Pollution News week ending May 11th 2014

All the blogs and articles that caught our eye this week:

From news.harvard.edu:
Promising solution to plastic pollution
Promising solution to plastic pollution. Harvard’s Wyss Institute creates bioplastic made from shrimp shells.

From sltrib.com:
Is air pollution causing Vernal’s neonatal deaths to rise?
The rate of neonatal mortality appears to have climbed from about average in 2010 to six times the national average in 2013.

From ens-newswire.com:
Climate Change Forecast to Worsen U.S. Ozone Pollution
It doesn’t matter where you are in the United States – climate change has the potential to make your air worse.

From dohanews.com:
Doha ranked among the world’s most polluted cities
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released data suggesting that Doha’s air is some of the most polluted in the world.

From phys.org:
Nanocellulose sponges to combat oil pollution
A new, absorbable material from Empa wood research could be of assistance in future oil spill accidents: a chemically modified nanocellulose sponge.

From mbird.com:
Noise Pollution and Our Personalized Sound Environments …
Garber profiles throughout history how we’ve interacted with sound as well as current research that seeks to control, contain, and regulate what is commonly referred to as “noise pollution”.

From phys.org:
Call to use raptors to monitor European pollution
Predatory birds like buzzards, eagles and barn owls could be used to monitor pollution across Europe, say scientists.

From rtcc.org:
7 in 10 cities suffer from ‘dangerous’ air pollution
Around half of the urban population being monitored are exposed to levels of air pollution at least 2.5 times higher than that deemed ‘safe’ by the WHO, according to the data.

From triblive.com:
Federal EPA’s pollution rules may oust coal
The Obama administration’s ambitious plan to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants would be “the nail in the coffin” for coal, says the head of the industry’s Pennsylvania trade group.

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