Air

By David Lary | Air Pollution

Four of the world’s biggest cities are taking an unprecedented step to battle pollution

Some of the biggest urban-pollution headlines of the past few years haven’t come from likely suspects like Beijing and New Delhi, but rather once-pristine European cities: Paris. Athens. Madrid.<p>Now those three capitals, plus notoriously polluted Mexico City, are taking action by getting rid of all …

Environment

Global Pollution Map Is Astonishing: 5 Takeaways

Unhealthy and even hazardous air pollution blankets a large portion of the world today, a real-time air pollution map provided by Berkeley Earth shows. The map reports objective numerical values for air pollution concentration and then color-codes the global map for ease of reference.<p>The map …

Maps

Cloud Of Ash, Dust Spotted In Skies Above San Fernando Valley

<b>SYLMAR (CBSLA.com)</b> – San Fernando Valley residents woke up Friday to a massive dust cloud.<p>The cloud – which was similar in appearance to wildfire ash …

Dust Storms

'Thunderstorm asthma' deaths in Melbourne rise to eight

<b>The number of people dying in the Australian city of Melbourne from a rare phenomenon called thunderstorm asthma has risen to eight.</b><p>One person remains in a critical condition.<p>Heavy rains and winds last Monday triggered thousands of pollen allergy asthma attacks in the state of Victoria.<p>Paramedics …

Australia

NASA Has Compiled a List of the Best Air-Cleaning Plants for Your Home

Many of us spend most of our time indoors, so it’s important to cultivate a space that’s a healthy one. A simple—and beautiful—way to do this is through houseplants; they add some green to your home while being an effective way to purify the air.<p>NASA hardly seems like the organization that would …

Space

Smog scrubbing tower cleans up in Beijing

After debuting in the Dutch cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam last year, Studio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower has taken on its biggest challenge yet. …

Netherlands

Worrying traces of resistant bacteria in air

News: Nov 18, 2016<p><b>Polluted city air has now been identified as a possible means of transmission for resistant bacteria. Researchers in Gothenburg</b> …

Bacteria

Gasp! Wildfires cause hacking and wheezing across the South

Updated:Thursday, November 17 2016 10:09 PM EST2016-11-18 03:09:48 GMT<p>President-elect Donald Trump and his team are battling back against charges of …

Hundreds hospitalized in Southeast fires

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 200 people have been hospitalized with breathing difficulties in Tennessee as wildfires scorched the Southeast.<p>Over 30 large fires have burned more than 80,000 acres in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky, according to the US Forest …

American South

We Finally Know How London's Famous Killer Fog Formed

On December 5th, 1952, a veil of fog rolled over the city of London. It was the start of the deadliest air pollution disaster in British history, and …

London

Libelium releases new IoT Smart Cities Platform enhancing accuracy in noise level and air quality pollution sensors

<b>November 14th, 2016</b> - Libelium<p><i>With the aim to improve control on environmental emissions and sound pollution as key factors to combat climate change</i> …

Environment

Dustbase

<i>An initiative to produce a global catalogue of haboobs and dust storms</i><p>Data and/or images from the NMMB/BSC-Dust model, operated by the Barcelona …

Geography

Authorities Suspect Arson as Wildfires Spread Across the South

Southern wildfires — many of them suspected cases of arson — are spewing smoke so thick that residents are being urged to wear special masks if they must go outdoors.<p>Many of the nation's largest active wildfires have been burning in the southern Appalachian mountains, where a relentless drought has …

Arson

Delhi's air pollution closes hundreds of schools, renews alarms

A man walks in a public park on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, November 2, 2016. Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters<p>Delhi closed more than 1,700 …

Environment

Pollution in Delhi: North India's air quality among world's worse over Diwali weekend - Firstpost

<b>By Alison Saldanha & Karthik Madhavapeddi</b><p>Over the Diwali weekend of 2016, India’s air quality was among the world’s worst and between 40% and 100% …

India

India's capital grapples with toxic winter air pollution

NEW DELHI (AP) — Even for a city considered one of the world's most polluted, the Indian capital hit a new low this past week.<p>Air so dirty you can taste and smell it; a gray haze that makes a gentle stroll a serious health hazard.<p>According to one advocacy group, government data shows that the smog …

India

NASA reveals why New Delhi is blanketed with deadly smog

The festival Diwali may have contributed to severe air pollution in India’s capital New Delhi, but a far more worrisome practice in the country could be its major cause.<p>Four days after Diwali, Delhiites continue to grapple with a heavy smog blanket with poor visibility and the air quality index …

Space

Toxic smog covers Delhi after Diwali

Fireworks associated with the Hindu festival add to pollution in Indian capital as particulates in the air soar above safe levels<p>Delhi has been blanketed in a toxic fog the morning after the Hindu festival of Diwali, when hundreds of thousands of people in the Indian capital celebrate by setting …

Environment

Shocking level of pollution in India and China: Astronaut Scott Kelly - Firstpost

<b>Washington:</b> Astronaut Scott Kelly, who has the distinction of having spent a year in the space, has said that the level of pollution in China and …

New copper catalyst could close the carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2

In a quest to find a way to convert carbon dioxide into something useful, researchers from Oak Ridge National Labs in TN stumbled across an …

Energy

Can This Tower Solve China's Air Pollution Problem?

After years of battling with pollution, China is banking on a seven-meter tall tower made of aluminum and powered by electricity to clean up its toxic air.<p>Daan Roosegaarde, an artist based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has introduced in Beijing a seven-meter tall tower that he claims can suck …

China

There's an Enormous Natural Gas Seep Along the West Coast

From British Columbia to Northern California, planet Earth’s got a case of the toots. A recent deep ocean mapping survey has learned that a …

Energy

NASA Says These 10 Plants Are The Best At Naturally Filtering The Air In Your Home

Using space station technology to ensure the safety of your home may be easier than you thought. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration …

Space

How moss revealed an undetected air pollution threat in Portland

<i>October 12, 2016 at 6:20 PM EDT</i><p>Portland, Oregon, prides itself on being very focused on the environment. So many people were shocked to discover that …

Air Pollution

Could This Smog-Eating Tower Help Solve China's Pollution Problem?

Could This Smog-Eating Tower Help Solve China's Pollution Problem?Studio Roosegaarde is behind China’s newest environmental innovation: the Smog-Free Tower.Rendering courtesy of Studio RoosegaardeThe Smog Free Tower, the latest in a series of new technologies meant to reduce pollution, is possibly …

China

Dementia risk linked to air pollution and lack of vitamin D

By<p>Many say dementia is a scarier prospect than cancer. But there may be new ways to reduce the risk of dementia, hints the first comprehensive review …

Environment

Scientists Found a Significant New Source of Greenhouse Gasses

A BUBBLING PROBLEM<p>The world’s increasing commitment to battling climate change is largely spurred by the glut of statistics that say how much …

The Future

Polluted air affects 92% of global population, says WHO

<b>Nine out of 10 people on the planet breathe polluted air, even outdoors, the World Health Organisation said.</b><p>Some 92% of the population live in places where air pollution exceeds WHO limits, which can contribute to lung cancer, heart disease, and strokes.<p>The south-east Asia and western Pacific …

Geography

A Fuel Tanker In The Gulf of Mexico Has Been On Fire For 24 Hours

A large plume of smoke from the burning ship could be seen from the port of Veracruz.<p>A fuel tanker continued to burn off the Gulf coast of Mexico on Sunday, a day after it erupted in flames.<p>Firefighting boats were battling the blaze aboard the Burgos, which is owned by state oil company Petroleos …