All the news items, snippets and blog posts that we got to read this week:
When bus drivers strike, air pollution plummets
London’s recent bus strike has shown just how much air pollution buses cause, giving us one more incentive to invest in 21st century transit.
Google map shows lead pollution around California airports
A health non-profit has released a map showing neighborhoods around 23 California airports, where aviation fuel creates lead air pollution dangers. It includes Fresno-Yosemite International Airport.
Brazil experiencing water problems due to growth and pollution
The headline from The New York Times is quite alarming: “Taps Start to Run Dry in Brazil’s Largest City.” Reading through, it doesn’t get much more comforting.
A Digital Waterfall That Illuminates the Threat of Air Pollution
While we can see the rhythm of traffic or the churning clouds from factory smokestacks, the actual levels of pollution in our daily air are less visible. In an ongoing public art project by artist Andrea Polli called “Particle Falls,” a waterfall of light changes colors from blue to flaming reds and yellows based on real time air quality data.
Pollution And Suicide: Middle-aged Men At Highest Risk
A new study from the University of Utah is adding to the small, but growing body of research that links air pollution exposure to suicide.
Smartphones and sensors as personal, real-time pollution
Air pollution varies widely over the course of a day and by location, even within the same city. Now scientists, reporting in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, have used smartphone and sensing technology to pinpoint where and when pollution is at its worst.
Stopping at red lights massively increases pollution exposure
Drivers stopping at red lights are exposed to very high levels of air pollution, researchers at the University of Surrey have discovered.
Noise pollution impacts our ability to hear nature
When you leave your house, you’re likely not hearing Mother Nature’s chorus. Instead, you’re probably trying to ignore sounds like the car alarm that won’t shut off — essentially blocking out all the sounds around you.