Air quality

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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India’s air pollution blamed for discoloring Taj Mahal’s iconic dome

India’s air pollution blamed for discoloring Taj Mahal’s iconic dome

  India's airborne pollution has always been a problem for the rapidly developing country, but now it could severely impact one of its most famous structures - the Taj Mahal. According to a

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Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden is installing a permanent hydrogen fuel filling station in the city of Gothenburg. The new station will make it possible to travel by hydrogen-fueled vehicle the whole length of the roughly

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Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

To provide a safe haven in a country notorious for its air pollution, Gensler designed the Glumac office with advanced air purification systems that provide healthy indoor air quality consistently

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EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

This week the EPA announced a proposal for a drastic cut in ground-level ozone standards in the U.S. in a bid to prevent air-quality-related health issues and reduce environmental impacts. Currently, the

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Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia has the worst rate of deforestation in the world, with much of its logging activity illegal and therefore unreported. However, the country's new president, Joko Widodo, has taken an early stand

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The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

One of the quieter surprises of this week's elections took place in Denton, north Texas, pop: 123,000. The city is home to some 272 active fracking wells, with 212 additional wells within it's

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The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

Data from NASA shows that this year's hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica remains largely unchanged. On September 9, 2014, it measured 24.1m square km, which is roughly the size of North America;

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common in Japanese

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Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Culture Urbaine - The Cloud Collective from The Cloud Collective on Vimeo. The Cloud Collective's Culture Urbaine Genève was one of the 13 gardens produced for the Genève: Villes et Champs festival.

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Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

In the city of Vernal, Utah, midwives and scientists are noticing an alarming trend: in 2010 newborn babies accounted for one in every 95 burials, but by 2013 that rate jumped to one in every 15 burials,

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6 Common Indoor Air Pollutants That Could Be Lurking in Your Home

6 Common Indoor Air Pollutants That Could Be Lurking in Your Home

We like to think of our homes as a safe haven, a place where we have control over our environment and where we can protect ourselves from the toxins and pollutants that come with modern living. But

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

Algae has many different qualities that we can draw upon, from edible varieties that make their way onto our dinner plates, to those whose bioluminescence can be harnessed for glow-in-the-dark

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Researchers Take an Up-Close and Personal Look at What Pollution Does to the Body

Researchers Take an Up-Close and Personal Look at What Pollution Does to the Body

Air pollution is one of those things that we know is awful for our bodies, but it can be hard to see the actual impact. So even though about 3.7 million people died prematurely from air pollution in 2012

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NASA Discovers That a Massive Methane Cloud Over American Southwest was Caused by Coal Mining

NASA Discovers That a Massive Methane Cloud Over American Southwest was Caused by Coal Mining

NASA scientists have confirmed that satellite data shows a methane hot spot in the southwest United States that is so big that it was ignored for years as a possible instrument error. The cloud of methane

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Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Located on a park's riverbank in the city of Nanjing, AZL Architects' brilliant chapel shelters weddings and other religious services. Its distinctive V-shaped roof was covered in dark shingles and rises

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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The Guardian reports

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Canada’s Toxic “Dumpcano” Finally Extinguished After Four Months

Canada’s Toxic “Dumpcano” Finally Extinguished After Four Months

A dump fire that has been burning for nearly four months in the remote northern Canadian city of Iqaluit has finally been extinguished. The "Dumpcano" as it has been known locally has been spewing toxic

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Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Have you ever wondered what the tree population and density of the United States looks like? This amazing map shows just that. Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods Hole Research Center

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The Earth’s Ozone Layer Increases for the First Time in 35 Years

The Earth’s Ozone Layer Increases for the First Time in 35 Years

Good news, everyone - a new United Nations report shows that the Earth's ozone layer has increased for the first time in 35 years. The report credits the recovery in part to the phasing out of

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Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos illustrate some of

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India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India has a pollution problem - and it's gotten so bad that it's killing off vast fields of crops that could feed millions of the country’s most vulnerable residents. A new study published in the

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“We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Two new reports have been released this week that demonstrate the consequences of inadequate action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tuesday the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its

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Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

In his 2014 State of the Union Address President Obama stated of coal seam gas: "if extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate

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VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

The Andrea Air Purifier is a brilliant partnership between man and plant that accelerates nature's natural ability to clean air in order to detoxify the atmosphere inside your home. We had a chance to sit

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Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden now recycles or reuses an incredible 99 percent of its waste, an improvement on the already impressive 2012 figure of 96 percent. The country uses a waste management hierarchy system that focuses

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UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

The U.K.'s Airports Commission just rejected Foster + Partners' plans for a new international airport in England's Thames Estuary. The proposal was designed to alleviate air traffic from Heathrow Airport

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Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

As politicians begin to use economic arguments to support cutting carbon emissions, a new study from MIT has confirmed that the flow-on health benefits of emissions reductions could save billions of

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Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

  How could Rachel tell her daughter that some people are exploited because they can't fight back? That sometimes the people meant to protect us are profiting from the dangerous infrastructure

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Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Air Fresheners

Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Air Fresheners

Any car owner knows that the inside of a vehicle can get really "aromatic" over time, especially if pets and kids are regular passengers. Fortunately, a group of young entrepreneurs has a solution to

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