Air quality

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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New Report Lists World’s Most Polluted Places

New Report Lists World’s Most Polluted Places

Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute just released a report that details the world's most polluted places. The report, titled The Top Ten Toxic Threats: Cleanup, Progress, and Ongoing

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Fumes From Sriracha Plant Burn Eyes, Noses and Throats in Irwindale, California

Fumes From Sriracha Plant Burn Eyes, Noses and Throats in Irwindale, California

If you are one of the millions of fans who accompany every meal with a bottle of Sriracha, now may be the time to stock up on the flaming hot condiment. The city of Irwindale, California is suing the Huy

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Hazardous Smog Levels Paralyze Chinese City of 11 Milllon People

Hazardous Smog Levels Paralyze Chinese City of 11 Milllon People

Debilitating smog has essentially shut down Harbin - one of China's largest cities with a population of 11 million - due to health concerns and a limited visibility of just 33 feet. As of Monday

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The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

Air pollution photo from Shutterstock It's official - air pollution causes cancer. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) just announced that air pollution

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Skyonic to Transform Carbon Emissions into Baking Soda at Texas Facility

Skyonic to Transform Carbon Emissions into Baking Soda at Texas Facility

Photo via Shutterstock Texas-based company Skyonic hopes to make carbon capture profitable by turning pollutants into a common baking ingredient. The first of Skyonic's Skymine facilities is currently

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Study Shows Car Exhaust Destroys Honeybees’ Sense of Smell

Study Shows Car Exhaust Destroys Honeybees’ Sense of Smell

A new UK study shows that the fumes emitted by cars may have a devastating impact on honeybees' ability to find and recognize flowers to use as food. The scientists found that pollutants in diesel

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