Air quality

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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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

Let's say you decided to live in the ocean. Can you imagine the challenges you would face? Lot's of land animals have done exactly that, though the transition from land to sea happens gradually through

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Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Located in the town of Mae Sot, MOVING Schools 001 was created through the joint effort of architecture professionals, a social enterprise, volunteers from around the world, kids and adults. This diverse

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Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Photo via Shutterstock Recent studies have put striking figures on the number of premature deaths and illnesses associated with pollution; one found that air pollution is responsible for two million

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Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Photo via Shutterstock A new study reveals that wind farms are less costly than new coal-fired plants, and cost about the same, if not less, than new natural gas plants. It sounds pretty extraordinary,

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China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

Photo via Shutterstock Environmental scandals have hit China hard this year. This summer, thousands of dead animals were found floating through major waterways, and air pollution hit record levels,

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China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

As part of its ongoing plan to fight pollution and promote renewable energy, the Chinese government has announced a ban on new coal-fired power plants in parts of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The

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Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Image via Shutterstock. A study published this month in the journal Climatic Change asserts that 100,000 adults could lose their lives annually as a result of air pollution made worse by global

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, "Those who are

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NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA is planning to grow fresh vegetables in space, 230 miles above the Earth. Later this year the space agency’s Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program will send astronauts to the International

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MIT Study: Air Pollution Kills 200,000 Annually

MIT Study: Air Pollution Kills 200,000 Annually

A new study from MIT's Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment finds that air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths every year in the United States. The team examined ground-level emissions from

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