Thousands march in protest as newly elected governor of Madrid ditches pollution-combating traffic policies

Thousands march in protest as newly elected governor of Madrid ditches pollution-combating traffic policies

While many European cities have begun implementing vehicle restrictions in an effort to fight local air pollution, Madrid has U-turned on it’s own “Madrid Central” policy, implemented just under a year ago, which limited or banned vehicles from certain city zones.

NewsJuly 1, 2019Kelsey D.
Thousands march in protest as newly elected governor of Madrid ditches pollution-combating traffic policies
NewsJuly 1, 2019Kelsey D.

Thousands march in protest as newly elected governor of Madrid ditches pollution-combating traffic policies

While many European cities have begun implementing vehicle restrictions in an effort to fight local air pollution, Madrid has U-turned on it’s own “Madrid Central” policy, implemented just under a year ago, which limited or banned vehicles from certain city zones.

After 4 decades of improvement, air quality in the US appears to be in decline
NewsJune 26, 2019Kelsey D.

After 4 decades of improvement, air quality in the US appears to be in decline

Many US cities are experiencing worsening air quality, amid an increased prevalence of wildfires and weakened clean-air regulations.

Lagos, Nigeria to establish six air quality monitoring stations in landmark effort to battle state-wide air pollution
NewsJune 20, 2019Kelsey D.

Lagos, Nigeria to establish six air quality monitoring stations in landmark effort to battle state-wide air pollution

In celebration of the 2019 World Environment Day, the Lagos State Government, with support from the World Bank Pollution Management and Environmental Health programme, committed to installing a state-wide network of air quality monitors in an effort to curb air pollution and its effects on local residents.

Utah’s air pollution mitigation efforts may be making wintertime smog worse
NewsJune 18, 2019Kelsey D.

Utah’s air pollution mitigation efforts may be making wintertime smog worse

New research reveals that ammonium nitrate pollution (NH4NO3) is better controlled through regulation of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions, than emissions of it’s precursor, Nitrogen Oxide. The findings, which are contrary to most pollution mitigation strategies in the United States, may offer a new approach to managing wintertime particulate matter around the world.

Sand Fire burning in Northern California brings area’s first air pollution alert of 2019
NewsJune 10, 2019Kelsey D.

Sand Fire burning in Northern California brings area’s first air pollution alert of 2019

Smothering hot temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds have rapidly escalated growth of the California Sand Fire. The fire, which ignited just 48 hours ago, has already burned 2,200 acres.

Flying the polluted skies - exceedingly high air pollution levels are causing mechanical failures in commercial-plane turbines
NewsJune 6, 2019Kelsey D.

Flying the polluted skies - exceedingly high air pollution levels are causing mechanical failures in commercial-plane turbines

While air pollution is often unseen, it’s having a visible, corrosive effect on some commercial plane engines.

Alberta’s raging wildfires cause dangerously polluted air quality, and point to a concerning global trend
NewsMay 29, 2019Kelsey D.

Alberta’s raging wildfires cause dangerously polluted air quality, and point to a concerning global trend

The Chuckegg Creek fire burning in Alberta, Canada has now scorched 107,000 hectares (314,000 acres) of land. Expert Edward Struzik explains how the situation escalated, and why such frequent severe wildfires may be the “new normal.”

Colorado’s 90-day air pollution loophole exposes the state to toxic air
NewsMay 28, 2019Kelsey D.

Colorado’s 90-day air pollution loophole exposes the state to toxic air

Colorado-based oil and gas companies may be taking advantage of relaxed regulation enforcement and a state law loophole, which allows unmonitored pollution emissions for the first 90 days of a new production facility, exposing the state residents to ozone and VOC levels exceeding federal standards.

Update: Jakarta residents file air pollution lawsuit, anticipate escalation to the Supreme Court
NewsMay 23, 2019Kelsey D.

Update: Jakarta residents file air pollution lawsuit, anticipate escalation to the Supreme Court

Earlier this year, we reported on Jakarta citizens who threatened to take legal action against the government, should another 90 days transpire without a clear plan to tackle the city’s air pollution problem. Now, the threatened lawsuit has been filed.

India’s air pollution problem has become a voting issue - finally!
NewsMay 22, 2019Kelsey D.

India’s air pollution problem has become a voting issue - finally!

As major political parties vie for position in India’s upcoming election, air pollution has emerged as an important topic in party manifestos, for the first time in the country’s history.

Dhaka air pollution is on the rise, despite new regulations - here's why
NewsMay 20, 2019Kelsey D.

Dhaka air pollution is on the rise, despite new regulations - here's why

Dhaka’s High Courts summon city authorities to address their failure to uphold newly established requirements, and discuss new ways to tackle the capital’s worsening air quality.

Mexico City’s current air pollution levels cause government to declare an Environmental Emergency
NewsMay 17, 2019Kelsey D.

Mexico City’s current air pollution levels cause government to declare an Environmental Emergency

Dry season conditions and rising temperatures have exacerbated hundreds of brush fires in Southern Mexico, blanketing much of the region in a toxic smog

Hong Kong air pollution is primarily attributed to 'this' unlikely suspect
NewsMay 7, 2019Kelsey D.

Hong Kong air pollution is primarily attributed to 'this' unlikely suspect

New evidence shows pollution emissions from container ships - not nearby China Mainland, or vehicular traffic - to be the primary contributor of PM2.5, Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) air pollution in Hong Kong.

Environmental campaigners in Jakarta, Indonesia demand action against air pollution, threaten lawsuits
NewsMay 7, 2019Kelsey D.

Environmental campaigners in Jakarta, Indonesia demand action against air pollution, threaten lawsuits

Jakarta residents urge the government to enact regulations legislated years ago, in coordination with the Paris Agreement on climate change, complaining that “nothing has been done so far.”

Sydney under blanket of smoke as hazard reduction burnings spread citywide air pollution
NewsApril 30, 2019Chloe P

Sydney under blanket of smoke as hazard reduction burnings spread citywide air pollution

Planned burning activities have spread an uncommon episode of air pollution over the often clear-skied city. With burnings set to continue during this week, residents are advised to stay aware of pollution developments and reduce exposure

Smog getting you down? New study shows PM2.5’s impact on human stress levels
NewsSeptember 4, 2017Paule D

Smog getting you down? New study shows PM2.5’s impact on human stress levels

PM2.5 particles are well-known to harm human health. But what else can happen when you breathe them in? Recent research in Shanghai reveals some unknown interactions of PM2.5 with the human metabolism.

Liuzhou Forest City offers a peek into the future of green spaces
NewsJuly 18, 2017Paule D

Liuzhou Forest City offers a peek into the future of green spaces

Architect Stefano Boeri Architetti paves way for forest, residential co-habitation with latest self-sufficient town in Liuzhou China

Economic cost of air pollution in Canada reaches huge $40 billion in one year
NewsJune 14, 2017Paule D

Economic cost of air pollution in Canada reaches huge $40 billion in one year

While Canada’s air quality is ranked as one of the cleanest in the world, the welfare cost of its air pollution is still significant.

London to impose new daily charges on polluting vehicles to fight air pollution
NewsApril 12, 2017Ronny Agyeman

London to impose new daily charges on polluting vehicles to fight air pollution

The new rule, replacing the previous toxicity charge, is set to go into effect April 2019 and estimated to affect more than 150,000 cars.

Barcelona implements Europe’s largest car ban to-date in a leap to reach WHO standard air quality
NewsApril 7, 2017Ronnie Agyeman

Barcelona implements Europe’s largest car ban to-date in a leap to reach WHO standard air quality

The proposed car ban will affect residents in Barcelona and 39 surrounding municipalities, removing more than 100,000 cars from the roads.

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