The Wheelabrator Waste to Energy Plant in Saugus, Massachusetts, has been burning trash to generate electricity since 1975.
Every year the US burns more than 34 million tons of garbage in incinerators. These plants are major pollution sources, and most are clustered in disadvantaged communities.
Children are the future, so why don't we listen to them more often?
The dangers of outdoor air pollution are now well known, but those related to the air we breathe at homes and at work are much less so, according to an international study.
Pollution in Shandong province, source of much of the ozone-depleting gas.
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Global CFC-11 levels were rising and no one knew why. Scientists turned detective to pinpoint the source.
Leaving your car running will marginally increase CO2 emissions, but it may massively reduce exposure to the toxic gases and particulates that are shortening thousands of lives.
Oil refineries and other industrial sources in and around Houston create some of the highest ozone levels in the nation.
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Air quality in the US has improved greatly since 1990, but a new report finds progress stalling in some cities. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is rolling back air pollution controls.
Just off Washington Square in New York City.
Trees clean urban air, store carbon, slow floodwaters and can be used to design safer streets. Scholars are starting to calculate what these services are worth – a fitting topic for Arbor Day.
Scientists have found microplastic pollution in once pristine spot near the border between France and Spain.
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New research finds tiny particles in the atmosphere had been carried nearly 100km. Should we be worried?
Fine particle pollution in Denver exceeded federal health standards on March 6, 2019, triggering a citywide alert.
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Are health risks from air pollution less serious than we think? Mainstream scientists call this a fringe view, but it's getting high-level attention at the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Childhood asthma cases caused by traffic pollution are on the decline. But children in some parts of the country are faring better than others.
It’s not all doom and gloom – pathways to restore the health of our planet do exist.
The world is on the brink of creating irreversible damage to the environment if better policy isn't rolled out. Read the findings of the UN report.
Phytoremediation uses plants to clean up toxic pollutants.
Scientists are finding ways to generate something useful from the pollution in our environment.
London: a clean future?
Drivers of polluting vehicles will face a daily charge, but evidence suggests it's a price worth paying.
Traffic flows into Manhattan from Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge.
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Starting in 2021, drivers will pay a fee to enter midtown and lower Manhattan during busy times of day. Will this clear New York's air and streets?
Unconventional gas wells are being approved in their thousands across Australia.
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Gas mining is expanding across Australia, and has been touted as part of the answer to cutting emissions. But there is evidence that this rollout will pose significant health and environmental risks.
Wood smoke may smell good, but it is not good for you.
The smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces contributes to air pollution and poor health.
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How theatre and artwork allowed us to better address severe air pollution.
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Filtering air uses lots of energy and concentrates harmful chemicals in landfills.
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New research in China adds to the evidence of a direct link between air pollution and happiness.
Applying nitrogen fertilizer to corn at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, a research site in Michigan.
Fertilizer is a key source of nitrogen pollution which fouls air and water worldwide. Current regulations target farmers, but focusing on producers could spur them to develop greener products.