Pollution News week ending October 26th 2014

All the blog posts and articles that caught our eye this week:

From theguardian.com:
Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by 7C
Scientists analysing more than three decades of weather data for the northern Alaskan outpost of Barrow have linked 7C rise to the decline in Arctic sea ice.

From grist.org:
The Chinese people care more about the environment than Americans
A new survey finds that Chinese citizens rank “pollution and the environment” as the top global threat. Americans aren’t so concerned.

From hellenicshippingnews.com:
IMO’s MEPC progresses work on air pollution and energy efficiency
The Third IMO GHG Study 2014 estimates that international shipping emitted 796 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2012, against 885 million tonnes in 2007. This represented 2.2% of the global emissions of CO2 in 2012, against 2.8% in 2007.

From express.co.uk:
Pollution ‘doubles risk of autism in children’
Pollution from cars and factories can cause autism in children, a study has warned.

From scpr.org:
‘Fracking’ fight heats up ballot in Santa Barbara
A massive oil spill in 1968 put the county on the map as the birthplace of the environmental movement. But for more than 100 years, the oil business has been one of the mainstays of its economy.

From yosemite.epa.gov:
EPA Finalizes List of Polluted Water Bodies in New Jersey
The most common pollutants causing impairment in New Jersey water bodies include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) (14% of impairments), arsenic (13%), phosphorus (9%), and low dissolved oxygen (8%).

From theguardian.com:
India launches air quality index to warn over dangerous pollution events
It will measure eight major pollutants that impact respiratory health in cities with populations exceeding one million in the next five years and then gradually the rest of the country, said Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.

From phys.org:
An up-close look at what air pollution is doing to your body
PhD candidate Luke Gamon and Associate Professor Uta Wille have been investigating how nitrogen dioxide and ozone, two common environmental pollutants, interact to cause harmful effects on the body.

From theguardian.com:
Richard Flanagan ‘ashamed to be Australian’ over environmental policies
Man Booker prize winner says he is saddened by the Australian government’s environmental policies and prime minister Tony Abbott’s statement that ‘coal is good for humanity’

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