Author: Gianna Melillo

Climate change reversing 900 years of cooling in Gulf of Maine

Story at a glance In an effort to chronicle changing water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, researchers assessed data collected from shells and simulated variability through climate models. They found that following a prolonged period of cooling, climate change has contributed to rising temperatures in the region. These increased temperatures have already taken a…

Traces of Deepwater Horizon oil still detectable 10 years later

Story at a glance The Deepwater Horizon oil spill leaked 4 million barrels of oil over nearly 90 days in 2010.  To better understand the long-term transformation of oil compounds released during the spill, researchers collected samples from the surrounding environment.  As late as 2020, residue from crude oil could still be found in surrounding…

Flavored nicotine products grow in popularity among teens

Story at a glance National surveillance surveys do not track the use of flavored oral nicotine products among teenagers. To fill this information gap, researchers at the University of Southern California conducted a survey of high school students. Although overall use was low, certain racial and gender minority groups were more likely to use the…

How advocates are tackling the massive challenge of textile waste

Story at a glance Discarded clothing and textiles take up a large portion of landfill space while simultaneously contributing to increased greenhouse gas emissions.  The detrimental effects of fast fashion and a linear economy, along with a lack of global regulations all compound clothing production and disposal harms. Government agencies and independent companies are working…

More menopausal women are using medical cannabis for symptoms

Story at a glance As more states opt to legalize medical cannabis, patients are using the substance to treat symptoms for a wide range of ailments.  Despite no clinical trials proving the efficacy and safety of medical cannabis use for menopause symptoms, the majority of individuals queried in a recent survey reported doing just that….