Ecology, Energy, Economy

Virus-sized Pollutants

Small but Mighty: Virus-sized Pollutants Affect Mexico City Human Health and Climate
By Rachel Hauser
Air pollution causes significant human health and environmental problems; in megacities, with populations in excess of 10 million, these impacts are magnified. A growing body of evidence suggests that atmospheric nanoparticles – particles between 3 and 50 nanometers, about the size of [...]

Addicted To Drinking Water

An Associated Press investigation found that U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways. These drugs often find their way to drinking water sources.
The report said, “Hundreds of active pharmaceutical ingredients are used in a variety of manufacturing, including drugmaking: For example, lithium is used [...]

NASA-Funded Carbon Dioxide Map of U.S. Released on Google Earth

from NASA
Interactive maps that detail carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion are now available on the popular Google Earth platform. The maps, funded by NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy through the joint North American Carbon Program, can display fossil fuel emissions by the hour, geographic region, and fuel type.
A science team led [...]

The Oil Industry On Cap And Trade

Cap and trade is a government and business plan to help reduce human induced climate change. Under such a plan, polluters are taxed if they go over the cap. Companies that pollute under the cap are given credits that they can trade in the commodities markets.
The system has been in place in [...]

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