Archives For Air Pollution


1. Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds

Research is first to find wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional
fruits, vegetables and cereals
Organic apples and pears

2. Appeals court upholds EPA’s mountaintop removal crackdown

3. Why were this company’s computers attacked millions of times this year? Algae.

4. China girds for ‘war on pollution’

Drive for growth takes precedence over aim of cleaner air, water and soil

5. Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future

Opponents see threats to fish spawning, food supply, and a way of life in Southeast Asia.

Picture of flowers in front of a dam

6. Ministers admit missing air pollution targets as health chiefs warn of deaths

7. Downturn in shade-grown coffee putting forests, wildlife, people at risk

8. Lopsided lobbying on Keystone Pipeline

9. Huntington Lake summer fun drying up in California drought

Huntington Lake boat slips

10. El Niño Triggers Drought, Food Crisis in Nicaragua

The Las Canoas lake in Tipitapa, near Managua, dries up every time Nicaragua is visited by the El Niño phenomenon, leaving local people without fish or water for their crops. Credit: Guillermo Flores/IPS

11. Meramec coal power plant, once celebrated, draws cheers with closure announcement

12. Green groups protest transatlantic trade deal

Green activists are protesting a transatlantic trade deal they say could harm

the environment

Activists fear relaxation of trade rules could lead to more fracking

13. Crumbling Roads in Oil Fields Slow U.S. Energy Boom

The road to U.S. energy security is often unpaved.

14. Coal-reliant Pa. faces election showdown over EPA, natural gas and carbon trading

15. EPA: ‘I’m going to get this right,’ McCarthy says of muddled water rule

16. Italian risotto rice under threat from cheap Asian imports

Rice paddy fields of Italy’s northern plains immortalised in 1949 film “Riso amaro”

(Bitter Rice) suffering from cheap imports from Asia

A rice paddy field in Northern Italy

17. Milwaukee: Basements of abandoned homes would become cisterns, according to plan

18. ‘No drill, no spill': Protestors in Skaneateles urge Cuomo to enact statewide fracking ban

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19. CDC closes anthrax and flu labs after accidents. After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced Friday that they had temporarily closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs. New York Times

 


1. 9 things that make air pollution bearable

Artist Chiu Chih poposes a natural oxygen backpack.

2. Dilemma for Delaware beaches’ renowned water quality

  4. Why does Europe hate genetically modified food?

With new European Union rules that now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock

that could, in theory, lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods, is Europe about to

change its mind?

GMO HATE. People protests against the authorization of genetically modified (GM) maize with signs and banners reading 'Stop GMO Maize 1507 ', 'Only a NO can protect us' and 'No to GMO Maize 1507' in front of the Federal Chancellor's Office in Berlin, Germany, 05 February 2014. Joerg Carstensen/EPA

  5. Sauget Superfund cleanup draws in nearly 250 companies

Resource Recovery Group superfund site in Sauget

6. UK NEWS: Diesel fumes choke Tox-ford Street

7. Great Lakes welcome rising water levels

Great Lakes are rising, and the tourism and shipping industries are celebrating

8. Billionaire Koch brothers are big oil players in Alberta

The ultra-right U.S. Koch brothers, little-known to Canadians, are major players in Alberta’s

oil patch, where they control at least 1.1 million acres.

9. Movement targets fossil fuel divestiture

Religious and liberal groups see environment as a ‘moral issue’

10. California rice farmers could get pollution credit

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1. Ninety-nine percent of the ocean’s plastic is missing

On the hunt. The RV Hesperides tows along a net designed to skim the ocean surface, catching floating plastic particles (inset).

On the hunt. The RV Hesperides tows along a net designed to skim the ocean surface, catching floating plastic particles (inset).

2. China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops

China environmental problems

3. Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

A child plays in a Beijing park. Health threats caused by pollution have become a major concern in China.

4. Study: BPA Can Activate Breast Cancer Cells

Unlike other breast cancers, inflammatory breast cancer may not cause a lump in the breast. Instead, it may cause the breast to be swollen, red, and warm.

5. New York Towns Can Prohibit Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules

6. Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

 FILE - This July 27, 2011 file photo shows a farmhouse in the background framed by pipes connecting pumps where the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas was underway at a Range Resources site in Claysville, Pa. In Pennsylvania’s fracking boom, new and more unconventional wells leaked far more than older and traditional wells, according to a study of inspections of more than 41,000 wells drilled. And that means that that methane leaks could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said the author of the study, which funded in part by environmental activist groups and criticized by the energy industry. The study was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File).

7. Exercising when air pollution levels are high can do more harm than good

Exercising when air pollution levels are high can end up doing more harm than good, writes Rachel Jacqueline

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8. Michigan’s arsenic problem is among the worst in the nation. Here’s why that matters.

9. The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry

Amid a brutal drought the reservoir that supplies 90 per cent of Las Vegas’s water is fast disappearing

and desperate attempts to save Sin City are under way

Lake Mead: boaters seen in front of a white

10. Drakes Bay oyster farm denied Supreme Court hearing

A worker hauls traps at Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in Inverness. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a federal order that would close the oyster farm, but the owners say they will continue their fight. Photo: Sam Wolson, Special To The Chronicle


1. Autism risk higher near pesticide-treated fields, study says

2. A year of agonized, unanswered questions

How did a well-trained crew of professional hotshots come to abandon their designated safety zone and walk into a wall of fire?

3. Duke scientists report air pollution controls linked to lower NC death rates

4. Triclosan Under The Microscope

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5. A 1,000-pound BP tar mat found on Fort Pickens beach

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6. How Rupert Murdoch created the world’s newest climate change villain

Australia was once a leader on climate action. Thanks to American conservative powerhouses, that’s no longer true

How Rupert Murdoch created the world's newest climate change villain

7. New York’s Silent But Deadly Fracking Problem

8. Personal Health: Too Hot To Handle

9. There Are 1,401 Uninspected High-Risk Oil and Gas Wells. Here’s Where They Are.

The government is failing to conduct key safety inspections on new oil and gas wells on federal and Native American land.

10. Ebola Outbreak ‘Tip of the Iceberg,’ Experts Say

Image: Doctors Without Borders staff carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever at a center for victims of the Ebola virus.

11. Polio vaccine effort in Syria reaches 1.4 million children as volunteers brave violence

12. Jenny McCarthy e-cigs ads disappear

Jenny McCarthy is pictured in this composite image. | Screengrabs

13. ‘Superweeds’ choke farms

A Palmer amaranth grown in an experiment in 2011 at Iowa State University.

14. River of no return

Seattle’s Duwamish has been straightened, dredged and heavily polluted. Can a Superfund cleanup bring it back to life?

15. Man-made chemicals are hidden health hazards


1. New Zealand air gets cleaner

2. Worker Illness After Nanomaterial Exposure Examined in First U.S. Case Study on Issue

3. Public Voices Concerns Over WA Birth Defect Increases


At a meeting in Kennewick, the health department asked people to raise concerns about a rare birth defect that officials may not have considered yet. Twenty-three babies were born with anencephaly in Central Washington from 2010-2013.credit: Courtney Flatt.

4. Galapagos emergency over stranded cargo ship

Picture taken on May 13, 2014 showing an Ecuadoran freighter which ran aground on May 9, 2014, in the Galapagos islands.

  5. Proposed Bill Would Provide Secret Fracking Data To First Responders

6. Buying in

How the oil and gas industry is backing a fracking-friendly election

7. 100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

8. Obama Said to Consider Power-Plant Rule That Tests Law

9. Big Mammals vs. Big Oil: New Pipeline Puts Humpback Whales at Risk

Canada says humpback whales aren’t endangered, which allows a proposed oil pipeline to cut across their feeding grounds

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10. Aquaponics Revives an Ancient Farming Technique to Feed the World

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11. Foul air in heavily fracked Texas county has couple looking for a way out

12. Carnage on China Roads Shows Dark Side of Electric Bikes

13. Proposed EPA rule would reduce refinery flaring, require fence line monitoring of toxic chemicals

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1. Developers file $37 million federal suit over Fort Detrick contamination

Say high TCE levels in groundwater have thwarted residential development

2. Evolution in the Age of Mass Extinction

3. China’s generation green: waste, food safety, pollution & the China dream.

4. Delhi not alone, 25 other Indian cities have higher air pollution levels than Beijing: WHO

According to WHO, Dehradun, Pune and Jammu are just as polluted as Delhi. (IE photo: Praveen Khanna)

5. Researchers: No Fukushima radiation found in West Coast kelp

6. $20 Million Fight Threatened Over Pig Smell on Farm

Image: Hogs are raised on the farm on April 28, 2009 in Elma, Iowa

7. ‘Missing’ mud in Hudson River holds climate change clue

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8. From Wal-Mart to the White House, Obama talks up expansion of solar power

9. California drought: El Niño probability raised to 78 percent for next winter

10. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer carries a $100 million sledgehammer into the battle over climate change

Photo - Tom Steyer, the former manager of a San Francisco hedge fund, has pledged $50 million of his own money, and to raise a matching amount, for November's Congressional and state elections through his NextGen Climate Action PAC to address what he calls "the generational challenge." (Bloomberg Images)

11. Funeral parlours contaminate drinking water

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1. Better bubbly from … England?

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2. Scientists flying over Colorado oil boom find worse air pollution

The Front Range is a backdrop for a pump in Weld County.

3. Research shows family environment had big impact on children exposed to lead in Port Pirie

High levels of blood/lead content have been recorded in Port Pirie.

4. U.S. Issues Safety Alert for Oil Trains

5. Is air pollution causing Vernal’s neonatal deaths to rise?

Utah midwife uses obituaries to document troubling trend in birth outcomes in the area.

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Midwife Donna Young and her daughter Holt, look at a grave markers of stillborn and newborn children in Rock Point Cemetery in Maeser just north of Vernal. She started noticing a higher than usual amounts of stillborn and newborn deaths in the area the past few years. One corner of the cemetery has several small markers for stillborn and newborn deaths. The TriCounty Health Department is holding a public meeting Wednesday May 7 to investigate the uptick in stillbirths and newborn deaths in the area. Environmentalists believe there’s a connection to air pollution from oil and gas drilling.

6. Vermont’s GMO Bill Expected To Face Major Legal Challenges

7. Elections Not Stopping Obama Pollution Rules

                                    FILE - In this June 24, 2013, file photo, the Capitol Dome is seen behind the Capitol Power Plant in Washington. Democrats running for election in key states are worried about the political fallout from unprecedented greenhouse-gas limits soon to be announced by fellow Democrat Barack Obama's administration. They wish Obama would wait until after November's elections, but if he doesn't start now the rules won't be in place by the time he leaves office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

8. UPDATE 1-China to close more steel capacity, though still small fraction

9. High CO2 Makes Crops Less Nutritious

Climate change could increase deficiencies in zinc and iron, new study suggests

Sunset on rolling wheat fields in Drummond, Idaho.

10. Philly School District blocks a federal study after health risks are exposed


1. Alaska’s ‘ice-quake’ record could shake up climate science.

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2. Report backs Chinese drywall health complaints

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3. Climate Change Mitigation: Assessing Strategies that Offer Potential Human Health Benefits

4. Youth anxiety on the rise amid changing climate

The natural disaster in Calgary last June made one of its victims ‘scared of another flood.’ (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

5. California senate advances bill to curb antibiotics in farm animals

6. Clues to Autistic Behaviors: Exploring the Role of Endocrine Disruptors

7. Family Farmers Hold Keys to Agriculture in a Warming World

Half a billion small-scale farmers are helping pioneer sustainable techniques.


1. Texas: When fracking comes to town

2. Manure spraying under scrutiny

New method of dispersing waste can damage landscape, disrupt lives

A center pivot manure irrigation system is used to spread manure on a Wisconsin corn field. Courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

3. Who pays to clean up Delaware’s industrial pollution?

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4. India’s rain woes grow bigger, scientists worried

5. Flaming Water: Texas Homeowner Takes on Gas Company – Les Stone for Al Jazeera America

Since Steve Lipsky found methane in his well, he’s battled the company he blames for his flammable water

6. Looking for air pollution hot spots with micro-monitors

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All of us and all of them too

The mouths we feed

are just not those

of our families,

our friends,

or neighbors,

It’s also

the trees,

the grass,

the ocean,

the earth

every animal

every insect

and the air we breath

Each part of is

connected to the rest

when one dies

it all dies

That includes us

It’s not just you

or me

it’s all of them too

Help make the world a better place

think about everything you do

and how it affects all of us

and all of them too.

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