Pollution News week ending August 3rd 2014

All the pollution news articles and blog posts that caught our eye this week:

From scientificamerican.com:
Roadside Shrubs Could Sink Carbon Pollution
Shrubs, grasses, and other plants already along roads in U.S. National Parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands currently are capturing about 7 million metric tons of carbon each year.

From thetimes.co.uk
Diesel drivers face new charges to cut pollution
Drivers of diesel cars face penalties and restrictions to combat the growing threat posed by air pollution in cities, The Times has learnt. Almost all diesel vehicle drivers will have to pay an extra £10 to drive into central London.

From theguardian.com:
Citizen science in schools boosts pupil engagement and saves the environment
Scientists are increasingly using research based on data collected by school students to explore humanity’s impact on the planet.

From globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com:
Political Greenwashing: US Exports Coal Pollution to Europe
While president Obama brags about clean energy advances in the US (mostly hot air and subsidies to uneconomic businesses), the US quietly exports pollution to Europe.

From hyperallergic.com:
A Noah’s Ark of Stuffed Animals Draws Attention to Pollution
On July 17, a fishing boat traveled down China’s Huangpu River piled with 99 distressed stuffed animals. Camels, pandas, polar bears, leopards, and zebras clung helplessly to the dilapidated hull.

From archdaily.com:
The Solution To Pollution Is…The Rooftops?
The potential solution to smog and pollution may be hovering right over our heads, now that Students at the University of California – Riverside have designed a pollution reducing rooftop tile.

From thelocal.de:
Environment Agency urges fast fracking ban
Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is encouraging lawmakers to hurry up and ban fracking in all but name, saying the process is too dangerous to even consider.

From rawstory.com:
Australia launches ‘Green Army’ for the environment
Australia on Saturday launched its ‘Green Army’ which plans to recruit up to 15,000 young people for projects to conserve and rehabilitate the environment — the biggest land care mobilisation in the nation’s history.

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