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By David Lary | Air Pollution

Cows fed tropical leaves burp out a lot less methane

Much like a partner might make the decision to stop cooking a loved one beans for breakfast, scientists are investigating ways to reduce the methane …

Environment

Beijing launches environmental police force to tackle air pollution

BEIJING (Reuters) - The smog-hit Chinese capital of Beijing will establish a police force to deal specifically with environmental offences as part of its efforts to clean up its air and crack down on persistent polluters.<p>The smog police will crack down on open-air barbecues, garbage incineration, …

China

London air pollution kills about 10,000 people annually

With air pollution responsible for the deaths of about 10,000 Londoners per year, activists are ramping up efforts to take on the growing public …

London

China's Smog Is So Bad Right Now, You Can Barely See Its Skyscrapers From the Air

Eerie.<p>China’s still getting hit with intense levels of air pollution. As of Wednesday, Beijing was under a "red alert" for smog - the highest of four …

SMOG

China’s neighbors are getting a whiff of its terrible pollution

Turns out China isn’t the only country choking on its smog.<p>In the first week of 2017, more than half of Chinese cities suffered from air pollution, and 31 of them went on red alert (link in Chinese), which requires measures like limiting car usage and closing factories. Now China’s neighbors are …

China

London Has Already Surpassed Its Air Pollution Limit for 2017

Whoops.<p>Just five days into the new year, one area in London has already exceeded the amount of air pollution it is legally allowed to create.<p>The law defines strict limits on air pollution: London air should not have more than 200 micrograms of toxic nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter, as measured on …

Environment

'Better estimate' of volcanic ash cloud return

<b>Potentially disruptive volcanic ash clouds across Northern Europe occur more frequently than previously thought, according to new research.</b><p>Scientists investigated known and newly identified records of ash fall deposits over the past few thousand years and concluded the average return rate to be …

Volcanoes

Smog in northern China shuts highways, causes canceled flights

BEIJING (Reuters) - Heavy smog in northern China on Sunday caused hundreds of flights to be canceled and highways to shut, disrupting the first day of the New Year holiday.<p>Large parts of the north were hit by hazardous smog in mid-December, leading authorities to order hundreds of factories to …

China

Madrid bans half of cars from roads to fight air pollution

Odd- and even-numbered vehicles will swap use of roads in Spanish capital until smog eases<p>Madrid has ordered half of most private cars off the roads on Thursday to tackle worsening air pollution, a first in Spain.<p>The restrictions will operate between 6.30am and 9pm. The city council said in a …

Environment

London Faces Environmental Challenges with Rising Air Pollution

Environmental and clean air activists are ringing the alarm on London's increasing air pollution levels. London - like other European cities - has focused on curbing carbon-dioxide emissions by replacing vehicles that run on gasoline with diesel powered cars and trucks.<p>But that transition has had …

Environment

China chokes as it hits its worst air pollution levels of this year so far

Air quality in China has hit its worst of this year, with airborne pollutants exceeding 100 times the safe limit in many regions.<p>On Monday, the government ordered heavy industries to shut down. And traffic has been disrupted in over 23 cities that have issued red alerts — allowing cars to only …

China

2016: The Year in Volcanic Activity

Although this has been a relatively average year for the world's active volcanoes, the activity that did take place was still spectacular. Out of an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes, 50 or so erupt every year, spewing steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava. In 2016, erupting volcanoes included …

Volcanoes

Oil sands found to be a leading source of air pollution in North America

A cloud of noxious particles brewing in the air above the Alberta oil sands is one of the most prolific sources of air pollution in North America, often exceeding the total emissions from Canada’s largest city, federal scientists have discovered.<p>The finding marks the first time researchers have …

Environment

Beijing issues red alert for severe air pollution

Beijing (AFP) - Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 Thursday, as choking smog is expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China during the next five days.<p>From 8 pm on Friday, half of Beijing's private cars will be ordered off the road, with an odd-even number …

Beijing

Ammonia Has Been Detected in Earth's Lower Atmosphere for the First Time

There's no escaping it.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere - the lowest of Earth's …

Free public transport in London is the only way to save our environment

Paris has a long-standing reputation as the home of free thinkers and this week the city took the inspired step of making its public transport free …

Climate change could render Sudan 'uninhabitable'

(CNN)Sudan's ecosystems and natural resources are deteriorating.<p>Temperatures are rising, water supplies are scarce, soil fertility is low and severe droughts are common. After years of desertification, its rich biodiversity is under threat and drought has hindered the fight against hunger.<p>This …

Climate Change

Pollution is so bad in Paris they are making public transport free

Parisians can use public transport for free for the second day running due to a spike in air pollution and some cars have been barred from the …

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 …

Environment

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 …

'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 …

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 …

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. …

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> …

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 …

Forests

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 …

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