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By David Lary | Air Pollution

The Ozone Hole Is Slowly Healing - But This Chemical Could Delay Its Recovery by Decades

We've screwed up again.<p>While the famous Antarctic "ozone hole" is finally beginning to heal, 30 years after it was first discovered, scientists have …

Climate Change

How scientists modeled a deadly tornado with an insanely powerful computer

Inside the creation of a supersize supercell simulation.<p>Supercell thunderstorms are giant tempests with powerful rotating updrafts at their cores—and one out of every four or five spawn tornadoes. Most of these twisters are little, but some can grow fierce. To predict the rare killers, and thus …

Weather

This urban ‘tree’ cleans as much polluted air as an entire forest

Air pollution might be invisible, but it results in 7 million premature deaths each year. Fortunately, there’s a solution – the CityTree is a …

Pollution

Bacteria in the sky may help to make it rain

Here's how they do it.<p>Microbes are everywhere—in your gut, on your skin, even in the sky. Along with water vapor and particles, clouds also contain living bacteria. And certain airborne species have a superpower: They can cause water to freeze into ice, which in turn prompts the heavens to open. …

Biology

China breaks ground on first “Forest City” that fights air pollution

A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now …

Pollution

How Algae Can Help Sweden Eliminate Carbon Emissions

Algae is often considered a nuisance, but for Sweden, the rapidly growing sea plant is now an asset.<p>As the Scandinavian country works to cut all of …

Sweden

'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 …

Weather

Air pollution is killing thousands of Americans every year

When President Donald Trump announced on June 1 that he had decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, he asserted that staying in the pact would prevent our nation from further developing its fossil fuel reserves. Critics understandably have called this a setback for …

Pollution

With particles, size really matters

Engineers call them nano-particles, and close to congested roads and busy airports, we inhale them in astonishing numbers<p>In 1996, the Scottish scientist Anthony Seaton put forward a new theory about the health problems from modern air pollution. Throughout our evolution, we have always lived with …

Environment

Paris pollution victim sues France for bad air

<b>A Parisian woman is taking the French state to court for failing to protect her health from the effects of air pollution.</b><p>Clotilde Nonnez, a 56-year-old yoga teacher, says she has lived in the capital for 30 years and seen her health deteriorate.<p>However, it became worse than ever when pollution in …

Environment

Even Air Pollution Can't Hide from Google's Street View Cars

Streets aren’t the only thing Google can map.<p>The company announced its Street View team has been using its fleet of sensor-laden mapping cars to …

Pollution

This Machine Just Started Sucking CO2 Out Of The Air To Save Us From Climate Change

Climeworks carbon capture device will take the gas from the air and sell it or store it in the ground. Now we just need a few hundred thousand more–as quickly as possible.<p>Sitting on top of a waste incineration facility near Zurich, a new carbon capture plant is now sucking CO2 out of the air to …

Sustainability

The Worst Air Quality in the World, Mapped

Go to China to talk about climate change, and you’ll end up in a conversation about air pollution, Elizabeth Muller tells <i>Inverse</i>.<p>Muller founded …

PM2.5及空气质量监测数据开放API

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What causes sleep deprivation? Air pollution linked to 60% higher risk of bad sleep

Nitrogen dioxide and PM 2.5 were both linked to a much greater chance of poor sleep.<p>People who live in areas with high air pollution are up to 60% …

Pollution

Thousands of cars banned from roads as Mexico City chokes in worst pollution for two decades

Authorities in Mexico City have ordered cars off the streets and warned people about exercising outdoors as sprawling metropolis chokes in its worst …

In Case You Missed It: New Studies Tie Extreme Haze in China to Climate Change : Earth Matters : Blogs

<i>Haze over northeastern China on January 14, 2013. Image by NASA Earth Observatory, using data Terra MODIS data from LANCE MODIS Rapid Response.</i><p>In the …

Climate Change

How more trees in a city can make smog worse

A recent study by a Berlin-based team of scientists has revealed that during heat waves, trees in a city can actually contribute to higher levels of …

Open Data & Air Pollution: A Powerful Tool in the Struggle for Cleaner Air

<i>Low-cost sensors, mobile apps, and open data platforms and are helping citizens, researchers and policy-makers alike better understand the nature,</i> …

Pollution

On his fifth day in power, South Korea’s new president shut down 10 big coal-power plants

The South Korean capital, Seoul, is among the world’s most polluted cities, so it’s no surprise that air pollution was one of the key campaign issues for the newly elected president, Moon Jae-in.<p>That’s why, on his fifth day in power, Moon has announced that the country will temporarily shutter 10 …

Pollution

Belgian researchers successfully test a device that turns air pollution into energy

Generating energy by cleaning the air we breath sounds like wishful thinking, but Belgian scientists are working hard on making it a reality.<p>According to University of Leuven’s website, researchers successfully managed to convert pollution into energy, in association with the University of Antwerp. …

Pollution

Dust Storms In The Southwestern U.S. Are Increasing. Is There A Connection To Valley Fever?

Believe it or not, there was actually news a few months back because some people didn’t like the term “haboob.” Jason Samenow posted several comments in the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang about people not liking the term (of Arabic origin) and preferring the use of “sandstorm.” While I will …

Public Health

China Finally Has a Plan to Save Its Citizens From the Country's "Toxic Air"

The Battle for China’s Skies<p>Industrialization on a massive scale brought wealth and prosperity to China, even in towns that were previously …

Fire in Okefenokee wildlife refuge forces evacuations in Georgia

(Reuters) - A wildfire in Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has forced dozens of nearby residents to leave their homes, authorities said on Sunday, adding the blaze might not be fully contained for months.<p>About 130,000 acres (52,600 hectares), or almost a third of the refuge, have …

Weather

Beijing Air Pollution Readings Are Currently off the Charts

Masks were donned, and air purifiers cranked up to max, as Beijing’s chronic air pollution returned Thursday, shrouding the city’s skyline in a thick …

China

Dust storm envelops swathe of China, dragging air quality down

BEIJING (Reuters) - A dust storm enveloped a swathe of northern China on Thursday dragging down air quality and visibility and prompting warnings for children and old people to stay indoors.<p>Spring is China's dust-storm season, when winds whip across the Gobi Desert picking up fine sand and dust …

China

China Is Set to Build This Smog-Eating 'Forest City' Filled With Tree-Covered Skyscrapers

It's so beautiful.<p>The eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, like many of the country's urban areas, suffers from intense smog.<p>The Air Quality Index, which …

Construction

We just hit 410 ppm of CO2. Welcome to a whole new world.

This is not normal: We’re on track to witness a climate unseen in 50 million years by mid-century.<p>In pre-industrial times, the concentration of …

New window screen treatments could capture 90 percent of air pollutants

Why it matters to you<p>When your city is smoggy, even the air in your home can get polluted quickly. But that may soon change with these new window …

Inventions