Pollution News week ending July 20th 2014

The articles and blog posts that we found ourselves reading this week:

From yle.fi:
Beep, beep: Mobile lifestyles amp up noise pollution
The beeps, ring tones and audio notifications that accompany our increasingly mobile lifestyles are making themselves heard in the environment and more so in public transportation.

From gizmag.com:
Smartphone sensor generates crowdsourced pollution maps
Fine dust pollution triggers all manner of health problems, but accurately tracking its concentration across cities and regions takes considerable manpower. That could get a whole lot easier with a sensor that attaches to a phone.

From triblive.com:
Manpower shortage impacting pollution investigations in Pennsylvania
Officers, who stock fish and perform boating safety patrols among other responsibilities, are investigating only pollution incidents reported to the commission. Oftentimes, by the time they arrive at the remote sites, evidence has been washed away.

From themoscowtimes.com:
Moscow Air Pollution Reaches Especially Dangerous Levels
Moscow’s air pollution is expected to reach especially hazardous levels on Wednesday as temperatures in the city climb to 32 degrees Celsius.

From scientificamerican.com:
A Car That Is Smarter Than Its Driver Can Cut Pollution
Traffic jams and collisions aren’t only frustrating for drivers, but they multiply emissions and are potentially life-threatening and damaging to the economy. But these problems could dissipate as more vehicles take to the roads using smart technology.

From scitation.aip.org:
Australia eliminates carbon pollution tax
The Australian Senate voted 39-32 to scrap the country’s tax on carbon dioxide pollution. Prime Minister Tony Abbott had led the effort to go against the direction the rest of the world is taking.

from pix11.com:
Hudson River pollution makes waterway unsafe for swimmers
The weather is prime for swimming in New York, but don’t jump into that water. Many spots along the Hudson River are unsafe to swim in because of high pollution levels according to a new report.

from towncreek.fdn.org:
Citizen Enforcement: Preventing Sediment Pollution
Certain types of pollution—mostly sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus—run into the Chesapeake Bay and fuel algal blooms, creating dead zones where crabs, oysters and other Bay life cannot survive.

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