All the news and views from a polluted world that we looked at this week:
Japan abandons plan to reduce environmental pollution
This announcement comes as international negotiations regarding pollution and the environment take place in Warsaw, Germany.
Smog-choked China shifts gears in effort to reverse environmental damage
Amid public outcry over China’s increasingly unsustainable levels of pollution and environmental destruction, the government is reconsidering its ‘economic growth at all cost’ strategy.
Thousands in Naples protest mafia pollution
Thousands protested Saturday in Naples over illegal waste dumps blamed on the mafia that generate toxic fumes.
Minnesota garbage study offers ‘wake up call’
Food waste and other organic material made up nearly a third of what Minnesotans sent to landfills in 2012, according to a new state study.
Time to Speak Up Against Carbon Pollution
Last Friday, over 230 citizens voiced their concerns at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listening session in Chicago about proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.
EPA Offers Funding to Reduce Pollution from Diesel Engines
The EPA has made available $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesels
This Pacific island has so much plastic pollution it might become a Superfund site
Part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge is being studied for potential Superfund designation, the first time plastic pollution has prompted such consideration.
Report: City’s Highest Air Pollution Levels Found On Upper West Side
The Upper West Side may be wealthy and fashionable, but its air remains the most polluted in the whole city, according to a published report.
How Plastic Pollution Can Carry Flame Retardants Into Your Sushi
Research shows that plastic particles can absorb pollution from water, get eaten by fish and carry the toxins up the food chain.
Experts Warn Brazilian Pollution Poses Risks to Olympic Athletes
Many people who have been to Rio de Janeiro (including myself) were surprised when the city was selected for the 2016 Olympics due to the rampant crime and pollution in the city.