Air quality

More than 250 wildfires are burning in Alaska right now

More than 250 wildfires are burning in Alaska right now

Wildfires in Alaska rarely make the national news, but this year's season is off to a particularly dramatic start, with the Alaska Division of Forestry reporting that as of Wednesday there are 278

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Santiago shuts down as air pollution skyrockets off the charts

Santiago shuts down as air pollution skyrockets off the charts

Santiago authorities declared an environmental state of emergency for the Chilean town on Monday, due to a thick layer of smog that has overtaken the city. This means that 1,300 businesses who regularly

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New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency has just released what is being called the most comprehensive report on the impact of global emissions on climate change. Titled “Climate Change in the United States:

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EPA announces plans to limit airplane emissions

EPA announces plans to limit airplane emissions

Although the cost of airfare has declined dramatically since the late 1970s, an invisible cost of flying is rising as more travelers take to the skies. Aviation currently accounts for only 2 percent of

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What’s lurking in your mattress?

What’s lurking in your mattress?

The average person spends nearly a third of their lifetime in bed. When we were kids we were scared of the monsters hiding under our bed, but as adults we may be more concerned with the monsters lurking

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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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Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

In 2014, 39% of American electricity is generated from the burning of coal, down from 52.8% in 1997. Though the fuel source has been steadily declining from its late 20th century peak due to competition

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 18 houseplants for purifying the air you breathe, according to NASA

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 18 houseplants for purifying the air you breathe, according to NASA

Houseplants do wonders for a house: they breathe new life to a room, add a bright pop of color, and purify the air. Not all plants are equally effective, however, when it comes to filtering harmful

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Craptastic museum dedicated to poop pops up in Italy

Craptastic museum dedicated to poop pops up in Italy

Northern Italy is now home to a crappy new establishment named Museo della Merda, which translates to the Museum of Shit. Built on the grounds of the Castelbosco dairy farm, owned by Gianantonio

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One-fourth of cars are causing 90% of air pollution we breathe

One-fourth of cars are causing 90% of air pollution we breathe

It's no secret that "clunkers" on the road contribute to greenhouse gas emissions at an alarming rate. A new study from the University of Toronto confirms what ecologists have theorized for some time:

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Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can Drones Plant One Billion Trees? By Steve Daly Each year, the earth loses about 26 billion trees to lumber, mining, agriculture, and development. About 15 billion

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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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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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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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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog

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This next-gen SuperTruck is twice as efficient as today’s semis

This next-gen SuperTruck is twice as efficient as today’s semis

Big rigs are big polluters, but they are also a big help. Big rigs bring most of the supplies to most of the nation. There are places where trains and airplanes can’t reach and it’s up to the big rigs

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NASA-patented technology purifies Vittori Lab’s greenery-filled AirTrain

NASA-patented technology purifies Vittori Lab’s greenery-filled AirTrain

Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let's face it - they aren't exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of

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7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true. On our last trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids

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INFOGRAPHIC: The dangers of indoor pollution and how to deal with it

INFOGRAPHIC: The dangers of indoor pollution and how to deal with it

In 2012, household air pollution made up 7.7% of all global mortalities. Given that we spend 90% of our lives indoors, it's important that the air we breathe indoors is clean, which can be a challenge

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

"Save the rainforests!" is a call to action that most of us have come across at some point or another, whether it was on a news broadcast or splayed across an activist's tee-shirt. It's a great slogan,

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World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

As reported by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger, Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB) has just completed the world's tallest prefabricated building: a 57-storey tower in Changsha, China. The tower, which provides

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make your home more allergy-friendly

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make your home more allergy-friendly

It's likely that we all know someone who is affected by allergies, and it’s hard to keep triggers at bay, especially when some of the most common allergy-triggering culprits can be found in our very

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Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels

Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels

Air pollution isn't fixed. It fluctuates throughout the day, depending on time and location, meaning that the health risks associated with air pollution can increase depending on how high the local

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Anti-pollution documentary goes viral in China, gaining over 155 million hits in one day

Anti-pollution documentary goes viral in China, gaining over 155 million hits in one day

Last week, a stark, simple 104 minute documentary by Chinese journalist and mother Chai Jing was uploaded to popular video-sharing site Youku. Titled "Under the Dome" Chai describes her experience as a

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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China needs to cut pollution by at least half to make any environmental improvements

China needs to cut pollution by at least half to make any environmental improvements

  China’s environment can’t improve to at least half of it’s pollution is cut. With an economy growing at a breakneck speed, China’s need for power and transportation can’t keep up. The

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Cloud bursting service guarantees sunny wedding photos – for a mere £100,000

Cloud bursting service guarantees sunny wedding photos – for a mere £100,000

You want your big day to be perfect, that's why weddings often turn into an event that swallows up most of your savings, now with a new service from UK based firm Oliver's Travels, if you really want to

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Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

President Obama's fiscal budget for 2016, which was release on Monday (2/2) afternoon proposes an impressive $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technologies as well as the creation of a $4 billion

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90 percent of China’s cities failed to meet 2014 air quality standards

90 percent of China’s cities failed to meet 2014 air quality standards

Nearly 90 percent of China's big cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that was still an improvement on 2013 as the country's "war on pollution" began to take effect, the environment

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Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

After the State of the Union and the touting of the abundance of natural resources, you'd probably think our natural gas game in the U.S. is strong. Meanwhile, the big environmental organizations are

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