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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for most of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The issue is in effect for Sunday, August 9 for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. A Code Orange alert is issued when weather conditions are...
    LIMPIO, Paraguay (AP) — The Cerro Lagoon in the Paraguayan city of Limpio is sharply divided into two parts: one purple, one blue. One part emits a foul odor, the other doesn’t. The lagoon was split by construction of an embankment and roadway to carry trucks to and from local factories. Several months ago,...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The Oakland A's are heading to court as they try to build their new ballpark near Jack London Square. On Wednesday, Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval announced a lawsuit was filed against California's Department of Toxic Substances Control over alleged pollution at Schnitzer Steel's metal shredding facility next to the Howard...
    (CNN)"I can't breathe."Those three words were uttered by Eric Garner in 2014 and again by George Floyd in 2020, when both men died while in police custody.The words have become a rallying cry for protesters. But for some, "I can't breathe" is about more than police violence. Hispanics and blacks create less air pollution than...
    CHICAGO (AP) —  The variety of fish swimming in Chicago’s waterways have increased in recent decades, which authorities attribute to a decline in pollution. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District reports there are nearly 60 different types of fish swimming in the Chicago and Calumet rivers, up from fewer than 10 in the 1980s. Carp is...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The variety of fish swimming in Chicago’s rivers have increased in recent decades, which authorities attribute to a decline in pollution, according to a sampling study released Monday by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. The report claims there are nearly 60 different types of fish swimming in the Chicago and Calumet rivers....
    Thomas Le Roux - François Jarrige August 2, 2020 6:00PM (UTC) The links between the global coronavirus pandemic and ecological issues — particularly pollution — have given rise to much speculation and many controversies. Air pollution has been blamed for aggravating COVID-19 symptoms and for promoting the spread of the disease. One North American study shows...
    Alexandria Herr August 2, 2020 10:59AM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. Police violence and pollution are more connected than you might realize — and...
    By Nichola Groom (Reuters) - If your neighborhood was among the most polluted in 1981, it probably still is. Likewise, the least polluted areas are still faring the best, according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Science that analyzed concentrations of fine particulate matter over more than three decades in the United...
    A coalition of leading dementia experts has identified three new risk factors for the debilitating brain condition: excessive alcohol consumption, traumatic brain injury and air pollution. In 2017, a commission convened through medical journal The Lancet identified nine risk factors for dementia: less education, high blood pressure, hearing impairment, smoking, obesity, depression, physical inactivity, diabetes...
    Single-use plastics are something that almost everyone comes in contact with on a daily basis. They are convenient, long-lasting, and so ubiquitous that its difficult to find any product that doesn’t at least use some plastic packing. Unfortunately, plastic’s durability is one of the traits that makes it simultaneously so popular and so dangerous. Only...
    Smoke In Europe there are an average of 65,000 forest fires each yearBut the region is also enveloped by seasonal clouds of smoke from flames elsewhere. During the colder winter months, burning domestic wood contributes to a significant fraction of the smoke in the atmosphere, especially in urban areas, according to Professor Nenes. Further...
    Californians across the state are concerned about climate change and support plans to reduce harmful emissions and focus on renewable sources of energy. But there are stark differences when it comes to which residents of the Golden State see pollution as a serious threat to their family’s health. According to a new survey by the...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – As schools consider resuming in-person classes, students and parents are reminded of the risks that come with the airborne transmission of COVID-19. Melanie Sattler, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington specializing in air pollution, says most particles of the virus people disperse are caught by masks, but there...
    More than 50 facilities across the country that have faced enforcement actions for alleged Clean Water Act violations are among those taking advantage of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy that lets companies forgo pollution monitoring during the pandemic, an analysis by The Hill found. The temporary EPA policy, announced in March, says industrial, municipal...
    I Recycle “I recycle” is an application that helps us in the task of domestic recycling. Today, one of the main ecological problems we have is excess waste. Many of the things we buy on a daily basis come in containers that are then thrown away. IRecycle helps us in this difficult task of...
    Chemistry Studying a particular class of airborne pollutants, known as secondary organic sprays, Dr. Vasilatou aims to assess how its chemistry, as well as its physical properties, can affect the cells of the human respiratory system. These pollutants form when particles from natural and man-made sources, including soot from vehicle engines, factories, or fires,...
    Smoke from the fire that ravaged a Navy warship in San Diego Bay contained elevated levels of toxins, but air-quality authorities say area residents have little to fear.  The local Air Pollution Control District found smoke from the USS Bonhomme Richard contained a dozen potentially harmful substances but they were at levels which don't pose...
    Plastic waste in the oceans is expected to triple by the year 2040, more than tripling compared to current levels unless drastic measures are taken, according to a new study. The research, which comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ, found that 29 million metric tons of plastic pollution will enter the ocean each...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Code Orange Air Quality Alert was issued for the Baltimore metro area Monday. The following areas are under this alert: Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, plus Baltimore City. A Code Orange Air Quality Alert means that air pollution concentrations may become unhealthy for sensitive groups — including children,...
    Plastic waste in the oceans is expected to triple by the year 2040, more than tripling compared to current levels unless drastic measures are taken, according to a new study. The research, which comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ, found that 29 million metric tons of plastic pollution will enter the ocean each...
    Mother Jones illustration; Courtesy of Georgia State University School of Public Health For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.As the world grapples with the devastation of the coronavirus, one thing is clear: The United States simply wasn’t prepared. Despite repeated warnings from infectious disease experts over the years, we...
    Since Uber and Lyft burst onto the scene a decade ago, the companies have established a reputation for dodging government regulations. Now, California is working on first-of-their-kind rules to limit emissions from ride-hail vehicles, which could force the companies to get about one-third of their drivers into electric vehicles by the end of 2030. To...
    EAST SIDE — The Army Corps of Engineers is moving forward with plans to expand a lakefront dump site so the agency can continue storing polluted sediment from local waterways in East Side through at least 2043. The 43-acre site, which neighbors Calumet Park at the mouth of the Calumet River, stores sediment dredged from...
    A volunteer cleans up the riverbank surrounding the canal in Dhaka, Bangladesh; it was a canal before but continuous deposit of urban waste have clogged it completely.Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury |SOPA Images |LightRocket via Getty Images More than 1.3 billion tons of plastic waste will flow into the world's oceans and land over the next two...
    Even immediate efforts to reduce plastic pollution could leave Earth with 698 million tons (710 million metric tonnes) of waste by 2040, scientists estimate.  Immediate and globally coordinated action to limit plastic consumption and waste could reduce the rate of plastic pollution by nearly 80 per cent by 2040. However, even if such a 'best-case...
    (CNN)If the world embarked on an immediate and globally-coordinated effort to reduce our plastic consumption, there would still be an estimated 710 million metric tons of plastic that will pollute the environment by 2040, new research has found. The study, from a group of international researchers and published in the journal Science on Thursday, found...
    The role plastic products play in the daily lives of people all over the world is interminable. We could throw statistics at you all day long (e.g. Upwards of 300 MILLION tons of plastic are consumed each year), but the impact of these numbers border on inconceivable. For those living on the coasts, a mere...
    (CNN)Eight hundred miles from land in the Pacific Ocean, Emily Penn had a revelation. It was the late 2000s and she was working aboard the boat Earthrace as it circumnavigated the globe. Jumping overboard for a wash, she saw a toothbrush floating by. Then a cigarette lighter. Then a bottle top. Then hundreds of plastic...
    The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing major changes to how an internal agency body reviews permitting disputes, in an effort to speed development that environmentalists say will jeopardize the public’s ability to challenge projects that could harm their health. The regulations will make changes to how the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board hears disputes over air,...
    BRIDGEPORT — A new logistics facility on the South Side near the Chicago River could introduce hundreds more cars and industrial work to the area, residents say, creating traffic hazards and environmental concerns. Prologis, based in San Francisco, is planning the facility at 2500 S. Corbett St. and 2420 S. Halsted St. in Bridgeport. Residents...
    Joining global initiative to tackle plastic waste led by the UN Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organisation in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation MACAU, July 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (“Melco”) has become a signatory to the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative led by the UN Environment Programme and the...
    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated the waters of two remote beaches in Hawaii as being contaminated by trash, forcing the state to address the persistent problem of plastic deposited on its coastlines by swirling Pacific Ocean currents. The decision will require authorities to establish a daily limit for the...
    Rich Americans produce nearly 25 percent more heat-trapping gases than poorer people at home, according to a comprehensive study of US residential carbon footprints. Scientists studied 93 million housing units in the nation to analyze how much greenhouse gases are being spewed in different locations and by income, according to a study published Monday in...
    Tech giant Apple has said it will be 100 per cent carbon neutral by 2030 by offsetting emissions of the greenhouse gas from its operations. The iPhone maker said it will have a net zero carbon footprint in 10 years across its entire business, including its manufacturing supply chain. Apple is already carbon neutral for...
    The air pollution Professor Jordi Sunyer of ISGlobal, the Barcelona Institute of Global Health, was one of the researchers who discovered the link with soy and studied the effects of air pollution. “In the 1980s, domestic coal combustion was a big problem, and sulfur oxide levels were very high. This was controlled, but now,...
    In recent weeks, our nation has been forced to come to grips with the variety of ways in which inequality harms minority communities, from the death of George Floyd at the hands of police to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19. A recent Harvard study concluded that air pollution — which is typically worse in areas with...
    Hospital emergency rooms, hallways and even children's hospitals around the world flooded with coronavirus patients as the pandemic engulfed much of the world this year.  But doctors at several hospitals scattered across the globe noticed that one ward of their facilities was conspicuously quiet: the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  Usually busy with medical staff...
    BY SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Rich Americans produce nearly 25% more heat-trapping gases than poorer people at home, according to a comprehensive study of U.S. residential carbon footprints. Scientists studied 93 million housing units in the nation to analyze how much greenhouse gases are being spewed in different locations and by income, according to...
    Dharna Noor3 minutes ago•Filed to:greenhouse gasesgreenhouse gasesUnited NationsParis AgreementtechnologySaveAl GorePhoto: Matthias Nareyek (Getty Images) For the first time ever, the world will have technology to track greenhouse gas emissions in near real-time. That’s the promise of Climate TRACE, a coalition of nine organizations led by former Vice President Al Gore. The group says it...
    The Jesuit Post is urging the imposition of a U.S. carbon tax to “disincentivize” the use of fossil fuels and “generate revenue” to address the negative effects of climate change. The woke Jesuit order, which announced last February that its British contingent was dumping fossil fuel stocks from its impressive investment portfolio because of the...
    By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) MONDAY, July 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. air quality improved after businesses closed to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, researchers say. For their new study, they compared air pollution data for 122 U.S. counties between March 13 and April 21, to the same dates and locations...
    Anna Robuck July 19, 2020 10:59PM (UTC) This story originally appeared on Massive Science, an editorial partner site that publishes science stories by scientists. Subscribe to their newsletter to get even more science sent straight to you. The COVID-19 crisis has been practically defined by uncertainty – uncertainty about its transmission, why it impacts some people...
    coronavirusAs air pollution can cause respiratory difficulties separately, an investigation revealed that when they act together their effects could be even more severe. “data-reactid =” 19 “> Although both the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible From coronavirus disease, as air pollution can lead to separate respiratory difficulties, an investigation revealed that when they act together their effects...
    In the United States, around 27 billion animals are raised for food every year. These animals are subjected to lives in extreme confinement where they live in fear and pain. The cruelty that these animals experience is rather well-known and understood, however, the negative environmental impact that raising this many animals causes is less so. One...