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A New AI Estimates Pollution From Crowdsourced Images

Around the world, cities are choking on smog. But a new AI system plans to analyse just how bad the situation is by aggregating data from smartphone pictures captured far and wide across cities.


Beijing Blames Uber For Its Obscene Traffic Problem

Beijing faces overcrowded roads and pollution that is constantly getting worse. Why? According to city officials, it’s because of ride-sharing services, including Uber.


In Pictures: Delhi Still Chokes On Smog Despite Banning Half Its Cars 

On January 1, Delhi enacted a two-week pilot project allowing private cars on the roads only on alternate days in order to reduce pollution. As the experiment comes to a close, the city is still choking on smog.


New Evidence Suggests Human Beings Are A Geological Force Of Nature

For years, the term “Anthropocene” has been used to informally describe the human era on Earth. But new evidence suggests there’s nothing informal about it. We’re a true force of nature — and there’s good reason to believe we’ve sparked a new and unprecedented geological epoch.


Australian Supermarkets To Remove Products With Microbeads From Sale

Following on from the US government’s total ban on microbeads, local supermarket chains Woolworths and Coles are removing products containing the particles from shelves.


Now India's Airpocalypse Is So Bad, It's Banning Half The Cars In Delhi

Last week Milan became the latest city to banish cars from streets to curb its horrible smog. On January 1, Delhi joined the club with its own vehicle restrictions, but the challenge before the chronically polluted Indian city is much much greater. Will a every-other-day ban on cars be any help?


LA's Gas Leak Is A Global Disaster 

One of the worst environmental disasters of the decade is currently underway in a quiet community 40km northwest of Los Angeles. Putrid, methane-rich natural gas has been spewing into the air at an estimated rate of nearly 1300 metric tonnes per day for over two months. Experts are calling it the climate version of the BP oil spill, and the leak isn’t going to be contained anytime soon.


Milan Bans Cars To Combat Horrible Smog

Beijing and Delhi are both planning major initiatives to kick cars off their streets, at least part of the time. Now even cities that aren’t famous for their pollution are taking drastic measures to clean up their air. Today, Milan’s streets are filled with bikes and pedestrians as part of three-day car ban.


Terrifying Photos Of Beijing's Toxic Smog 'White Christmas'

As you were tearing off the wrapping paper this morning, Beijing was waking up to the worst smog of the year, and a very different kind of white Christmas.


Three Surprising Parts Of The World Where Air Pollution Decreased

Thanks to a super-sensitive new tool, NASA can now see exactly where air pollution is increasing and decreasing — down to the level of neighbourhoods — and in some cases, the results are surprising.


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