Pandemic Lockdowns Did Cut Air Pollution—but With a Catch

Pandemic Lockdowns Did Cut Air Pollution—but With a Catch

Gupta studies air pollution in India, and like many other scientists, he’s been studying how the lockdowns have decreased emissions above urban areas.In Santiago, Chile, researchers studied urban air pollution during those same three months and compared them to the same period during the previous three years.

Ocean Acidification Could Make Tiny Fish Lose Their Hearing

Ocean Acidification Could Make Tiny Fish Lose Their Hearing

“If you actually put your head underwater and take the time to listen, it's amazing what you'll hear,” Radford says.

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

“Sometimes conflicts like that just make it harder for us to go and work,” says David Molden, former director general of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an intergovernmental institution based in Nepal that works with the eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region to protect its fragile ecosystem and tackle climate change.

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

The US and UK both manufacture more than they did 50 years ago (at least until the Covid-19 pandemic sharply reduced output), and Germany has been a net exporter since 2000 while continuing to drive down air pollution.

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In fact, China’s push to continue cleaning up its air in the future could warm the entire northern hemisphere by 0.1 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, making it even tougher to keep the Earth’s temperature below the 1.5 Celsius degree (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warming limit that scientists say is necessary to avoid severe weather disruptions, increased rainfall, sea level rise, droughts, and other disastrous climate change effects by the year 2100.

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

That was 130 years ago—now the observatory is plopped right above one of the most densely populated areas of the US!” How could Lick compete with the likes of the Hubble Space Telescope , which orbits far above both light pollution and smog?

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

If it passes, the resulting revenue, which the state estimates would be on the order of a few billion dollars each year, would be used to shore up litter mitigation efforts and provide subsidies to the recycling industry, which struggles to compete with virgin plastic that’s cheaper than ever to produce, given the low price of oil .

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody Is Talking About

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody Is Talking About

It might surprise you to know that in the United States there are several hundred cities that intentionally discharge untreated, raw sewage into their coastal waters whenever their sewer systems are overwhelmed with stormwater.

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Scientists still have much to learn about Covid-19, but, says Jessica McCarty, a geographer and fire scientist at Miami University, “We know that there's linkages between people who live in highly-polluted areas and their likelihood of getting any type of respiratory illness, as well as viral infections.” Smog from cars, for instance, remains a major threat to human health.

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch since Level 4 restrictions were implemented and says working from home did not only cut emissions but could also reduce health risks.

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

In the world’s richest countries, which are the ones where environmentalism has most taken hold, the air, land, and water are all much cleaner than they were 50 years ago.

The Pandemic Has Led to a Huge, Global Drop in Air Pollution

The Pandemic Has Led to a Huge, Global Drop in Air Pollution

Courtesy of European Space AgencyWhile not a greenhouse gas itself, the pollutant originates from the same activities and industrial sectors that are responsible for a large share of the world’s carbon emissions and that drive global heating.

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Netflix’s newest superhero coming-of-age drama, Ragnarok, de-Marvelizes the viking myths for our climate-crisis age of Scandinavian child heroes.It follows Magne, an awkward Norweigan teen who moves to a town called Edda with his mother and brother.

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

The license to operate the two reactors at the Philippsburg nuclear facility expired at midnight after 35 years of providing carbon-free power to Germans living along the country’s southwestern border.

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

Scientists revealed that it’s blowing in the air and swirling in the seas and tainting our food and water, with as yet unknown effects on human health .Microplastic pollution isn’t particularly new to science—researchers have been monitoring the problem for decades.

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

In 1990, the state tightened its standards again, and added a new component: Its Low-Emission Vehicle program required that automakers sell some zero-emission vehicles, as in battery and fuel-cell electric cars.

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

To complement these findings, Ocean Cleanup used data on winds and currents to show that when pieces of plastic come out of, say, rivers, they tend to stick around the coastline.Ocean Cleanup reckons that in total, just .06 percent of plastics from the shore and coastline make their way into gyres.

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Iowa State University researcher Matt Liebman has shown on his demonstration farm that adding a third rotation of alfalfa or native grass to the predominant corn-soybean cropping system in the state could produce dramatic environmental benefits at no cost to farmers, including an 85 percent reduction in fertilizer use, a 97 percent drop in pesticide use, an elimination of soil erosion and water pollution from run-off, and a dramatic increase in carbon sequestration.

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways

Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways

They want Formosa to pay $184 million in penalties, the maximum allowed by the Clean Water Act. For more than three years, Diane Wilson and two other local volunteers have collected more than 2,400 samples of nurdles and pellet powder discharged illegally by Formosa’s 2,500-acre Port Lavaca facility.

A Global Pollution Observatory Hunts for Hidden Killers

A Global Pollution Observatory Hunts for Hidden Killers

Pollution concern also lay in the shadows, says Landrigan, because “all the attention was on climate change.” But several recent efforts have raised pollution’s status on the global agenda, with not just the Lancet report but also the work of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the World Health Organization’s first global conference on air pollution last year.

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Biden was the first senator to propose climate legislation, but he has not endorsed a Green New Deal or any other specific policies recently.

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos' Lunar Lander, and More News

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos' Lunar Lander, and More News

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos' Lunar Lander, and More News. Now, a wave of studies suggests air pollution is more harmful to us than previously thought, especially when it comes to dementia.

The Evidence Is Strong: Air Pollution Seems to Cause Dementia

The Evidence Is Strong: Air Pollution Seems to Cause Dementia

“I have no hesitation whatsoever to say that air pollution causes dementia,” says Caleb Finch, gerontologist and the leader of USC’s Air Pollution and Brain Disease research network, which has completed many of these new studies.

For a clean and green Pakistan

For a clean and green Pakistan

Provincial environmental entities can also play a key role beyond enforcement and contribute to the development agenda by improving their capacity to: promote green financing, mainstreaming green investments in the public sector; and support the adoption of resource-efficient and clean production measures in polluting sectors.

Environment report a clear picture of change: NIWA

Environment report a clear picture of change: NIWA

“The challenges of reducing our urban air pollutants and national greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a highly variable and changing climate are hugely important and affect all New Zealanders.”.

A Shocking Find Shows Just How Far Wind Can Carry Microplastics

A Shocking Find Shows Just How Far Wind Can Carry Microplastics

You might assume a film with more surface area would travel farther than a fragment, but that just hasn’t been tested.“That's one of the challenges moving forward is trying to actually model how these plastics move in 3D in the air, so we can figure out where they come from,” says environmental pollution scientist Deonie Allen of the EcoLab, part of the National Center of Scientific Research for France, coauthor on a new paper in Nature Geoscience.

Nearly 50% of Transportation Pollution Deaths Linked to Diesel: Study

Nearly 50% of Transportation Pollution Deaths Linked to Diesel: Study

Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a study found on Feb. 27. The authors cautioned that their estimates were "conservative" as their study did not take into account all types of harmful emissions or pollution-linked diseases.

Since China’s Ban, Recycling in the US Has Gone Up in Flames

Since China’s Ban, Recycling in the US Has Gone Up in Flames

“You may think burning plastic means ‘poof, it’s gone’ but it puts some very nasty pollution into the air for communities that are already dealing with high rates of asthma and cancers.” Hugging the western bank of the Delaware River, which separates Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Chester City was once a humming industrial outpost, hosting Ford and General Motors plants.

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Northern Australia’s torrential wet-season rains carve 10-meter-deep gullies into the landscape, washing an estimated 17 million tonnes of sediment each year into the rivers and, eventually, out onto the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).