black carbon

On the thawing tundra, researchers race to understand black carbon’s climate impact
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On a morning in September 2015, sterile, gray Arctic light filtered through a blanket of woolly clouds as Matt Gunsch and Tate Barrett parked their rented pickup truck on a dirt road and clomped in rubber boots down a long, icy boardwalk to their air-monitoring laboratory on the tundra.

From the outside, the lab looked unglamorous — a dingy, white shack perched on a metal frame in a meadow speckled with snow and grass stubble. It felt distinctly like the middle of nowhere — though it was just a couple of miles beyond the main streets of Utqiaġvik, Alaska, the...

UNT research team analyzing effectiveness of trees
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It may not be long before residents of Dallas, Denton, Tarrant and surrounding counties feel the vicious heat of summer and, on certain days, hazy conditions caused by particle pollution in the air. When particulate matter levels in the air are high, anyone sensitive to them may need to limit time spent outdoors, particularly outdoor exercise.

Planting trees in certain urban areas may improve air quality because the trees’ leaves and branches in summer foliage become “urban air filters,” according to Alexandra Ponette-González, University of North Texas assistant professor of geography and the environment.

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University of North Texas News Briefs
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Students head to West Coast to learn about retail and digital companies 

Nine UNT students will get to tour Google, Facebook and Amazon headquarters this month as part of a "Digital Study Tour" class. 

The five-day trip across the West Coast will be led by Linda Mihalick, a lecturer who is teaching the class this summer semester. 

"The point is to dream bigger, to open their eyes and to give them the experience of what it might be like to work in ecommerce and digital environments," she said in a press release.

The students will also visit  Macy's, Nordstrom, Walmart and...