Cities Aim to Make Once-Polluted Rivers Safe for Swimming - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz - 30 July 2017
"Cities around the world are working to clean up their rivers. They want to make them places where people can swim and enjoy summer-time fun."
Are Your Clothes Causing Pollution?- Text + Audio + Pictures- 16 April 2017
"Very small fibers from clothes and fabrics are polluting rivers and oceans. They are found all over in the world—in fish and even in table salt.
Scientists say this important problem needs more studies to know how much damage the microfibers are causing-- and what to do about it."
Which is the world’s most wasteful city? - 27 October 2016
"Mumbai produces 11,000 tonnes of trash per day, Cairo feeds garbage to pigs and China’s waste is growing twice as fast as its population
– but it’s the wealthiest cities that throw the most away."
Plume LABS - Let's beat air pollution
The urban weather forecast to help you breathe better. - Know what you breathe in real-time in major cities around the world
- Protect yourself and your loved ones with personalized and actionable advice to beat air pollution
- Stay ahead of pollution and plan your day thanks to our hourly forecast (in a select subset of cities)
Great Barrier Reef Choking on Pollutants- Text + Audio + Video - 1 October 2015
"The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. It is the largest living organism on Earth.
However, the reef is being damaged by climate change and pollutants from farms that flow into the reef."
20 Countries that are Used as Dumping Grounds for Your Waste
"The safe disposal of waste, especially electronic waste, remains a challenge for many industrialized countries.
Due to the difficulties and cost associated with proper disposal of waste that contains hazardous components it is often simply shipped to developing countries as used products.
A lot of effort has been made to curb the dumping of waste in countries without the proper facilities to handle these products, but in many places the practice continues."
Air pollution linked to seven million deaths globally- ARTICLE + VIDEO- 25 March 2014 "Seven million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012, the World Health Organization estimates.
Its findings suggest a link between air pollution and heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer." (BBC)
News release on air pollution - 25 March 2014
"In new estimates released today, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives...
Risks factors are greater than expected."
Plugging tomorrow’s cities into greener power sources - 23 May 2013
"Cities are growing at a frightening rate, and using more and more energy created from polluting fuels.
In the second expert viewpoint in our Building Tomorrow series, architect Richard Hyams says urban environments can help create the energy we need." + a slideshow + Related articles
World Bank issues SOS for oceans, backs alliance - February 24, 2012
"The World Bank announced on Friday a global alliance to better manage and protect the world's oceans, which are under threat from over-fishing, pollution and climate change... "We need a new SOS: Save Our Seas," (World Bank President) Zoellick said in announcing the alliance... Working with governments, the scientific community, civil society organizations, and the private sector, we aim to leverage as much as $1.2 billion (762.0 million pounds) to support healthy and sustainable oceans."
This Is Not A Road "It's the surface of a Louisiana waterway covered with hundreds of thousands of dead fish, crabs, eels and stingrays — even a dead whale..."
The 25 Most Polluted Places on earth - with photos + video "There are many ways you can classify pollution. It can be chemical, radioactive, or simply the presence of improperly disposed waste products. While some places, like Mexico City, have a very obvious problem with their heavy smog, do not be misled. The much more serene looking Lake Karachay in Russia would have you dead within an hour of sitting on its banks due to heavy radioactive contamination. So, whether the pollution is visible or not, take note because these are the 25 most polluted places on Earth."
Masdar: Abu Dhabi's carbon-neutral city - 28 March 2010
"The world's first zero-carbon city is being built in Abu Dhabi and is designed to be not only free of cars and skyscrapers but also powered by the sun...
Masdar will be home to about 50,000 people, at least 1,000 businesses and a university. "
Boat made of plastic bottles sets sail across Pacific- 21 March 2010 "A boat (named Plastiki catamaran) made of 12,000 plastic bottles has set sail on a voyage from San Francisco to Sydney to spread awareness about pollution in the world's oceans...
The 12,000 used water bottles are filled with carbon dioxide to make the vessel durable and buoyant. The catamaran is powered by solar, wind and sea turbines."
Hong Kong's air pollution reaches record levels - 22 March 2010
"Air pollution levels in Hong Kong have reached a record high, prompting government warnings to people to avoid going out...
There are tens of thousands of factories across the border in southern China which adversely affect Hong Kong's air quality, but ... roadside
pollution remains a large part of the problem. "
Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait
"Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans
(thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on...
Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming. "
Tagging technology to track trash - 14 July 2009
"The ebb and flow of thousands of pieces of household rubbish are to be tracked using sophisticated mobile tags...
It is hoped that making people confront the final journey of their waste will make them reduce what they throw away...
In order to monitor how the pieces of rubbish move around the cities and beyond, the MIT team has developed a small mobile sensor that can be attached to individual pieces of waste. ..
Everything will be traceable. " - with a VIDEO
shows toll on world's oceans- 14 February 2008 "Only about 4% of the world's oceans remain undamaged by human
activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts
on the seas...
A study in Science journal says climate change, fishing, pollution
and other human factors have exacted a heavy toll on almost half of
the marine waters.
Only remote icy areas near the poles are relatively pristine, but
they face threats as ice sheets melt, it warns."
Pollution- with "a list of a few of the common air pollutants
and where they come from."
highway 1 United States : 1.1 California / 1.2 Florida 2 Canada...
"An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health
risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places."
with color, graphics, sounds and animation. (toxtown.nlm.nih.gov)