Pollution – GBRI
 

High levels of PM 2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter) from industries and domestic burning of coal and wood along with nitrogen dioxide released by older polluting vehicles is causing heavy air pollution in Bristol and killing at least five people every week, according to researchers at King’s College, London. The fine particulates […]

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The developed world thinks that every time some plastic trash is tossed into the bin, it gets recycled into something useful. Sadly, that is far from the truth. Most of the plastic trash from developed countries is ending up in poorer nations like Indonesia, which have filled the void since China closed its doors to plastic […]

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When we talk of air pollution, most people worry about the dangers from PM2.5, that is, particulate matter which is smaller than 2.5 micrometers. However, a new research led by Scott Weichenthal at McGill University in Montreal, has discovered even smaller and far more dangerous ‘nanoparticles’ that are being linked to brain cancer. According to […]

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People who commute by the London Underground might believe that they are protected from the high levels of air pollution due to vehicular emissions on the city’s roads, but they are highly mistaken. Although not many talk about the air quality in the carriages of the London Underground, a recent Financial Times investigation revealed that […]

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As the winter season approaches every year, so does the time of stubble burning by farmers in the north Indian states of Haryana and Punjab. Due to north-westerly flow of winds, the pollution out of stubble burning from the two states reaches the capital city Delhi and its adjoining areas. Coupled with the pollution caused by […]

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A collaboration between Danone and Dutch non-profit start-up Ocean Cleanup has resulted in the development of the Ocean Cleanup Interceptor, world’s first scalable solution for removing plastic from rivers. This new technology aims to stop plastic waste from entering oceans by first intercepting it from rivers. The Interceptor, which is 100% solar powered and uses the […]

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A global audit of collected plastic trash conducted by the Break Free From Plastic global movement has revealed that beverage giant Coca Cola is world’s biggest plastic polluter. This is the second consecutive year that the company has been listed as world’s most polluted brand. It is followed by Nestle, Pepsi and snack-maker Mondelez, but Coca Cola […]

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In a new research undertaken at King’s College, London, researchers used air quality data from regulatory monitoring networks in Europe and found that on days with high pollution levels in England, people suffered from more potentially fatal cardiac arrests, strokes and severe asthma attacks. “Many people may not realize how dangerous air pollution at high levels […]

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According to the latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), EU’s health agency, almost all Europeans who live in cities are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. Also, air pollution led to about 400,000 premature deaths in Europe in 2016. “Air pollution is currently the most important environmental risk to human health,” the EEA […]

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