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World’s lakes losing oxygen rapidly as planet warms

TROY, N.Y. June 2, 2021 – Oxygen levels in the world’s temperate freshwater lakes are declining rapidly — faster than in the oceans — a trend driven largely by climate change that threatens freshwater biodiversity and drinking water quality. Research published today in Nature found that oxygen levels in surveyed lakes across the temperate zone have declined […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Urgent Need To Re-Examine Hazard Mitigation

September 22, 2020 – With many people stuck inside for months on end, the built environment has played a significant role in the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from a new National Science Foundation grant, a team of engineers and social scientists will study the ways in which that built environment mitigates or exacerbates the pandemic. […]

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From COVID-19 to Lead Poisoning, Health Crises Expose Racist Policies and Practices

TROY, N.Y. June 19, 2020 — The manner in which the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare racist and systemic inequalities in the United States has parallels in other environmental health threats, such as lead exposure, according to an essay written for the online magazine Toxic News by two researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In the essay, Abby […]