• Smog cloaks the Shanghai skyline
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    Using a bedroom air filter that traps particles of pollution with diameters smaller than 2.5 micrometers can significantly improve breathing in asthmatic children, a new study co-led by Nicholas School faculty member Junfeng “Jim” Zhang shows.
  • water pouring into a glass
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    Research by Duke and NC State scientists finds most filters are only partially effective at removing PFAS. A few, if not properly maintained, can even make the situation worse.
  • Coal stacks
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    The ongoing transition from coal to natural gas and renewables in the U.S. electricity sector is dramatically reducing the industry’s water use, new research shows.
  • School of tuna under water
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    The ratio of carbon isotopes in three common species of tuna has changed substantially since 2000 and this change suggests major shifts are taking place in phytoplankton populations that form the base of the ocean’s food web, a new study co-led by the Nicholas School’s Nicolas Cassar finds.
  • farmer walking into sunset
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    Rural voters care just as much about the environment as urban voters do, but a distrust of government regulation stokes their opposition to many federal climate and conservation laws, a report published this year by Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions finds.
  • Rays
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    The discovery of dozens of pregnant giant devil rays entangled in fishing nets along Mexico’s Gulf of California could mean the endangered species has a previously unknown birthing zone in nearby waters.
  • Tropical Fish in Reef
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    Tropical fish are taking up residence in shipwrecks and other sunken structures off the North Carolina coast.
  • Extreme Weather Impact
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    People who experience the impacts of hurricanes, flooding or other severe weather events are often more likely to believe in, and be concerned about, climate change in the wake of the disaster.
  • Child at Play
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    Junfeng “Jim” Zhang, professor of global and environmental health, received a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to lead a four-year study on the effects of early life and prenatal exposure to air pollution on birth-weight and growth.
  • Stuart Pimm Accepting Cosmos Prize
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    Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology, has received the 2019 International Cosmos Prize.