Air quality

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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Researchers are Using NASA Satellites to Track Air Pollution Over Major Cities

Researchers are Using NASA Satellites to Track Air Pollution Over Major Cities

Tracking air pollution from the ground isn’t always accurate, due to the wide variation in tracking tower location and positioning. But Tel Aviv University Professor Pinhas Alpert is changing that by

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Ocean Animals Are Dissolving Due to Rapid Acidification Caused by Carbon Emissions

Ocean Animals Are Dissolving Due to Rapid Acidification Caused by Carbon Emissions

A recent study has uncovered the first evidence that chemical changes in the world's oceans due to an influx of CO2 is causing the shells of some sea animals to dissolve. The study was conducted by the

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Moapa Paiutes to Install 250 MW Solar Power Plant to Transition Away from Dirty Coal

Moapa Paiutes to Install 250 MW Solar Power Plant to Transition Away from Dirty Coal

Solar energy seems like a logical solution to answer the power needs of the western United States, which can receive over 300 sunny days a year. The people of the Moapa River Indian Reservation recognize

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UN Says Carbon Emission Cuts Are Happening Too Slowly; Damage Could Be Irreversible

UN Says Carbon Emission Cuts Are Happening Too Slowly; Damage Could Be Irreversible

Photo via Shutterstock The UN's Environment Programme has released a report showing that global attempts to curb emissions of CO2 have fallen well short of targets designed to stop climate change. The

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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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