Pollution

Time for the oil industry to snuff out its flares

The World Bank reckons the 16,000 flares worldwide produce around 350m tonnes of CO2 each year, causing untold harm<p>The emission of air pollution from traffic in our cities is the last step for a fuel that produces air pollution at every stage of production, often starting with flaring at a distant …

Air Pollution

A California regulator’s curious crusade to remake the Clean Air Act

FRESNO, Calif. – The 250-mile-long San Joaquin Valley is an economic powerhouse, producing everything from crude oil to grapes, cotton to …

Clean Air Act

These Bicycles Eat Smog and Spit Out Clean Air - Motherboard

Bike sharing programs in China are big right now. There are over 30 Chinese start-ups and one of the largest of them all, Ofo, has about 2.2 million bikes in 43 cities. Daan Roosegaarde, an inventor from the Netherlands and the designer behind China's smog-sucking tower, wants to get in on the …

Environment

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 …

Environment

The Tories don't care about deadly air pollution

The Conservative manifesto has confirmed what many have feared for a long time: Tories are unable to be serious about air quality.<p>In the 88-page …

Air Pollution

Gas leak shuts Brent Charlie North Sea platform

<b>The oil company Shell has said it shut down a platform in the North Sea after a gas leak.</b><p>The leak was detected on Friday on the Brent Charlie platform, 115 miles north-east of Shetland.<p>Production has been stopped and 31 non-essential personnel are being flown home as a precaution. Shell said the …

Oil

Scott Pruitt Is the Hypocritical Liar That Trump Deserves

Scott Pruitt, who spent six years fighting federal public health regulations as Oklahoma attorney general, has long railed against the “environmental …

Air Pollution

What If Bikes Ate Smog?

No, not metaphorically. We’re talking about sending fleets of bicycles with air filtration equipment into the streets to remove nasty airborne particles.<p>Walking around in foul, soupy smog is bad enough; biking through it at a modest clip can feel like hooking your lungs up to a Ford F-150’s tail …

Environment

When some U.S. firms move production overseas, they also offshore their pollution

Another way is for firms in rich countries to keep selling the "dirty" products but redesign their production networks. They will offshore production …

Environment

Anti-smog bikes: could pedal power clean China's polluted air?

The bikes designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde would suck in polluted air, using positive ionisation to purify it, before releasing it back into the atmosphere<p>Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has announced the next phase of his Smog Free Project: a bike that sucks in polluted air and releases …

Environment

NGO blames water pollution in S.Sudan on oil company | Africa | DW | 19.05.2017

Drinking water around an oil-producing area in South Sudan is heavily polluted. A German NGO puts the blame on Malaysian oil company Petronas. It has …

South Sudan

Climate change may bring more extreme heat, ozone pollution days to the Southeast, researchers say

Global climate change may produce an environment in the southeastern United States that could foster dangerous extreme heat events, more high-ozone …

Climate Change

Cash-strapped councils breaking the law on air pollution, documents reveal

It has been described as a “public health emergency” responsible for tens of thousands of deaths every year, but dozens of local councils have been …

Air Pollution

This Giant Smog Vacuum Cleaner In China Actually Works

But only on a small scale. You’d need a lot to clean a whole city’s air.<p>Sitting in a field in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, the 23-foot-high Smog Free Tower looks a little like a giant fan. It’s actually a park-scale air purifier, designed to pull in the city’s pollution, filter it, and create …

Environment

It’s not just Volkswagen. Every diesel car company is emitting more pollution than tests show.

The certification tests for diesel vehicles may be one giant loophole.<p>Cars, trucks, and buses running on diesel pass the government emissions tests in the lab just fine—and then go on to emit noxious pollution far beyond the legal limit once they hit the road. To be clear, it is not just …

Air Pollution

When it’s hot, plants become a surprisingly large source of air pollution

Planting trees is often touted as a strategy to make cities greener, cleaner and healthier. But during heat waves, city trees actually boost air …

Air Pollution

Diesel vehicles are releasing 50 percent more toxic gas than we realized

The undisclosed emissions spewing from Volkswagen vehicles may be closer to the rule than the exception, with a comprehensive new study published …

Transportation

Smog Free Bike Inhales Pollution And Cleans The Air

Designer Daan Roosegaarde has created a bicycle that actively combats urban pollution issues<p>Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde has developed …

Environment

Innovative New Device Runs on Light While Cleaning Air and Producing Energy

A new device has been developed by researchers over in Belgium that could have a massive impact for ongoing pollution problems in underdeveloped …

Inventions

London pollution getting you down? Head to the Brecon Beacons for some fresh air glamping

Worried about London air pollution? Get your kids out of town at the weekend with a glamping break in the Brecon Beacons<p>I have spent almost half a century living in cities: beautiful ones like Bath and ugly ones like Birmingham. Some I loved and some I hated. None surpasses London, the best city in …

Environment

D.C. Circuit Pauses Litigation over EPA Standards to Reduce Methane, Other Dangerous Pollution from Oil and Gas Sources

(Washington, D.C. – May 18, 2017) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today agreed to pause litigation over common sense standards to …

Climate

Combining China climate policy and vehicle emissions standards could pack a one-two punch

A recent study estimates that about 1.6 million people in China die each year—roughly 4,000 a day—from heart, lung, and stroke disorders due to poor …

Air Pollution

Breath Sparingly: Air Quality Alert In Effect For NYC

<i>Here comes the smog. (via Flickr user Andrew Lachance)</i><p>In the words of my building's super this morning at around twenty after nine, "It's already …

New York City

Mystery of Bay Area’s stench solved, says air district

RICHMOND — A mysterious stench that annoyed people in San Francisco and Richmond on Dec. 28 was caused by the Chevron oil refinery, a clean air …

Environment

Smoking out sources of in-home air pollution: A new study finds that cigarette and marijuana smoking, as well as candles, cleaning products and frying food, all harm a household's air quality

A new study finds that cigarette and marijuana smoking, as well as candles, cleaning products and frying food, all harm a household's air quality<p>An …

Air Pollution

Edinburgh's bid for low emission zone

<b>Edinburgh is to bid to have Scotland's first Low Emission Zone to tackle air pollution.</b><p>Councillors have agreed to approach the Scottish government, which has said it will fund one pilot by 2018.<p>Lorries, vans and buses which did not meet emission standards could be fined for driving within the …

Environment

TTC urged to back independent study of subway air quality

Councillor wants city’s medical officer of health to look at potential risks<p>A Toronto councillor wants the TTC to back an independent investigation …

Air Quality

Can South Korea's Moon usher in a new climate era? | Asia | DW | 18.05.2017

President Moon has briefly shut down dirty coal plants in South Korea, ushering in a new era for climate change. DW examines Moon's climate policy …

Renewable Energy

Ozone and haze pollution weakens land carbon uptake in China

Toxic air pollution is a serious side effect of rapid economic development in China. While it is widely recognized that air pollutants adversely …

Air Pollution

Peaks in particulate-matter air pollution: how can they be detected and prevented?

This winter, France and a large part of Europe were struck by episodes of particulate matter pollution. These microscopic particles are known as …

Air Pollution