Pollution News week ending December 21st 2014

The articles and blog posts about pollution issues that got our attention this week:

From planetizen.com:
Parisian Traffic, Air Pollution Reduction Plan Caught on Political Snag
Parisian clean air politics turn out to be something of a class issue, even for a socialist mayor. The plans are seen as penalizing low income Parisians while benefiting elitist city dwellers who dislike traffic, overshadowing public health benefits.

From theguardian.com:
Full scale of plastic in the world’s oceans revealed for first time
Over five trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans says most comprehensive study to date on plastic pollution around the world

From theguardian.com:
Cheaper oil could damage renewable energies, says Richard Branson
Entrepreneur claims Saudi Arabia is encouraging collapse in oil price in bid to undermine fracking and clean energy.

From theguardian.com:
World set for climate disaster, say activists, as Lima talks falter
Frustrated climate campaigners have claimed that the world was on course for an unsustainable four-degree rise in temperatures, as two weeks of negotiations for a climate change agreement headed for an unsatisfying conclusion.

From theguardian.com:
New York state to ban fracking over ‘red flags’ to public health
The state of New York said it would ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday because of “red flags” about its risks to public health. The ban puts one of the last great areas of untapped potential in the Marcellus Shale off-limits to the oil and gas industry.

From green.autoblog.com:
Traffic, pollution cause Chinese cities to slow new car sales
Dalian will become the fifth city in China to impose new-vehicle sales restriction as the country looks to address growing pollution problem.

From phys.org:
Hazy road to Mecca: Severe air pollution spikes during yearly pilgrimage
Dangerously high levels of air pollutants are being released in Mecca during the hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage in which millions of Muslims on foot and in vehicles converge on the Saudi Arabian city

From motherboard.vice.com:
Last Year, the World Pumped Out More Carbon Pollution …
Precisely at the moment that the climate depends on carbon pollution declining, worldwide emissions continue to boom.

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