Pollution News week ending July 27th 2014

The news articles and blog posts from around this polluted world that got our attention last week:

From phys.org:
Catching grease to cut grill pollution
A team of University of California students have designed a tray that when placed under the grates of a backyard grill reduces by 70 percent the level of a harmful pollutant produced during cooking.

From theecologist.org:
Germany and UK top EU’s ‘Dirty 30′ pollution league
A new report names the 30 biggest sources of greenhouse gases in the EU and the UK and Germany lead the league.

From leftfootforward.org:
Lambeth council accused of ‘cover up’ over air pollution deaths
The Green Party has accused Labour-controlled Lambeth council of a ‘cover up’ after a Green council motion was amended to remove references to over 100 annual deaths in Lambeth linked to air pollution.

From propublica.org:
Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution
For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to protect.

From grist.org:
Scientists could finally find extraterrestrial life – by spotting its pollution
Scientists could search for life on other planets by observing the contents of their far-away atmospheres. In particular, they’ll be looking for chlorofluorocarbons, because any old single-celled life form can spew a bit of oxygen and methane — but pollution?

From phys.org:
Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies
Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution—specifically ozone which can damage crops.

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