Air quality

INFOGRAPHIC: Best plants for removing indoor toxins

INFOGRAPHIC: Best plants for removing indoor toxins

Houseplants do a superb job at removing the hidden toxins lurking in the home. Those toxins, also known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), can be found in many common household items from paints to

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The surprising way air pollution levels in the Middle East are affected by years of conflict

The surprising way air pollution levels in the Middle East are affected by years of conflict

A new study has revealed significant changes in air pollution levels in the Middle East, with economic crisis, humanitarian catastrophe, and war being contributing factors. High resolution satellites have

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China’s smog kills 4,000 people every day

China’s smog kills 4,000 people every day

We all know that pollution in China is bad, but we didn't know it was this bad. A new study has found that air pollution is killing about 4,000 people per day in China. Using newly available data,

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Naturepedic smooths the transition to a big kid bed with a safe, organic 2-in-1 mattress

Naturepedic smooths the transition to a big kid bed with a safe, organic 2-in-1 mattress

Graduating from a crib into a "big kid's bed" is a big deal for most little ones, but it can mean a lot for parents, too. Not only does this represent the end of your child's days as a baby, it also comes

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which indoor plant is right for you?

INFOGRAPHIC: Which indoor plant is right for you?

Houseplants are awesome - they spruce up your pad, purify the air and can even boost healing. But not every plant is right for every person. Besides light needs, some plants require a delicate touch,

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Study shows planting street trees can make residents feel up to 7 years younger

Study shows planting street trees can make residents feel up to 7 years younger

A new study published in the journal Nature has a shown a strong correlation between an abundance of street trees and local residents' improved sense of well-being.

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Rotterdam is building the world’s largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

Rotterdam is building the world’s largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

A Smog Free Tower that stands 23 feet tall is being built to scrub pollution out of the air in parks and other public outdoor spaces in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. On a mission to make cleaner cities,

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Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

Google Street View cars have been patrolling for years now, providing limitless information about the world we live in and creeping us out when we search for our own homes. Recently, Google partnered with

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This solar-powered gadget pulls water from the air while you ride your bike

This solar-powered gadget pulls water from the air while you ride your bike

As bikers enjoy the wonderful mid-summer weather, it is essential, for good times and good health, that they stay hydrated. In the heat of it all, even the most conscious cycler can forget to refill their

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U.S. coal production down 40% since 2010 and clean energy is taking over

U.S. coal production down 40% since 2010 and clean energy is taking over

Not only is clean energy on its way in, coal plants are on their way out. This week the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal project celebrated the announcement of the 200th coal plant shutting down since 2010.

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London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year

London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year

Just living in London can kill you, apparently, according to a new data presented by King’s College. Almost 9,500 people die each year from long-term exposure to air pollution, more than twice the

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Fledgling startups want to suck greenhouse gases right out of the atmosphere

Fledgling startups want to suck greenhouse gases right out of the atmosphere

Much of the discussion on climate change has focused on mitigating the long-term consequences of climate change. For example, lowering greenhouse gas emissions over time, hopefully en route to an eventual

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Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

The best way to start to get a grasp of how huge and busy the Bolivian capital is, it's from one of the gleaming flying pods. Measuring 6.2 miles long, the system currently has three lines (red, yellow

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Dazin Fuel Cookie helps save lives by eliminating deadly cooking smoke

Dazin Fuel Cookie helps save lives by eliminating deadly cooking smoke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSw1MAdf3hE&w=537&h-302 Open fire cooking is a silent killer that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) claims the lives of 491 people each hour,

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Pope Francis chastises Ecuador’s president in call for environmental protection

Pope Francis chastises Ecuador’s president in call for environmental protection

Ecuador is rich in natural resources and Pope Francis encouraged the people of Ecuador, on Tuesday, to keep it that way. Calling for the protection of the Amazon rain forest and the indigenous people,

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INFOGRAPHIC: These pollution-busting houseplants will have you breathing easier

INFOGRAPHIC: These pollution-busting houseplants will have you breathing easier

With all those nasty chemicals floating inside our homes, its no wonder that indoor air quality can be downright dismal. Gasses from things like benzene in paints and detergents, and formaldehyde in

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More than 250 wildfires are burning in Alaska right now

More than 250 wildfires are burning in Alaska right now

Wildfires in Alaska rarely make the national news, but this year's season is off to a particularly dramatic start, with the Alaska Division of Forestry reporting that as of Wednesday there are 278

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Santiago shuts down as air pollution skyrockets off the charts

Santiago shuts down as air pollution skyrockets off the charts

Santiago authorities declared an environmental state of emergency for the Chilean town on Monday, due to a thick layer of smog that has overtaken the city. This means that 1,300 businesses who regularly

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New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency has just released what is being called the most comprehensive report on the impact of global emissions on climate change. Titled “Climate Change in the United States:

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EPA announces plans to limit airplane emissions

EPA announces plans to limit airplane emissions

Although the cost of airfare has declined dramatically since the late 1970s, an invisible cost of flying is rising as more travelers take to the skies. Aviation currently accounts for only 2 percent of

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What’s lurking in your mattress?

What’s lurking in your mattress?

The average person spends nearly a third of their lifetime in bed. When we were kids we were scared of the monsters hiding under our bed, but as adults we may be more concerned with the monsters lurking

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside for

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Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

In 2014, 39% of American electricity is generated from the burning of coal, down from 52.8% in 1997. Though the fuel source has been steadily declining from its late 20th century peak due to competition

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 18 houseplants for purifying the air you breathe, according to NASA

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 18 houseplants for purifying the air you breathe, according to NASA

Houseplants do wonders for a house: they breathe new life to a room, add a bright pop of color, and purify the air. Not all plants are equally effective, however, when it comes to filtering harmful

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Craptastic museum dedicated to poop pops up in Italy

Craptastic museum dedicated to poop pops up in Italy

Northern Italy is now home to a crappy new establishment named Museo della Merda, which translates to the Museum of Shit. Built on the grounds of the Castelbosco dairy farm, owned by Gianantonio

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One-fourth of cars are causing 90% of air pollution we breathe

One-fourth of cars are causing 90% of air pollution we breathe

It's no secret that "clunkers" on the road contribute to greenhouse gas emissions at an alarming rate. A new study from the University of Toronto confirms what ecologists have theorized for some time:

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Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can Drones Plant One Billion Trees? By Steve Daly Each year, the earth loses about 26 billion trees to lumber, mining, agriculture, and development. About 15 billion

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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Artificial leaf can make oxygen in space with water and light

Artificial leaf can make oxygen in space with water and light

It seems like we are constantly getting a little bit closer to being able to live in outer space, but one teeny-tiny little detail keeps holding us back: oxygen. Plants just don’t like zero gravity

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This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies

This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies

Last October we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, who developed a vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air. Now the designer is turning that smog vacuumed from the skies of

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