Air quality

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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pH Conditioner: Floating Jellyfish Skyscrapers Combat Air Pollution While Producing Fresh Water

pH Conditioner: Floating Jellyfish Skyscrapers Combat Air Pollution While Producing Fresh Water

Hao Tian, Huang Haiyang, and Shi Jianwei's PH Conditioner Skyscrapers received an honorable mention in the2013 eVolo Skyscraper competition. The fantastical proposal soaks up damaging acidic pollutants

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Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

The entrance to Cala D’or House is closed to the street and opened at the back, with a large bank of second-story windows that look out on the garden and enjoy amazing views of the sea. It consists of

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Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

According to the architects, the new Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem will be an open structure capable of communicating with the surrounding environment. It will consist of a series of

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces Plan to Make Los Angeles “Coal-Free” by 2025

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces Plan to Make Los Angeles “Coal-Free” by 2025

Following in the footsteps of other cities around the world, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a plan to make the city coal-free by 2025. Los Angeles relies on two aging out-of-state coal

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President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

Today, President Obama announced that his nominee to replace Lisa Jackson as head of the EPA is Gina McCarthy. McCarthy, who currently manages the EPA's Air and Radiation office, has played a critical

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Chinese Air Quality is So Bad, Traffic Police Ordered to Wear Anti-Smog Nasal Filters

Chinese Air Quality is So Bad, Traffic Police Ordered to Wear Anti-Smog Nasal Filters

Image: weibo.com China's cities are experiencing record-breaking levels of air pollution. Fearing for their health, Shanghai's traffic police department has distributed nasal smog filters to more than

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Chinese Officials Confirm the Existence of Pollution-Choked “Cancer Villages”

Chinese Officials Confirm the Existence of Pollution-Choked “Cancer Villages”

After years of public speculation about the impact of pollution on some areas of the country, the Chinese Ministry of Environment Protection has finally confirmed the existence of “cancer villages.”

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Ohio Researchers Unveil Emissions-Free Method of Extracting Energy from Coal

Ohio Researchers Unveil Emissions-Free Method of Extracting Energy from Coal

Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new way to extract energy from coal while preventing 99 percent of the carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. The technique, called

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China Announces Plans to Tax Carbon Emissions and Clean up Air Pollution!

China Announces Plans to Tax Carbon Emissions and Clean up Air Pollution!

Image: © John E. Williamson Not long after reports of China's unearthly pollution dominated headline news, the Ministry of Finance has published plans to tax carbon emissions. The idea of a carbon tax

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New Photosensitive Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions

New Photosensitive Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions

Coal photo from Shutterstock Despite its high carbon footprint, expense, and negative effects on human health, coal still remains one of the world's most utilized sources of energy. Since coal is a

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Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Located in the south of the Flemish city, on Bolivarplaats, The New Law Courts was erected by Richard Rogers in conjunction with Belgian architects VK Studio. It houses 8 distinct civil and criminal

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China Introduces New Fuel Emissions Standards in Wake of Record-Breaking Smog

China Introduces New Fuel Emissions Standards in Wake of Record-Breaking Smog

Record-breaking pollution in Beijing and environmental problems across China have forced the government to issue a timetable for oil companies to meet new standards for cleaner fuel. The laws focus on

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The Carbon Emissions Globe Provides a 3D Visualization of the World’s Increasing Emissions

The Carbon Emissions Globe Provides a 3D Visualization of the World’s Increasing Emissions

Sometimes it is difficult not to get bogged down in numbers when talking about carbon emissions; it is hard to imagine the nearly 6-million tons that the United States spews into the atmosphere every

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