Air quality

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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Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Part of an effort to empower residents in their Chicago neighborhood, long time friends Jeff Munie and Bill Vassilakis conceptualized a mobile, participatory research center that will capture the stories,

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The Great Wall Apartment-Factory is a Green Destination for Life, Work and Play

The Great Wall Apartment-Factory is a Green Destination for Life, Work and Play

The Korean term ‘apartment-factory’ is usually employed to describe piled up, small-scale manufacturing factories or office. However, in many instances, these stockpiled structures have given way to

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Greenworks’ Green Screen Brings a Lush Living Wall into any Sullen Space

Greenworks’ Green Screen Brings a Lush Living Wall into any Sullen Space

The folks at Greenworks are best known for livening interior spaces with their living plant walls. But if an entire wall covered in vegetation is not viable in your space, the company now offers smaller

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Electric Vehicles Could Account for 70% Reduction in Lung Illnesses

Electric Vehicles Could Account for 70% Reduction in Lung Illnesses

Despite its strict tailpipe emission standards, California is still the state with the dirtiest air due to its geography that traps pollution and the fact that it is the state with the largest number of

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Your Pet Dog May Be Ingesting High Levels of Flame Retardants

Your Pet Dog May Be Ingesting High Levels of Flame Retardants

A study at Indiana University has just shown that the chow you’re feeding your pet Rover could be laced with chemical heavy flame retardants. They found the average domestic pup had a surprising level

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Charge Your Electric Car at Night and You Could Help Diminish Harmful Ozone Levels

Charge Your Electric Car at Night and You Could Help Diminish Harmful Ozone Levels

A recent study shows that charging your electric vehicle at night could help diminish harmful pollutants at the Earth's surface. The study was conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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MTU Students Create Innovative Carbon Sequestering Liquid

MTU Students Create Innovative Carbon Sequestering Liquid

Students in Michigan Technical University's Chemical Engineering Program have developed a cheaper substitute for conventional carbon capturing methods at power plants. Their proprietary liquid is capable

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Giant Rose Colored Blinds Keep Geneva’s Coral House Pretty (And Cool) in Pink

Giant Rose Colored Blinds Keep Geneva’s Coral House Pretty (And Cool) in Pink

The exterior and roof are heavily insulated to meet the requirements of the Minergie energy label while coated aluminum, thermal breaks, and a third layer of glass covered with mechanized coral-colored

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Fukushima Nuclear Core Melts Through Containment Vessel, Radiation Levels Skyrocket

Fukushima Nuclear Core Melts Through Containment Vessel, Radiation Levels Skyrocket

In a futile attempt to save Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant from meltdown, workers have been feverishly pumping water into the reactors, but one radioactive core has overheated and melted.  The

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Ken Salazar Announces More Public Land in Wyoming to be Auctioned for Coal Mining

Ken Salazar Announces More Public Land in Wyoming to be Auctioned for Coal Mining

With the abundance of alternative energy sources available at our fingertips, coal mining seems a little archaic. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar disagrees -- at a press conference on Tuesday he

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Researchers Reveal That Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine

Researchers Reveal That Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine

A group of researchers in Belgium have discovered that air pollution causes more heart attacks than cocaine and about the same amount of incidents as other well known causes such as alcohol, coffee and

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Spain’s Largest Vertical Garden Cleans Air Inside Office Building

Spain’s Largest Vertical Garden Cleans Air Inside Office Building

The courtyard of the office building enjoys a large skylight, which bathes the interior of the building as well as the vertical garden with light. The vertical garden is visible from offices, meeting

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New York Fashion Week is Spewing Pollution All Over Lincoln Center

New York Fashion Week is Spewing Pollution All Over Lincoln Center

It seems that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week brought more than just style to New York City's Lincoln Center, it also brought a whole lot of diesel smoke as well. A perturbed neighbor shot some video footage

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TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

Trees naturally filter and clean our air, but in today’s heavily polluted world, it's just too huge of a task to expect Mother Nature to take care of herself. Taking this into account, designers Mario

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