pollution

Smog Is Forcing France To Rethink Its Love Of Diesel

Last week, the smog in Paris got so bad, city officials made public transit free and banned half the city’s cars from the road. The vehicle ban only lasted a day, with the reduced traffic and changing weather patterns alleviating the smog situation. But why did the smog get so bad in the first place? Blame France’s long love affair with diesel-powered vehicles — an affair the country will probably have to end, or at least modify, to prevent further smog emergencies.


China Offers Smog Insurance For Sight-Seeing Tourists Who Can't See

China’s debilitating smog problem isn’t anything new at this point — at least for its residents. Tourists to Beijing, however, are still struggling with the fact that the sights they came for can often be virtually unseeable. To appease this growing group of angry travellers, China’s biggest online travel agency now offers smog insurance.


Paris's Smog Has Gotten So Bad It's Making Public Transportation Free

Ah Paris — city of light, city of love, city of smog? Unusually warm spring weather has trapped diesel car emissions, blanketing much of France in noxious and dangerous air pollution. It’s gotten so bad that officials in Paris are taking the radical next step of making public transportation, bike shares and electric car shares free to use all weekend.


China Is Deploying Smog-Busting Drones So Its Airports Can Stay Open

With smog in Beijing so bad it’s forced pilots to land blind and officials to shut down the airport, China has unveiled a new plan to test drones that spray smog-clearing chemicals around airports. How will it work?


Mapping An Invisible Border Of Air Between Two Cities In China

Shenzhen and Hong Kong are two major economic powerhouses just 30km apart. Thousands of cars and people cross their borders every day. But their close relationship belies inequalities that still exist between the city of Shenzhen and the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.


The Worst Air Pollution In The World Is Not In Beijing

Man, do we love talking at how much China’s air quality sucks — so much that we’ve even been suckered into fake viral memes about it. But, as the New York Times reports, Beijing’s air pollution isn’t even that bad… relatively speaking. “Lately, a very bad air day in Beijing is about an average one in New Delhi,” says the Times in an article about the Indian city’s smog.


Scary Science Makes Sooty Air Super Poisonous

It’s pretty obvious that breathing in sooty air is bad. But just how bad is it? Scary bad — as The Allegheny Front explains.


Shocking Photos From The Water Sports Site Of The Rio Olympics

Getty Images has published a fresh set of photos from the heavily polluted Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro — which is the site chosen for water sports at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. The photos are frankly shocking, as the iconic bay will be the site of sailing events during the summer Olympic Games.


Of Course, China's Bad Air Is Polluting The US West Coast

The latest fear-mongering study about pollution in China has arrived, and it’s frightening. According to a new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, bad air in China is blowing across the Pacific and polluting the US West Coast. Scary!


China Could Wash Away Smog With Artificial Rain Storms From Skyscrapers

Airborne pollution is a major issue in China, with local hospitals opening up “smog clinics” and waves of city-dwellers migrating to more rural areas to escape. While Chinese officials are pursuing “cloud seeding” as a way to control pollution, a Zhejiang University professor thinks he has a better idea: Sprinklers. Big ones.