Air quality

China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution

China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock China's air quality problems have been well documented as cities have been besieged by thick smog -- particularly in Beijing, where pollution levels spiked in January -- putting

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Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock Poor air quality isn't just a nuisance -- it can actually kill you. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill estimates that 2

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Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Photo via Shutterstock In urban areas, both smog and pavement seem to dominate the landscape. While the two may seem like separate and distinct elements of the city ecosystem, the air and ground could

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Ohita: A Wearable, Portable Air Filter for City-Dwellers

Ohita: A Wearable, Portable Air Filter for City-Dwellers

It's pretty easy to control the air quality in your home; you can open the window, turn on a fan, or even invest in an air filter. But in public places it isn't so easy. Enter the Ohita, a portable air

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North China Pollution Slashes Life Expectancy by 5.5 Years

North China Pollution Slashes Life Expectancy by 5.5 Years

Researchers have established a clear, quantifiable relationship between pollution in North China and life expectancy. They found that 500 million people in the country will lose a combined 2.5 billion

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Will American Car Culture Become a Thing of the Past?

Will American Car Culture Become a Thing of the Past?

The America that has been immortalized in films like Grease and American Graffiti, with its car-centric culture, may soon be a thing of the past. Recent analysis shows that not only are younger Americans

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Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Ayutt and Associates Design's YAK01 house is shaped like an L to enhance daylighting and provide lots of room for green space. 50 percent of the land is dedicated to a garden with trees and a pool, which

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Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel

Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel

Synth[e]tech[e]cology was Lee’s diploma project at Royal College of Art in London, for which he won the Student Prize for Architecture at the Academy’s Summer Exhibition. He conceived the project as

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The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air

The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air

As the human race continues to expand and urbanize, air pollution is becoming a serious, pressing issue - in major cities such as Beijing and Tehran you can literally see the problem before your eyes.

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FAA Wants to Move Away from Leaded Gasoline by 2018

FAA Wants to Move Away from Leaded Gasoline by 2018

Photo via Shutterstock Sometimes it seems like air transportation is the last to catch up with energy innovations. Busses, cars and trains regularly run on a variety of green options. But airplanes,

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Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Beijing has some of the worst air quality in the world; conditions were so bad earlier this year that levels soared beyond the range of the US embassy’s air quality index. In an effort to more

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VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

Over on Inhabitots I recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician, father of four and leading authority on the subject of green and healthy parenting, about how to keep your family

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California Engineering Students Develop Device that Reduces Lawnmower Emissions

California Engineering Students Develop Device that Reduces Lawnmower Emissions

A team of students from the University of California's Riverside Bourns College of Engineering recently developed a simple-yet-brilliant device that can make lawnmowers greener. The team's NOx-Out system

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Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Smog levels in Beijing reached dangerously high levels this past winter, and in January pollution levels were 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. Now China is

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Chemicals from Personal Care Products Are Polluting Chicago’s Air

Chemicals from Personal Care Products Are Polluting Chicago’s Air

Photo via Shutterstock When the gales blow across the Windy City, residents may have more to worry about than mussed hair. According to a new study led by Keri Hornbuckle from the University of Iowa,

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Air Drop Planter Cleans the Air Using Living Plants!

Air Drop Planter Cleans the Air Using Living Plants!

Design student Jillian Tackaberry's Air Drop is a beautiful hanging pendant that uses the purifying power of plants to clean the air in your home! Created for the Electorlux Design

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Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble

Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble

Bubbles are bad - how can we forget the internet bubble of the 90s or the recent subprime mortgage crisis? Now it seems that we have gotten ourselves into a new bubble - and the consequences of ignoring

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Deadly Air Pollution Makes Playing Outside a Nightmare For Children in China

Deadly Air Pollution Makes Playing Outside a Nightmare For Children in China

Photo via Shutterstock It's been a bad year for air quality in China. Rampant industrial pollution has caused cities like Beijing and Shanghai to be shrouded in a cloud of toxic emissions, and now

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UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

Air Pollution photo from Shutterstock The UN recently outlined its development goals for 2030 at a conference in Olso, where Director General of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization Kandeh

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New Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Reached an All-Time High in March 2013

New Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Reached an All-Time High in March 2013

Ever since 2007, the people at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute have tracked the fuel economy of cars purchased in the US. On Wednesday, the team released the numbers for March

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China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

The air quality in Beijing has been hovering above the “very unhealthy” and “hazardous” levels since the beginning of this year and there has been mounting frustration with the government in China

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China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

As an extension of China's $16 billion plan to combat air pollution in its cities, today the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced an ambitious plan to export the nation's emissions to

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Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

An open-source environmental monitoring network is now being tested in France by CKAB, a French consulting firm and innovation lab focusing on the Internet of Things. According to Hack a Day, the project,

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Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Range anxiety is a much-discussed concern among drivers—and potential drivers—of electric vehicles, and in attempt to thwart it, automakers are trying to install more EV charging stations, offering

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New Microbe Could Turn Carbon Emissions in the Atmosphere Into Biofuel

New Microbe Could Turn Carbon Emissions in the Atmosphere Into Biofuel

Air Pollution photo via Shutterstock Scientists at the University of Georgia just announced that they have found a way to capture and transform carbon dioxide into useful industrial products. Although

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Mexico City’s Manuel Gea Gonzalez Hospital Has an Ornate Double Skin that Filters Air Pollution

Mexico City’s Manuel Gea Gonzalez Hospital Has an Ornate Double Skin that Filters Air Pollution

The lacey façade was inspired by quasicrystal patterns, resulting in a white geometric shade that covers the front of the building. Spanning almost 27,00 square feet, the cleansing screen stretches

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Report Says US Petroleum Consumption and Greenhouse Gases From Cars Could Plummet by 2050

Report Says US Petroleum Consumption and Greenhouse Gases From Cars Could Plummet by 2050

A new report by the National Research Council has some good news for the future of US transportation. By taking advantage of biofuels, new vehicle technology, and policy reform, America has the potential

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6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Image via Shutterstock 1. Install More Renewable Energy In an interview with Huffington Post, Mayor Jensen briefly outlined his vision for achieving carbon neutrality in Copenhagen by 2025. Not

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Urban Earth Worm Skyscraper Roots Out Urban Soil and Air Pollution

Urban Earth Worm Skyscraper Roots Out Urban Soil and Air Pollution

There's no denying that Seungsoo's skyscraper concept mimics the earthworm's shape as well as its personality. The narrow, cylindrical structure swoops and curves, extending horizontally throughout the

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