Slowing Cargo Ships Results in Major Reductions in Pollution


A new study indicates that slowing down vessels near coastlines by 10 to 15 miles per hour can dramatically reduce air pollution from the ships. However, only a few US ports have initiated efforts to apply this.

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European Union’s Initiative to Clean Up Waterways Faces Opposition


The EU is about to stop a precedent-setting initiative that was designed to tackle a common side effect of drugs, their impact on aquatic life. The landmark regulations intended on cleaning up Europe’s waterways of pharmaceuticals is likely to be quashed when it reaches a key vote in the EU Parliament next week.

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Swallows & Homing Pigeons Monitor Environmental Factors


A new study indicates that nesting birds that feed on insects that hatch in lake or stream-bed sediments make good biological monitors for pollution.

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Communities in California Are Plagued by Contaminated Drinking Water


Impoverished agricultural communities in Central Valley, California have been plagued for decades by contaminated drinking water.

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Old Contaminants Decline in the Great Lakes While Newer Ones Rise


The concentrations of legacy contaminants are decreasing quicker than previously reported in three of the Great Lakes, but stayed virtually the same in two other lakes.

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Presence of Hog Farms in Neighborhoods Raises Blood Pressure of People


Hog farms might be nauseating, but a new study indicates that a hog farm emissions, which include dust, irritants, allergens, hydrogen sulfides, ammonia, and other volatile compounds, could have an impact on the health of the people living nearby. Neighbors of such farms experience a rise in blood pressure when the odor of the farm is strong.

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New Chinese Survey Reveals Extensive Coastal Pollution


A national marine survey of China’s marine resources paints a disturbing portrait of its current coastal environment. The survey was launched in 2004 by the Chinese State Oceanic Administration (SOA) and was finally completed last month.

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People in Less Affluent Neighborhoods Breathe More Hazardous Particles


People living in non-white and low-income communities breathe in more hazardous particles than in affluent white ones. This new study isn’t intended to speak on the racial disparity, but on the widening economic gap when it comes to air pollution.

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The Health Challenges of the Growing Class of Megacities

Tokyo is the world’s biggest megacity at a population of over 35,000,000. Image via Wikipedia.

Megacities are usually defined by a total population in excess of 10 million, with an additional component of population density. Rapid urbanization will take a heavy toll on the infrastructure of local governments, if city planners don’t incorporate ways to tackle air pollution.

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Report Claims 100 Million Will Die from Climate Change by 2030


A new report commissioned by 20 different governments states that more than 100 million people will die by 2030 if nothing is done to tackle climate change. Global economic growth will also be cut by 3.2% of gross domestic product (GDP).

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