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A geochemist from Mainz was awarded a €1.3 million research grant to research the diet of our human ancestors more

The fine nose of storks

June 21, 2021

Smell leads storks to freshly mown meadows more

Results of flight tests by DLR and NASA: Sustainable fuels reduce the number of ice crystals in contrails and thus their climate impact. more

Ozone depletion following the Toba eruption around 74,000 years ago compounded the ensuing volcanic winter and caused a human population decline. more

An 80-meter-thick sedimentary succession at Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan, recorded interactions between land, atmosphere and ocean more

New study shows how face masks reduce the effective reproduction number of COVID-19, and why their efficacy varies between different environments under virus-limited and virus-rich conditions. more

An international team of scientists revealed the dominant mechanism in the formation of formic acid which affects cloud formation more

The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry mourns the loss of its former director more

Ignoring the signs of climate change will lead to unprecedented, societally disruptive heat extremes in the Middle East and North Africa more

New study suggests that revisiting the annual air pollution guideline for nitrogen dioxide is necessary more

How humans affect indoor air

February 09, 2021

Humans emit significant amounts of chemical compounds in indoor environments. Several studies published by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry now show the extent to which we influence the air in enclosed spaces. more

The atmospheric scientist Paul J. Crutzen (December 3, 1933 – January 28, 2021) showed how human activities affect planet Earth and pose a threat to the ozone layer and climate. more

What caused the ice ages?

December 11, 2020

Tiny ocean fossils offer key evidence and point out the ocean’s role in past atmospheric carbon dioxide change more

Researcher at the MPI for Chemistry honored for excellent research and leadership in atmospheric aerosol science more

A natural gas shortage caused a major redistribution of air pollution related to China’s clean air actions in the winter of 2017 more

"Cool" Bacteria

November 12, 2020

New insights into a mechanism that reduces the ice formation ability of bacterial ice-nucleating proteins in an acidic environment. more

Algorithm to estimate coronavirus infection risk from aerosol transmission in the indoor environment and under different safety measures more

Ventilation made easy

October 30, 2020

A simple ventilation system can remove 90% of respiratory aerosols which potentially include coronavirus particles, from indoor air. more

Study estimates 15% of COVID-19 deaths worldwide could be attributed to air pollution more

Volatile organic compounds identified that can be used for olfactory navigation by homing pigeons more

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