Pollution News week ending December 29th 2013

The articles from around the world that caught our eye this last week:

From phys.org:
Pollution alarm as Greeks switch to firewood for heat
Greek authorities on Monday offered free electricity to low-income families on certain days, after smog rose sharply as hard-hit residents increasingly shun fuel for cheaper firewood to heat their homes.

From fastcompany.com:
Birdi, The Anti-Pollution Smoke Detector
What if your smoke detector could measure more than just smoke or carbon monoxide?

From sltrib.com:
Scientists tackle Utah’s particulate pollution puzzle
Particulate pollution harms public health, quality of life and economic growth. But determining which chemicals fuel it and how to reduce it is proving surprisingly complex.

From theweek.com:
Are Christmas trees bad for the environment?
Every December, millions of Americans adorn their living rooms with beautiful Christmas trees, both real and not-so-real. 

From phys.org:
Environmental fiscal reform would improve the environment
The effect that the introduction of environmental fiscal reform would have on an economic system has been the focus of study since the 1990s. 

From truthdig.com:
China’s Pollution Problems Threaten Oz Coal Exports
Concerned about air pollution and climate change, China is set to reduce its coal consumption. And that will be a headache for Australia, which supplies nearly a third of the growing nation’s coal.

From shangaiist.com:
Shanghai expects ’10 year battle’ to ease air pollution
The director of Shanghai’s environmental protection bureau told legislators yesterday that it would take at least 10 years to relieve the city of its air pollution problems.

From seattlepi.com:
Power plants, refineries top carbon pollution
Power plants and refineries continue to rank among the biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington in 2012, according to the latest data reported in the U.S.


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