Air Quality

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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Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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Claire Provost
A Filipino boy washes his face in murky waters in Manila. Inaction on the environment will accelerate global poverty, warns the UN. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA
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The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday.

The 2013 Human Development Report hails better than expected progress on health, wealth and education in dozens of developing countries but says inaction on climate change, deforestation, and air and water pollution could end gains in the world's poorest countries and communities. ... Read more about Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

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Adam Vaughan
China consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined Photograph: US Energy Information Administration U.S. Energy Information Administration
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China now burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined.

The country's appetite for the carbon-intensive fuel rose by 9% in 2011, to 3.8bn tonnes, meaning it now accounts for 47% of worldwide coal consumption. ... Read more about China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

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Vincent Mudd

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Vincent Mudd

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Committe Chair - San Diego 2024 Exploratory Committee

Mudd is Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Carrier Johnson + Culture, long known as one of San Diego's preeminent architectural, urban design, interior design and brand strategy communications firms. Mudd is also a licensed general contractor. Mudd is Chairman of San Diego's 2024 Exploratory Committee - the organization responsible for studying the feasibility of hosting the 2024 Summer and Paralympics Olympic Games in San Diego.  The Committee will submit a final proposal the be selected as America's host city to the United States Olympic Committee in November. ... Read more about Vincent Mudd

4 percent of Chinese cities report clean air

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Zhu Ningzhu
Forty-eight percent of days last year in Beijing had clean air, while 16 percent of days suffered heavy air pollution.
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BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Only three out of the 74 Chinese cities that were monitored for air quality last year reported clean air, while the large majority suffered various degrees of pollution, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Tuesday.

The three cities to meet government-set air quality standards are Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, Zhoushan in east China's Zhejiang Province, and Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. ... Read more about 4 percent of Chinese cities report clean air

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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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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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