Air quality

New York Fashion Week is Spewing Pollution All Over Lincoln Center

New York Fashion Week is Spewing Pollution All Over Lincoln Center

It seems that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week brought more than just style to New York City's Lincoln Center, it also brought a whole lot of diesel smoke as well. A perturbed neighbor shot some video footage

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TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

Trees naturally filter and clean our air, but in today’s heavily polluted world, it's just too huge of a task to expect Mother Nature to take care of herself. Taking this into account, designers Mario

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Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Flatulence as fuel may sound like a joke, but it's becoming a reality in Brooklyn. Already in the works, National Grid is building a gas processing facility in Greenpoint, set to open in 2012. The

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123 US Lawmakers Intend to Block EPA from Updating the Clean Air Act

123 US Lawmakers Intend to Block EPA from Updating the Clean Air Act

The US Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to update the Clean Air Act and a stronghold of lawmakers aren't happy about it; they've introduced a series of legislative bills that could permanently

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Texas Wins Appeal to Block EPA Emissions Regulations Temporarily

Texas Wins Appeal to Block EPA Emissions Regulations Temporarily

On January 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new permitting regulations for large stationary polluters went into effect and the state of Texas isn't at all happy about it. The Lone Star

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Federal Judge Blocks Part of California’s Climate Change Law

Federal Judge Blocks Part of California’s Climate Change Law

A federal judge in Fresno, California has blocked a portion of California's Global Warming Solutions Act, which aims to lower the carbon life cycle of fuel entering the state. The judge ruled that the

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Whole City of Tehran Shut Down Due to Unsafe Smog Levels

Whole City of Tehran Shut Down Due to Unsafe Smog Levels

For the third time in two weeks, Iran's capital, Tehran, has been effectively shut down due to seriously unhealthy air pollution levels. All government offices, banks and schools were closed on Thursday

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Mayors of the World Sign Agreement to Address Climate Change

Mayors of the World Sign Agreement to Address Climate Change

In Mexico City earlier this morning, the mayors of the world made a pact to address climate change and we could not be more thrilled. The leaders of 135 global cities put their pens to the agreement,

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Could Eggshells Be Used To Fight Climate Change?

Could Eggshells Be Used To Fight Climate Change?

Many methods are being researched and tested in a bid to reduce the world's carbon emissions - however it's possible that none are as peculiar as this. Researchers at The University of Calcutta are

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Bill Gates Gives $700K to Preserve Global Warming Law

Bill Gates Gives $700K to Preserve Global Warming Law

We all know Bill Gates is a philanthropist -- he's got so much money it must be a blast for him to give it away to good causes. Well, he's added one more to the list: Maplight.org recently reported that

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“Emergency Bra” Doubles as a Gas Mask Wherever Disaster Strikes

“Emergency Bra” Doubles as a Gas Mask Wherever Disaster Strikes

No longer a prop for imaginative kids playing cops and robbers - this idea is certainly not a joke. Dr. Elena Bodnar’s“Emergency Bra” is the latest piece of artillery available against fire,

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High-Tech Wallpaper Cleans the Air!

High-Tech Wallpaper Cleans the Air!

We've seen wallpaper that monitors your environment and wallpaper that tells a scientific story, but now there's even wallpaper that cleans the air! That's right, Blücher Technologies has come up with a

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Edmonton, Alberta to Turn 90% of Their Trash into Biofuel

Edmonton, Alberta to Turn 90% of Their Trash into Biofuel

Oh, Canada! What wonderful green things you do! Edmonton, Alberta is about to get the world's first municipal scale gas to biofuel plant and when it is up and running they'll be recycling 90% of their

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Greener Tech Could Eliminate 9,000 Pollution Deaths in California

Greener Tech Could Eliminate 9,000 Pollution Deaths in California

Here at Inhabitat we know there are a lot of green haters out there in the world -- those who don't believe global warming is real and think nothing of destroying the environment. Well, here's a story

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Hong Kong Activist Group Selling “Fresh Air” for 25 Cents a Bottle

Hong Kong Activist Group Selling “Fresh Air” for 25 Cents a Bottle

Are you a resident of Hong Kong? Are you having trouble breathing because of the dense air pollution? Have no fear, Fresh Air is here! The Clean Air Network, a Hong Kong based awareness group is selling

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Paving Slabs Could Scrub Out 70% of the Pollution in the Air

Paving Slabs Could Scrub Out 70% of the Pollution in the Air

What if scrubbing pollution out of the air was as easy as laying down specially coated paving slabs? It soon might be - at least for one German city that is experiencing toxic levels of nitrogen oxide

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Octopus-Like Migrating Floating Gardens are Not Aliens

Octopus-Like Migrating Floating Gardens are Not Aliens

The verdant dirigibles would target areas where the heat island effect is greatest, and could be programmed to travel to southern cities during winter months vice versa. Each plant would have sensors

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DIY: Make Your Own Giant LED Balloons to Measure Air Quality

DIY: Make Your Own Giant LED Balloons to Measure Air Quality

Air quality in urban areas can be horrendous. For instance, in New York and Los Angeles the air quality is consistently below federal safety levels. So, how do you know how good/bad the air in your back

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NZ Company Creates Revolutionary Nanofibers from Fish Skins

NZ Company Creates Revolutionary Nanofibers from Fish Skins

A New Zealand company is taking a major leap forward in commercializing nanotechnology -- Revolution Fibres Ltd plans on making nano-fabrics from the collagen in discarded fish skins. (New Zealand is an

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‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

Calling out to architects, urban designers, planners, students, visionaries, the Build a Better Burb competition seeks to find a bold new design proposal that can retrofit underutilized spaces in suburban

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Rocket Engine Technology Being Used to Capture Carbon

Rocket Engine Technology Being Used to Capture Carbon

We all know that rocket science is cool - but did you know that it may also be a way to improve carbon capture technology? Under an innovative research project being run by the Department of Energy's

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World’s First Hybrid Coal-Solar Power Plant Goes Online in Colorado

World’s First Hybrid Coal-Solar Power Plant Goes Online in Colorado

Here's a case of strange bedfellows: the world's first hybrid coal-solar power plant is now up and running outside Palisade, Colorado. A joint project between the utilities giant Xcel Energy and Abengoa

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Crystal Compounds Used as Super-Efficient Carbon Storage Sponges

Crystal Compounds Used as Super-Efficient Carbon Storage Sponges

Carbon capture stands to reduce the impacts of climate change caused by industrial pollution -- but the methods currently available for capturing carbon are expensive, complicated and too burdensome to be

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Plans for California Hybrid Solar-Biomass Facility Scrapped

Plans for California Hybrid Solar-Biomass Facility Scrapped

This past week the Portuguese company Martifer Renewables abandoned plans to build a hybrid solar-biomass power facility in Fresno County, California due to objections from neighbors over air quality. The

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Green Fireworks for an Eco-Friendly Independence Day

Green Fireworks for an Eco-Friendly Independence Day

Fireworks are one of the best parts of Independence Day, but with their captivating flashes of light, it's all too easy to be blinded to the fact that they're also explosives that spew dust, smoke, heavy

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German Airports Use Bees to Monitor Air Quality

German Airports Use Bees to Monitor Air Quality

Green design isn't all about the shiniest new technology. Although we love our gadgets here at Inhabitat, we believe that sometimes using nature's proven ingenuity to assist the modern world is a better

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Formula One Legend Gordon Murray Unveils New T.25 Green City Car

Formula One Legend Gordon Murray Unveils New T.25 Green City Car

At Oxford University today Gordon Murray unveiled his revolutionary new T.25 City Car design. The Formula One legend, who is best known for designing dozens of cars that have come in first in the Grand

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Crazy Spike Covered Algae Powered Skyscraper Filters Polluted City Air

Crazy Spike Covered Algae Powered Skyscraper Filters Polluted City Air

The ‘City Respiration Skyscraper’ might look malicious with its spiky exterior, but its intentions are 100% benevolent. Designed by Czech architects Pavlína Doležalová and Jan Smékal, the

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Living, Breathing “Lung Chip” Provides Alternative to Animal Testing

Living, Breathing “Lung Chip” Provides Alternative to Animal Testing

Imagine if all the debate over which chemicals were safe and unsafe for humans were suddenly settled. We'd know which products to buy and which to ban. Class action lawsuits filed by communities exposed

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Researchers Develop 90% More Efficient Air Conditioning!

Researchers Develop 90% More Efficient Air Conditioning!

Summer is awesome - the jump in our electricity bills from air conditioning, not so much. Luckily for anyone watching their wallets (and for the power grid), scientists at the National Renewable Energy

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