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Dust May Help, Not Harm, Air Pollution in China

China’s huge cities are infamous—not just for their 50-lane traffic jams, but for the air pollution that clogs city skies, endangering health, …

Smog in key northern China region rises in first four months of year

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Air pollution in a key Chinese region surrounding Beijing worsened in the first four months of this year, despite tough new campaigns to enforce green regulations and punish offenders, official data published on Tuesday showed.<p>Vehicles drive on the Fourth Ring Road during the …

An uninhabited island in the middle of nowhere has a huge plastic pollution problem

Henderson Island has no inhabitants. The nearest major population center is more than 3,100 miles away. Yet the desolate Pacific island is one of the …

Lack of dust makes China's air pollution much worse

<b>Airborne dust is normally seen as an environmental problem, but the lack of it is making air pollution over China considerably worse.</b><p>A new study suggests less dust means more solar radiation hits the land surface, which reduces wind speed.<p>That lack of wind in turn leads to an accumulation of air …

Here’s how the EPA can help states with their smog problems

By Richard L. Revesz and<p>Jack Lienke<p><i>Richard L. Revesz and Jack Lienke are co-authors of “Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the ‘War on Coal.’ ”</i><p>For many in the Northeast, May is a hopeful time, promising longer, warmer, brighter days ahead. But for public-health advocates, the month marks a darker …

Public Health

Blowing in the wind: why do so many cities have poor east ends?

From London to Paris, New York to Helsinki, poverty tends to cluster in the east. One study suggests a surprising reason why<p>The question is so obvious that you could easily forget to ask it: why do cities so often have a poor east side? To be clear, the mystery is not why every city has its leafy …