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How Plants Are Inspiring New Ways to Extract Value from Wastewater

Scientists are drawing inspiration from plants to develop new techniques to separate and extract valuable minerals, metals and nutrients from resource-rich …

Air Quality Improvements Lead to More Sulfur Fertilizer Use

As the atmospheric deposition of sulfur has decreased, the use of sulfur fertilizer in Midwestern U.S. agriculture has increased between 1985 and …

Solar-Powered System Converts Plastic and Greenhouse Gases Into Sustainable Fuels

Researchers have developed a system that can transform plastic waste and greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels and other valuable products — using just the energy from the …

Turning Plastic Waste Into a Valuable Soil Additive

Chemical and environmental engineers detailed a method to convert plastic waste into a highly porous form of charcoal that has a whopping surface area of about 400 square meters per gram of mass. It …

Nanoplastics Unexpectedly Produce Reactive Oxidizing Species When Exposed to Light

Energy, environmental and chemical engineers found that nanoplastics facilitate formation of manganese oxide on polystyrene …

Scientists Enhance Recyclability of Post-Consumer Plastic

Scientists have developed a new method for recycling high-density polyethylene …

Strong Metaphorical Messages Can Help Tackle Toxic E-Waste

Consumers told that not recycling their batteries ‘risked polluting the equivalent of 140 Olympic swimming pools every year’ were more likely to participate in an electronic waste recycling …

Daylong Wastewater Samples Yield Surprises

Engineers compare wastewater ‘snapshots’ to daylong composite samples and find snapshots lead to bias in testing for the presence of antibiotic-resistant …

Producing Fertilizer Without Carbon Emissions

Researchers have shown how nitrogen fertilizer could be produced more sustainably. This is necessary not only to protect the climate, but also to reduce dependence on imported natural gas and to …

Wood-Eating Clams Use Their Feces to Dominate Their Habitat

Researchers didn’t know what to make of sunken pieces of wood that were so thoroughly chewed-up by clams that the wood crumbled in their hands. It turns out, the super-chewer wood-eating clams …

Activated Vitamin D3 Treatment May Reduce the Risk of Arsenic-Mediated Skin Cancer

Millions of people across the globe regularly consume arsenic-contaminated water. Exposure to arsenic has previously been associated with the development of various cancers including skin cancer. …

Precision Insights Can Be Found in Wastewater

Scientists have developed a machine learning model that uses the assortment of microbes found in wastewater to tease out how many individual people they …

Quantum Dots at Room Temp, Using Lab-Designed Protein

Quantum dots are normally made in industrial settings with high temperatures and toxic, expensive solvents — a process that is neither economical nor environmentally friendly. But researchers have …

Cabbage White Butterflies Utilize Two Gut Enzymes for Maximum Flexibility in Deactivating Mustard Oil Bombs

Researchers report that larvae of the cabbage white butterfly use two gut enzymes to effectively disarm the mustard oil bomb, the major chemical defense system of their host plants. Cabbage white …

Researchers Shed (Laser) Light on Emerging Water Treatment Technique

Assuring that a growing global population has access to clean water will require new water treatment methods. One of these next-generation methods involves a form of iron called ferrate, which …

Recycled Gold from SIM Cards Could Help Make Drugs More Sustainable

Researchers have used gold extracted from electronic waste as catalysts for reactions that could be applied to making …

Arsenic-Contaminated Water Associated With Antibiotic Resistance in Children, Study Finds

In rural Bangladesh, areas with high levels of arsenic contamination in drinking water, compared to areas with less contamination, have a higher prevalence of antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli in …

Economical Eco-Friendly Fabrication of High Efficiency Chalcopyrite Solar Cells

Clean, sustainable energy solutions are essential to meet the ever-increasing energy demands of the human population. High efficiency solar cells are promising candidates to reduce carbon emissions …

Scientists Shine a Light on What Comes Up When You Flush

A new visualization of pathogen exposure risk in public bathrooms also provides a methodology to help reduce …

New Manufacturing Process Produces Better, Cheaper Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers have developed a new method for producing a key component of lithium-ion batteries. The result is a more affordable battery from a faster, less wasteful process that uses less toxic …

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Source link Today, science is revolutionizing how we understand and manage hazardous waste. From toxic chemicals to hazardous materials and from solid to hazardous waste, science is playing an ever-larger role in helping us to better assess, measure and manage the dangers of hazardous waste.

The latest news on hazardous waste comes from ScienceDaily, which is a scientific publication devoted to the rapid dissemination of research in the field of hazardous waste science, technology and management. The publication recently reported on a study conducted by the Swedish Institute for Environment in which researchers studied the environmental behaviour of eight distinct types of hazardous waste.

These eight waste types included radioactive waste, organic, metal, plastic, paper, glass and combustible hazardous waste. The research findings revealed that the majority of these waste types respond differently when they come into contact with water.

Organic and metal waste were found to have similar reactions to water, with both likely to have a negative impact on the aquatic environment. On the other hand, paper and plastic waste were found to be more resistant to water, meaning that they are less likely to cause an ecological disturbance.

Overall, the study concluded that certain types of hazardous waste may present an increased risk to the environment and should be managed accordingly to avoid potential harm. These findings and others like them will help inform decisions about hazardous waste disposal and remediation, specifically targeting those waste types that are more harmful or difficult to manage.

ScienceDaily is an invaluable source for those in the hazardous waste industry and for the public at large who need to stay abreast of the latest developments in this field. It is an important part of the effort to reduce the risks posed to the environment by hazardous waste, and it provides essential information to those responsible for managing this type of waste.

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