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INFOGRAPHIC: Why indoor air pollution is a big problem and what you can do to protect yourself

INFOGRAPHIC: Why indoor air pollution is a big problem and what you can do to protect yourself

Did you know that indoor air may be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air? Indoor air pollution is a problem that is often overlooked, but can cause serious damage to your health. While stories

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Fully automated parking garage helps reduce vehicle emissions in Turkey

Fully automated parking garage helps reduce vehicle emissions in Turkey

The garage is located in the busiest district of the city where three main boulevards create congestions and produce high levels of air pollution. It has been built completely of steel construction and

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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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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog

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Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

When Luciano Pia undertook to design a five-storey, 63 unit residential apartment building in Turin, he sought to break from the homogenous urban development that was consuming the area. What resulted was

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Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels

Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels

Air pollution isn't fixed. It fluctuates throughout the day, depending on time and location, meaning that the health risks associated with air pollution can increase depending on how high the local

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Anti-pollution documentary goes viral in China, gaining over 155 million hits in one day

Anti-pollution documentary goes viral in China, gaining over 155 million hits in one day

Last week, a stark, simple 104 minute documentary by Chinese journalist and mother Chai Jing was uploaded to popular video-sharing site Youku. Titled "Under the Dome" Chai describes her experience as a

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90 percent of China’s cities failed to meet 2014 air quality standards

90 percent of China’s cities failed to meet 2014 air quality standards

Nearly 90 percent of China's big cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that was still an improvement on 2013 as the country's "war on pollution" began to take effect, the environment

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Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “the criminal culprit” responsible for the increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork is a key component

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INFOGRAPHIC: How polluted is the air in your home?

INFOGRAPHIC: How polluted is the air in your home?

How clean is the air in your home? Although you might not be aware of them, it's possible that many pollutants are swirling around your living space and affecting your health. Dust mites, mold particles,

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Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

“Burn baby, burn” is an old chant for a new generation of Americans who can't be bothered to put a bottle or two in a blue bin instead of a brown one. Americans produce 4.4 pounds of trash per person

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Air pollution causes more human deaths than other environmental causes

Air pollution causes more human deaths than other environmental causes

A new study from EurActiv France has found that over 400,000 deaths annually around the globe can be linked to air pollution. That's more than any other singular environmental health concern.

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Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia has the worst rate of deforestation in the world, with much of its logging activity illegal and therefore unreported. However, the country's new president, Joko Widodo, has taken an early stand

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The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

One of the quieter surprises of this week's elections took place in Denton, north Texas, pop: 123,000. The city is home to some 272 active fracking wells, with 212 additional wells within it's

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The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

Data from NASA shows that this year's hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica remains largely unchanged. On September 9, 2014, it measured 24.1m square km, which is roughly the size of North America;

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Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

In the city of Vernal, Utah, midwives and scientists are noticing an alarming trend: in 2010 newborn babies accounted for one in every 95 burials, but by 2013 that rate jumped to one in every 15 burials,

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6 Common Indoor Air Pollutants That Could Be Lurking in Your Home

6 Common Indoor Air Pollutants That Could Be Lurking in Your Home

We like to think of our homes as a safe haven, a place where we have control over our environment and where we can protect ourselves from the toxins and pollutants that come with modern living. But

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Researchers Take an Up-Close and Personal Look at What Pollution Does to the Body

Researchers Take an Up-Close and Personal Look at What Pollution Does to the Body

Air pollution is one of those things that we know is awful for our bodies, but it can be hard to see the actual impact. So even though about 3.7 million people died prematurely from air pollution in 2012

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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The Guardian reports

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Honda and SolarCity Announce $50 Million Fund to Make Solar Power More Accessible

Honda and SolarCity Announce $50 Million Fund to Make Solar Power More Accessible

In the market for a new car? You may want to consider a Honda or Acura if you want a sweet deal on solar power. Honda and SolarCity have announced the details of their renewed partnership that will

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UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990

UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990

A United Nations report has found that the number of megacities in the world has increased almost three-fold in the past 24 years. A megacity is defined as an urban area with over 10 million

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India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India has a pollution problem - and it's gotten so bad that it's killing off vast fields of crops that could feed millions of the country’s most vulnerable residents. A new study published in the

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5 Egregious Eco Crimes Committed by the Koch Brothers

5 Egregious Eco Crimes Committed by the Koch Brothers

1. World's 14th Worst Air Polluter In their report Toxic Release Inventory, the Political Economy Research Institute finds that Koch Industries, which is 84 percent owned by Charles G. and David H. Koch

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UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

The U.K.'s Airports Commission just rejected Foster + Partners' plans for a new international airport in England's Thames Estuary. The proposal was designed to alleviate air traffic from Heathrow Airport

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16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-year-old Samuel Burrow has found a way to scrub the world clean of toxic pollution using materials found in sunscreen and pencils! The teenager developed a white, smog-busting mixture of titanium

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China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

When it comes to China’s pollution problem, it seems like it’s one step forward and two steps back. China just announced plans to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020, citing the fuel source as a major

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Rollin’ Coal: Trucks Modified to Spew Clouds of Smoke Mark the Most Pointless Anti-Environmentalist Movement Ever

Rollin’ Coal: Trucks Modified to Spew Clouds of Smoke Mark the Most Pointless Anti-Environmentalist Movement Ever

Rollin' Coal is a charmless form of antisocial behavior that involves modifying a truck's engine to burn extra diesel fuel at will and emit a choking cloud of black smoke - usually all over somebody else.

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California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

A team of ambitious students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an incredible new weapon in the battle against air pollution. For their entry in the Environmental Protection

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China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

Things are suddenly looking promising for next year's UN climate change conference in Paris. Less than 24 hours after President Obama announced a proposed 30 percent cut in power plant carbon emissions by

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China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

The Chinese government announced on Monday that the country was in grave danger of failing to meet its emissions reduction targets for 2015. In response, the State Council issued a plan featuring a raft

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