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By David Lary | Air Pollution

Pollution cloud over UK triggers health warnings

Britain has been placed on a health alert because of a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution blowing over the country. Experts said the smog could cause fatal asthma attacks and have warned the elderly and those with health problems to be cautious.

The Department for Environment, Food and …


US and Chinese companies dominate list of most-polluting coal plants

The 100 global power companies most at risk from growing pressure to shut highly polluting coal plants have been revealed in a new report from Oxford University.

Chinese companies dominate the top of the ranking but US companies, including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, occupy 10 of the top 25 …

Climate Change

Pollution levels linked to stroke-related narrowing of arteries

Air pollution has been linked to a dangerous narrowing of neck arteries that occurs prior to strokes, according to researchers at NYU Langone Medical …

For the first time, the world economy grows while carbon emissions don't

For the last 40 years, whenever the world economy grew, so did the Earth's carbon dioxide levels — until 2014, The Washington Post reports. The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that in 2014, the economy grew and CO2 levels didn't.

In the past, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions was …


Electric cars could cut oil imports 40% by 2030, says study

Electric cars could cut the UK’s oil imports by 40% and reduce drivers’ fuel bills by £13bn if deployed on a large scale, according to a new study.

An electric vehicle surge would deliver an average £1,000 of fuel savings a year per driver, and spark a 47% drop in carbon emissions by 2030, said the …

Automotive Industry

China takes Under the Dome anti-pollution film offline

The authorities in China have a removed from websites a popular documentary which highlights the country's severe pollution problem.

Under the Dome explains the social and health costs of pollution, and was watched by more than 100 million people online, sparking debates.

It was removed just two days …


Water vapor may help map pollution sources in Utah inversions

"We have some hints," Bowen said. "There's a lot of potential to use it to improve our understanding of urban air pollution."

Fuel-burning sources …


Argentina fire chief sacked over Patagonia blaze

The head of Argentina's national fire control agency has been sacked as a huge forest fire threatens to engulf a renowned national park in Patagonia.

Jorge Barrionuevo was sacked during a visit to the region by the government chief of staff.

The fire is advancing towards Los Alerces National Park, …

Forest Fire

This is how rain and snow travel across the globe

Today NASA released a visualization of storm swirls that took place in 2014, and the results are pretty spectacular. The data were gathered thanks to NASA's "Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory" (GMP), a satellite network that provides near real-time precipitation data covering the …


The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, just announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted 173,444 entries from 171 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted images with us, …


NASA Satellites Start Tracking Down the Sources of Climate Change

NASA scientists are showing off some of the first results from a fresh crop of satellites and space station sensors designed to track the factors behind climate change and extreme weather on a near-real-time basis.

"We're really looking forward to the contributions that these new missions will make …


Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country's heavy reliance on fossil fuels to power its economic growth with little regard for the environment.

While New Delhi …

The top 10 air polluters in B.C.

Spectra Energy’s Pine River gas plant in northeast B.C. is far and away the province’s biggest single emitter of major air pollutants, according to a …


Conquistadors caused Toxic Air Pollution 500 years ago by changing Incan Mining

Scientists studying ice core samples from Peru have discovered a variety of trace elements, indicating that Spanish colonial mining caused toxic air …

Natural Resources

Delhi Wakes Up to an Air Pollution Problem It Cannot Ignore

NEW DELHI — For years, this sprawling city on the Yamuna River had the dirtiest air in the world, but few who lived here seemed conscious of the problem or worried about its consequences.

Now, suddenly, that has begun to change. Some among New Delhi’s Indian and foreign elites have started to wear …


London, L.A., Beijing, Delhi, Nairobi… Is Smog an Inevitable Urban Growing Pain?

Gardiner Harris has a detailed story in The Times on what could be seen as New Delhi’s race to outdo Beijing in the deadly flows of air pollution from its traffic, industries, garbage dumps and kitchens. The soupy air is, on closer look, deadlier than that in China’s cities, he reports:

Delhi’s air …


Learning to breathe in Mexico City

North America's most populous city has seen a remarkable turnaround in air pollution — but is it good enough?

There are dark, shared memories here about how bad the air used to be. Foreign diplomats, citing the health hazard, could retire early. Birds died in flight. Children thought the natural …


Cold facts of air pollution

A major field project in the Eastern United States, supported by NCAR, seeks to better understand air pollution during winter.


Is Pollution Weakening Polar Bears' Ability to Mate?

A new study finds a link between chemicals and bone loss that could damage males' penises, potentially harming reproduction.

In the Arctic, pollutants banned from the U.S. in 1979 but still floating around the environment seem to be affecting the strength of polar bear penile bones, possibly …

Firefighters Battle Massive Blaze Amid Freezing Temperatures in NYC

Largest blaze FDNY has battled since 2006

Around 270 firefighters and emergency medical services personnel were working to contain a seven-alarm fire on the New York City waterfront Saturday.

The blaze, which engulfed a storage building in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, cast thick, black …

New York

Watch as Asian Air Pollution Chokes the World

Beijing and Delhi are two cities infamous for their thick and dangerous waves of tainted air - dirtied by smog, ash, and other aerosols. …

What causes volcanos to produce lightning?

New technology that can peer inside a volcano's ash plume is helping scientists understand how volcanic lightning is formed.


Air pollution from Asia is changing weather patterns over the Pacific

New research on Asian air pollution has found that it is increasing rainfall and intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean.


Fires may have been burning for eons in southern Utah

GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT — A fire in a building might burn for a day or two. A wildfire, maybe a week or two.

But fires in southern …

National Monument

This date in science: Dramatic space photos of Pavlof Volcano

May 18, 2013. On this date astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) captured three beautiful views of Pavlof Volcano, part of the …


Terrawatch: Where plates collide

Just over a week ago Indonesia's Sangeang Api volcano awoke with a bang. Ash punched up into the sky, creating a plume over 15km high. Flights over the region, and as far afield as Australia, had to be cancelled, due to the danger of ash clogging aircraft engines. Luckily no lives were lost, but …


News Item - Mount Tavurvur erupts in Papua New Guinea – in pictures Mount Tavurvur has rumbled to life on the tip of the remote island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. The volcano destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994 Image: Mount Tavurvur spews rocks and ash into the air. Photograph: Oliver Bluett/AFP/Getty Images

Papua New Guinea's Tavurvur Volcano Eruption

Volcano dykes: what scientists are watching out for

Volcanoes are misleading. For obvious reasons, their large, spectacular eruptions soak up most of our attention. But it's important to remember that there's actually a lot going on below the surface. For instance, many volcano eruptions are accompanied by the formation of dykes, magma-filled cracks …

Scientific Research