Category: Air Pollution

‘Hidden Risk’: Mercury Pollution’s Costs to Wildlife and People

Written by | January 24th, 2012

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Mercury pollution isn’t just for fish eaters in the Northeast anymore — it’s all over the globe and in our terrestrial wildlife, says a new report coauthored by Nature Conservancy science.

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, December 22

Written by | December 22nd, 2011

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The Grinch visits Canada this Christmas.

  1. Most years, 85% of Canada has a white Christmas. This isn’t one of those years. (The National Post)
  2. New rules will limit mercury and other toxic pollutants in our air, water and food. (Huffington Post Green)
  3. The world’s first solar powered menorah lights up Woodstock, NY. (Grist)
  4. The biblical Christmas story may need a rewriting: Frankincense tree headed for extinction. (CBS News)
  5. The European Union will begin charging airlines for their greenhouse gas emissions. (NY Times)

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, September 22

Written by | September 22nd, 2011

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This morning’s green news round-up is no joke.

  1. When it comes to technology vs. nature, “the kids are all right,” writes our lead scientist Sanjayan. (Huffington Post Green)
  2. A professor survives two days in an airtight container just by breathing the oxygen released by 150 houseplants. (Green)
  3. Bill Clinton on U.S. climate change deniers: “We look like a joke.” (Grist)
  4. Find yourself a green job. Here’s how. (The Daily Green)
  5. A new study says pollution from cars can trigger a heart attack. (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, July 25

Written by | July 25th, 2011

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Droppin’ some green knowledge on ya:

  1. Can’t improve upon this headline: “Pulling power from the air just. Got. Real.” (Gas 2.0)
  2. Wedding season‘s in full swing! Here’s how to pick a (hopefully) sustainable dinner option. (Grist)
  3. Those lucky Brooklynites just got their first certified green Chinese restaurant. (Treehugger)
  4. A few top environmental thought-leaders assess President Obama‘s environmental record. (YaleE360)
  5. The “Toxic 20″ is a list you definitely don’t want to see your home state on. (The Daily Green)

Cool Green Morning: Friday, July 8

Written by | July 8th, 2011

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Air pollution, haboobs and puffins… the hottest green topics, delivered straight to your (virtual) doorstep:

  1. A new study finds nearly 1 in 10 fish in the Pacific have consumed plastic. (The Christian Science Monitor)
  2. Do smoggy skies make you feel depressed? It’s not just your imagination. (TreeHugger)
  3. Is the giant dust storm (aka “haboob”) that overtook Phoenix a glimpse of the future? (Climate Progress)
  4. The secret lives of puffins are revealed via underground cameras. (BBC)
  5. Giving local communities, not governments, control is what helps slow deforestation. (Mongabay)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, July 6

Written by | July 6th, 2011

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Get your green news on:

  1. Stop making excuses and ride your bike to work already. (Treehugger)
  2. California fights invasive light-brown apple moths with native stinger-less wasps. (Los Angeles Times)
  3. London’s poor air quality may leave a dark cloud over next summer’s Olympic Games. (Huffington Post)
  4. This invasive plant is cropping up all over New York– and beware, it can cause blisters, scarring and even blindness. (Associated Press, via Christian Science Monitor)
  5. The Bahamas bans shark fishing. (Green)

 

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, June 28

Written by | June 28th, 2011

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5 green questions for your day:

  1. How many people could eat with the food waste from U.S. dumpsters? (Grist)
  2. Love reality cooking shows? Check out this one that aims to help the world. (Dot Earth)
  3. Metal fatigue can cause sudden collapse in airplanes–is there something similar in the Earth’s climate? (Earth Watch)
  4. Sure, lions and tigers are cool animals, but have you heard of these evolutionary wonders? (Wired)
  5. Can a billboard fight air pollution? Maybe if it’s made of plants. (GoodCleanTech)

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, June 9

Written by | June 9th, 2011

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Every cool green day gets you closer to a cool green weekend:

  1. 6 times more plastic than plankton in our oceans? That’s a good reason to ban plastic bottles. (Treehugger)
  2. A new survey says the world’s tropical forests are better managed now than 5 years ago. (BBC)
  3. Why do bacteria like E. coli flourish on certain types of farms? (Scientific American)
  4. Climate change will have huge impacts on air quality, says new study. (Grist)
  5. Ever wonder what it’s like to be a field conservationist in Africa? These bloggers can tell you. (YaleE360)

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, May 19

Written by | May 19th, 2011

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Deforestation, species extinction, primate wars… being green is serious business:

  1. It’s chimpanzee vs. red colobus monkey in Uganda, and it may be a battle to the death. (Extinction Countdown)
  2. Speaking of: scientists disagree over a new study that says species extinction rates from habitat loss are always overestimated. (Dot Earth)
  3. Could the extra CO2 we’re spewing into the atmosphere be converted to fuel? (YaleE360)
  4. Meet a 10-year-old eco-activist who’s battling a fast food chain to save U.S. forests. (Mongabay)
  5. The Yangtze is low, the Mississippi high… what can these rivers tell us about the future of green development? (Green Biz)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, April 25

Written by | April 25th, 2011

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Seriously, people are standing in line to smell a flower that exudes the scent of rotting flesh?

  1. Do you live in one of the 10 least green states in America? Check the list. (Huffington Post Green)
  2. Thousands are flocking to see the “smelly corpse flower” in Switzerland. (BBC)
  3. A Congressional budget bill rider means wolf hunts are returning to Idaho, Montana. (L.A. Times)
  4. London Olympics pollution on pace to land a huge fine from IOC. (Guardian Eco)
  5. Zimbabwe plans to feed elephants to hungry prisoners. (Treehugger)

 

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