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Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization published Tuesday. The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now...
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China's National People's Council meeting took place early this month amid crippling smog in Beijing. This was no surprise. China's chronic air pollution has become so bad it has been dubbed "airpocalypse" and is now the leading cause of public dissatisfaction. Little wonder then that Premier Li Ke...
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Pollution from China travels in large quantities across the Pacific Ocean to the United States, a new study has found, making environmental and health problems unexpected side effects of U.S. demand for cheap China-manufactured goods.On some days, acid rain-inducing sulphate from burning of fossil f...
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Posted by on in Human Health
New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant. The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to "the biological plausibility" that...
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A recent study says the infrastructure that allows us to light up our homes and travel from place to place delivers the majority of air pollution-related deaths in the United States. The MIT study found that the two major sources of PM2.5 and ozone air pollution are road transportation and power ge...
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The US Clean Air act was last amended in 1990.  Are the current imposed standards enough to keep us safe considering the announcement on Thursday from The World Health Organization that air pollution causes lung cancer? What can you do to personally reduce air pollution or encourage our legisl...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
In the heated exchanges about the consequences of the ongoing federal government shutdown, one important impact has been largely overlooked: the devastating consequences of this closure on the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Like the National Institutes of Health, th...
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Posted by on in Oil Spill
TOXIC COMPOUNDS from oil spills can affect humans through contaminated seafood and polluted air, the director of the International Anti-Ageing Centre warned.  Dr Krisada Siramput explained yesterday that there was a high possibility that marine animals in the affected seawaters would absorb tox...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
A rise in sea levels threatens the viability of more than 1,400 cities and towns, including Miami, Virginia Beach and Jacksonville, unless there are deep cuts in heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, says an analysis out Monday.   Prior emissions have already locked in 4 feet of future sea-...
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High temperatures make air pollution worse. A new study has found that during heat waves, plants reduce their ozone absorption which lead to high levels of the gas remaining in the environment. Ozone is a gas that exists both at stratosphere and troposphere and can be beneficial or toxic depen...
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The Environmental Protection Agency has named a new chief for air quality regulations who will help lead the administration’s efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Janet McCabe became the top air quality regulator on Friday, moving into the role formerly held by new EPA chief Gina McCarthy.McC...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Anyone who happened to be scanning the skyline in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday witnessed a startling transformation. In the space of a minute, the four towering 350-foot-high, candy cane-striped smokestacks atFlorida Power & Light's Port Everglades oil-burning power plant—a loc...
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America and China's economic interdependence has prevented the two super-powers from going to war, but there have been frequent murmurs of disapproval on both sides regarding hacking, intellectual property, and aggressive international resource grabs. The recent U.S.-China summitsuppo...
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Renewable energy is America’s future. Climate change makes that inevitable. But America’s electricity grid will face tough new challenges as we transition away from dirty fossil fuels, and move toward clean technologies like wind and solar.   For the electricity grid to operate properly, supp...
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Near the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets in Brooklyn, Michael Heimbinder stood near a blue mailbox, head down, poking at his smartphone. A graph appeared: a single line plotting ambient carbon monoxide exposure in the neighborhood. Minutes later, he ran over to an idling Honda Pilot and...
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Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis, or "hardening of the arteries", according to a University of Michigan public health researcher and colleagues from across the US. Sara Adar, the John Searle Assistant Professor of Epidemio...
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Concerns about air quality are drifting in with the arrival of warm weather. Monday marked the renewal of what the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources considers “ozone season,” observed through daily air quality forecasts in urban areas. Officials say it demands more attention in ...
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Chances are, we can all agree that air pollution isn’t great for our health. But while most of us may associate pollutants with danger only to our lungs, a recent study is causing a stir about another dangerous link — to our hearts. We dove into the science to find out how.  What’s The Deal? ...
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China's efforts to assess the problem of smog hanging over Beijing and other cities has meant business for Western providers of specialized air-monitoring equipment, and this could pick up with efforts to clear the skies. "It's only recently that equipment able to monitor PM2.5 has been manufacture...
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This is a story that shows how deliriously capitalist China has become (for good and bad). Rapid industrialisation has covered northern China in a dense pea soup of toxic chemicals. In the past, the old fashioned communist solution might have been either to ignore the problem or, if people insist on...
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