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flares health risks USC research
This map shows the density of flares near oil- and gas-rich fracking sites: (1) Williston, (2) Powder River, (3) Denver, (4) Anadarko, (5) Permian, (6) Western Gulf, (7) TX-LA-MS Salt and (8) Appalachian basins. (Graphic/Courtesy of Keck School of Medicine of USC and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health)

Health risk? More than 500,000 Americans live within 3 miles of natural gas flares

A USC-UCLA study offers a nationwide assessment of the population facing exposure risks from burned-off, excess natural gas at oil and gas production sites.

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antibiotic-resistant genes in recycled wastewater
As water shortages continue to increase, researchers are searching for ways to improve wastewater recycling. (Photo/Daria Shevtsova, Pexels)

Antibiotic-resistant genes are well removed by purification used to recycle wastewater but final quality is influenced by environmental factors

A team led by USC Viterbi’s Adam Smith has found that purified water returned to Southern California aquifers for storage and reuse blends with antibiotic-resistant bacteria already found in the aquifer.