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…
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…
60% of Plastic Pollution in the Oceans comes from 5 nations (China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) ecowatch.com/these-5-coun…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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-…
29% of San Francisco's air pollution comes from China blogs.wsj.com/chinarealti…
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…
Companies will strategically places facilities where wind will carry pollution across state line archive.news.indiana.edu/…
Only 10 rivers contribute to 95% of the pollution of the world’s oceans pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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/…
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…
In China, 1.6 million people die each year from air pollution. berkeleyearth.org/air-pol…
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…
In 2010, the US Embassy in Beijing began tweeting daily air quality data for its employees. Chinese citizens took notice, exposing under-reporting of pollution by the Chinese government. This outrage forced Chinese gov't to get serious about addressing pollution. wired.com/2015/03/opinion…
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-…
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…
Slash and burn practices in Indonesia have essentially turned the whole country into a perpetual forest fire, causing widespread pollution problems across all of Southeast Asia every year in the dry season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
Male Fish Have Been Found Producing Eggs Due To Hormone Disrupting Pollution news.nationalgeographic.c…
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…
"microbeads" used in exfoliating soaps are actually made of plastic (and they are a major pollution problem) cnn.com/2013/01/07/health…
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…
"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…
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…
The five worst cities in the US for air pollution are all in California mashable.com/2014/04/30/m…
The black bricks of the UK Prime Minister's residence, 10 Downing Street, were originally yellow - only darkening due to centuries of pollution. When renovations were made in 1958 it was decided to paint the brick black, as the color had become associated with the building in the public's minds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
The invasive plant Kudzu produces so much ozone that it "completely overcomes the reductions in ozone realized from automobile pollution control legislation" news.virginia.edu/content…
29% of San Francisco's air pollution comes from China blogs.wsj.com/chinarealti…
Nuclear power has prevented 1.84 million air-pollution related deaths, and could save as many as 7.04 million lives by 2050 pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1…
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…
Part of Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio was an EPA Superfund site up until 2012. Ford, 3M, Chrysler and Waste Management of Ohio were all held liable for the pollution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuy…
Indoor air pollution kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined. weather.com/health/indoor…
The peppered moth evolved to a darker color due to coal pollution during the Industrial Revolution. It then became lighter after pollution regulations cut down sooty coal emissions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pep…
There are "cancer villages" in China, where residents are hundreds of times more susceptible to cancer due to pollution. guardian.co.uk/environmen…
30% of the air pollution in California is from Asia pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1…
Noise pollution is deadly to whales: sonar can directly inflict fatal physical trauma and decompression sickness (akin to "the bends"). Individualsβ€”sometimes entire podsβ€”will beach themselves to escape, whereupon they will choke to death under their own weight or drown at high tide. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
China has doubled its output in pollution since 2005 slate.com/articles/techno…
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…
Insects could one day replace beef as a major source of protein in human nutrition. Compared to beef animals, most insects can produce food 20 times more efficiently, are readily available worldwide, cause little pollution, and also contain all the amino acids necessary for health. researchgate.net/publicat…
Scientists warn, 99% of seabirds will have swallowed plastic by 2050.Some studies have shown plastic pollution can amount to 580,000 pieces of plastic per square km in the ocean."With the plastics problem, you're really just asking people to dispose of plastics more responsibly." mashable.com/2015/09/02/s…
The Andromeda galaxy is actually 8 times larger than the moon in the night sky, but is hard to make out unless there's minimal light pollution noao.edu/outreach/aop/obs…
When synthetic jackets made of microfibers are washed, on average 1.7 grams of microfibers are released, and up to 40% of them enter into rivers, lakes, and oceans to contribute to the overall plastic pollution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In Los Angeles, tire rubber is the 13th most significant source of air pollution. sciencenetlinks.com/scien…
Scientists have begun using the soot on feathers of birds in museum collections to track changes in air pollution over the last century. The specimens yield very precise data on black carbon levels. atlasobscura.com/articles…
China shut down nearby factories and ordered half the cars off the road to reduce pollution during the Olympics. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Ohio has the highest industrial air pollution in the United States worldatlas.com/articles/t…
Due to pollution and malnutrition more than 40 million people in mainland China have been diagnosed as infertile. scmp.com/news/china/artic…
Volkswagen paid a $120k fine to the EPA in 1973 for using "defeat devices" to disable pollution-control systems autosafety.org/sites/defa…
Today I learned about Owens Lake. Located in South-eastern California, it has been mostly dry since 1913 when the Owens River was diverted to supply water to Los Angeles. It is now the LARGEST single source of dust pollution in the entire United States. npr.org/2013/03/11/173463…
For the China's Victory Day parade, in Shanghai 2015, they forced 5 million cars to drive on different days, and implemented new restrictions on factory pollution to create a blue sky, and caused the air quality to be scientifically considered healthy. nextshark.com/beijing-pol…
Palomar Observatory representatives have managed to persuade the city councils of San Diego and its neighboring communities to light their streets with low-pressure sodium lamps in order to reduce light pollution for their astronomers articles.latimes.com/1985…
Monsanto once tried to genetically engineer blue cotton, to produce denim without the use of dyes, reducing the pollution involved in the dyeing process. connection.ebscohost.com/…
Today I learned about the Bortle Scale, a nine-point scale that measures the night sky's brightness in a given location based on celestial bodies being visible and/or light pollution preventing it. skyandtelescope.com/astro…
There is so much heavy metal pollution around the Russian city of Norilsk, mining the surface soil has become economically feasible. nytimes.com/2007/07/12/wo…
In 2009, an estimated 31,000,000 birds died from being confused by light pollution while migrating overnight. Simply turning off the lights can potentially save tens of millions of birds from colliding with glass. goldengateaudubon.org/con…
Norilsk, an industrial city in northern Russia, is so polluted that mining the surface soil around the city is now economically profitable due to extreme levels of heavy metal pollution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
One of The Osmonds’ biggest UK hits is β€œCrazy Horses,” a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal song about air pollution that has been covered by numerous bands, including KMFDM en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
In the early years of the 20th century, horses were causing so much pollution with their poop that automobiles were seen as the "green" alternative. banhdc.org/archives/ch-hi…
There is an industrial park in Denmark where companies have collaborated to use each others' waste in an effort to reduce pollution. This is known as "industrial symbiosis" and reduces pollution while cutting costs because waste from one plant serves as raw material for another. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
You can see China's pollution from space
During restoration/cleaning work in the 50s, 10 Downing street turned out to be a completely different colour under a crust of two centuries of pollution. It's now regularly painted black over the yellow brickwork to keep the traditional grimed black look. gov.uk/government/history…
Google hires a herder from the California Grazing Company to keep the brush and grass around the building short without creating more air pollution. ehow.com/info_8635234_fun…
Cats are the biggest human-linked cause of death for native animals in the US, with a bigger impact than habitat destruction, pesticides, pollution and collisions with cars. australiangeographic.com.…
Helicopter commuting already existed in the late 40s in New York, between Manhattan and nearby Airports. At one point, it served more than 500.000 passengers per year, but ended tragically due to crashes and noise pollution. youtube.com/watch?v=8nbz5…
4.3 million people die each year due to indoor air pollution mainly caused by the burning of solid fuels. These fuels fill houses with smoke that causes various diseases. ourworldindata.org/indoor…
Today I learned of the Great Smog, between December 5-9, 1952 in London, England. Windless conditions combined with the use of coal and is known as the worst air pollution event in the history of the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Mollusks (clams, mussels, etc) are essential for life on this planet and human-caused pollution/ocean acidification is slowly eating away their shells. ocean.si.edu/ocean-acidif…
Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania is classified as a 2 on the Bortle Dark-Sky scale. This means it has almost no light pollution and is "perhaps the last best refuge of the natural night sky" in the eastern half of the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
A two-headed neon toxic sea slug was discovered off the coast of Malaysia just last year. Such an occurrence is extremely rare and thought to be the result of pollution or some kind of mutation. techtimes.com/articles/77…
Oceans can be emptied by 2048 by overfishing, pollution and rising acidification. livingdreams.tv/oceans/em…
The Taj Mahal is turning green, caused in part by bug feces and pollution. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
1% of all buildings in New York City produce 86%of the total soot pollution from buildings - more than all cars and trucks combined. They do this by burning the dirtiest grades of heating fuel available, known as residual oil, or #6 and #4 heating oil. nyc.gov/portal/site/nycgo…
Ronald Reagan once said that "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do. " todayinsci.com/R/Reagan_R…
The Big Island of Hawaii has light pollution laws restricting outdoor and street lighting to preserve the astronomical views from the top of Mauna Kea bigislandnow.com/2012/08/…
An MIT researcher invented a 'mushroom burial suit' meant to promote growth of toxin eating fungi which help limit the pollution from decomposition. ted.com/talks/jae_rhim_le…

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