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By David Lary | Air Pollution

NASA Satellites Captured Rapid Intensification of 4 Recent Hurricanes

NASA satellites captured views of Hurricane Maria, Irma, Harvey and Jose as they rapidly intensified and barreled toward the Caribbean islands and …

Climate Change

World Pollutionwatch: evidence grows of lifelong harm from polluted air

Historical data from studies on museum bird specimens, combined with current research, gives us a picture of the long-term harm from air pollution<p>There is growing evidence about the lifelong harm from air pollution. The air that we breathe as children can stunt our lung growth, potentially causing …

Environment

Study: 1 in 6 deaths worldwide caused by pollution in 2015

Deadly Pollution<p>We all know that pollution, in general, is harmful to human health. But a study published in <i>T</i><i>he Lancet</i> has shown the true magnitude …

Pollution

The E.P.A.’s Top 10 Toxic Threats, and Industry’s Pushback

<i>T</i><i>he Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of 10</i> <i>toxic threats it will evaluate first under a</i> <i>law passed last year intended to crack down on hazardous chemicals</i><i>. They are among 90 chemicals</i> <i>identified by the agency that may harm children, damage nerve tissue, cause cancer, contaminate</i> …

Pollution

An 'atmospheric river' is about to dump a ton of rain and snow on the West Coast — here's what an atmospheric river actually is

An atmospheric river is scheduled to cause severe rain and possible flooding in parts of California over the next few days. But what is an "atmospheric river" anyways? Following is a transcript of the video.<p>What is an atmospheric river? Rivers don't just exist on land. They can form in the sky, too.<p>…

Weather

Georgian election: The Brit campaigning by bike in Tbilisi

<b>Georgians will vote in local elections on Saturday, and this year there is quite an unusual candidate. Originally from the UK, Joseph Alexander Smith has spent the last five years living in Georgia, and is now campaigning for changes in his adopted country - all from the back of his bicycle.</b><p>It has …

Tbilisi

Pollution linked to one in six deaths

<b>Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, a report in The Lancet has found.</b><p>Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths. Bangladesh and Somalia were the worst affected.<p>Air pollution had …

Pollution

NASA Taps SpaceX to Continue One of the Scariest Climate Studies

A long-running study will continue, thanks to NASA and SpaceX.<p>One of the coldest, scariest charts on the planet is made from data beamed down from …

Climate Change

Study: Pollution is one of the world's biggest killers

New report reveals the deadly toll pollution takes worldwide, but experts say it's "a winnable battle"

Pollution

Pollution is killing millions of people a year and the world is reaching 'crisis point', experts warn

Pollution is killing 50,000 people a year in the UK, according to a damning new report, which lays bare the toxic danger posed by contaminated air …

Pollution

Here’s How Many People Die from Pollution Around the World

In one of the most extensive reports of its kind, environmental health experts have estimated that nine million premature deaths worldwide—16% of all …

Pollution

Pollution’s Annual Price Tag? $4.6 Trillion and 9 Million Dead

Pollution in all its forms killed 9 million people in 2015 and, by one measure, led to economic damage of $4.6 trillion, according to a new estimate …

Pollution

Study links pollution to millions of deaths worldwide

LONDON (Reuters) - Pollution is killing millions of people worldwide, mostly through the diseases it causes including heart conditions, strokes and lung cancer, according to a large international study.<p>Almost all pollution-related deaths - around 92 percent - are in poor or middle-income countries, …

Pollution

Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in <i>The Lancet.</i><p>The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is …

Pollution

Visit the World's Only Carbon-Negative Country

Bhutan has built sustainability into its national identity.<p>Bhutan is arguably the world’s happiest country. It’s also one of the greenest. That’s no coincidence. In fact, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck developed his signature Gross National Happiness index based on four pillars: sustainable …

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European Satellite Monitors Air Pollution in High-Def

Sentinel-5P lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia on Oct. 13 (via ESA)<p>The European Space Agency (ESA) last week launched an advanced …

Air Pollution

Urgent health warning issued after Storm Ophelia turns sky red

An urgent health warning was issued today after Storm Ophelia turned skies in Liverpool and across the country red.<p>National charity, Asthma UK has …

Weather

The great thaw of America’s north is coming

One of the most profound effects of a warming world is underway on US soil – the impact will force thousands to relocate, and have far-reaching, global consequences. Sara Goudarzi reports from Alaska.<p>Vladimir Romanovsky walks through the dense black spruce forest with ease. Not once does he stop or …

Climate Change

NASA satellite spots cause of unprecedented spike in atmospheric CO2

Since the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations have been steadily increasing, but 2015 and 2016 …

Climate Change

Tropical volcanoes trigger El Niños, says study

A new study shows how large volcanic eruptions cool tropical Africa, spawning El Niño events.<p>Explosive volcanic eruptions in the tropics can lead to …

Climate Change

Two Coal Plants Close in Texas, as Trump Admin Pushes Pro-Coal Agenda

Two more U.S. coal plants are being shuttered, faced with the same low energy prices that have driven half the country’s coal-fired generation fleet …

Energy

The California Fires Have Created The 'Worst Air Quality Ever Recorded' in The Area

And it's about to get worse.<p>In what is being called one of the worst firestorms in state history, a cluster of blazes has torched more than 115,000 …

Pollution

Ozone layer under attack again says new study

It is expected to prevent 280 million cases of skin cancer, approximately 1.6 million skin cancer deaths, and more than 45 million cases of cataracts …

Climate Change

Satellites are giving us a commanding view of Earth's carbon cycle

The job of monitoring Earth’s carbon cycle and humanity’s carbon dioxide emissions is increasingly supported from above, thanks to the terabytes of …

Climate Change

Some Power Plants Pollute Worse Than Volcanoes

Climate change isn’t all that difficult to understand. A British scientist proved shortly before the U.S. Civil War that carbon dioxide absorbs heat, …

Climate Change

Smoke from California's wildfires will harm people beyond the flames' reach

People suffering from heart conditions and lung diseases like asthma are especially susceptible to the smoke<p>On Monday morning, I opened the door to the smell of campfires — the scent of other Californians’ homes going up in smoke. The air stung my eyes and burned my lungs. It felt like I was …

Pollution

California wildfires creating air pollution crisis

It's the worst air quality ever recorded in the region.<p>Despite the efforts of more than 8,000 firefighters battling against 22 major fires statewide, …

Pollution

The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Energy