Air Pollution

WHO finds Indian cities have dirtiest air; Chinese data foggy

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Tom Miles
An effort by the World Health Organization to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing's measurements, like its skies, are far from clear.
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(Reuters) - An effort by the World Health Organization to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing's measurements, like its skies, are far from clear.

The study of 1,600 cities found air pollution had worsened since a smaller survey in 2011, especially in poorer countries, putting city-dwellers at higher risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. ... Read more about WHO finds Indian cities have dirtiest air; Chinese data foggy

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Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate

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Justin Gillis
Mario J. Molina, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his work on understanding the depletion of the ozone layer, led a stark new report on climate change.
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Early in his career, a scientist named Mario J. Molina was pulled into seemingly obscure research about strange chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere. Within a year, he had helped discover a global environmental emergency, work that would ultimately win aNobel Prize. ... Read more about Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate

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WHO: air pollution 'is single biggest environmental health risk'

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John Vidal
India Gate can barely be seen through smog in Delhi. Around 4.3 million deaths in 2012 were caused by indoor air pollution, mostly from wood and coal stoves in Asia.
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Air pollution has become the world's single biggest environmental health risk, linked to around 7 million – or nearly one in eight deaths in 2012 –according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). ... Read more about WHO: air pollution 'is single biggest environmental health risk'

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Climate action needs to be part of city planning - urban leaders

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Samuel Mintz
People visit the beach on New Year's Day in Durban, South Africa, on January 1, 2014.
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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From Durban, South Africa, to West Chester, Pennsylvania, local and municipal governments are trying to do their part to slow the advance of global climate change and adapt their communities to new climate realities, as laid out in the latest IPCC report by scientists this week. ... Read more about Climate action needs to be part of city planning - urban leaders

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Africa must work harder to reduce inequality: Annan

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Matthew Mpoke Bigg
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan attends a news conference with former President of Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa in Nairobi, October 11, 2012.
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(Reuters) - African governments should work harder to reduce inequality that has prevented the benefits of a decade of economic growth from being spread equitably, according to a report by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan released on Thursday. ... Read more about Africa must work harder to reduce inequality: Annan

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Experts urge urgent action to cut climate pollutants

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Gilbert Nakweya
Experts urge urgent action to cut climate pollutant
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[NAIROBI] Measures to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in developing regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa could benefit key sectors, including health and agriculture, experts say. ... Read more about Experts urge urgent action to cut climate pollutants

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Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector, 1990-2010

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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/ghg/global-ghg-emissions.html

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"This figure shows worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by sector from 1990 to 2010. For consistency, emissions are expressed in million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. These totals include emissions and sinks due to land-use change and forestry. ... Read more about Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector, 1990-2010

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Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Gas, 1990-2010

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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/ghg/global-ghg-emissions.html

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“This figure shows worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and several fluorinated gases from 1990 to 2010. For consistency, emissions are expressed in million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. These totals include emissions and sinks due to land-use change and forestry.” – United States Environmental Protection Agency ... Read more about Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Gas, 1990-2010

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Global Atmospheric Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide Over Time

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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/ghg/ghg-concentrations.html

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“This figure shows concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from hundreds of thousands of years ago through 2013, measured in parts per million (ppm). The data come from a variety of historical ice core studies and recent air monitoring sites around the world. Each line represents a different data source.” - United States Environmental Protection Agency ... Read more about Global Atmospheric Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide Over Time

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Air pollution now kills more people than high cholesterol

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Brad Plumer
Significant changes in Life Expectancy due to Air Pollution
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The Lancet recently unveiled a major overview of global health risks — and one of the most eye-catching papers highlighted just how deadly air pollution has become over the past two decades. ... Read more about Air pollution now kills more people than high cholesterol

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