Some pollution news items and blog posts from around the world this week:
Superbugs, pollution loom large for Rio Olympics
A sailing test in August reportedly saw Australian Olympic champion Nathan Outteridge colliding with a dead dog, while other competitors reported having to steer clear of cat carcasses, rats and other detritus.
Air pollution makes Beijing nearly ‘uninhabitable for humans
Buildings throughout the city are having to be outfitted with special air purifiers, and schoolchildren are being forced to play sports indoors, underneath special protective inflatable domes.
Mehleb witnesses signing of pollution control funding agreement
The project will provide technical and financial support to industrial facilities nationwide in line with environmental laws, and develop an accredited system in the local market to fund industrial pollution reduction projects.
These pollution-fighting mushrooms eat plastic, and you can eat them
Feeling guilty about all the plastic you’ve been throwing out, and what it’s doing to the environment? Well it might soon be possible to eat that guilt away—or at least, eat some plastic.
The switch to renewable power is a battle we cannot afford to lose
When considering factors like the cost of ill health and environmental damage due to pollution, switching to renewable energy could save up to $740bn (£476bn) per year by 2030.
LED mask concept lets you smile through the pollution
There are myriad reasons for wearing a face mask. In China and parts of South East Asia, they’re commonly used as protection against alarmingly poor air quality, while in Japan and elsewhere they help reduce the chance of colds and flu.