Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

U.K. Liberals, Democrats plan to ban ‘unabated’ coal and offer tax cuts for greener homes.
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

A ban on unabated coal plants and decade-long council tax cuts for energy efficient homes are among the green pledges on which the Liberal Democrats will fight next year’s election.

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The evidence is in, so ban fracking.
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

If anyone in New York was still buying the utopian vision being sold by the oil and gas industry regarding fracking — free energy! new jobs! no risk! — a flood of recent news should end the delusion once and for all.

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E-cigarettes ‘contain higher levels of certain toxins than regular cigarettes.’
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

E-cigarettes can contain higher amounts of certain toxins than regular cigarettes, according to US scientists.

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Don’t catch what ails your house.
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

In 1982, my husband and I bought a vacation home in the foothills of the Catskills. The inspector who checked out the property failed to note three critical facts: The house had three flat roofs (in snow country), no drainage from the muddy crawl space and no insulation under the floors.

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China issues tax breaks for green cars to tackle air pollution.
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

China has introduced tax breaks on sales of electric cars, in an attempt to reduce pollution in the world’s most populous country. The measure is targeted at sales of energy efficient cars made by Chinese manufacturers.

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Boulder researcher leads study of stratosphere’s influence on ground ozone.
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

A Boulder-based researcher has authored a new study showing that intrusions of ozone-rich air from the stratosphere can compound the ground-level challenges in meeting federal ozone standards in Las Vegas — and the same factors can influence conditions in Colorado.

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2 ex-mining towns try to change their fortunes.
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

In the Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Top and Briceville share a common heritage and a common problem: How to revive communities that once boasted bustling main streets and jobs for nearly anyone willing to mine the coal once plentiful in the deep shafts underground.

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Smartphone app measures air pollution.
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

App developers worldwide are working on technology that will inform users which streets have high levels of air pollution so they can avoid them.

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E-cigarette smoke contains elevated levels of harmful metals.
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

Overall, the secondhand smoke generated by electronic cigarettes is less toxic that that from traditional cigarettes, but still releases chemicals into the air that are a health concern, says new research out of the University of Southern California.

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Doctors fear health impact of NorthConnex tunnel pollution.
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

Doctors say thousands of school children and elderly residents of Sydney’s upper north shore are being put at risk by a new motorway that will funnel unfiltered traffic pollution into a residential area.

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Do expats need pollution hazard pay?
Monday September 01st 2014, 2:00 pm

If companies want to offer hazard pay for pollution, by all means they are welcome to do so. Having some precedents may also open the door to living in other “hazardous” places. In the US state of Kansas, for example, employees should be compensated for living with tornado hazards; in Texas for hail, in California for earthquakes, in New York bitter winters, and in other states for one or all of the above. In the old days this was called choosing your poison.

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