 decades. To enter the collection, click on the “Maps and Graphics Library” tab at the upper left of the home page.
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The chemical industry is facing some tough challenges in Europe. European legislation is about to tighten the way chemicals are regulated and make chemical companies responsible for proving the environmental safety of the chemicals they produce. Even before legislation provided a specific impetus for cleaning up their act, chemistry companies and researchers were becoming aware of the need to replace common products, production methods, and feedstocks with substitutes that have less impact on the environment. Sustainable products and processes are being developed that should eventually replace the old ones. An army of “green chemists” is coming on stream that aims to continue the trend. “We need green chemists in at the start, designing processes from first principles,” says Jeff Hardy of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry.
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