Pollution News week ending January 4th 2015

Wishing our readers a Happy New Year – The news and views that caught our attention this week:

From inquisitr.com:
Electric Cars Worse For Health, Environment
Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse than driving a normal gasoline-powered car.

From theguardian.com:
Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish Mine
Scientists hope clean-up operation at tin mine will lead to global environmental benefits.

From switchboard.nrdc.org:
Five Things to Know About California’s Historic Step to Limit Carbon Pollution from Transportion
On January 1, fuel providers will join other major pollution sources under California’s cap-and-trade program to limit carbon pollution. The program is a key component of California’s landmark clean energy law.

From theguardian.com:
Top 500 companies’ carbon emissions rise despite calls for reduction
Greenhouse gas emissions by the world’s top 500 companies rose 3.1% from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, a study showed on Monday.

From theguardian.com:
Almost 7,000 UK properties to be sacrificed to rising seas
Properties worth over £1bn will be lost to coastal erosion in England and Wales over the next century, with no compensation for homeowners, as it becomes too costly to protect them.

From cleantechnica.com:
Average US Car Now Older, Resulting In More Air Pollution
Researchers at the University of Denver found that the US on-road freeway fleet age increased due to the global recession from 2008–2010. To put it simply, because consumers had less money available to purchase new cars, there was more pollution.

From phys.org:
Tehran air pollution puts nearly 400 in hospital
Almost 400 people have been hospitalised with heart and respiratory problems caused by heavy air pollution in Tehran, with nearly 1500 others requiring treatment, an official said.

From greencarcongress.com:
Canadian study finds commuters may suffer more pollution
A study by researchers led by a team from the Air Health Science Division of Health Canada finds that commuters may be exposed to increased levels of traffic-related air pollution owing to close proximity to traffic-emissions.

From kansascity.com:
Guide for healthy eating may consider environment
The government issues dietary guidelines every five years to encourage Americans to eat healthier. This year’s version may look at what is healthy for the environment, too.

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