Pollution

2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

"How, in a world that is so desperately short of resources, can we ensure that there is enough land, food and water for future generations?" This is one of the questions under discussion in the second

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Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

When you think of bald eagles, what comes to mind? More than likely it’s majestic birds, soaring aloft, diving swiftly to catch a fish – not animals contaminated with toxic chemicals. But it seems the

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13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

A massive study undertaken by researchers from Australia and the U.S. has determined that we are throwing far more plastic waste into the oceans than previously thought. In 2010, between 4.8 and 12.7

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World’s largest lake has an algal bloom so massive it can be seen from space

World’s largest lake has an algal bloom so massive it can be seen from space

New images show an algal bloom in the Caspian sea that's so big it can be seen from space. The recently released images taken by South Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite in 2012 show green waters in a shallow

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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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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably rough time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt, and

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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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Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its dramatic natural beauty, but the attention it receives—and the pollution that comes with it—may play a role in the alarming decline in populations of small

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San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

Scientists are investigating a mysterious slime that’s coating and killing San Francisco sea birds. First seen last Friday, the goop is coating hundreds of sea birds and killing “scores” of them,

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Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

A new analysis of 727 mass die-offs of 2,500 animal species in the last 70 years has found a marked increase in deaths among birds, fish and marine invertebrates—and decreasing deaths for reptiles and

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Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa’s capital city is testing the waters on a new way to keep fertilizer runoff from neighboring farms out of the two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. NPR reports that Des Moines Water

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New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time

New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time

Tracking China’s most devious polluters? Now there’s an app for that, after Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun and his supporters developed an app that can show citizens just who is polluting their

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Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

Thanks to British Petroleum (BP) decimating the oceanic habitats in the Gulf of Mexico with the infamous Deepwater Horizon spill, their Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund is now being forced to

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

Plastics are one of the most versatile and convenient materials on the planet, but their improper disposal has had devastating effects on the environment. The amount of plastic waste in our environment

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VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

Seals are truly beautiful creatures, aren't they? With their dark, liquid eyes and ready smiles, it's easy to see how people can develop such a kinship with them, and how stories about seal-people called

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Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area, it's letting oil and gas companies pump waste water from oil

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U.S. Set to Blow $2.8 Trillion by Sitting in Traffic

U.S. Set to Blow $2.8 Trillion by Sitting in Traffic

Congestion will cost the U.S. $2.8 trillion over the next 16 years. It's a boggling figure - but that's exactly what a new report by the Seattle-based INRIX and the Centre for Economics and Business

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Half the World’s Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

Half the World’s Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

The World Wildlife Fund's annual Living Planet Report surveys over 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The 2014 report has just been released and it shows

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Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

As politicians begin to use economic arguments to support cutting carbon emissions, a new study from MIT has confirmed that the flow-on health benefits of emissions reductions could save billions of

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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INHABITAT: James, can you tell us about the genesis of your MV Recyclone barge concept? DYSON: To an engineer, there’s a certain thrill in solving problems, and this was absolutely an interesting one.

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5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

Bioremediation can refer to the use of microbes, fungi (mycoremediation) or plants (phytoremediation) that have the ability to remove pollutants from the environment. Microbes and fungi generally

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America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

  World Cup fever is in the air - but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during

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Dreadful Mining Accident Leaves Hundreds Without Water in Canada

Dreadful Mining Accident Leaves Hundreds Without Water in Canada

About 300 people in rural British Columbia, Canada are without drinking water right now after the tailings pond at a nearby mine breached, spilling more than a billion gallons of toxic waste into the

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Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

In 1997, a massive wave hit the container ship Tokio Express 20 miles off the coast of Cornwall, sending 62 shipping containers overboard. One of them held nearly five million pieces of LEGO. Soon the

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Why Did This Chinese River Turn Blood Red Overnight?

Why Did This Chinese River Turn Blood Red Overnight?

Perplexed citizens and officials of a city in eastern China are curious about the mysterious transformation of their local river. China has experienced these red rivers before when the water gets

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India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment

India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment

India’s government is killing two birds with one stone by hiring youth to plant two billion trees along highways throughout the country. The plan to put as many as 300,000 youth to work planting trees

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LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded

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India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

Officials in the Indian city of Varanasi have ordered a Coca-Cola bottling factory in the nearby village of Mehdiganj to close down for using too much groundwater. The local community has campaigned

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Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

World Cup fever is in the air - but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during World Cup

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