All the snippets and blog posts that caught out eye this week:
Keep calm and carry on: Brits getting intolerant of noise
Noisy neighbours, barking dogs and traffic now perceived as environmental problem on a level with air pollution, survey finds.
Mercury Air Pollution Reflected in Ocean Fish, Study Says
Rising mercury levels in the air are likely to blame for increasing amounts of mercury in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna, researchers say. Mercury concentrations in the fish are rising by 3.8 percent or more a year, they found after analyzing data from 1971, 1998 and 2008.
Pollution damaging English economy and public health
Pollution in England is damaging its economy, an independent advisory group has warned, as it urged the government to rethink its attitudes to environmental wellbeing.
Pollution Is Damaging Polar Bears’ Dicks
A study found a high likelihood that endocrine-disrupting chemicals like PCBs are detrimentally affecting bone mineral density and that, terrifyingly, reductions in penile BMD [bone density] could lead to increased risk of species extinction.
Air pollution actually messes with your genes
Breathing nasty urban pollution does more than clog up your lungs — it actually messes with your genes. This disturbing news comes from a paper published last month, and could change the way we think about pollution.
Watch Chinese Air Pollution Work Its Way Around the World
New research shows that when it comes to air pollution, what happens in Asia doesn’t stay there for long.
New York’s subway contains genetic material from bubonic plague bacteria
This is labeled as a “toxic cleanup” bacteria on the map — it literally eats pollution like carbon tetrachloride and toxic metals. For instance, pollution-loving Pseudomonas wouldn’t become so prevalent in the great outdoors. So of course P. Stutzeri is perfectly at home on public transit.
Wales Joins Scotland In Saying No To Fracking Until ‘Proven Safe’
Increased truck traffic and noise pollution are also concerns harbored by residents in near proximity to the extraction, an issue that has deterred some fracking efforts in the U.K.