Pollution News week ending October 27th 2013

The news and views from the blogosphere that caught our eye this week:

From phys.org Mon 21 Oct:
US carbon dioxide pollution down 3.8 percent (Update)
The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the second biggest drop since 1990, the Department of Energy said Monday.

From qz.com Mon 21 Oct:
China’s northeast hit by air pollution so bad “you can’t see your own hands in front of you”
It’s getting colder in China, which means firing up the coal plants and turning the atmosphere into a toxic sauna. And it’s not surprising that China’s first major “airpocalypse” of this winter season was in Harbin.

From grist.org Tue 22 Oct:
Can this air pollution vacuum cleaner fix Beijing’s smog?
What if we could just clean up polluted air by vacuuming it? A Dutch designer aims to find out.

From technologyreview.com Tue 22 Oct:
Noise Pollution Maps Crowdsourced from Smartphone Data
Noise maps are notoriously time-consuming and expensive to make. Unless you crowdsource the data from smartphones, say Australian engineers.

From grist.org Wed 23 Oct:
Nitrogen pollution from farming lingers for decades
Thirty years ago, scientists applied fertilizer to two test plots. More than 12 percent of the nitrogen is still in the soil, and nearly as much has leached into groundwater.

From insideclimatenews.org Wed 23 Oct:
What’s Behind Surging Ozone Pollution in Texas?
When ozone pollution skyrocketed in the tiny town of Boulder, Wyo., in 2008, it was relatively easy to identify the culprit as oil and gas drilling, the only major industry in the rural area.

From rawstory.com Wed 23 Oct:
EPA: U.S. power plant pollution has dropped 10 percent since 2010
The amount of harmful greenhouse gas pollution spewed into the atmosphere by large US power plants has declined 10 percent since 2010, the U.S. government said Wednesday. 

From resilience.org Thu 24 Oct:
Outsourcing Pollution and Energy-Intensive Production
Globalization has largely been seen in the context of the outsourcing of information technologies. But the larger outsourcing that globalization is leading to is the outsourcing of pollution.

From rawstory.com Thu 24 Oct:
Australia’s environment minister cites Wikipedia to dismiss link between bushfires and climate change
Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt has played down links between the country’s bushfire disaster and climate change after he “looked up what Wikipedia said”. 

From grist.org Thu 24 Oct:
Air pollution can wreck your mental health too
Bad air quality could contribute to memory problems, attention deficits, anxiety, and depression. No wonder you’re bummed out.


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