Online Tool Calculates Risk of Classroom Transmission of Airborne COVID-19
A new online calculator, developed at the Nicholas School, lets teachers, administrators and students more accurately estimate the risk of airborne transmission of the COVID-19 virus in classrooms.
Not All In-Home Drinking Water Filters Completely Remove Toxic PFAS
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.
Window for Slowing COVID’s Spread was Smaller than Projected
During the early days of the COVID pandemic, the virus was spreading at rates more than twice as high as what health officials projected, a Nicholas School-led analysis reveals. Governments had only weeks, not months, to curb its transmission and prevent widespread infections.
Two ‘Rising Stars’ of Environmental Science to Join Nicholas School Faculty
Environmental toxicologist Nishad Jayasundara and ocean and climate scientist Shineng Hu will join our school’s faculty in 2021.
High Plains Grain Production Dropping as Groundwater Disappears
Groundwater depletion in parts of the High Plains is so extreme that peak grain production in some states has ended and production is now declining, new research shows. Farmers, especially those in the southern Plains, will need to adjust to the new reality.
New Models Show How Species Will be Relocated by Climate Change
Nicholas School scientists are harnessing the power of big data and geospatial analysis to create new ways to track the effects of climate change on species and food webs.
2020: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we look back at the environmental progress we've made over the last half-century and the challenges that remain, and ask: Where do we go from here? And how on Earth are we going to get there?
New Webpage Highlights 52 Technologies to Fight Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans
Researchers have created an online resource to help local governments, conservation groups, businesses and other stakeholders identify the best technologies to clean up plastic pollution in our oceans or prevent it from getting there in the first place.
New Tracking Technology Will Help Fight Rhino Poaching in Namibia
Interactive software that “reads” and analyzes footprints left by black rhinoceroses can be used to monitor the movements of the animals in the wild, giving conservationists a new way to keep watch on the endangered species and help keep it safe from poachers.
Artificial Reefs Take on a Towering Presence as Havens for Marine Predators
Acting like high-rise timeshares in the sea, shipwrecks and other artificial reefs can support dense populations of sharks and other large migratory marine predators essential to ocean health, according to a study at 30 sites along the North Carolina coast.