Pollution - page 5

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China’s massive algae bloom could leave the ocean’s water lifeless

Since 2007, massive algae blooms in the Yellow Sea have been fueled, scientists think, by pollution and increased seaweed farming south of Qingdao, China. The mats of photosynthetic phytoplankton (Enteromorpha prolifera) aren’t

July 12, 2013

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Air pollution in Singapore reached record hazardous levels

The thick smog from large illegal slash-and-burn land clearance practices​ in Sumatra has been carried by prevailing winds blowing from the southwest, and has been affecting Singapore, Malaysia and surrounding areas since June 13, 2013, pushing

June 22, 2013

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Malaysian cities shrouded by smoke haze from Indonesia

Haze from forest fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shrouded Malaysia on June 16, 2013, causing "unhealthy" levels of pollution in six areas. The Air Pollutant Index (API) showed unhealthy levels of between 101 and 129 in several areas. In

June 17, 2013

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Mysterious brown foam and fish deaths at Lake Mead, USA

Mysterious brown foam was found floating on the Lake Mead's surface on June 9/10, 2013. Park officials urged people to avoid the Overton Arm, after several dozen carp were found dead. Nevada Department of Wildlife is investigating the fish

June 13, 2013

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Fukushima leaking radioactive water - serious problems with spent fuel pools

On Saturday, April 6, 2013 operator of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station said that up to 120 tons of contaminated water had leaked into nearby soil from the No. 2 spent fuel pool (Kyodo). On Sunday, April 7, it said a further 47 tons may have leaked while

April 09, 2013

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Deadly levels of radiation found in food 225 miles from Fukushima: Media blackout on nuclear fallout continues

New data released by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) shows once again that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is far from over. Despite a complete media blackout on the current situation, levels of Cesium-137 (Cs-137) and Cesium-134 (Cs-134)

April 08, 2013

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Ocean Cleanup Array developed by 19-year-old could save millions each year, and impact human health

Plans were unveiled by Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, for an Ocean Cleanup Array, brought on after launching a school project that analyzed the amount and size of the plastic particles in the ocean's garbage patches.The Ocean Cleanup Array

March 30, 2013

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A satellite’s view of ship pollution

Scientists have observed “ship tracks” in natural-color satellite imagery of the ocean for more than a decade. Bright, linear trails amidst the cloud layers are created by particles and gases from ships, a visible manifestation of pollution from ship

February 09, 2013

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Oil showdown in the Amazon - Big threat to Ecuador's ecosystem

There's an indigenous community in Ecuador that lives in a part of the Amazon where there are jaguars and more animal life than the whole of North America! It's an incredibly pristine, remote area and the whole ecosystem has been preserved. But the government is

January 27, 2013

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Air pollution reached hazardous levels across Southwestern Asia and Middle East

Harsh winter conditions and large increase in natural gas prices have revived the use of coal which led to an enormous jump in pollution levels across the Northern Hemisphere, mainly in Asia and Middle East. When the weather is cold, people burn more fuel to keep

January 19, 2013

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Air pollution in China reaches hazardous levels

Air pollution readings in Beijing, China were at dangerously high levels for the second straight day on January 12, 2013 with hazy skies blocking visibility and authorities urging people to stay indoors. Severe pollution in Beijing is the worst since the local

January 13, 2013

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Smoke continues to plague India and Bangladesh even months after onset of fires

Smoke from agricultural fires continues to plague northern India and its eastern neighbor, Bangladesh. Thick clouds of smoke plague Indian subcontinent since late October, 2012. The cloud obscures northeastern India and much of Bangladesh on January 11, 2013. The

January 12, 2013

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US starts to ban bottled water

A law passed by the town of Concord, in the US state of Massachusetts, went into effect with the New Year, making single-serving bottles of water illegal. However, Coke or other soft drinks are exempt, it only applies to non-sparkling, unflavored

January 07, 2013

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Haze over Eastern China

Haze hangs over eastern China, particularly in the lowlands between ridges of hills and mountains and across the coastal plain by the mouth of the Yangtze River. The haze is likely a combination of dust and air pollution. In winter in China, poor air quality often the

December 29, 2012

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Smoke from India fires spreading into Bangladesh

Indian farmers often set fire to fields to clear them for planting. According to Indian agricultural practice, preparing for planting with fire has the benefit of clearing out some pests that eat crops and turning crop residues from the previous season into

November 23, 2012

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Sky-high levels of radioactivity in fish from Fukushima means inedible seafood for at least a decade

Scientists were shocked to learn recently that levels of ionizing radiation in sea life living off the eastern coast of Japan are still exceptionally high following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the region back in March 2011. And according to a new

November 13, 2012

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Dioxins - Causing generations of damage

A new study out this week shows how exposure to environmental pollutants can cause genetic mutations. Now epigeneticists found that some exposures can change how genes are expressed and then are passed on for generations. "Not only does the individual exposed get the

October 05, 2012