Air quality

A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction. She

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The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

Here at Inhabitat, we’ve written about the devastating true costs of fast fashion, but what about the cost of fast food? Recently, Mark Bittman wrote a piece at the New York Times calculating the true

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This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

Have you ever wondered what the air quality is like in your own yard or your immediate neighborhood? There is an easy way to tell and it also happens to make your home look amazing while doing it. The

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Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

According to new research, eating meat might be killing you - and the planet. A new study conducted by Loma Linda University shows that vegetarians and semi-vegetarians live 20% longer than people who eat

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Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

When it comes to radiation, fearsome disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl capture the headlines. But for most people, the real radiation risk comes from the sun - and global warming could make the

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Rollin’ Coal: Trucks Modified to Spew Clouds of Smoke Mark the Most Pointless Anti-Environmentalist Movement Ever

Rollin’ Coal: Trucks Modified to Spew Clouds of Smoke Mark the Most Pointless Anti-Environmentalist Movement Ever

Rollin' Coal is a charmless form of antisocial behavior that involves modifying a truck's engine to burn extra diesel fuel at will and emit a choking cloud of black smoke - usually all over somebody else.

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Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

A world devastated by climate change is like a night where The Day After Tomorrow, Planet of the Apes, and A Clockwork Orange turn on some Marvin Gaye, burn some incense, and hit the bed to breed a mega

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside for

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Next time you walk down a street in Chicago, take a look at those innocuous and ever-present light poles, because they may not be what they seem. Chicago is installing a network of sensor-equipped lamp

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Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from around the nation met this week in Dallas, Texas to discuss the issues important to their communities - and one of the major topics this year was climate change. Mayors from New Orleans to

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Berkeley Could Soon Require Global Warming Stickers on Gas Pumps

Berkeley Could Soon Require Global Warming Stickers on Gas Pumps

Taking a page from the successful fight against Big Tobacco, Berkeley, California could soon become the first American city to require that its gas pumps are affixed with stickers warning drivers that

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Garlic May Be the Key to Reducing Cow Methane Emissions

Garlic May Be the Key to Reducing Cow Methane Emissions

Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. For instance, in the battle between methane and global warming, garlic could prove to be the little allium that could. Methane is worse for

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Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

World Cup fever is in the air - but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during World Cup

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Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Energy companies may shoulder a large portion of the blame for the warming planet - after all, they are responsible for around 40% of global emissions - but a new study shows that they will also suffer a

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Tesla Just Gave All Its Patents Away to Anyone Who Wants to Use Them

Tesla Just Gave All Its Patents Away to Anyone Who Wants to Use Them

Earlier this week we reported that Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk was considering the possibility of opening some of the company’s patents in order to move the electric car industry forward. Today, the company

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California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

A team of ambitious students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an incredible new weapon in the battle against air pollution. For their entry in the Environmental Protection

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Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that there's no sticker shock when states add more clean energy to their power grids. The report

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Roadside Poem by Simon Armitage Devours Pollution from 20 Cars Each Day

Roadside Poem by Simon Armitage Devours Pollution from 20 Cars Each Day

Poetry has been used for ages as a tool to critique the social anxieties du jour. Now, for the first time ever, a poem is being used as a physical remedy to one of modern society's biggest challenges -

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China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

Things are suddenly looking promising for next year's UN climate change conference in Paris. Less than 24 hours after President Obama announced a proposed 30 percent cut in power plant carbon emissions by

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This Ring is Made of Smog Harvested From Beijing’s Polluted Skies

This Ring is Made of Smog Harvested From Beijing’s Polluted Skies

Last October we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, who developed a vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air. Now the designer is turning that smog vacuumed from the skies of

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Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the most significant action to combat climate disruption his administration has taken and the boldest move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in American

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China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

The Chinese government announced on Monday that the country was in grave danger of failing to meet its emissions reduction targets for 2015. In response, the State Council issued a plan featuring a raft

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New Pollution-Fighting Billboards Can Purify 100,000 Cubic Meters of Air Every Day

New Pollution-Fighting Billboards Can Purify 100,000 Cubic Meters of Air Every Day

The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) is on a mission to transform regular billboards into structures that tackle environmental issues. Following the success of their billboard that

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Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution

Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution

Madrid is one of the most polluted cities in the European Union, however city officials are fighting back against air pollution by launching the first smart parking meter system to charge based on vehicle

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Southern California Has the Worst Pollution in the US According to the American Lung Association

Southern California Has the Worst Pollution in the US According to the American Lung Association

Every year the American Lung Association rates cities based on air quality, and this year Los Angeles tops the list. Despite having improved air quality over the past few decades, the city violates

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FDA Proposes New E-Cigarette Regulations That Ban Sales to Minors

FDA Proposes New E-Cigarette Regulations That Ban Sales to Minors

Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a 241-page proposal that would for the first time impose federal regulations on the use of battery-powered electronic cigarettes -- a booming

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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World’s Longest Cable Car System set to Open in La Paz, Bolivia

World’s Longest Cable Car System set to Open in La Paz, Bolivia

The route between La Paz - one of the world’s highest administrative capitals - and El Alto, Bolivia is one of the craziest commutes around. The cities are only a few miles apart, but it takes over an

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Asia’s Dangerous Air Pollution is Affecting Weather All Over the World

Asia’s Dangerous Air Pollution is Affecting Weather All Over the World

Air pollution frequently reaches dangerous levels in Beijing and often exceeds the World Health Organization's recommended levels in Delhi. But this isn't just bad for people who live in the region - it's

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