In 1952, London suffered from a severe smog that was the equivalent of breathing in acid rain. 4,000 people died from it and over 100,000 fell ill. "It is known to be the worst air-pollution event in the history of the UK" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
According to NASA, the use of nuclear power prevented an average of over 1.8 million net deaths worldwide between 1971-2009 as a result of lower air pollution from reduced coal usage. giss.nasa.gov/research/br…
60% of Plastic Pollution in the Oceans comes from 5 nations (China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) ecowatch.com/these-5-coun…
The pristine white marble of the Taj Mahal is becoming disoloured thanks to a river which is now too dirty for the fish that used to keep the insects at bay, pollution from industry and a nearby oil refinery, and despite folk remedies of fullers earth mud packs. Current status in comments. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Antarctica is governed by a treaty of over 50 countries banning all mining, pollution, colonization, or claims from any one country. Only scientific exploration is permitted and visitors must take every trace of themselves with them when they leave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Nuclear power prevented an average of over 1.8 million deaths between 1971-2009 as a result of lower air pollution from reduced coal usage according to NASA climate.nasa.gov/news/903
In Singapore, a $17,000 Mitsubishi car is sold at $104,000 due to taxes and fees imposed on the automotive industry by the Singaporean government, in an effort to limit traffic congestion and air pollution. dollarsandsense.sg/no-non…
Reykjavik's City Council decided to turn off city lights in order to allow residents to enjoy a fantastic Northern Lights display without artificial light pollution. icelandmonitor.mbl.is/new…
Today I learned of the International Dark Sky Association, an organization dedicated to fighting light pollution and preserving the night sky in areas around the planet called dark sky reserves. darksky.org/idsp/reserves…
NASA stated that the use of nuclear power saved an average of over 1.8 million lives between 1971-2009 as a result of lower air pollution though reduced coal usage. giss.nasa.gov/research/br…
China considers pornography to be "spiritual pollution" and has banned it since 1949. Usually the punishment is just a fine and a warning, but in 2005 the creator of China's biggest porn site was sentenced to life in prison. slate.com/articles/news_a…
On September 15 1989, NASA published a comprehensive report on house plants that are best for cleaning indoor air pollution ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nas…
29% of San Francisco's air pollution comes from China blogs.wsj.com/chinarealti…
A poem by Simon Armitage removed more than two tonnes of pollution from the environment. The poem In Praise Of Air, on display at Sheffield University, was printed on specially treated material capable of purifying the air around it through catalytic oxidation. sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/w…
In the 1980s, India released 25,000 flesh-eating turtles into the Ganges river in an attempt to clean up corpse-pollution. The turtles were raised on dead fish so they wouldn’t develop a taste for the living, as they ate mostly everything. The $32M plan failed due to corruption and mismanagement smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A man spent 3 years designing and creating "the perfect city' using Sim City 3000. The city, named Magnasanti had the game's maximum population of 6 million, no crime and no pollution. youtube.com/watch?v=NTJQT…
There is a city in Russia where the pollution is so severe that mining the topsoil is now economically feasible because it contains so many heavy metals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Polar bears have a bone inside their penis to keep an erection going, and that pollution is causing the bones to weaken to the point where the bones are breaking. psychologytoday.com/blog/…
Violent crime in the US and Europe was at its highest in areas with the most lead pollution. Violent crime peaked 20 years after lead additives in petrol and paint were banned, before declining thereafter. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
Today I learned of the Asian brown cloud, a layer of air pollution that appears over South Asia and the Indian Ocean every year between January and March when there is no rain to wash pollutants from the air. Nearly two million people die each year, in India alone, from conditions related to the brown cloud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
Companies will strategically places facilities where wind will carry pollution across state line archive.news.indiana.edu/…
In China, 1.6 million people die each year from air pollution. berkeleyearth.org/air-pol…
Despite having survived on Earth for millions of years, Sturgeon are now more critically endangered than any other species due to increased demand for caviar, over fishing and pollution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
The east sides of major cities in the middle latitudes like London, Paris, and New York are generally poorer than the west because during the Industrial Revolution, the prevailing winds blew smoke from chimneys east, and the lower class couldn't afford to move and avoid the pollution. ted.com/talks/stephen_deb…
When Neil deGrasse Tyson first saw the stars come out at the planetarium at 9 years old, he thought it was a hoax. Growing up in the Bronx, he'd never seen the stars before due to light pollution. aaas.org/news/artificial-…
A lawyer named James Thronton only works for one client- the Earth- and even managed to successfully sue the UK government to admit that it was breaching legal limits for air pollution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Only 10 rivers contribute to 95% of the pollution of the world’s oceans pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/…
In the 1970's, the pH of rain samples from parts of NY were at 3.3 due to pollution from the rust belt, the same acidity as grapefruit juice. The default pH of rain is 5.1. This prompted the creation of the term "Acid Rain." sciencehistory.org/distil…
In Beijing cars with odd and even licence plates will be banned from the city's roads on alternate days whenever serious air pollution persists for three consecutive days telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Volkswagen won an Ig Nobel prize for " for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested." improbable.com/ig/winners…
12,000 Londoners died over 4 days in 1952 when a fog of pollution rolled in, leading to Great Britain's Clean Air Act. today.tamu.edu/2016/11/14…
The switch to lower-powered LED lighting has not only greatly increased light pollution, it may not even be saving energy gizmodo.com/the-switch-to…
A Chinese Billionaire is selling canned air in China to highlight the country's pollution problems. The air is collected and compressed in soda cans from "revolutionary regions" around the country. npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/…
A world simulation predicts the collapse of our thermo-industrial civilisation around 2030 due to a growing and already unsustainable population, resources waste, pollution, belief of unlimited economic growth in a finite world and several other factors bit-player.org/extras/lim…
The Russian city of Norilsk, due to industrial nickel smelting operations, has such severe pollution that ponds within the city are dredged to recover the valuable heavy metals that accumulate in their bottom sediment nytimes.com/2007/07/12/wo…
"microbeads" used in exfoliating soaps are actually made of plastic (and they are a major pollution problem) cnn.com/2013/01/07/health…
Pollution in London was once so bad, that some train lines used detonations as signals, because drivers couldn't see the lights en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Greeks and Romans polluted the air so much, traces of their lead pollution can be seen in ice caps as far away as Greenland independent.co.uk/news/uk…
In 2010 alone, a peer reviewed study found that reductions in fine particle pollution and ozone pollution achieved by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 avoided more than 160,000 deaths and prevented 13 million lost workdays. epa.gov/clean-air-act-ove…
Naked mole rats are practically superheroes - they don't get cancer, their noses and mouths are unaffected by acid, they live 6x longer than other rodents, they hardly age, they can survive long periods of oxygen deprivation and can live in areas with severe heavy metal pollution. the-scientist.com/?articl…
A photographer taking pictures of air pollution unknowingly captured pictures of a couple committing suicide ibtimes.co.uk/china-lower…
The pollution in China reaches Los Angeles, California, USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Male Fish Have Been Found Producing Eggs Due To Hormone Disrupting Pollution news.nationalgeographic.c…
Sewer Socialists got their name from their perpetual boasting about the public sewer system in Milwaukee. They fought to clean up the pollution of the Industrial Revolution, setting up new sanitation systems, city-owned water and power systems, and improving education in Wisconsin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sew…
To reduce air pollution and ensure blue skies for Beijing’s 2015 military parade, half of cars were barred from the streets and nearly 10,000 industrial firms suspended or cut production to cut down on emissions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
The five worst cities in the US for air pollution are all in California mashable.com/2014/04/30/m…
"The Great Smog" of London, UK was a severe air pollution event that lasted 5 days and killed an estimated 12,000 people in December of 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
That, fourteen years after publication, Dr. Seuss removed a reference to pollution in Lake Erie from THE LORAX. Researchers informed him that the environmental efforts to restore the lake had been successful. The line was changed in subsequent editions. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
29% of San Francisco's air pollution comes from China blogs.wsj.com/chinarealti…
Indoor air pollution kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined. weather.com/health/indoor…

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