Research Area: Sustainability & the Environment

UNH Research Digest ‒ February 2015

The UNH Research Digest collects research news stories from across the University and provides brief summaries that showcase the breadth and depth of our research, scholarly activity, and artistic endeavors.

Preview a few of February’s stories below. Find the rest of the February Digest articles at the UNH Research Office web site:


After 8 centuries, rats exonerated in spread of Black Death. Gerbils implicated.

NIOSH Highlights Climate Change's Impact on Workers

A number of worker populations, both indoors and outdoors, may be particularly vulnerable to threats from climate change. Some of these workers may include: emergency responders, health care workers, fire fighters, utility workers, farmers, and transportation workers. Climate change can amplify existing health and safety issues and new unanticipated hazards may emerge.

OSHA seeks dialogue on PELs, chemical exposures

Washington – OSHA would like to hear from stakeholders about how to prevent work-related illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous substances.

In a YouTube video posted Oct. 9, OSHA administrator David Michaels announced the launch of a national dialogue.

The first step in OSHA’s efforts will be to publish a Request for Information in the Federal Register seeking input on chemical management and permissible exposure limits.

Research Profiles

Personal glimpses of outstanding UNH researchers and scholars

Agriculture & Biosciences

Rick Cote                                A Look Inside the Eye

Seeking Trial Participants for New System to Treat Drinking Water Disinfectant By-Products

Disinfecting drinking water is an absolute must, but what can be done about the harmful trihalomethanes (THMs) by-products?

UNH One of Seven New England Colleges and Universities Honored for Food Waste Recycling Efforts

Seven College and Universities were recently honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Awards.

Earth Systems Research Center

Dedicated to understanding the Earth as an integrative system through study of Earth's ecosystems, atmosphere, water, and ice in all corners of the globe using field measurements, remote sensing and mathematical models to inform research that emphasizes basic science and the increasing role of humans as agents of environmental change

Sustainability & the Environment

UNH research in sustainability and the environment is broad and far-reaching. A leader in the search for the causes of, and potential responses to, climate change, UNH research is at the forefront of the efforts to define new personal, local community, governmental and global activities and policies for protecting and sustaining the Earth and its inhabitants.


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