Air Pollution

Scrapping the worst pollution-emitting stoves could prevent 22.5 million early deaths by 2100

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Martha Henriques
Solid-fuel stoves lead to high levels of indoor pollution, which lead to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths globally each year.
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The first large-scale study of cooking stoves that burn solid fuel such as coal or wood has estimated that phasing out the stoves could prevent about 260,000 premature deaths from indoor pollution globally each year. ... Read more about Scrapping the worst pollution-emitting stoves could prevent 22.5 million early deaths by 2100

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More Than 9 in 10 People Breathe Bad Air, W.H.O. Study Says

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http://www.nytimes.com - Mike Ives
The Hong Kong skyline on Tuesday was obscured by haze from heavy pollution. Credit Anthony Wallace/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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HONG KONG — The World Health Organization said Tuesday that 92 percent of people breathe what it classifies as unhealthy air, in another sign that atmospheric pollution is a significant threat to global public health. ... Read more about More Than 9 in 10 People Breathe Bad Air, W.H.O. Study Says

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Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

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https://www.theguardian.com - John Vidal
 Smoke billows from industrial chimney stacks in Shanxi province, northern China. The country lost nearly 10% of its GDP to air pollution in 2013. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Study finds dirty air takes huge economic toll on poor countries and costs the world more than $5tn annually in lost work days and welfare costs ... Read more about Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

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Global air pollution crisis 'must not be left to private sector'

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https://www.theguardian.com
 Pollution in New Delhi, India, last November. The city has earned the dubious distinction of being the world’s dirtiest city. Photograph: Tsering Topgyal/AP
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Energy authority says governments must take responsibility, and investment would pay for itself in health benefits.  The global air pollution crisis killing more than 6 million people a year must be tackled by governments as a matter of urgency and not just left to the private sector, a report from the world’s leading energy authority says.
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Air pollution kills 30,000 in Delhi every year

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/ - HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Pollution is a major cause for concern in Delhi
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Air pollution is responsible for 10,000-30,000 deaths in Delhi annually and is the fifth largest cause of death in the country, states the ‘Body Burden 2015’ report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Tuesday. ... Read more about Air pollution kills 30,000 in Delhi every year

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11 maps to mark the COP21 climate talks

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Elsa Wenzel
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Verbose. Indecipherable. Incroyable. Those are just a few ways to describe the dizzyingly complex COP21 climate negotiations in Paris this year.

Keeping the words to a minimum, the global maps below display some of what's at stake amid a changing climate, and where climate movement is afoot. Follow the links to the interactive original versions.

 

 

 Plume World Air Pollution Map

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China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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Ivan Watson
Where your used electronics go in China
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Did you ever wonder what happens to your old laptop or cellphone when you throw it away?

Chances are some of your old electronic junk will end up in China.

According to a recent United Nations report, "China now appears to be the largest e-waste dumping site in the world."

E-waste, or electronic waste, consists of everything from scrapped TVs, refrigerators and air conditioners to that old desktop computer that may be collecting dust in your closet. ... Read more about China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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Asian Cities’ Air Quality Getting Worse, Experts Warn

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Bettina Wassener
New Delhi is enveloped by a blanket of smog, caused by a mixture of pollution and fog. Credit Altaf Qadri/Associated Press
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HONG KONG — Air pollution has worsened markedly in Asian cities in recent years and presents a growing threat to human health, according to experts at a conference that began on Wednesday. ... Read more about Asian Cities’ Air Quality Getting Worse, Experts Warn

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China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

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Oliver Milman
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China and Australia top a global list of planned oil, gas and coal projects that will act as "carbon bombs" and push the planet towards catastrophic climate change, a Greenpeace report warned on Tuesday. ... Read more about China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

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Air pollution scourge underestimated, green energy can help: U.N.

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Alister Doyle
Artist Matt Hope adjusts the helmet linked to his air filtration bike in front of the China Central Television (CCTV) building on a hazy day in Beijing, March 26, 2013. Photo: Petar Kujundzic
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Air pollution is an underestimated scourge that kills far more people than AIDS and malaria and a shift to cleaner energy could easily halve the toll by 2030, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

Investments in solar, wind or hydropower would benefit both human health and a drive by almost 200 nations to slow climate change, blamed mainly on a build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from use of fossil fuels, they said. ... Read more about Air pollution scourge underestimated, green energy can help: U.N.

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