Air quality

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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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably rough time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt, and

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Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “the criminal culprit” responsible for the increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork is a key component

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President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations

second-to-last State of the Union address http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu (is there a direct link to the archived video?)   Obama confirmed prior news reports that he would use the speech to

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INFOGRAPHIC: How polluted is the air in your home?

INFOGRAPHIC: How polluted is the air in your home?

How clean is the air in your home? Although you might not be aware of them, it's possible that many pollutants are swirling around your living space and affecting your health. Dust mites, mold particles,

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Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it’s off the charts

Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it’s off the charts

Despite taking steps to limit carbon output, Beijing’s toxic air is still breaking records. In fact, Beijing’s air is so bad that last Thursday, it was literally off the charts. Fine air particulates

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NASA images reveal just how much climate change is transforming the planet

NASA images reveal just how much climate change is transforming the planet

    The lawsuit argues that Harvard, by investing in companies that contribute to climate change, is going against its charter, which speaks of working toward “the

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Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

In July, Chevron abandoned its plans to drill for gas in Zurawlow, Poland, after farmers and families from Zurawlow (and four nearby villages) blockaded a proposed shale drilling site with tractors and

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Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

“Burn baby, burn” is an old chant for a new generation of Americans who can't be bothered to put a bottle or two in a blue bin instead of a brown one. Americans produce 4.4 pounds of trash per person

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Air pollution causes more human deaths than other environmental causes

Air pollution causes more human deaths than other environmental causes

A new study from EurActiv France has found that over 400,000 deaths annually around the globe can be linked to air pollution. That's more than any other singular environmental health concern.

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The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers calculate that the

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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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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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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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