Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

Beijing to build air corridors to blow away pollution
Saturday November 22nd 2014, 2:26 am

In its latest effort to tackle air pollution, Beijing plans to channel wind through streets to blow away the dirty air, reported the Beijing News on Friday. The six wind corridors proposed would allow air from the suburbs to blow through the urban centre and, hopefully, remove the air pollutants, said an insider from the Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design. The institute is …

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Clean Cookstoves Get a Global Boost
Saturday November 22nd 2014, 1:32 am

Indoor air pollution, a health problem that’s bigger than HIV, tuberculosis or malaria, is getting a $413 million boost. The pollution comes mainly from smoky cook fires and kills an estimated 4 million people each year, mostly women and children. It’s also a major environmental problem. Collecting wood for cooking fires is a leading cause of deforestation. And the gases and soot produced from …

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Air Pollution Alert Lifted for Butte-Silver Bow
Friday November 21st 2014, 5:59 pm

The Butte-Silver Bow County Health Department has lifted air pollution alert as of 7:30 a.m. November 21.

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Scientists using social media to track air pollution in China.
Friday November 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

Tracking pollution in all but the biggest Chinese cities can be impossible since local governments don’t release any data to the public. So researchers have come up with an innovative solution: If you can’t follow the pollution itself, follow the complaints about it on social media.

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Saskatoon’s solar sunrise?
Friday November 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

Solar power is barely a blip on Saskatoon’s energy production radar, but falling prices could mean the dawn of a solar era.

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Republicans said China wouldn’t follow through on its climate pledges. Looks like they were wrong.
Friday November 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

Exactly how China will begin to “peak” its emissions around 2030 without a legally binding agreement is still an open question. But this week, China’s leadership has begun to answer that question.

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Public art points out pollution during holiday celebration.
Friday November 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

As revilers traipse around downtown looking at holiday lights Friday night and through the rest of the holiday season, the Breathe Project hopes they will take a few moments to learn a little bit about the region’s air quality.

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Pennsylvania cites coke plant 6 times.
Friday November 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

The ArcelorMittal coke plant in Monessen has been cited six times for illegal emissions since reopening in April, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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PPC swops coal for waste tyres.
Friday November 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

PPC has concluded an agreement to source waste tyres from the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa for use at its De Hoek cement factory in Piketburg. The cement and lime producer is also investigating the possibility of using waste tyres in some of its other plants.

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Moscow blanketed in smog for 3rd time in 2 weeks.
Friday November 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

The emergency services on Friday warned Muscovites to stay indoors for the third time in two weeks as a smog of unknown origin blanketed the city.

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Lewes Ferry Terminal to install electric vehicle charging stations.
Friday November 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

Delaware River and Bay Authority officials have announced an agreement to place two electric vehicle charging stations at the Lewes Terminal of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

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