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Coal’s Fall Raises Life Expectancy, Economy 
As the use of coal declines as an energy source, the pollution its use fosters is also on the decline. The result is fewer sick people and a boost to the economy. Ars Technica explains: https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/the-fall-of-coal-and-its-pollution-linked-deaths-is-boosting-the-economy/

Water and Fuel From Air? 
It sounds too good to be true, but researchers at Berkeley have developed metal-organic framework technology, harnessed it to a solar panel, and produced a self-contained water source, capable of extracting useful quantities of water from air. The MOF technology shows promise in other areas, as well, such as extracting CO2 from air to create hydrocarbon fuels. Science Magazine reports: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/crystalline-nets-harvest-water-desert-air-turn-carbon-dioxide-liquid-fuel

Meet Sulphur Hexafluoride – The Worst Greenhouse Gas 
A little-known, artificial chemical that goes by the nickname SF6 is being leaked into the environment, on a daily basis. Commonly used in the electrical industry as an insulator, SF6 is said to have 23,500 times the greenhouse effect of CO2. The BBC illuminates: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49567197

Wind Turbines Threaten Bats 
Although the threat posed to birds by wind turbines is widely recognized, the extent of the threat they pose to bats is only now coming to light. A study from Oregon State University has found that the migratory hoary bat is facing a serious survival threat from wind turbines in the state. The Oregonian examines the issue: https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2019/09/oregon-state-study-says-wind-turbines-threaten-migrating-bats.html

Neonics Found to Damage Birds’ Health, Migration, Reproduction 
Canadian researchers studied the effects exposure to the common class of pesticides, neonicotinoids, had on birds. The results are alarming. Working with sparrows that migrated across the U.S., Mexico and Canada, researchers found significant issues including, weight loss, delayed migration and reduced survival. The Smithsonian has the troubling news: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/common-pesticides-delay-songbird-migration-trigger-significant-weight-loss-180973130/