Air quality

Genius Wood Flooring Purifies Air to Create a Healthy Living Space

Genius Wood Flooring Purifies Air to Create a Healthy Living Space

Hardwood floors improve the aesthetics of just about any home, but what if they could also purify the air? Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring has unveiled a groundbreaking new product called Pure Genius

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Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Since the famous Montreal Protocol banning CFC's and HCFC's was signed in 1987, the public seems to have largely forgotten about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. However scientists from the

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Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup Herbicide Found in 75 Percent of Rain and Air Samples

Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup Herbicide Found in 75 Percent of Rain and Air Samples

Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is toxic, causes insect and weed immunity, and it has been found in 75 percent of air and rain test samples in at least one part of the United States. The US Geological Survey

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Supreme Court Supports the EPA’s Power to Control Carbon Emissions

Supreme Court Supports the EPA’s Power to Control Carbon Emissions

Several U.S. Supreme Court justices just confirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sufficient power to regulate carbon emissions. A case brought by 13 states and several power companies

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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GOP Lawmaker Says We Actually Need More CO2 in the Atmosphere

GOP Lawmaker Says We Actually Need More CO2 in the Atmosphere

Utah has a fair share of air quality problems - in fact, Salt Lake City is often rated as one of the most polluted cities in the nation. But one lawmaker suggests that the problem isn’t too much CO2 in

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Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

The famously smoggy Chinese capital of Beijing is finally doing something to curb its appalling air pollution. By a vote of 659-23, the Beijing Municipal People's Congress passed a new law that for the

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China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

Image via Shutterstock For generations, the Chinese Lunar New Year has been celebrated with red money-filled envelopes, family dinners, and exploding firecrackers that herald the days to come. However

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Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog

Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog

China gets all the attention when it comes to terrible air quality, but the truth is that the worst day in Beijing is really just an average day in Delhi. Though it gets far less notice, the air in

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Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

The Woodlands Community Garden shed is surrounded by raised vegetable beds. It was crafted entirely from cedar wood with an angled roof that forms a puzzling lattice. This way, cool breezes and natural

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New Study Reveals Air Pollution Increases the Power of Cyclones

New Study Reveals Air Pollution Increases the Power of Cyclones

A new report, published in Nature Communications, reveals that the ever-increasing air pollution from China and other Asian industrial countries is capable of increasing the power of winter cyclones

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Researchers Discover Nearly 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks in Washington, D.C.

Researchers Discover Nearly 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks in Washington, D.C.

A street-by-street survey of the District of Columbia has found nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks in the city’s aging pipes. A dozen of those leaks were found beneath manholes, where methane has

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China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

Smog photo from Shutterstock The massive pollution that covers China has been making its way to the western United States. A new study has shown that pollution from China’s burning of fossil fuels

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Could Giant Sprinklers Solve China’s Air Pollution Woes?

Could Giant Sprinklers Solve China’s Air Pollution Woes?

Last winter, smog levels in Beijing, China were found to be 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. The streets are still overflowing with people wearing gas

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Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun?

Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun?

There’s no question that China is facing a dire pollution problem. We’ve already seen dozens of photos of the nation's smog-ridden capital, and if that isn’t evidence enough, check out this latest

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Is the Stylish 1957 Single Occupancy Motoplan the Car of the Future?

Is the Stylish 1957 Single Occupancy Motoplan the Car of the Future?

The many problems associated with urban traffic congestion have multiplied in the past few decades, and there's few feasible solutions in sight. Can the failed single-occupancy Motoplan designed in the

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Hamburg Announces Plans to Become a Car-Free City Within 20 Years

Hamburg Announces Plans to Become a Car-Free City Within 20 Years

Hamburg photo via Shutterstock Hamburg is currently working on a plan that would eliminate the need for cars within the next 15-20 years, making the city a greener, healthier and more pleasant place to

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Terrarium Backpack: Essential For Life In A Polluted World?

Terrarium Backpack: Essential For Life In A Polluted World?

Global levels of carbon emissions and greenhouse gases are a threat to human and environmental health. In China, there are days when smog levels are so high that people can't go to work or school, and

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Amazing AirCarbon Thermoplastic Made from Pollution Will Be Used to Make World’s First Carbon-Negative Chair

Amazing AirCarbon Thermoplastic Made from Pollution Will Be Used to Make World’s First Carbon-Negative Chair

A California-based chemical technologies company claims to have created a manufacturing technology that captures carbon and turns it into a material that replicates oil-based plastics, all while

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750 Robotic Car-Sharing Stations Will Dispense Electric Vehicles Like Candy in China

750 Robotic Car-Sharing Stations Will Dispense Electric Vehicles Like Candy in China

In 2013, Inhabitat repeatedly reported on China's horrific air quality issues - in some cases, entire industrial areas were shut down for days because of life-threatening smog. Much of China's air

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Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa is clad with vertical western cedar beams that create beautiful geometric patterns across its boxy shell. They represent an abstract illusion of the canal´s water while providing privacy and

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China’s Air Pollution is So Bad it Can Be Seen from Outer Space

China’s Air Pollution is So Bad it Can Be Seen from Outer Space

We are all used to see pictures of Beijing and Shanghai blanked by pollution and smog, but now NASA's Terra satellite has taken pictures of a massive haze that is over 750 miles long and stretches between

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Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Brazil photo via Shutterstock All those airplanes crisscrossing Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer will nearly double carbon emissions compared to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According

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Pollution Levels in Shanghai Reach Highest Levels Since Records Began

Pollution Levels in Shanghai Reach Highest Levels Since Records Began

Shanghai's concentration of toxic particulate matter (PM) reached 602.5 micrograms per cubic meter on Friday afternoon - the highest level since records began last December, and more than 24 times higher

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China will Create Artificial Rain to Fight Smog

China will Create Artificial Rain to Fight Smog

A smog-sucking vacuum is one idea that makes a lot of sense in the attempt to reduce pollution across China; the destruction of outdoor barbecues is one that does not. Artificial rain, otherwise know as

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Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

The relentless evolution of electronics means that consumers are constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest - but all of those dated flip phones and CRT monitors have to go somewhere. Australian

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MODU’s Outdoor Room Pavilion Doubles as a Barometer for Beijing’s Air Pollution

MODU’s Outdoor Room Pavilion Doubles as a Barometer for Beijing’s Air Pollution

Constructed of glossy translucent fabric panels, the 5,000 square-foot Outdoor Room captures the change of light and color as polluted air settles on the city. On a clear, sunny day, the bone-white

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‘Change or Die,’ UN Climate Chief Tells Gathering of International Coal Industry in Poland

‘Change or Die,’ UN Climate Chief Tells Gathering of International Coal Industry in Poland

The U.N. climate conference is currently underway in Warsaw, Poland, and in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, tensions are running high as countries begin to experience the negative consequences of

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Eight-Year-Old Girl Becomes China’s Youngest Lung Cancer Patient, Air Pollution Blamed

Eight-Year-Old Girl Becomes China’s Youngest Lung Cancer Patient, Air Pollution Blamed

An eight-year-old girl in China's Jiangsu province became the country's youngest lung cancer patient and locals blame air pollution. Chinese cities like Beijing are renowned for being covered by a thick

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Masdar and Oil Companies to Develop Middle East’s First Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture & Storage Project

Masdar and Oil Companies to Develop Middle East’s First Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture & Storage Project

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and clean energy company Masdar announced Sunday that they will collaborate to develop commercial-scale carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects in the

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