Category Archives: Air Pollution

Most People Breathing Unhealthy Air

Air Pollution An Extreme Threat To Public Health By Mike Ives, The New York Times The World Health Organization said Tuesday that 92 percent of people breathe what it classifies as unhealthy air, in another sign that atmospheric pollution is … Continue reading

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New Coal Deals Threaten Paris Climate Goals

Greenhouse Gas Reductions Critical In Battle Against Climate Change The landmark global climate change deal brokered in Paris cleared an important hurdle this week when it secured enough official support to go into effect, but experts say the biggest hurdle … Continue reading

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Biosolids Recycling Infectious Waste

Sewage Sludge Spreading Brain Disease In 1972, the world realized that dumping millions of tons of sewage sludge into the oceans killed underwater ecosystems. Some nations stopped the dumping immediately. Others did not. The U.S., for example, finally passed the Ocean … Continue reading

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Can World Leaders Tackle Climate Change

Environmental, Social and Economic Issues Tightly Connected By Gro Harlem Bruntland In the early 1990s, when I was Prime Minister of Norway, I once found myself debating sustainable development with an opposition leader who insisted that I tell him the … Continue reading

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Climate Change Deemed Top Economic Threat

Environmental Concerns Have Economists’ Attention Forced migration and climate change are the biggest risks facing the global economy this decade, according to 750 experts surveyed by the World Economic Forum. The warning was published in the 11th edition of WEF’s Global Risks … Continue reading

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Beijing Smog Sparks First Red Alert

Schools, Factories Close As Millions Of Vehicles Forced To Park Beijing has issued its first pollution red alert as acrid smog enveloped the Chinese capital for the second time this month. The alert will begin at 7am on Tuesday and should … Continue reading

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Singapore Choking On Air Pollution From Indonesia

Singapore Pays Price For Bungle In Indonesia’s Jungles Illegal burning of Indonesian rainforest to make room for palm and paper plantations has left neighboring countries choking on smoke. Many hope the latest crisis will lead to stricter policies. More than … Continue reading

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U.N. Leaders Join Pope Francis To Build Momentum For Climate Action

Vatican Supports Climate Science, Policies For a 2,000-year-old institution hardly known for its mutability, there was a sense of urgency at the Vatican on Tuesday when scientists, diplomats and religious and political leaders discussed climate change and its impact on … Continue reading

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Portland Defends Its Trees To Defend City

Urban Forests Benefit Citizens, Wildlife, Planet Property owners in Portland need to think twice before chopping down trees. A new city tree code took effect in January. It brings new protections to trees on both public and private property, along … Continue reading

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Cities With The Worst Air Pollution

Air Pollution In New Delhi Worse Than Beijing Air quality in most cities that monitor their air pollution levels exceed what the World Health Organization deems as safe. Delhi has the highest level of the airborne particulate matter, PM2.5 considered … Continue reading

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