This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrickresearch_recap_250

It’s October! Pretty soon everywhere you look the leaves will be changing from green to vibrant shades of red, yellow, gold, and orange. Why do the leaves change color? Well, it all starts with science! Check out this lesson from the USDA Forest Service.

Want more science? Here is some EPA research we are highlighting this week.

The Cleanup Job
EPA helps communities prepare and recover from all sorts of disasters, including terrorism. Part of that recovery process involves making contaminated facilities like houses and public buildings safe to use again. In a recently published study, EPA researchers evaluated the best methods for cleaning up blister agents, chemical compounds that are commonly used in chemical warfare. Read more about the research in the blog The Cleanup Job.

Crabbing for Jimmies in the South River: What’s It Worth?
Crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay is a favorite pastime of EPA’s Dr. Wayne Cascio. But what does that have to do with science at EPA? The bounty of blue crabs is a prime example of an “ecosystem service” the Bay provides to people and the myriad of other forms of life that depend on the well-being of the blue crab population. Learn more about this connection in the blog Crabbing for Jimmies in the South River: What’s It Worth?

Creating New Pathways to Air and Water Monitoring and Chemical Testing
From special sensors that monitor wildfires to innovative tools for detecting pollutants, EPA uses the best advances in technology and data analysis to help us protect human health and the environment. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently wrote about our new approaches to chemical testing and air and water quality monitoring in the story Creating New Pathways to Air and Water Monitoring and Chemical Testing.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Reservoir Water Surfaces
EPA researcher Jake Beaulieu recently coauthored a paper looking at greenhouse gas emissions from reservoir water surfaces. The paper was published in BioScience and featured in several outlets including Science Magazine and the Washington Post.

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development. She is a regular contributor to It All Starts with Science and the founding writer of “The Research Recap.”

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