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China's National People's Council meeting took place early this month amid crippling smog in Beijing. This was no surprise. China's chronic air pollution has become so bad it has been dubbed "airpocalypse" and is now the leading cause of public dissatisfaction. Little wonder then that Premier Li Ke...
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Drones to scout over skies of Beijing and other cities to check for smog sources and spot environmental breaches China is using drones to spy on polluting industries in its attempts to battle the lung-choking smog that frequently engulfs many of its cities. The deputy minister of environmental pro...
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Pollution from China travels in large quantities across the Pacific Ocean to the United States, a new study has found, making environmental and health problems unexpected side effects of U.S. demand for cheap China-manufactured goods.On some days, acid rain-inducing sulphate from burning of fossil f...
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Read about how Colorado is regulating oil and gas emissions.  By Bruce FinleyThe Denver Post Weld County is leading a state boom in oil and gas drilling. Colorado now has more than 50,000 oil and gas wells. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post file) State health officials rolled out groundbreaking ...
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A recent study says the infrastructure that allows us to light up our homes and travel from place to place delivers the majority of air pollution-related deaths in the United States. The MIT study found that the two major sources of PM2.5 and ozone air pollution are road transportation and power ge...
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The US Clean Air act was last amended in 1990.  Are the current imposed standards enough to keep us safe considering the announcement on Thursday from The World Health Organization that air pollution causes lung cancer? What can you do to personally reduce air pollution or encourage our legisl...
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Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh like many other mega cities of the world sees a good number of development works every year but environmental havoc created due to such development projects gives a broad grin to the much talked theme on 'green living'. If anyone visits the on-going large constructi...
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High temperatures make air pollution worse. A new study has found that during heat waves, plants reduce their ozone absorption which lead to high levels of the gas remaining in the environment. Ozone is a gas that exists both at stratosphere and troposphere and can be beneficial or toxic depen...
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The Environmental Protection Agency has named a new chief for air quality regulations who will help lead the administration’s efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Janet McCabe became the top air quality regulator on Friday, moving into the role formerly held by new EPA chief Gina McCarthy.McC...
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Near the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets in Brooklyn, Michael Heimbinder stood near a blue mailbox, head down, poking at his smartphone. A graph appeared: a single line plotting ambient carbon monoxide exposure in the neighborhood. Minutes later, he ran over to an idling Honda Pilot and...
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Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis, or "hardening of the arteries", according to a University of Michigan public health researcher and colleagues from across the US. Sara Adar, the John Searle Assistant Professor of Epidemio...
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Concerns about air quality are drifting in with the arrival of warm weather. Monday marked the renewal of what the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources considers “ozone season,” observed through daily air quality forecasts in urban areas. Officials say it demands more attention in ...
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Chances are, we can all agree that air pollution isn’t great for our health. But while most of us may associate pollutants with danger only to our lungs, a recent study is causing a stir about another dangerous link — to our hearts. We dove into the science to find out how.  What’s The Deal? ...
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China's efforts to assess the problem of smog hanging over Beijing and other cities has meant business for Western providers of specialized air-monitoring equipment, and this could pick up with efforts to clear the skies. "It's only recently that equipment able to monitor PM2.5 has been manufacture...
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This is a story that shows how deliriously capitalist China has become (for good and bad). Rapid industrialisation has covered northern China in a dense pea soup of toxic chemicals. In the past, the old fashioned communist solution might have been either to ignore the problem or, if people insist on...
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BEIJING: A Chinese entrepreneur is selling fresh air in soft drink cans, similar to bottled drinking water, as north China is once again choking in toxic smog. The concentration of airborne PM 2.5 particulates - the smallest and most deadly - went off the chart in the early hours of Tuesday morning...
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  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a proposal to reduce power plant pollution by 26 percent by 2020 and 34 percent by 2025. The plan’s key component is that the EPA, partnering with states, would set new carbon pollution standards under the Clean Air Act. The b...
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  A federal appeals court has overturned U.S. EPA's latest plan for eight regions of the country, such as California's San Joaquin Valley, that still aren't meeting air quality standards for smog that were replaced more than a decade ago. Levels of ground-level ozone, the main component of ...
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For decades, air pollution has threatened the health of people in Beijing. Brown smog hangs over the city. The sun, when you can see it, is tinged a rusty brown, like looking at a flashlight through a piece of paper. City-dwellers wear surgical masks to protect their lungs from the pollutants and ot...
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The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the Clean Air Act (CAA) prevented the premature loss of 160,000 American lives per year in 2010. By 2020 this number is expected to rise to 230,000. This makes the Act one of the most important public health measures ever enacted. Where do these num...
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