pollution

Why Does Smoke Cover So Much Of South-East Asia?

A haze has periodically wafted over South-East Asia for 20 years. But despite rising public health concern, the problem remains as opaque as the smoke itself, Mike Ives reports.


4 Ideas To Fix Beijing's Smog Airpocalypse, And One That Will Work 

The worst smog of the year so far swept into Beijing this week, coating the city in a grainy, deep grey murk on par with what the city endured in 2013, pictured above (though you’ll see it’s popping up again today). China is trying, hard, to get its air quality problem under control, and is considering some seriously wacky ways to do it. Unfortunately, the only one that will work is also the most difficult.


Wearable Air Quality Sensors Could Help Us All Breathe Easier

Imagine if you could locate the healthiest route for your afternoon jog, the fresh airiest one that would keep you from breathing the pollutants that cars barf out into the atmosphere. It might change every day as these pollutants move around. But you’d be ready, because you’d be wearing an air quality sensor.


Some Of Canada's Lakes Are Turning Into Jelly Thanks To Acid Rain

It’s a real bummer to hear that 150 years of industrialisation wrecked the Earth so bad that it will take thousands to recover. It’s a much bigger bummer to see the situation in real life. That’s exactly what’s happening in a large number of Canada’s lakes, which are turning into jelly thanks to acid rain.


365 Days Of Beijing Pollution In One Megamosaic

Beijing is a great city, especially if you want to develop lung cancer thanks to the overwhelming pollution that shrouds the city most days of the year. This mosaic made by resident Zou Yi during a year of photos from the same window is even more powerful than the usual pictures we are used to.


This Algae Farm Eats Pollution From The Highway Below It

A highway overpass is the last place most of us would think to install a farm. But algae, that wonderful little ecological miracle, is different. Since it consumes sunlight and CO2 and spits out oxygen, places with high emissions are actually the perfect growing area. Which is why this overpass in France has its own algae farm.


Watch Plastic Ocean Junk Become A Pair Of Wild Multi-Coloured Sneakers

The fact that our poor oceans are overflowing with our disgusting floating garbage is not news, but we keep on keeping on disposing of a crazy amount of non-biodegradable trashola — and lightly worn wardrobes. A new project called Your Shoes Are Rubbish represents one small step towards increasing awareness of the massive problem; these kicks were made entirely from washed up junk.


Pinball, Swords, Bad Air: What's Not Ruining Our Cities This Week

Long-suffering pinball fans can finally play free in Oakland. Swords are being returned to their rightful owners in New York City. And America is breathing better air than we have in a decade. Sometimes we like to look at the brighter side of urban life. It’s our peek at What’s Not Ruining Our Cities Anymore.


How We Could Find Aliens By Looking For Their Pollution

Remember chlorofluorocarbons, aka CFCs? The big, bad ozone-depleting pollutant 1) sticks around for tens of thousands of years and 2) is almost entirely man-made. That means if extraterrestrial life are anything like us, according to astrophysicists at Harvard, CFCs could be a key to finding aliens.


Why Those Little Plastic Microbeads In Your Soap Are So Bad

Illinois became the first state in the US to ban exfoliating plastic beads. Good for Illinois. Plastic microbeads have been running off by the billions into the oceans, causing huge amounts of environmental damage. Yet most consumers didn’t even realise they existed.


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