Air quality

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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16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-year-old Samuel Burrow has found a way to scrub the world clean of toxic pollution using materials found in sunscreen and pencils! The teenager developed a white, smog-busting mixture of titanium

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Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

NPR recently covered a story about two former Pennsylvania Department of Public Health employees who said they were told to keep their mouths shut when people called in about fracking and related

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China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

When it comes to China’s pollution problem, it seems like it’s one step forward and two steps back. China just announced plans to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020, citing the fuel source as a major

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Artificial Leaf Can Make Oxygen in Space with Water and Light

Artificial Leaf Can Make Oxygen in Space with Water and Light

It seems like we are constantly getting a little bit closer to being able to live in outer space, but one teeny-tiny little detail keeps holding us back: oxygen. Plants just don’t like zero gravity

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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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