Air quality

World Meteorological Organization Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions at a Record High

World Meteorological Organization Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions at a Record High

Photo from Shutterstock First, it was a jarring report by the Renewable Energy Industry Institute. Then, a paper and call to action by the World Bank. Now, the World Meteorological Association (WMO)

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M:OFA Unveils Air-Filtering Green Office for the Delhi Pollution Control Committee

M:OFA Unveils Air-Filtering Green Office for the Delhi Pollution Control Committee

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee's design brief for their new building called for an affirmation of the organization’s purpose, which is to improve environmental quality through sustainability.

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The Aeroball is a Levitating Luminescent Sphere that Purifies the Air as it Hovers Through Your House

The Aeroball is a Levitating Luminescent Sphere that Purifies the Air as it Hovers Through Your House

Who says there is no such thing as magic? The Aeroball — a floating appliance that cleans and freshens the air as it hovers — certainly appears as though it is powered by an arcane force. The

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President Obama’s Re-Election is a Victory for Clean Air and Clean Energy

President Obama’s Re-Election is a Victory for Clean Air and Clean Energy

Sky photo from Shutterstock Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, declared Tuesday’s re-election of President Barack Obama a major victory for the environment.

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South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock South Africa, a historically coal-dependent nation, has approved an incredible $5.4 billion investment in renewable energy projects, which are predicted to be capable of

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O2forYou is a Database of Houseplants That Clean Your Air

O2forYou is a Database of Houseplants That Clean Your Air

Houseplants are wonderful for livening up indoor spaces - but did you also know that many of them are effective natural air purifiers too? If you're looking for a new plant for your home or office,

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Dom Aquitectura Unveils Green Master Plan to Clean Air and Reduce Pollution in Huizhou, China

Dom Aquitectura Unveils Green Master Plan to Clean Air and Reduce Pollution in Huizhou, China

With respect to the practice of feng shui, the neighborhood is laid out to coincide with energy and air flow. After thoroughly studying the land and climate of the region, Dom Arquitectura chose the

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The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

Featuring a 40-foot high and 650-foot long stunning green wall, The Museé du Quai Branly is definetely worth a visit if you are in Paris. Designed and planted by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc, it is

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CatClo Laundry Additive Creates Air-Purifying Clothes That Reduce Pollution

CatClo Laundry Additive Creates Air-Purifying Clothes That Reduce Pollution

The University of Sheffield has collaborated with the London College of Fashion and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop a revolutionary liquid laundry additive called

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7 Eco-friendly Tips to Green Your Bathroom

7 Eco-friendly Tips to Green Your Bathroom

Photo: Modern Flush Toilet via Shutterstock TIP 1: Install a Low-flow Toilet Toilets use approximately 27% of the water consumed in your home -- more than any other appliances or plumbing -- including

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New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

Industrial Emissions photo from Shutterstock A new study just published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences calculates that the U.S. government is using a faulty model for estimating

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Salton Sea Determined to be the Source of Rotten-Egg Stench Engulfing LA

Salton Sea Determined to be the Source of Rotten-Egg Stench Engulfing LA

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you may have noticed a certain foul stench polluting the air over the last few days. There have been concerns over the cause, and the damage that it could

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Scientists Develop an Electronic Nose That Can Detect Dangerous Airborne Chemicals

Scientists Develop an Electronic Nose That Can Detect Dangerous Airborne Chemicals

The human nose is an exquisitely sensitive organ, capable of recognizing over 10,000 different smells.  Yet, when toxins are in the air, it may be best to leave the sniffing to a device that can't suffer

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Los Angeles Cuts Vehicle Pollution By A Massive 98% Since 1960!

Los Angeles Cuts Vehicle Pollution By A Massive 98% Since 1960!

Bart Everett / Shutterstock.com Los Angeles can be a pedestrian's nightmare with its sprawling highways and eternal traffic jams. But if you think it's bad today, think about what it must have been

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Elaine Tong’s Air-Purifying Filtration Blocks Detoxify Indoor Spaces with Plants

Elaine Tong’s Air-Purifying Filtration Blocks Detoxify Indoor Spaces with Plants

The structure is based on Weaire Phelan geometry (3-dimesional structure of equal-sized bubbles). The modules lock together and form flexible compositions. Each module contains plants with roots that are

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UNStudio Unveils V on Shenton Singapore Skyscraper With a Hive-Inspired Facade

UNStudio Unveils V on Shenton Singapore Skyscraper With a Hive-Inspired Facade

The V on Shenton (pronounced Five on Shenton) is part of a larger redevelopment of the CBD and will provide modern office and residential space in two towers. The 23-story office tower matches the scale

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Berlin’s GSW Headquarters Saves Energy with a Thermal Flue Passive Ventilation System

Berlin’s GSW Headquarters Saves Energy with a Thermal Flue Passive Ventilation System

Located in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood, the GSW Headquarters consists of an ensemble of five distinct architectural volumes. The building also houses Checkpoint Energy, which is the city's spot for

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UK Military Develops Paint That Absorbs Fallout From Chemical Attacks

UK Military Develops Paint That Absorbs Fallout From Chemical Attacks

In what has to be one of the strangest collaborations ever, military scientists from the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) have been working with global paint and coating company

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Nendo’s Cute Plant-Shaped AirLeaf Mini Purifies the Air and Removes CO2

Nendo’s Cute Plant-Shaped AirLeaf Mini Purifies the Air and Removes CO2

Though we all love fresh air, it's sometimes hard to find time to stop and breathe while running the daily rat race - and being confined to closed concrete office spaces doesn't help! Nendo has designed a

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Warm, Sunny Weather in London Could Create “Perfect Storm” of Smog Ahead of Olympic Opening Ceremony

Warm, Sunny Weather in London Could Create “Perfect Storm” of Smog Ahead of Olympic Opening Ceremony

London Smog Photo by Shutterstock Fears about the impact of pollution on the performance of athletes in the upcoming London Olympics have heightened as government agencies appear poised to issue a

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Feds Challenge Innovators to Build a Crowdsourced Pollution Monitoring Network

Feds Challenge Innovators to Build a Crowdsourced Pollution Monitoring Network

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are conducting a contest challenging innovators to develop a system that could turn thousands -- or even

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The Asthma Wellness Kit by Cenk Aytekin Makes Exercising Easier for Asthmatics

The Asthma Wellness Kit by Cenk Aytekin Makes Exercising Easier for Asthmatics

Did you know that almost 30% of the worlds population is currently suffering from asthma? Since the 1970s, the number of people with asthma has steadily increased, and it is estimated that by 2019 a

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FLOAT Beijing Monitors Air Quality With High-Flying Kites!

FLOAT Beijing Monitors Air Quality With High-Flying Kites!

FLOAT Beijing is an interactive, community driven art project that uses kite making and kite flying to activate dialogue, map and record air quality in Beijing, China. Urban air quality is a serious issue

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Swirling Tropical Garden Blooms Within Ljubljana’s Chamber of Commerce

Swirling Tropical Garden Blooms Within Ljubljana’s Chamber of Commerce

The renovated green space measures nearly 2,100 square-feet and is filled with lush tropical greenery. With a concrete green ribbon flowing throughout the interior space, the air is cleaner and the

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Stuart McMillen’s Insightful Green Cartoon Uncovers the Engineering Secrets Hidden in Trees

Stuart McMillen’s Insightful Green Cartoon Uncovers the Engineering Secrets Hidden in Trees

Trees essentially build themselves from thin air -- their trunks are made almost entirely from carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen - materials which drift past them in the breeze. Can we learn from them

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NRDC Report Exposes the Millions Spent By Utility Companies Fighting EPA Clean Air Regulations

NRDC Report Exposes the Millions Spent By Utility Companies Fighting EPA Clean Air Regulations

Coal Plant Emitting Pollution Photo from Shutterstock As part of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has implemented rules that has forced coal and gas companies to either close down

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Portable Algae-Powered ‘Chlorella’ Pods Could Provide Fresh Air in Polluted Cities

Portable Algae-Powered ‘Chlorella’ Pods Could Provide Fresh Air in Polluted Cities

By now you’ve probably already heard about (or even visited) “oxygen bars” – a phenomenon that first saw the light of day in 1996 in Toronto, Canada. Now imagine a future where you

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‘Chikuno Cube + House’ Charcoal Filter Cleans the Air Without Chemicals or Electricity

‘Chikuno Cube + House’ Charcoal Filter Cleans the Air Without Chemicals or Electricity

Japanese designer Satoshi Umeno has created a beautiful wooden air purifier that looks like a miniature house. Dubbed the Chikuno Cube + House, the design consists of an all-natural wood base and a

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The Air Quality Egg Enables You to Monitor Air Pollution Inside and Outside Your Home

The Air Quality Egg Enables You to Monitor Air Pollution Inside and Outside Your Home

If you're worried about your city's air quality, unfortunately checking the stats on local air reports won't do you much good. The air pollution data collected by the government is by and large taken

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Arceas is a Green Wall that Doubles as an Exercise Machine!

Arceas is a Green Wall that Doubles as an Exercise Machine!

When exercise time rolls around, there are two discreet handle bars at the top of the Arceas, and another two at the base. These provide great resistant training whether standing or seated. Also, a nifty

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