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March 04, 2015
Smog film goes viral in China with 155 mn views in one day
Beijing (AFP) March 2, 2015
An online documentary on China's notorious smog has become a viral sensation with more than 155 million views just one day after it was released, state media said Monday. Under the Dome, a documentary privately produced by Chai Jing, a former anchor with state broadcaster China Central Television, detailed causes of atmospheric pollution in the country. They included slack government supervision and lenient penalties for polluters. The 103-minute film was first uploaded on domestic websites ... read more

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Fears over plastic-eating coral in Australia's Barrier Reef
Corals in the Great Barrier Reef are eating small plastic debris in the ocean, Australian researchers said Tuesday, raising fears about the impact the indigestible fragments have on their health and other marine life. ... more
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Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic
Researchers in Australia have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef will eat micro-plastic pollution. "Corals are non-selective feeders and our results show that they can consum ... more
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Clearing up Europe's air pollution hotspots
Current air quality legislation in Europe will lead to significant improvements in particulate matter pollution, but without further emission control efforts, many areas of Europe will continue to s ... more
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UI engineers find switchgrass removes PCBs from soils
University of Iowa researchers have found a type of grass that was once a staple of the American prairie can remove soil laden with PCBs, toxic chemicals once used for cooling and other industrial p ... more
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Turning smartphones into personal, real-time pollution monitors
As urban residents know, air quality is a big deal. When local pollution levels go up, the associated health risks also increase, especially for children and seniors. But air pollution varies widely ... more
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Iran MPs wear medical face masks to protest pollution
Iranian lawmakers wore medical face masks in parliament on Sunday in a show of solidarity with residents of their areas battling pollution from strong sandstorms. ... more
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Researchers develop new instrument to monitor atmospheric mercury
Researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science developed and tested a new sensor to detect ambient levels of mercury in the atmosphere. Funded ... more
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Chemical cloud over Spanish town after factory accident
A chemical accident at a factory in Spain on Thursday injured three people and cloaked large swathes of the region in an orange chemical cloud, forcing over 60,000 people to stay indoors before it disappeared. ... more
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Earliest evidence of large-scale human-produced air pollution in South America found
In the 16th century, during its conquest of South America, the Spanish Empire forced countless Incas to work extracting silver from the mountaintop mines of Potosi, in what is now Bolivia--then the ... more
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Choking in car fumes, Madrid locals curse pollution
Locals call it the "beret": a grey layer of exhaust fumes that blots out Madrid's blue skies on still days. For asthma sufferer Conxi Grau, it feels more like a tight scarf. ... more
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Emergency declared after Galapagos ship grounding
Ecuador activated a state of emergency Wednesday at the famous Galapagos Islands, authorities said, a week after the stranding of a cargo ship loaded with supplies that included hazardous materials. ... more
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Mercury levels rise in Hawaiian ahi tuna: study
Mercury levels are rising in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna, often marketed as ahi, at a rate of nearly four percent a year as the oceans absorb the pollutant from the air, researchers said Monday. ... more
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British city becomes first to impose public smoking curbs
The British city of Bristol has become the country's first to test smoke-free zones in outdoor public places, without imposing an outright ban, officials said Monday. ... more
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Ship grounding threatens Galapagos Islands
Ecuadoran authorities called for a state of emergency to be declared in the Galapagos Islands on Saturday as they aimed to limit damage to the archipelago's pristine environment after a ship ran aground. ... more
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Paris mayor wants to ban polluting trucks, buses
The mayor of Paris said she wants to ban polluting buses and trucks in the French capital from July to fight pollution in one of the world's most visited cities. ... more
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Soils could keep contaminants in wastewater from reaching groundwater
With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study shows that soils can filter o ... more
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Simple soil mixture reverses toxic stormwater effects
A simple column of common soil can reverse the toxic effects of urban runoff that otherwise quickly kills young coho salmon and their insect prey, according to new research by Washington State Unive ... more
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Mystery pollutant kills 200 birds in San Francisco Bay
The toll of dead birds found along the shores of San Francisco Bay has now topped 200. That's more than double the estimate that was offered yesterday, as efforts to locate struggling animals (as well as the source of the goo responsible) kicked into high gear. ... more
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China air quality dire but improving: Greenpeace
The skies of China's notoriously smog-filled cities saw a marginal amelioration last year, according to figures released by Greenpeace Thursday, but pollution remained far above national and international standards. ... more
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A spoonful of sugar in silver nanoparticles to regulate their toxicity
The use of colloidal silver to treat illnesses has become more popular in recent years, but its ingestion, prohibited in countries like the US, can be harmful to health. Scientists from the Max Plan ... more
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Yak dung burning pollutes indoor air of Tibetan households
Tibet, the highest region on Earth and one of the most remote, is associated with vivid blue skies and the crystal clear air of the Himalayas. During the long cold season, however, the traditional n ... more
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New contaminants found in oil and gas wastewater
Duke University scientists have discovered high levels of two potentially hazardous contaminants, ammonium and iodide, in wastewater being discharged or spilled into streams and rivers from oil an ... more
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Pollution soars in Chinese capital amid winter smog
Pollution levels soared in Beijing on Thursday to readings more than 20 times WHO recommended limits, as an annual bout of intense smog returned to haunt the Chinese capital despite government vows to address the plague. ... more
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India bans burning cow dung near yellowing Taj Mahal
India has banned the burning of cow dung near the Taj Mahal amid fears the famed white-marbled mausoleum was turning yellow from air pollution, an official said Tuesday. ... more
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