Pollution News week ending July 13th 2014

The news and blog posts that caught our eye this week:

From qz.com:
How IBM is using big data to fix Beijing’s pollution crisis
The growing outrage has forced leaders to declare a “war on pollution,” including the goal of slashing Beijing’s PM2.5— the concentration of the particles that pose the greatest risk to human health—by 25% by 2017.

From grist.org:
Canadians are eating tar-sands pollution
We already knew that the tar-sands operations have been dousing northern Alberta with mercury and other forms of pollution. Now its been proven to turn up in the food chain.

From rt.com:
London’s busiest street ‘most polluted place on Earth’
London’s Oxford Street is not only the busiest shopping street in Europe, it’s also the most polluted place on Earth, according to new research recently published by UK scientists.

From mining.com:
Beijing takes air pollution by the horns, imposes use of clean coal
China’s capital Beijing will begin next month imposing the use of cleaner low-sulphur coal across all industries, as part of the country’s ongoing plan to cut the alarming rates of air pollution and reduce its dependency on fossil fuel.

From edf.org:
U.S-China EcoPartnership will cut air pollution
An agreement signed today by Environmental Defense Fund and the Shenzhen Low Carbon Development Foundation (SCDF) will seek to reduce air pollution from transportation in Shenzhen.

From blueoregon.com:
The Yakama Nation vs. Coal Pollution
Tribal objection to coal pollution like the objections of conservationists and sportsmen alike has seemingly been not enough to stop coal from threatening the fisheries of the Columbia River.

From rt.com:
Polluted Britain: ‘Longest running infringement of EU law in history …
UK urban centers are set to exceed European pollution limits until after 2030, potentially posing a serious threat to the health of British citizens.

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