Pollution - page 3

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Fluorescent blue, harmful algal bloom along the Hong Kong shores

A bioluminescent algal bloom created by Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle, is turning Hong Kong's seashores into a spectacular and disturbing sight this week. Scientists say the fluorescent blue glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom. Altho

January 24, 2015

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Mercury from gold mines accumulates hundreds of miles downstream

Duke University researchers have found hazardous levels of mercury hundreds of miles downstream from Peruvian gold mines. Researchers have determined that the health risks taken on by artisanal, small-scale gold miners extend far beyond the miners themselves. Based...

January 10, 2015

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Oceans are laden with 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighning nearly 269 000 tons

After a six-year study of conditions across the globe, team of international researchers came upon shocking results that the world's ocean are laden with a minimum estimate of 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing 268 940 tons. Larger plastic debris around

December 11, 2014

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Europe's cities suffer from harmful air pollution

Almost all European city dwellers are exposed to pollutants at levels deemed unsafe by the World Health Organisation (WHO) - more than 95 % are exposed to unsafe levels of some types. New annual report by European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals as many as nine in ten

November 26, 2014

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How carbon pollution spread across the Earth

New video released by scientists at NASA Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office reveals how the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe in a single year. The results focus on a period between May 2005 and June 2007. At the

November 26, 2014

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Huge amounts of carcinogenic chemicals contaminate air near fracking sites

It seems as though, with each day that passes, yet another health and environmental hazard is identified as being linked to hydraulic fracking, the process of injecting more than 200 chemicals at high pressure into the ground, shattering rock and releasing one America&#

November 18, 2014

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"Toxic leak" causes massive cloud covering parts of Moscow

Authorities have urged residents of Moscow to stay indoors with their windows closed, after a smelly noxious fog was reportedly spreading through the parts of the city on Monday, November 10, 2014.The smell has been detected in the south, east, and south-eastern parts o

November 12, 2014

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New toxic spills confirmed in Sonora, Mexico

After a massive toxic leak from Mexico's Buenavista del Cobre mine on August 6, 2014, three new toxic spills have appeared in Sonora, northwestern Mexico on September 18, 2014.PROFEPA, an environmental protection agency said late Sunday, September 21, that the new s

September 22, 2014

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Wastewater plants blamed for 3.2 million dead fish in western Mexico

Jalisco state authorities said that the death of 3.2 million fish in western Mexico last week was caused by poorly functioning wastewater treatment plants that failed to filter out untreated material.An analysis of water samples confirmed that at lea

September 03, 2014

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More than 53 tonnes of fish turn up dead in Cajititlan lagoon, Mexico

More than 53 tonnes of fresh water fish locally known as “popocha” began to float up in the Cajititlan lagoon last week, Jalisco state, western Mexico, prompting extensive investigations into the cause of deaths. This is the fourth unexpl

September 02, 2014

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Environmental disaster for years to come - Massive breach of toxic waste pond at Mount Polley Mine, Canada

A dam at a waste pond on Mount Polley Mine in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, full of toxic heavy metals burst on August 4, 2014, releasing 10 million cubic meters of wastewater and 5 million cubic meters of toxic slurry int

August 14, 2014

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Fracking - researching biological fallout of shale-gas production must become a top priority

Natural-gas production from shale rock has increased by more than 700 percent since 2007 in the United States alone. Yet scientists still do not fully understand the industry's effects on nature and wildlife, according to a report in the journal Frontiers in Ec

August 02, 2014

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Insecticides similar to nicotine widespread in U.S. Midwest

Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one of the

July 24, 2014

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Commonly used chemicals present in Minnesota groundwater

A significant number of urban water wells in Minnesota — over a third of those studied — contain chemicals from consumer and industrial products, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.From November 2009 through June 2012, USGS and Minnesota P

July 11, 2014

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Plastic waste found in open oceans may be passing to the marine food chain

Researchers have demonstrated the existence of five large accumulations of plastic waste in the open ocean, which match with the five major twists of surface water circulation...However, central surface waters of the oceans may not be the final destination of plastic de

July 01, 2014

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New images highlight U.S. air quality improvement

Anyone living in a major U.S. city for the past decade may have noticed a change in the air. The change is apparent in new NASA satellite images unveiled this week that demonstrate the reduction of air pollution across the country.After ten years in orbit, the Ozone

June 26, 2014

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Los Angeles neighborhood tests positive for hazardous lead contamination

A quiet neighborhood nestled near the Los Angeles River known as Boyle Heights is slowly being invaded, ever so slightly, by hazardous lead levels. The residents, standing on the curb of their beautiful tree-lined streets, didn't see the invasion oncoming, but

March 19, 2014