Air quality

The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions

The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions

Researchers at Columbia University released a report yesterday detailing their discovery that human-generated emissions are causing the world's oceans to acidify faster than they have in the past 300

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Midwest Utilities to Shutter 10 Fossil Fuel-Powered Plants In Response to New Regulations

Midwest Utilities to Shutter 10 Fossil Fuel-Powered Plants In Response to New Regulations

Two midwest utility companies this week announced the closure of 10 coal and natural-gas fired power plants by 2015. The two utility companies, Midwest Generation and GenOn Energy, cited an inability to

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EPA Backs Off Harsh Permitting Regulations for Large Stationary Polluters

EPA Backs Off Harsh Permitting Regulations for Large Stationary Polluters

The EPA has been trying to enforce harsher permitting processes to keep large stationary polluters from spewing greenhouse gasses (GHG) into the atmosphere, however its efforts have been met with lots of

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New Study Ranks the Least Toxic Cars, Honda Civic Tops the List

New Study Ranks the Least Toxic Cars, Honda Civic Tops the List

Many car buyers love that “new car smell” that comes with their brand new rides, but the chemicals that give off that “pleasant” scent are actually quite toxic. According to a new

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CASE and SOM’s AMPS Living Green Wall Promises to Reduce Air Pollution and Energy Costs

CASE and SOM’s AMPS Living Green Wall Promises to Reduce Air Pollution and Energy Costs

The modular wall system provides habitat for multiple types of plants including English Ivy, Boston Ferns and dieffenbachia, which are all fed water and nutrients through a hydroponic system. The key to

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New Study Finds That Electric Cars in China Using Fossil Fuels Have a Higher Carbon Footprint Than Gasoline Gars

New Study Finds That Electric Cars in China Using Fossil Fuels Have a Higher Carbon Footprint Than Gasoline Gars

If you read Inhabitat, you probably know that we're big fans of green transportation, but we do think it's important to see the bigger picture when it comes to electric cars. A new finding from the

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Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A newly released study from the Breakthrough Institute shows a clear indication on how dependent Japan has been on nuclear power. First the good news: after the devastating earthquake and resulting

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Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Before Herzog & de Meuron stepped in, Mãe Luiza's local recreation center was a fully exposed concrete platform framed with columns and trusses. Plans for the new gymnasium expand upon this

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Pollution from North America Causes Europe To Lose 1.2 Million Tons of Wheat Per Year

Pollution from North America Causes Europe To Lose 1.2 Million Tons of Wheat Per Year

Think air pollution in the US is just a local problem? Think again - a new study published in the journal Biogeosciences finds that man-made ozone pollution in North America can cause European farmers to

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Wave of Public Criticism Causes China to Cave on Pollution Control Problems

Wave of Public Criticism Causes China to Cave on Pollution Control Problems

In response to a practical protest by Chinese citizens worried about levels of air pollution, China's government has announced a plan to measure and limit the amount of small particle pollution in the

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Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Have you ever wondered what the tree population and density of the United States looks like? This amazing map shows just that. Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods Hole Research Center

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NASA Study Says Air Pollution Controls Could Slow Climate Change and Boost Agriculture Yield

NASA Study Says Air Pollution Controls Could Slow Climate Change and Boost Agriculture Yield

A recent NASA study completed in New York City at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) found that fourteen key air pollution control measures could not only help to curb climate change, but

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Newly Observed Criegee Molecule Could Be the Key to Cooling Climate Change

Newly Observed Criegee Molecule Could Be the Key to Cooling Climate Change

Researchers in the United Kingdom have finally been able to nail down and measure the impacts of the elusive Criegee biradical (or Criegee intermediate) - an atmospheric molecule that could be one of the

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EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack

EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack

Information is power and as it turns out power equals emissions. Or at least that's what a new comprehensive database of the United States' 6,700 biggest stationary emitters put together by the

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NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let's face it - they aren't exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of

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Coal and Natural Gas Industries Stand Off Over New EPA Mercury Regulations

Coal and Natural Gas Industries Stand Off Over New EPA Mercury Regulations

Today the EPA is expected to reach a final decision on the Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), which will, for the first time, limit mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants across the United States.

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Republican Rand Paul Attempts to Revoke Part of the Clean Air Act

Republican Rand Paul Attempts to Revoke Part of the Clean Air Act

Republican Senator Rand Paul is currently attempting to repeal one of the newest pieces of the four-decade-old Clean Air Act. So far he's sponsored a piece of legislation that seeks to eliminate the Cross

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Air Pollution Causing Stronger Cyclones in the Middle East and Asia

Air Pollution Causing Stronger Cyclones in the Middle East and Asia

In recent years, the Middle East and South Asia have been hit by several very destructive storms. While the region is often beset by such occurrences, a new study believes that air pollution caused by

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Common Sugars Could Be Used to Capture Carbon Emissions at Their Source

Common Sugars Could Be Used to Capture Carbon Emissions at Their Source

Carbon capture technologies are a bit of a holy grail in green chemistry, and researchers from Northwestern University have just reported in the Journal of the American Chemistry Society that they

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Obama Abandons EPA’s Stricter Smog Regulations

Obama Abandons EPA’s Stricter Smog Regulations

The Obama Administration is continuing its maddeningly anti-environmental course by blocking the EPA from enforcing stricter rules for air quality. Just last week, the administration approved the plan for

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SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

Portuguese designer Alan Monteiro has illustrated his vision of green transportation: an aerodynamic carbon swallowing, wastewater recycling, oxygen releasing, unmanned shuttle bus concept called SKhy.

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Non-Billboard in Washington Advertises Nothing but Clean Air

Non-Billboard in Washington Advertises Nothing but Clean Air

Built near the U.S. and Canadian border in Blaine, Washington, the massive structure is made of stainless steel rods that resemble a pile of hairpins, or even television static. The tangled steel forms a

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Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

What do you do with a “severely impaired” body of water and an unsightly shoreline park that is riddled with invasive species?  Launch a series of luscious floating islands!  In an effort to

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NASA to Spend $96 Million at Kennedy Space Center Cleaning Up the Toxic Fumes It Left Behind

NASA to Spend $96 Million at Kennedy Space Center Cleaning Up the Toxic Fumes It Left Behind

NASA reports that the pollution caused by Space Shuttle launches at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will cost the government $96 million and will take 30 years to properly clean up. NASA officially ended

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Canal City: An Eye-Popping Japanese Mall Filled with Hanging Gardens and Cooling Pools

Canal City: An Eye-Popping Japanese Mall Filled with Hanging Gardens and Cooling Pools

Canal City, so named because of its unique design centered around a narrow ribbon of blue water, is a premiere shopping, entertainment and relaxation destination in southern Japan. The complex offers

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EPA Announces Tougher Regulations for Coal Fueled Power Plants in 28 States

EPA Announces Tougher Regulations for Coal Fueled Power Plants in 28 States

New power plant regulations unveiled yesterday by the EPA will prevent as many as 34,000 deaths a year and eliminate millions of tons of pollutants from our air. The tougher regulations affect coal fueled

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DIY: Make Your Own HEPA Air Filtration System for Just $30!

DIY: Make Your Own HEPA Air Filtration System for Just $30!

For some of us, allergens are our worst enemy -- the fresh pollen of spring, fall foliage, and of course the ever present dust, mold and animal dander. Sometimes the only solution is a high-tech air

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New Study Says Aircraft Can Increase Precipitation Around Major Airports

New Study Says Aircraft Can Increase Precipitation Around Major Airports

Researchers in the United States have discovered that accidental “cloud seeding” can be caused by commercial and private jetliners around the world, increasing the precipitation around major

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NASA Develops Program to Fill Gaps in Pollution Monitoring on Earth

NASA Develops Program to Fill Gaps in Pollution Monitoring on Earth

NASA is expanding their DISCOVER-AQ research program, which measures pollution levels on Earth from space, to help them fully understand how to precisely measure gaps in air pollution data. NASA has been

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Report Reveals That Three Common Building Materials Are Now on the Cancer List

Report Reveals That Three Common Building Materials Are Now on the Cancer List

A newly released report by the US Department of Health and Human Services shows that three very common building materials have now been added to the cancer list.  Among the 8 chemicals that were added

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