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Tracers Developed for Tracking Frack Fluids

A team of US and French scientists have developed geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment, giving oil and gas drillers a new tool for monitoring water quality near their operations. The tracers have been field-tested at a spill … Read more »

Potentially Toxic Chemicals in 58% of Couches, Study Finds

More than half of all couches tested in Duke University-led research contained potentially toxic or untested chemical flame retardants that may pose risks to human health, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The study analyzes 102 polyurethane foam samples from couches purchased for … Read more »

Speed Limits on Cargo Ships Could Cut Emissions ‘Up to 70%’

Speed Limits on Cargo Ships Could Cut Emissions ‘Up to 70%’

Putting a speed limit on cargo ships as they sail near ports and coastlines could cut their GHG emissions by up to 70 percent, according to scientists writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. More than 100,000 ships carry 90 percent of the world’s cargo, David R. Cocker III … Read more »