Pollution News week ending August 17th 2014

All the blog posts and news items that caught our attention this week:

From rawstory.com:
Keystone XL pipeline may create more pollution than previously thought
Researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute used a mathematical model to estimate the Keystone XL pipeline’s potential for atmospheric pollution and they took into account the likely increase in consumption.

From phys.org:
Electric bugs used to detect water pollution
Scientists from our Department of Chemical Engineering have developed a low-cost device that could be used in developing countries to monitor the quality of drinking water.

from baltimore.cbslocal.com:
MD.’s Smaller Coastal Bays Now Focus Of Pollution Reduction
Next to the Chesapeake, Maryland’s smaller coastal bays haven’t received as much attention when it comes to pollution. Now that’s over.

from insideclimatenews.org:
Fracking Companies Fight Texas Families’ Air Pollution Action
Two major oil companies have asked a Texas judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit that could draw new attention to the toxic air emissions from oil and gas production.

From dailycaller.com:
The Case For Optimal Pollution
The Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose a tightening of the standard for permissible ground-level ozone. The current standard is 75 parts per billion (ppb). EPA would reduce that to as low as 60 ppb.

From phys.org:
Still a lot to learn about India’s deadly air pollution
What exactly is the relationship between exposure to air pollution and its effect on human health? How much cleaner would the air have to be to reduce the health burden of dirty air?

From summitcountyvoice.com:
Studies track genetic impacts of Fukushima
The disastrous 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan is likely to leave a lasting genetic legacy, scientists said as they released results from a series of studies.

From economist.com:
Pollution in Mexico City
Drivers in Mexico city are banned from using old cars at least one day a week to help combat air pollution. The original program, though successful in the short run, led many drivers to buy a second old car to drive on the day the other car was banned. That increased pollution.

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