Posted inSci/Tech

Heightened Immigration Enforcement Has Troubling Impact on Babies

DURHAM, N.C. February 3, 2021 — Harsher immigration law enforcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement leads to decreased use of prenatal care for immigrant mothers and declines in birth weight, according to new Duke University research. In the study, published in PLoS ONE, researchers examine the effects of the federal 287(g) immigration program after […]

Posted inSci/Tech

One Press Release on OSHA Violations Yields Compliance Equal to 210 Inspections

DURHAM, N.C.June 18, 2020 –  A single press release naming a company that has violated workplace health and safety regulations can result in a 73 percent improvement in compliance by other facilities, a Duke researcher finds. The study appears in the June issue of American Economic Review. Beginning in 2009, the federal Occupational Health and Safety […]

Posted inEnviro

Stream pollution from mountaintop mining doesn’t stay put in the water

DURHAM, N.C. April 7, 2020 – Since the 1980s, a sprawling mountaintop removal mining complex in southern West Virginia has been leaching pollutants — such as selenium — into nearby streams at levels deemed unsafe for aquatic life. Now, even though the mine is closed, researchers have also found high concentrations of selenium in stream insects when […]

Posted inCalifornia

Satellites reveal bird habitat loss in California

DURHAM, N.C. March 28, 2017 – Drought and reduced seasonal flooding of wetlands and farm fields threaten a globally important stopover site for tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds in California’s Sacramento Valley, a new Duke University-led study shows. The researchers’ analysis of historical biweekly NASA Landsat satellite images of the valley reveals that flooded […]

Posted inEnviro

Study finds 6,600 spills from fracking in just four states

DURHAM, N.C. Feb. 22, 2017- Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a new study. The analysis, which appears Feb. 21 in Environmental Science & Technology, identified 6,648 spills reported across Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and […]

Posted inEnviro

Indian roadside refuse fires produce toxic rainbow

DURHAM, NC, Oct. 25, 2016 – Samples of smoke particles emanating from burning roadside trash piles in India have shown that their chemical composition and toxicityare very bad for human health. The wide variation found between sites by a Duke University study, however, does offer insights about how to mitigate the worst effects of the […]

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