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By David Lary | Air Pollution

A mystery soot has set off an air pollution panic in Nigeria’s oil hub city

Across Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger-Delta region, environmental pollution has long been a part of daily lives.<p>But while residents have become used to multiple oil spills which have damaged livelihoods and farmlands, they currently face a new kind of danger: rising black soot particles in the air. …

Environment

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

<i>With the aim to improve control on environmental emissions and sound pollution as key factors to combat climate change and to prevent the impact in</i> …

Smart Cities

Study finds link between air pollution and daily cause-specific mortality in China

In the largest epidemiological study conducted in the developing world, researchers found that as exposures to fine particulate air pollution in 272 …

Medicine

European smog could be 27 times more toxic than air pollution in China

Smog in Europe and North America could be more than 25 times more lethal than the average air pollution found in Chinese cities, a new study suggests.<p>…

The West’s biggest coal plant may be about to shut down

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West — one of the biggest climate polluters in the nation — could close later this year, a major symbolic …

Renewable Energy

Fighting pollution takes flight with pigeons | The Network | The Network

The success of a pollution-fighting pilot program involving pigeons and the Internet of Things has taken flight in a big way. This month, it has expanded to involve humans. The Pigeon Air Patrol recruited about 100 volunteers in London to wear air quality sensors.<p>But this newest phase never would …

Cisco Systems

London pollution: 'Very high' air pollution warning alert

Pollution alert warnings are being issued to the public at bus stops, tube stations and on roadside signs, under the new system set up by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.<p>Many Londoners, however, are going about their daily business undeterred.<p><i>Produced by Alexi Peristianis and Greg Brosnan</i>

Environment

Massive wildfires cause 'greatest forest disaster' in Chile's history

Three firefighters have died battling some of the worst forest fires to hit Chile in half a century. A "state of catastrophe" has been declared in the central regions of O'Higgins and El Maule.<p>Around 130,000 hectares (more than 321,000 acres) of forest and grasslands have been destroyed in Chile as …

Forests

92% of us are breathing unsafe air. This map shows just how bad the problem is

An estimated 92% of the world’s population lives in areas where air pollution exceeds safety limits, according to the World Health Organization …

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 …

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 …

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 …

'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 …

Environment

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 …

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 …

China

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