Air quality

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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Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Riding a bicycle is normally a healthy alternative to driving a gas-guzzling vehicle. But in places like Beijing where air pollution is hitting record levels, keeping yourself separated from the deadly

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NASA Launches Air Pollution Study Over California Bay Area as Part of DISCOVER-AQ Study

NASA Launches Air Pollution Study Over California Bay Area as Part of DISCOVER-AQ Study

NASA is currently running a five-year study known as DISCOVER-AQ — which stands for Deriving Information on Surface conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality

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Photos Capture the Staggering Air Pollution Plaguing China

Photos Capture the Staggering Air Pollution Plaguing China

 Image: © John E. Williamson Just a couple of days ago we reported on the incredible blanket of pollution overtaking the city of Beijing. The problem has plagued the city for more than

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Research Shows the Hole in the Antarctic Ozone Has Changed Ocean Circulation

Research Shows the Hole in the Antarctic Ozone Has Changed Ocean Circulation

In what feels like a flashback to the 1990's, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are once again in the news. Scientists have found that thinning in the ozone layer over the Antarctic caused in large part by these

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Chinese Millionaire Launches Line of Canned Air to Raise Awareness for Hazardous Smog Problem

Chinese Millionaire Launches Line of Canned Air to Raise Awareness for Hazardous Smog Problem

Billionaire Chen Guangbiao is taking China’s air pollution problem into his own hands - by launching a line of canned air. In a move that rivals a scene out of Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, the entrepreneur

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China is Responsible for Almost Half of Global Coal Consumption

China is Responsible for Almost Half of Global Coal Consumption

Photo via Shutterstock As over 30 million residents of Beijing experience record-breaking levels of hazardous smog, the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s latest report shows that China

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Smog Continues to Blanket Beijing with Pollution Levels That Are Completely Off the Charts

Smog Continues to Blanket Beijing with Pollution Levels That Are Completely Off the Charts

Smog continues to cloak the city of Beijing with pollution levels that are off the charts. Officials warned residents not to leave their homes this week unless absolutely necessary as the toxic air

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Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi i.Lab is located at the eastern end of the Kilometro Rosso Scientific Technology Park in Bergamo, Italy. The V-shaped building is composed of two wings on either side of a central courtyard to

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Did Removing Lead From Gasoline Cause Violent Crime to Plummet?

Did Removing Lead From Gasoline Cause Violent Crime to Plummet?

Research in recent years has uncovered a strong connection between reductions in lead pollution and the decline in violent crime in the U.S. Writing in Mother Jones this month, Kevin Drum discusses the

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NASA Releases Satellite Images of Beijing’s Record-Breaking Air Pollution

NASA Releases Satellite Images of Beijing’s Record-Breaking Air Pollution

NASA’s Earth Observatory has released startling new satellite images of the thick layer of smog that engulfed Beijing over the weekend. Two images, taken on January 14 and January 3, 2013, show the

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Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Like death and taxes, we once thought that the weather was out of our control - however technology could one day enable us to manipulate the skies above. The Cloud Machine, created by interdisciplinary

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Beijing Smog ‘Beyond Index’ as Air Pollution Recorded at Over 30 Times Safe Levels

Beijing Smog ‘Beyond Index’ as Air Pollution Recorded at Over 30 Times Safe Levels

While transparency regarding air quality data may still be relatively new to China, Sunday marked the third day of record-breaking, and remarkably dangerous smog in Beijing. Residents of the notoriously

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Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Travels Abroad to Clean the Air During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Travels Abroad to Clean the Air During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Wendy is a giant architectural installation designed to push the boundaries of what architecture is and how it can impact our experience, while also working to improve the environment. The spiky blue

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Hong Kong Set to Ban High-Polluting Vehicles in Effort to Combat Smog

Hong Kong Set to Ban High-Polluting Vehicles in Effort to Combat Smog

Hong Kong is set to introduce a new clean-air measure that will ban high-polluting vehicles and offer subsidies to help owners replace diesel-powered buses and trucks. Among the banned vehicles will be

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Study Finds Emissions From Fossil-Fuel Burning Vehicles Are World’s Fastest-Growing Cause of Premature Death

Study Finds Emissions From Fossil-Fuel Burning Vehicles Are World’s Fastest-Growing Cause of Premature Death

Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com Cars are dangerous, but not only because they're made of several tons of glass and steel, and move at high speeds through densely populated areas. A recent study

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CitiSense is a Portable Air Pollution Monitoring Device that Sends Data to Your Smart Phone

CitiSense is a Portable Air Pollution Monitoring Device that Sends Data to Your Smart Phone

CitiSense is a portable pollution monitoring system that allows you to check nearby air quality on your smart phone. Developed by computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, the system

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