Pollution News week ending January 12th 2014

The news articles and blog posts that caught our attention this week.

From gizmodo.com:
Astonishing satellite image shows China covered with pollution
The smog situation in China is getting even worse, with pollution levels as high as 30 times the limits set by the World Health Organization. Check out this image taken in late December, 2013 by NASA’s Terra satellite.

From phys.org:
S.Africa mine spill causes ‘major pollution’ in Kruger Park river
South African authorities revealed Tuesday that a phosphate mine spillage has caused ‘extensive pollution’ to a river in the country’s famed Kruger National Park.

From theguardian.com:
Speed limit on 34-mile stretch of M1 to be limited to 60mph to cut air pollution
Motorway drivers are set to be limited to a speed of just 60mph for a 34-mile stretch of the M1 in a bid to meet European standards on air pollution. 

From tgdaily.com:
To curb haze and air pollution, use water?!
A new idea to cut back on air pollution: spray water into the atmosphere from sprinklers atop tall buildings and towers, similar to watering a garden. 

From scientificamerican.com:
Location, Location, Lifestyle Determines Global Warming Pollution
Where and how you live makes the biggest difference in household climate change impacts, a new study suggests.

From phys.org:
Obsolete gadgetry can pile up, contributing to pollution
Christmas gifts of yesteryear meet an inglorious end at Absolute Green Electronics Recycling in Lake Forest, Calif. Computers are dismantled, the parts sorted into cardboard bins. 

From globalvoicesonline.org:
Voices from the Victims of Naphtha Cracker Pollution in Taiwan
Residents in the area of a petrochemical processing plant in Taiwan’s western Yulin County are at risk for exposure to several toxic air pollutants.

From theguardian.com:
Global warming is being caused by humans, not the sun, and is
Australian environment minister is totally, shamefully negligent with “direct action” policy.

From gawker.com:
Radio Disney Is Promoting Fracking at Dozens of Elementary Schools
Last month, a Radio Disney-sponsored, oil company-funded educational program performed a series of events at 26 elementary schools across Ohio, educating students about the alleged benefits of fracking.

From nationalgeographic.com:
Russians Adapt to a Freezing, Dark, and Polluted Place
How do people adapt to life in one of the most polluted cities in the world, in sub-zero temperatures, during extended periods with no daylight?

 

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