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Even China's State News Agency Thinks The Pollution 'Doomsday' Has Arrived

Pollution levels in northeast China are breaking records. In fact, the air quality being recored in the city of Shenyang is 50 times what the World Health Organisation (WHO) says is safe for breathing. China’s state news agency is comparing conditions to the end of the world.

Yemen Is Bracing For Its Second Major Cyclone In A Single Week

Yemen is not known for its tropical storms, yet the desert country is now facing its second major cyclone within a single week. Ravaged by civil war — and still recovering from Cyclone Chapala — Yemen is once again preparing for a bout of rainfall and flooding.

Do Trees Really Help Clean The Air In Our Cities?

It may sound like a no-brainer to say that trees improve air quality. After all, we know that trees absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO₂), and that their leaves can trap the toxic pollutants nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), ozone, and harmful microscopic particles produced by diesel vehicles, cooking and wood burning.

Your Sunscreen Is Killing Earth's Coral Reefs

If you’re one of the millions of beachgoers who slathers yourself in sunscreen before hitting the surf, here’s an additional reason to feel personally responsible for the sixth mass extinction. Your sunscreen, my sunscreen, all of our goddamn sunscreen is contributing to the death of Earth’s coral reefs. Did I mention we suck?

The Port Of LA's Big Tech Upgrade Worked So Well It's Hitting Its 2023 Emissions Goals

The Port of Los Angeles is one of the largest ports in the world, and now, one of the biggest environmental success stories on the planet. A new study shows that due to major upgrades started a decade ago, the port is almost 10 years ahead of its emissions goals.

Smog Causes More Than 3 Million Premature Deaths A Year Worldwide

Air pollution is rarely a major concern for most people in Western Europe. You seldom notice it except when sitting in heavy traffic or when it obscures the far horizon at a scenic spot.

China Cleaned Up Beijing's Smog For Its Military Parade, But Of Course It Didn't Last

It’s no coincidence that the China’s capital city had clear, sunny skies for the country’s huge military parade last week, or that Beijing’s dense smog returned the very next day. The Chinese government took extreme measures to guarantee clear skies for the its display, but it took less than 24 hours for air pollution to ramp up again afterward.

Seabirds Are Eating Lots Of Plastic, And The Problem Is Getting Worse

A new study on seabirds has come to a disturbing conclusion: Their bellies are filled with plastic. Up to 90 per cent of marine birds alive today may have ingested plastic, and by 2050, that number could be as high as 95 per cent.

IBM's Watson Could Hold The Key To Fighting Beijing's Brutal Pollution

The same company that made Jeopardy!-conquering Watson will use similar tech to help fight air pollution in Beijing. In the future, that artificial intelligence could lead to cleaner air for the long haul, everywhere.

Scientists Measure Spooky Drops In Air Pollution Over The Middle East

Air pollution is decreasing over parts of the Middle East. But researchers say that for most Middle Eastern cities, the clearer air is actually a symptom of conflict, not a sign of progress.

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