Pollution

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5.7 million pounds of air pollution released in Texas after Harvey landfall

According to reports filed by companies to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), 2.6 million kg (5.7 million pounds) of hazardous chemicals were released into the air by chemical plants, oil refineries, and industrial facilities from August 23 to...

November 21, 2017

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Delhi turns to 'gas chamber' as air pollution surges to extreme levels

The Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, as toxic smog engulfed Indian capital Delhi. In some areas, Air Quality Index (AQI) reached a maximum of 999 and went beyond what instruments could measure. According to...

November 07, 2017

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How toxic air clouds mental health

There is little debate over the link between air pollution and the human respiratory system: Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and aggravate various lung diseases. Other potential effects are being investigated, too, as scientists examine...

November 05, 2017

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Beijing issues first orange air pollution alert of the autumn season, China

Beijing’s meteorological authority has issued an orange air pollution alert for the next four days, the first severe smog warning since the capital city entered the autumn season. The heavy pollution emergency response headquarters said that the alert, the...

November 04, 2017

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Study estimates about 2.1 million people in United States use wells high in arsenic

A new study by the US Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 2.1 million people in the United States. may be getting their drinking water from private domestic wells considered to have high concentrations of arsenic,...

October 19, 2017

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Over 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced and most of it thrown away

More than 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been manufactured since the material was initially mass-produced in the 1950s, according to "the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics," which reports the majority has ended up in landfills or...

July 20, 2017

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Pennsylvania watershed contaminated with radioactive material and endocrine-disrupting chemicals

Hydraulic fracturing has enabled a domestic oil and gas boom in the U.S., but its rapid growth has raised questions about what to do with the billions of gallons of wastewater that result. Researchers now report that treating the wastewater and releasing it into...

July 12, 2017

Visualizing spills data from unconventional oil and gas activity

Study finds 6 600 spills from fracking in just four US states

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a study published yesterday in Environmental Science & Technology. The analysis,...

February 22, 2017

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24 cities in China on red air pollution alert, 21 on orange

China's environmental authorities have placed 24 cities on red pollution alert, strengthening inspections and enforcements to fight air pollution violations. According to the China.org.cn, the smog prompted 24 cities including Shijiazhuang and Baoding in Hebei...

January 02, 2017

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Air pollution identified as top health hazard in Europe

The European Environment Agency (EEA) released its annual report on air quality in Europe today, identifying air pollution as 'the single largest environmental health hazard in Europe.' Although air quality in Europe is slowly improving, EEA said it still...

November 23, 2016

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Tehran in the grip of unprecedented air pollution, over 400 dead

A thick layer of smog engulfed Tehran, Iran over the last week. The unprecedented pollution levels have set new records while more than 400 people were reported dead. The PM2.5 levels have reached values exceeding 150 micrograms per cubic meter, thus setting a new...

November 19, 2016

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Hazardous smog wraps Delhi, the worst in last 17 years

A thick layer of hazardous smog blanketed New Delhi, India four days ago and shows no sign of loosening the grip. On November 3, 2016, between 07:00 and 09:00 (local time), Palam Observatory reported the dense smog layer has dropped the visibility to only 50 m (164...

November 04, 2016

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Russian metal giant fined for turning river red with pollution

Norilsk Nickel from Russia, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium, was fined over a spillage near the Nadhezda metallurgical factory. The spillage occurred in early September 2016 and turned the Daldykan river red. After the images showing the...

November 02, 2016

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Huge toxic plume spreading through the Middle East

A fire at a sulfur mine and processing facility near Mosul, Iraq is emitting tremendous quantities of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere for the sixth day in a row. If this fire was a volcano, it would already be among the largest eruptions of 2016. NASA’s...

October 26, 2016

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Mercury contamination widespread across western North America

An international research team has found that mercury contamination is widespread across western North America in the air, soil, lake sediments, plants, fish and wildlife. The team, led by researchers from the USGS, evaluated potential risks from mercury to the...

September 21, 2016

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Harmful algal bloom turns La Salina lagoon into blood red, Mexico

The "La Salina" lagoon in Huatulco, Mexico, known for its pollution, has changed its color into blood red on February 25, 2016. Experts from the Universidad del Mar (UMAR) explained the phenomenon as algal bloom caused by pollution, lack of rain and high...

March 07, 2016

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Algal toxins found in 39% of assessed streams in southeastern US

USGS scientists have found algal toxins known as microcystins in 39% of streams assessed in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The results will become part of a larger, systematic national survey of algal toxins in small streams of the...

February 19, 2016