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Experts Weigh the Pros and Cons of a $1.7 Billion EPA Cleanup Plan for the Passaic River at an NJIT
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) Environmental cleanup experts gathered at the New Jersey Institute of Technology this week for an all-day public forum on a $1.7 billion proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to dredge toxic sediment from an eight-mile stretch of the lower Passaic River.

Rutgers study explores attitudes, preferences toward post-Sandy rebuilding
(Rutgers University) A yearlong Rutgers study found that individual property owners in Sandy-affected towns are skeptical about the likelihood of community-based rebuilding solutions. 45 percent of 400-plus respondents are pessimistic their towns would be rebuilt better than they were before Sandy.

Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality
(USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station) A recent study published in the Journal of the Air and Water Association shows that inclusion of agricultural plastic in debris piles has no effect on smoke emissions.

Corn & soy insecticides similar to nicotine found widespread in Midwest rivers -- USGS news
(United States Geological Survey) Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one of the first conducted within the United States.

Fires in Central Africa During July 2014
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hundreds of fires covered central Africa in mid-July 2014, as the annual fire season continues across the region.

Four billion-year-old chemistry in cells today
(University of East Anglia) Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our cells today according to scientists at the University of East Anglia.Research published today in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reveals how cells in plants, yeast and very likely also in animals still perform ancient reactions thought to have been responsible for the origin of life -- some four billion years ago.

NASA's HS3 mission spotlight: The HIRAD instrument
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer, known as HIRAD, will fly aboard one of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft during NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel or HS3 mission from Wallops beginning Aug. 26 through Sept. 29.

Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye
(Purdue University) Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue physicists are using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. Artificial photosynthesis could allow for the conversion of solar energy into renewable, environmentally friendly hydrogen-based fuels.

NASA sees Typhoon Matmo making second landfall in China
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite passed over Typhoon Matmo when it was moving through the Taiwan Strait for its final landfall in mainland China.

Fires in the Northern Territories July 2014
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Environment Canada has issued a high health risk warning for Yellowknife and surrounding area because of heavy smoke in the region due to forest fires. In the image taken by the Aqua satellite, the smoke is drifting eastward along normal wind patterns. Fire is an obvious health hazard, but the smoke that comes from fires is not quite so obvious and its effects are insidious.

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