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Smoking in cars beats UN pollution threshold - Khaleej Times

Smoking in cars beats UN pollution threshold - Khaleej Times | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
PARIS — Smoking in cars raises levels of dangerous fine-particle pollutants to many times the limit recommended by the world’s health agency, a study published on Monday said.

The average peak during smoking trips was 385 mcg/cu.metre, with the highest being more than 880 mcg/cu. metre.

In contrast, particulate levels during non-smoking journeys averaged only 7.4 mcg/cu. metre.

The type of fine particulate that was measured is less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter.

These very small particles are considered dangerous because they can lodge deep in the lung, causing irritation.

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New ACS Podcast: Green plants reduce urban air pollution 8x more than expected - Let's Go!

New ACS Podcast: Green plants reduce urban air pollution 8x more than expected - Let's Go! | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
The latest ACS Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast episode concludes that greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously...

The study sought a better understanding of the effects of green plants in the sometimes stagnant air of city streets bounded by buildings, which the authors term “urban street canyons.” It concluded that careful placement of grass, climbing ivy and other plants in urban canyons can reduce street-level concentrations of nitrogen dioxide by up to 40 percent and particulate matter by 60 percent. That is much more than previous studies indicated.

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Twice as Many Coal Plants Will Be Closed by 2016 Than We Originally Thought

Twice as Many Coal Plants Will Be Closed by 2016 Than We Originally Thought | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
A new report updates the number of coal plants that will be closed down in the face of plummeting natural gas prices. (RT @RockyMtnInst: RT @carbon_silver: RT @cleancurrents: Coal plants shutting down faster than we thought!

Long story short, the regulatory climate for coal is slightly more favorable than expected two years ago. But it doesn’t matter, because “market conditions” are kicking coal’s ass anyway.

One market condition has to do with demand for power, which has slowed/plateaued due to the recession and recent mild weather. Another is the falling price of renewables. But the big one, the cudgel to coal’s head, is natural gas prices. You will recall that in April, natural gas generation equaled coal generation in the U.S. (at 32 percent each) for the first time since the Energy Information Administration started keeping records. Utilities are cranking natural gas up and retiring coal plants, mainly for economic reasons. Nick Akins, president and CEO of the coal-heavy utility American Electric Power, has said flat out that “there will not be any new coal plants built, with the current price of gas and the forecast for the future for gas.”

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Audi produces new e-fuels with waste water and CO2 | TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk

Audi produces new e-fuels with waste water and CO2 | TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
RT @Nate_Springer: The Audi #biofuel breakthrough? Fuel from waste #water, waste CO2, and sunlight.

These combine salt or waste water with waste CO2, sunlight and special genetically modified microorganisms suspended in pipes.
Audi says its e-ethanol can power petrol vehicles with only minor modification. It is already being produced by facility in New Mexico.
The e-diesel, which is set to go into production shortly, is capable of powering Audi TDI clean diesel models with no modification.

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10 Worst Polluting Countries

10 Worst Polluting Countries They're responsible for emitting more carbon dioxide than the rest of the world combined, these are the 10 worst ...youtube.com...
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Quezon bans charcoal production using wood products

Quezon bans charcoal production using wood products | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Charcoal production using wood products is now banned in Quezon province, the ban’s proponents linking mangrove depletion to an increase in demand for charcoal, particularly by stores in Metro Manila selling roasted pigs.
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Eastern adds fuel cell to its green initiative - "this is how private initiative helps a lot."

Eastern adds fuel cell to its green initiative - "this is how private initiative helps a lot." | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Eastern Connecticut State University’s latest effort to go green has reduced the university’s carbon footprint so much 313-acres of trees would have to be planted to have the same result.

The university has just installed a PureCell system combined heat and power fuel cell at the Science Building. The PureCell system is a stationary phosphoric acid fuel cell that produces 400 kilowatts of continuous electric power while also generating heat that can be used to for infrastructure needs. ...

The fuel cell provides a majority of the power required for the Science Building. The heat generated by the fuel cell is then used within the university’s infrastructure, making the system up to 90 percent efficient. The system prevents the release of more than 1,356 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. There is a reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to a conventional power generation equivalent to the environmental benefit of removing more than 136 cars from the road. The PureCell system also will save about 3.8 million gallons of water each year.

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Cell Phones and WiFi Contains Hazardous Electrical Pollution

Cell Phones and WiFi Contains Hazardous Electrical Pollution | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
See the results of the most recent study confirming that electrical pollution from cell phones and WiFi is hazardous.

The "electrosmog" that first began developing with the rollout of the electrical grid a century ago and now envelops every inhabitant of Earth is responsible for many of the diseases that impair or kill them. During the past 100 years, we have methodically filled in the electromagnetic spectrum far beyond what occurs in nature. ...

A recent study from Sweden is particularly frightening, suggesting that if you started using a cell phone as a teen, you have a 5 times greater risk of brain cancer than those who started as an adult.

A recent study showed that exposure to very-low-frequency voltage signals (1-100kHz), or "dirty electricity,” can greatly increase your risk of melanoma, thyroid cancer, and uterine cancer. These signals are largely by-products of electronics, such as modern energy-efficient appliances, televisions, stereos and other entertainment devices.

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Smog sandwich: Scientists say the air pollution produced by a single HAMBURGER is more than a TRUCK

Smog sandwich: Scientists say the air pollution produced by a single HAMBURGER is more than a TRUCK | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Researchers claim that the charbroilers send a staggering quantity of particulate matter into the ecosystem, more than any truck or factory smokestack.

 

'Emissions from commercial charbroilers are a very significant uncontrolled source of particulate matter…more than twice the contribution by all of the heavy-duty diesel trucks.'

 

He added: 'For comparison, an 18-wheeler diesel-engine truck would have to drive 143 miles on the freeway to put out the same mass of particles as a single charbroiled hamburger patty.'

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The Climate Criminals project: A five-pronged approach to climate solution - AMERICAblog (blog)

The Climate Criminals project: A five-pronged approach to climate solution - AMERICAblog (blog) | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
The Climate Criminals project: A five-pronged approach to climate solutionAMERICAblog (blog)The Climate Criminals project is conceived as a supplement to current action, not a replacement.

What is the five-pronged approach?

The Climate Criminals five-pronged approach is a plan for a cadre-led movement to:

Target the perps, the “carbon criminals”
Catalyze leadership among on-the-fence politicians and media
Unconfuse the people about global warming consequences ...
The first four prongs target four groups of perps who are blocking all attempts at climate solution and mitigation — carbon CEOs; their political enablers and retainers; their big-media enablers and retainers; their bought climate scientists (the paid “tobacco scientists” of our day). ...

The fifth prong is aimed at the people themselves. At the moment the mass of people are terribly confused — partly because writers and communicators have not told the real story well, and partly because the four groups of perps have deliberately reinforced the confusion. This approach attempts to change that — to unconfuse the people with clear messaging.

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Sharp reveals see-through solar panel

Sharp reveals see-through solar panel | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Sharp's latest solar cell panel seems perfect for green fiends living within a sky-rise condominium. Read this blog post by Christopher MacManus on Crave.
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What causes more pollution: grilling a burger or driving a truck 100 miles? | Equipment World | Construction Equipment, News and Information | Heavy Construction Equipment

What causes more pollution: grilling a burger or driving a truck 100 miles? | Equipment World | Construction Equipment, News and Information | Heavy Construction Equipment | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it

According to Bill Welch, the principle engineer on the study, “An 18 wheeler diesel engine truck would have to drive 143 miles on the freeway to put out the same mass of particulates as a single charbroiled hamburger patty.”

The Diesel Technology Forum is promoting the study to highlight the advancements made in clean diesel engines since 2006. Nitrogen oxides have been reduced 99 percent and particulate matter has been cut by some 90 percent. According to the DTF, it now takes 60 of today’s trucks to emist the same level of particulate emissions as one truck built in 1998.

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So now it's official? - Global warming can intensify tropical rainfall - The Times of India

So now it's official? - Global warming can intensify tropical rainfall - The Times of India | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
With every 1 degree celsius rise in temperature, tropical regions will see 10 percent heavier rainfall extremes, with possible impacts for flooding in populous regions.
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"Eco-Friendly" Mobile Phone Runs on Coke

"Eco-Friendly" Mobile Phone Runs on Coke | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Designer Daizi Zheng tells Rose at Dezeen that phone batteries are not very good- "it is expensive, consuming valuable resources on manufacturing,...

The concept is using bio battery to replace the traditional battery to create a pollution free environment. Bio battery is an ecologically friendly energy generates electricity from carbohydrates (currently sugar) and utilizes enzymes as the catalyst. By using bio battery as the power source of the phone, it only needs a pack of sugary drink and it generates water and oxygen while the battery dies out.

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Traffic Air Pollution Impairs Lung Function in Children

Traffic Air Pollution  Impairs Lung Function in Children | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Starting from infancy to the initial few years of a child are very vital in determining the mental and physical health of the child for a lifetime.

A new study suggests that exposure to air pollution from traffic during infancy could hamper the lung function in children up to 8 years of age. The effect is particularly pronounced in children sensitive to common allergens or asthmatic, the study says. ...

"Our study shows that early exposure to traffic-related air pollution has long-term adverse effects on respiratory health in children, particularly among atopic children," concluded Dr. Pershagen. "These results add to a large body of evidence demonstrating the detrimental effects of air pollution on human health."

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Ten percent of us can stop climate change - are you part of the 10%?

Ten percent of us can stop climate change - are you part of the 10%? | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
If only ten percent of us are able to change our mentality and lifestyle, we can stop climate change. So says Professor Karen O'Brien, who helped write the new UN report. (RT @PolarBears: Can just 10% of us stop climate change?

"This is because no one takes responsibility for ensuring that people are informed and that they continue to learn about the world once they are adults. It is hard to influence people's basic values and how they view the world, but I do not think it is impossible, and we must not give up."

"Among my children's generation green values are taken for granted, but among those my age or older we need to work harder. Not everyone will change, but perhaps ten to eleven percent in a society can be enough. They will take responsibility in leading the way and thus change their societies from within," says O'Brien.

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Design Critics: Landscape Architects Can Take the Lead in Designing Cities

Design Critics: Landscape Architects Can Take the Lead in Designing Cities | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
For the Sunday morning general session at the ASLA 2012 Annual Meeting, Bradford McKee, editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, organized a panel of some of the most prominent architecture and urban design critics from around the U.S.
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Cumbria's nuclear waste dilemma - still no permanent takers?

Cumbria's nuclear waste dilemma - still no permanent takers? | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
A proposed underground store for high level nuclear waste in Cumbria is proving to be controversial.

Experts say that waste stored at the site would be radioactive for thousands of years which has led to some environmental concerns.

As a result, a decision has been delayed until January 2013 when councillors will have to weigh up the economic benefits with environmental impact.

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Central Indiana man's home a part of National Solar Tour

Central Indiana man's home a part of National Solar Tour | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
It's a green energy option for your home that could end up saving you a lot of green in your wallet. A local man is part of a nationwide tour highlighting the benefits of solar power.

“$9.78 is our current amount due and our usage is 0,” said Thompson.

That's right. It's no mistake. Thompson's electricity bill is usually right at $10. He has solar panels on his home and generally doesn’t require any net energy from the power company.

“If you own your home, why would you rent your electricity? See it as a long term investment,” said Thompson.

Thompson’s home is being featured this weekend in the American Solar Energy Society's National Tour. It's one of just a handful of homes across the country on the tour. He said adding the panels a few years ago just made sense.

“It's a matter of offsetting those costs into the future.”

Now, his meter runs backwards.

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Climate Victims Deserve a Hearing, Whether Here or in The Hague - Huffington Post

Climate Victims Deserve a Hearing, Whether Here or in The Hague - Huffington Post | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Climate Victims Deserve a Hearing, Whether Here or in The HagueHuffington PostLast week, leaders of the 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly descended upon New York to open that body's sixty-seventh session.

Last year, several small island states called on the U.N. General Assembly to request an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the responsibilities of nations whose emissions of greenhouse gases within their jurisdictions contribute to serious harms in other countries. Sensing that endless political negotiations have resulted in little progress internationally, the islands sought to show that the climate change problem is one of law and justice, rather than merely politics and power.

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What the score? CO2 Now | CO2 Home

What the score? CO2 Now | CO2 Home | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Btw “@CO2Now: ATMOSPHERIC CO2 hit 391.07 ppm in Sept 2012 -- up from 388.95 in Sept 2011 http://t.co/pbiu1s8Q #co2 #atmosphere” #climate...

Why is CO2 significant?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the chief greenhouse gas that results from human activities and causes global warming and climate change. To see whether enough is being done at the moment to solve these global problems, there is no single indicator as complete and current as the monthly updates for atmospheric CO2 from the Mauna Loa Observatory.

What is the current trend?
The concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are increasing at an accelerating rate from decade to decade. accelerating from decade to decade. The latest atmospheric CO2 data is consistent with a continuation of this long-standing trend.

What level is safe?
The upper safety limit for atmospheric CO2 is 350 parts per million (ppm). Atmospheric CO2 levels have stayed higher than 350 ppm since early 1988.

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UK's Biggest Polluter Turns to Biomass

UK's Biggest Polluter Turns to Biomass | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Drax's $1 billion effort to help Britain meet clean energy targets (UK's biggest polluter turns to biomass http://t.co/uPtTAebt #coal #pollution #environment #climatechange #biomass #greentech...)...

The U.K.'s largest coal-fired plant will become western Europe's largest clean-energy producer with the announcement of Drax Group Plc's $1 billion effort to transition from burning coal to burning wood.

“We see a key part of our future as converting from essentially a coal station to a biomass station,” Chief Executive Officer Dorothy Thompson told Bloomberg. “It will take Drax from being the largest carbon emitter by site in the U.K. to being, probably, one of the largest renewable plants in the world."

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Chinese Billionaire Sells Canned Fresh Air to Raise Awareness about the Environment

Chinese Billionaire Sells Canned Fresh Air to Raise Awareness about the Environment | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Chen Guangbiao has recently started selling canned fresh air for about 80 cents.

But come on, nobody’s going to fall for the old canned air routine, right? Wrong, ”Chen Guangbiao: Nice Guy” air cans were flying off the shelves from the first day they were introduced, and they sold out in a matter of days. Just goes to show you people will buy anything…

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New solar cells can be printed right onto buildings

New solar cells can be printed right onto buildings | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it
The world's largest dye-sensitized solar cell has just made an appearance. These cells have a couple of major advantages over traditional solar cells: one, they're incredibly cheap, ...

DSC modules use titanium dioxide — the same stuff in old-school sunscreen — to receive electrons from a dye when it's struck by sunlight. They're not terribly efficient, but they're so inexpensive that as the technology matures it's anticipated that they will approach the cost of fossil fuels for production of electricity.

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A degree by degree explanation of what will happen when the earth warms

A degree by degree explanation of what will happen when the earth warms | Climate & Clean Air Watch | Scoop.it

Even if greenhouse emissions stopped overnight the concentrations already in the atmosphere would still mean a global rise of between 0.5 and 1C. A shift of a single degree is barely perceptible to human skin, but it’s not human skin we’re talking about. It’s the planet; and an average increase of one degree across its entire surface means huge changes in climatic extremes.

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