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KCRG UI hosts emerging contaminants conference Aug. 19-22

Scientists and engineers met at the UI College of Engineering Aug. 19-22 for EmCon 2014—an international conference on the effects of emerging contaminants, such as soap and medications, in the environment.

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Breathe easy, Iowa. Your air is (relatively) healthy

University of Iowa study reports air quality statewide falls within federal cleanliness standards

A new study from the University of Iowa reports Iowa's air quality falls within government guidelines for cleanliness, based on data gathered at five locations statewide. The study analyzed air quality and pollution sources in the state and is the first to compare air quality in urban versus rural areas. Results appear in the journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts.

UI researchers help find way to protect historic limestone buildings

Water-resistant coating guards limestone from pollution

Buildings and statues constructed of limestone can be protected from many of the effects of environmental degradation by applying a thin, single layer of a water-resistant coating, according to University of Iowa researchers and their Cardiff (U.K.) University colleagues. The paper is published in "Scientific Reports," a new online, open access journal from the publishers of "Nature."