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This subreddit is for the scientific discussion of topics in the environmental sciences, geosciences, and other relevant discipline's; including papers, articles, research, public-policy, and both educational and professional advice.

/r/environmental_science is primarily for scientific discussion of topics in the environmental sciences, geosciences, and other relevant discipline's, including papers, articles, research, and public policy.

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  • discuss scientific articles, videos, etc.
  • discuss science related policy issues
  • discuss professional stuff (jobs, etc.)
  • post questions

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  • avoid misleading post titles
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  • search before asking degree questions
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Microplastic Research

Hi! We're currently working on a microplastic research and one of the panels suggested we create our own MP instead of obtaining it from products. Since we have very limited facilities in our lab, can I ask for advice/tip/procedures on how we can make or degrade plastics into MP without using the usual cryomilling procedure??

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2024/02/27
16:14 UTC

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Looking for conference or webinar videos

I know there's plenty of content online, so looking for suggestions. Upcoming webinars are good, too. I like to keep learning, plus it looks way more productive to have a presentation on my second monitor than my usual 24-hour coffee shop jazz video.

Topics of interest:

  • anything to do with climate change
  • water resources
  • conservation and land management
  • climate models
  • sustainable cities/urban planning

Some examples as tax:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPmPmV9ZCh-j4kDmg0qGUOaBQ0kUEPb83: Managed Retreat conference at Columbia Climate School

https://cabeaversummit.org/day-one-video/: California beaver summit about beavers for climate adaptation, especially wildfire resistance, salmon populations, and drought resistance

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2024/02/26
20:40 UTC

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Environmental Institute dissolving.

Hello everyone, I worked at an environmental institute for 8 years starting from an intern all the way up to being a full time field/lab technician. The institute was focused on research and public education and outreach for our local area in Florida. Due to pressure from higher ups with the associated college it was attached to, the institute is dissolving. I moved away 6 months ago from this job to better my family. However the inevitable has happened and I feel awful. All my help towards research and public education feels like it was for nothing. The beings in charge clearly align with policies that deem science not important and have forced doors closed. Has anyone dealt with similar issues? And how did you get over feeling like your hard work, research, and passion was all for nothing? I have a large sentiment for that part of Florida due to its environmental uniqueness, and I feel like without a true research focused group. Policies will not be put in place to protect it.

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2024/02/26
16:40 UTC

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university coursework

Hi guys, this is a little survey for my university coursework. It should take less than 5 minutes to fill out if you want to. It would be a big help to me if you did. its looking at whether just stop oils extreme actions helps get their message across or gets in the way of their overall goal

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyv0d87auRzkmk2m4fNtQEktIAIluEQ-QUA_iaV7QV4ilM-w/viewform?usp=sf_link

2 Comments
2024/02/26
16:09 UTC

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Survey on Rechargeable Battery and Electric Vehicle Presence in Social Media

Hi r/environmental_science I'm researching general public knowledge of rechargeable batteries and electric vehicles in social network platforms. It's a quick survey that won't take much of your time, I'd appreciate it if you participated in it. Also after you're done please do share it with your friends on social media.

https://qualtricsxmtxn6b4f9v.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6zBKWjxT233C5ng

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2024/02/26
10:55 UTC

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Need Advice

Hi, I am currently pursuing bachelor's in Environmental science in a private university in india. As being private university you already know that there is nothing good going on . Anyway, I try to study myself and for theory part in am relying on a book by botkin and Keller. The worrying part are practicals, as environmental science rely heavily on practical application what should I do?

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2024/02/26
09:44 UTC

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Global ESG Data Provider Company

SG Analytics (SGA), a market leader in ESG data and research services, offers its solutions to the world’s largest rating agencies, data platforms, and investment market participants. With expertise in ESG data analysis, we manage data across diverse ESG frameworks, standards, and themes. Our customized ESG data solutions aim to provide ESG aggregation, cleansing, and validation across 1,500+ ESG parameters from a wide range of sources that assist in delivering meaningful insights to enable an informed decision-making process.  

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2024/02/26
06:25 UTC

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Environmental science paper

Hi, I am a student working on my internal assessment for environmental science. My research is on pollution in India and I am conducting a survey. If you or your relatives live in India and could answer then I would greatly app it. Thank you.

https://forms.gle/f2rzFwDXxxyhHnGy8

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2024/02/26
02:39 UTC

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Environmental science paper

Hi, I am a student working on my internal assessment for environmental science. My research is on pollution in India and I am conducting a survey. If you or your relatives live in India and could answer then I would greatly app it. Thank you.

https://forms.gle/f2rzFwDXxxyhHnGy8

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2024/02/26
02:39 UTC

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Is this an environmental problem?

There are only two hot tubs. This is at a lodge in the Wasatch mountains and a protected watershed canyon. A creek runs just past the tub and due to a leak in the tub there's now that they ed huge puddle pond that is growing by the week.

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2024/02/25
22:28 UTC

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I'm about to finish the first semester of environmental science, but it's not what I expected it

I started this career with really high spirits, but after seeing many of the subjects, the field work, I don't think it's for me anymore. It might not go accord with what I want. I've been thinking on changing to engineering material science, since after doing research, any suggestions or experience?

what it's realistic to expect after you graduate from environmental science?

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2024/02/25
19:07 UTC

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US Steel to be acquired by Japan's Nippon steel

There is some hope in the American steel industry to shift to more eco-friendly incentives with the potential new owners. Japan has already switched over to eco-friendly manufacturing which will allow them to rejuvenate the old fashion and high polluted way America's industry has been. There has been high success rates domestically in Japan which gives the confidence that is needed to this acquisition. Japan could be the leading factor to this industry shift!

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2024/02/25
09:56 UTC

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Really interested in meat patty industry in SA ….

LACK of control of food standards in SA ….. since I returned from living abroad - buying meat patties and cooking these in SA leaves a disgusting shriveled piece of rubber - accross various local ‘brands’ …. Are we eating disgusting SA toxic patties …. Thought one could stretch the budget …. But now really concerned ….

McDonald's loses the legal battle with chef Jamie Oliver, who proved that the food they sell is not fit to be ingested because it is highly toxic. Chef Jamie Oliver has won a battle against the world's largest junk food chain. Oliver proving how burgers are made. According to Oliver, the fat parts of meat are "washed" with ammoniac hydrogen and then used in the packaging of the meat "cake" to fill the burger. Before this process, according to the presenter, already this meat was not suitable for human consumption. Oliver, a radical activist chef, who has waged a war against the food industry, says: We’re talking about meat that would be sold as dog food and after this process it’s served to humans. In addition to the quality of meat, ammonium acid is harmful to health. Oliver says this: "The process of the pink crap". What sane human being would put a piece of meat soaked in ammonium hydrogen in the mouth of a child? In another of his initiatives Oliver has demonstrated how chicken nuggets are made: after selecting the "best parts", the rest: fat, skin, cartilage, visuals, bones, head, legs, are subjected to a mec split smoothie canica - it's the euphemism that engineers use in food, and then that blood pink paste is deodorant, bleached, re-refreshed and repainted, dipped in flour and fried melcocha, this is left in usually partially hydrogenated oils, that is, toxins. The food industry uses ammonium hydrogen as an anti-microbial agent, which allowed McDonald's to use meat in its burgers, which is not suitable for human consumption. But even more disturbing is the situation that these substances based on ammonium hydrogen are considered 'lawful components in the production process' in the food industry with the blessings of health authorities worldwide. So consumers will never be able to discover what substances they put in our food.

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2024/02/24
08:03 UTC

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i have an interview for an EHS internship role with tesla. how should i prepare and what should i expect?

i only have one other internship of experience working in EHS under boehringer ingelheim last summer, but i didnt learn much at all when it comes to the field and instead was drafting documents all summer. what should i familiarize myself with in order to give myself a better chance at getting the position? the job description also mentions knowledge of python, sql and tableau which i have none of but i wonder if they'll be open to training me in that aspect.

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2024/02/23
15:51 UTC

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We’re looking for expert Biology tutors to join an AI research project training AI models ($35-50 per hour)

Hey! I wanted to share an opportunity with this Group to participate in cutting edge AI research!

Our team at Pareto.AI, a Silicon Valley based startup, is helping AI researchers at top companies like Character.AI, Imbue, and many more build high quality datasets to train bespoke AI models.

We’re looking to start paid trials before the end of this week! Folks can learn more and apply here: https://paretoai.typeform.com/tutoring

Appreciate if you could help us forward the opportunity!

Warmly,

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2024/02/23
10:01 UTC

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The Environmental Impact of E-Waste: Why Recycling is Crucial

This article delves into the environmental impact of e-waste and underscores the importance of e-waste recycling in mitigating its adverse effects.

Link; https://newsblare.com/opinion/energy-and-environment/the-environmental-impact-of-e-waste-why-recycling-is-crucial/

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2024/02/23
08:44 UTC

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The Environmental Impact of E-Waste: Why Recycling is Crucial

This article delves into the environmental impact of e-waste and underscores the importance of e-waste recycling in mitigating its adverse effects.

Link; https://newsblare.com/opinion/energy-and-environment/the-environmental-impact-of-e-waste-why-recycling-is-crucial/

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2024/02/23
08:44 UTC

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what exactly can I expect to be doing if I pursue a career

im sure it varies but i figured I should ask the experts I just heard about environmental science from a 4chan post and it sounds like something I'd be into

5 Comments
2024/02/22
23:00 UTC

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EV Incentive Program Emissions Impact Calculation

I recently started a new position in my state environmental department working with air policy in different capacity. A big program I’m a part of and being introduced to is the incentive program we have to help state residents purchase electric vehicles. It’s for both new, leased and used EVs. We also have programs within for incentives for eBikes, we’re going to open it up to businesses and such. There’s many levels to the program than just a rebate for state residents.

Anyways. We have to start working on a report to go back to state government to show the programs impact. Specifically on the environmental justice communities in the state and communities burdened more so with air pollution than others. I’m a math person and this program does have a lot of data. I have been looking around for a set of equations or some kind of calculating tool or just….something where I can plug in some data and eventually calculate how much emissions (CO2, NOx, whatever kind) this program has been able to reduce by the number of electric vehicles purchased through the program. Yes, there are equations out there to help calculate individual emissions reductions but I’m looking to try and find a number at a state-wide level and it seems like this hasn’t really been done before.

So far, I have tried researching for other states or programs who might have done this already to see their methodology but I haven’t been able to come across anything. I’ve also tried using some online calculators created by research groups like the EV Incentive Cost and Impact Tool but the answers are always too broad. I’m really looking to generate a solid answer based on the data from my states’ program. The most promising thing I might have found so far is the set of equations in section 3.1 in The eBike Potential: Estimating regional eBike impacts on ghg emissions but it’s for eBikes and I’m waiting to talk to another department to possibly get this but we currently don’t have the data for the variable of the length of the average trip.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Any equation systems you might know of? Any kind of calculators already out there that might be able to help? I’m not looking for general answers but I’m trying to get a more specific, narrow answer on what kind of emissions reductions we have seen so far. Anything might help!! Thank you so much if you can contribute anything to my dead end search.

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2024/02/22
17:06 UTC

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Polluted Water ( This is for a school project )

Me and my group are 8th grade students from Jackson Middle school and we want to spread awareness about the pollution in waters. If our waters keep getting polluted with oils and other harmful things, the life there could die out also if the waters get polluted we won't have clean water and it will be harder to get that clean water, causing harm to all of us.

Case study: Spreading awareness about polluted waters

Background: Every year, pollution in waters increases, causing more harm to the environment and killing of species and plants that live in the water, and the harm of these plants and animals will eventually cause harm to us and this harm can include less fresh water for us to drink.

Problem: How can we stop or slow down the pollution of bodies of water

Solution: Spreading awareness through social media, mainly the subreddit, r/Environmental Science and Tumblr

Research:

1.https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/A528274150/OVIC?u=mnkanokahs&sid=bookmark-OVIC&xid=34c5e75d

2.https://bigthreeauto.procon.org/sourcefiles/waterkeeper_v_epa_2005.pdf

3.https://www.worldbookonline.com/student-new/#/article/home/ar234260/Minnesota%20water%20pollution

4.https://school-eb-com.content.elibrarymn.org/levels/middle/article/conservation/273782

5.https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/wq-ws4-27a.pdf

6.https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/wq-iw11-04w.pdf

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2024/02/22
12:40 UTC

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Having a major career crisis...

I am in my mid 20s and don't know what to do with my life... I am intelligent and hard working. I would like a job that I am passionate about with a reasonable salary (I don't need to be super rich). I just really want to do something I enjoy and is meaningful to me.

I was on the PhD track and though I love science and research, grad school was not a great experience to me. My advisor was very unavaible and I got tired of feeling lost all of the time. I loved my project but the field work and time consuming measurements were too much for me. Money was also a big issue. So I decided to get my masters instead and I started an office job... way out of my field. I don't feel stressed at all there but sitting 8 hours 5 days a week in front of a computer on top of a 1h+ commute is so depressing as someone who studied plants and did field work. I'm struggling to adjust to the 9-5 as well, I would prefer a more flexible schedule. I don't know what to do. This job pays pretty well, but I don't see myself doing this long term.

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2024/02/22
02:22 UTC

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Looking for a way to quantify hydrogen sulfide levels.

Hi all, as the title suggests, I’m hoping someone in this field can help me find a way to quantify hydrogen sulfide levels.

The back story.

A landfill site near my residence has been taken over by a new company in the last 12 months or so and it has been mismanaged. Natural Resource Wales (NRW) are aware and have visited the site and have issued compliance notices with regards to the way it’s been run. However, not much seems to be being done with regard to mitigating the gas from being controlled at the site. The community has rallied and are having meetings with the company and NRW etc and are saying the levels of hydrogen sulfide are safe and it’s nothing to worry about even though there are many in my community that are having more frequent headaches, sore eyes or throat to name some of their symptoms. For the most part it’s seem like the governing bodies are passing the buck and dragging their heels (gotta love election year). So I feel our next step is to have data to reinforce our argument that we are being affected by it. From my understanding humans are able to detect hydrogen sulfide at extremely low levels, far lower than what is deemed unsafe so there may be merit in them saying that the levels are low enough to be safe. So I’m wondering if there is a way to quantify H2S levels without having access to expensive gas monitoring equipment. I’m aware of lead acetate test strips that can give qualitative evidence. However my olfactory senses are already doing that and feel it would not support our cause.

Side note, I'm a biology student with a rough knowledge of analytical data collection so any suggestions or advice received would be extremely helpful Thank you.

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2024/02/21
23:16 UTC

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Is food dye used in snow sculptures save for the environment?

Is it safe to color outdoor snow sculptures with food dye? Would this have an affect on ground/drinking water or rivers and lakes?

2 Comments
2024/02/21
21:26 UTC

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I'm trying to make sense of these two graphs. Shouldn't global average temperature and CO2 in the atmosphere correlate? Both of them are from peer-reviewed journals.

At 100 and 50 million years ago, temperatures are very similar but CO2 levels are 60% higher 100 million years ago than 50 millions years ago (the way the graph is scaled makes it hard to tell). Also, CO2 levels rapidly fall from 400 million years ago to around 320 million ago while temperature actually rises from 400 million years ago to 375 million years ago.

Links: https://earth.org/data_visualization/a-brief-history-of-co2/ https://www.climate.gov/news-features/climate-qa/whats-hottest-earths-ever-been

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2024/02/21
13:07 UTC

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Looking at buying a townhome (new build) that has a sub-slab vapor vent. Is this safe?

Hi all, coming to you as I'm not entirely sure how to interpret this and if it should be a deal breaker. We are looking at some townhome/condos that are being built on top of an old parking lot (they tore up the old lot). We received a contract for the unit, and in it it notes that the unit we are looking at falls within a range of some units that require this sub-slab vapor venting. Could someone explain to me the risks based on what they're seeing here, and if we should be concerned/a deal-breaker? Thank you for your help and time!

Sub-Slab Vapor Venting for Units 123-132. Sub-Slab Vapor Venting for Units 123-132. The land underlying  the Community was historically used as a parking lot for the adjoining office building. Prior to the construction of the  parking lot in approximately the early 1970’s, black ash (likely fly ash) was either dumped on the land or placed on the  land as fill material. However, after the remediation of the; and, consisting of removal of impacted soils and  replacement with clean fill down to six (6) feet below ground surface, environmental consultants determined that only  that portion of the land underlying Units 123-132 require a vapor mitigation system. Owners and prospective  purchasers of Units 123-132 are hereby informed about the presence of sub-surface contaminants at that portion of  the land underlying Units 123-132, including, without limitation, methane, and mercury, which may exist as a result of  this prior activity and usage and/or other environmental factors. Accordingly, owners and prospective purchasers of  Units 123-132 are hereby informed that such homes will contain a vapor mitigation system consisting of an enhanced  sub-slab vapor barrier and passive vapor venting system installed in the home to discharge these sub-surface  contaminants, which ongoing remediation measures will likely remain in perpetuity. 

37. Previous Onsite Environmental Contamination. As mentioned above, the land underlying the Community  was historically used as a parking lot for the adjoining office building and prior to the construction of the parking lot,  black ash (likely fly ash) was dumped/placed on the land. Owners and prospective purchasers are hereby informed  that, as a result of this activity and usage prior to the Seller’s acquisition and development of the land, the land  contained environmentally impacted soils (i.e., the soil was contaminated with black ash, among other contaminants)  which required remediation during initial land development work, consisting of removal of impacted soils and  replacement with clean fill down to six (6) feet below ground surface. The project has been enrolled in the Voluntary  Remediation Program (VRP) administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and DEQ has  approved the remedial approach to the site. A Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Remediation should be issued  by DEQ upon completion of the development of the Community. 

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2024/02/21
03:12 UTC

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Canada Post claims my shipping is carbon neutral

Is this a marketing gimmick to make me feel good about shipping? Or does purchasing an equivalent amount of carbon offsets actually neutralize the environmental impact of a massive shipping company?

And is carbon offsets essentially tree planting?

5 Comments
2024/02/19
22:02 UTC

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