Water: Essential and Problematic

Water depletion and pollution are the major causes of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, which, in turn, reduce ecosystem resilience, making societies more vulnerable to climate and non-climate risks United Nations Water around the world Earth’s water is finite. It is essential. Water is also problematic when it is contaminated with chemicals from industry, agriculture,…

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Biodegradable materials and bioproducts: the same or distinct?

The Common Misconception If you are puzzled by the title thinking, “Wait a minute, aren’t biodegradable materials and bioproducts materials synonymous?”. In short, not always. Additionally, these words are not to be confused with biomaterials1 which have a completely different meaning (materials engineered to interact with biological systems). Biodegradable products Biodegradability refers to the material…

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Plastic, Plastic and More Plastic

I spent my last two years in New York City pursuing my career in Chemical Engineering. I was pleasantly surprised with the city’s efforts to motivate recycling. Columbia University had three separate cans: one for paper/cardboard, one for plastic/glass/metal, and one for trash. It was confusing but familiarizing yourself with the process goes a long…

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Fiery Clouds Powerful Enough to Inject Aerosols into Stratosphere

It is well known that volcanoes are powerful enough to inject sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere during an eruption. But, there are also other ways that these particles can reach this atmospheric layer. Pyro cumulonimbus storms thrive above a strong heat source such as a wildfire. When these fires get hot enough, they generate strong…

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Aerosols, a Cloud’s Best Friend

I have noticed that whenever I tell people about my research in aerosols, their immediate thought is usually either hairspray or something that negatively affects climate. Little do people know that aerosols play a major role in cloud formation. While browsing YouTube, I found a video that does a great job at explaining the importance…

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