The blog posts and news items we read from around our polluted world this week:
The government’s submission before the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the major source of pollution in the capital was dust particles, and not vehicular emissions was dismissed on Thursday by environmental activists as ridiculous, with some even questioning the intent behind the environment ministry’s stand.
Stop Factory Farm Pollution in North Carolina
Pollution and odors from industrial farms pose considerable health risks and decrease the quality of life for those who live nearby. Bodily waste from millions of swine is stored in giant cesspools, then sprayed onto nearby fields where nitrates, harmful bacteria and parasites seep into the water supply
Great Lakes struggling with invisible threat of plastic microfibre pollution
Tiny synthetic fibres from clothes, cleaning cloths and consumer products are getting stuck inside fish in ways that other microplastics are not.
Free parking and speed limit cut as Paris faces pollution spike
Authorities in Paris have ordered a cut in speed limits today and hope that a day’s free parking will encourage residents to travel by public transport, as air pollution rises to dangerous levels across a large area.
United States Energy Security and Changing Fuel Resources
China has been acting to address coal plant emissions due to its dangerous air pollution levels, which is an important piece of the climate change puzzle. This poses a great conundrum for China.
2014 was the hottest year ever measured on Earth
Critics of fracking in California cite concerns over water usage and possible chemical pollution of ground water sources as California farmers are forced to leave unprecedented expanses of fields fallow in one of the worst droughts in California history.
Toyota unveils first Hydrogen-powered car
Toyota showed off its first hydrogen-powered fuel-cell car, the Mirai and it mentioned some impressive features: it gets 300 miles on one fuel up, accelerates to 60 mph in 9 seconds and its exhaust is “so clean you can almost drink it.” Plus, it takes just 3 to 5 minutes to refuel instead of hours like an electric car.
De Blasio set to enact ban on foam food containers
“Plastic pollution affects every waterway, sea and ocean in the world,” the Natural Resources Defense Council wrote on its Web site. City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said that a ban is a rational, common-sense approach. “This has been a movement that’s gone on for a very long time,” Garcia told the Times.