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Trees: Unlikely Culprits in Ozone Pollution
A map of the globe reveals formaldehyde gas in the atmosphere from fires and forest hydrocarbon emissions in September 2013.
July 23rd, 2014
People aren't the only polluters — trees emit harmful compounds, too, as a recent map reveals. However, tree emissions would not be harmful were it not for the human emissions that react with these compounds, causing ozone pollution.
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1 in 10 US Beaches Not Fit for Swimming
June 26th, 2014
Now that summer is here, a trip to the beach should bring familiar smells: seawater, sunscreen and, depending where you live, sewage. One in ten recreational beaches in the United States isn't fit for swimming, according to a new report.
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Carbon Dioxide Passes Global 400 ppm Milestone
keeling-curve
May 27th, 2014
All carbon dioxide monitoring stations in the northern hemisphere averaged above 400 ppm for April.
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Broccoli Brew Eases Air Pollution Effect, But Is This Detox?
Broccoli sprouts
June 27th, 2014
A broccoli concoction showed promise in a recent study in fighting one harmful effect of air pollution, but that doesn't mean that broccoli can "detox" the body.
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Creatures Living on Tiny Ocean Plastic May Be Cleaning our Seas (Op-Ed)
Diatoms and bacteria on ocean plastic
June 18th, 2014
New research published today shows that these microplastics are also home to marine life, some of which could be helping to clean up the oceans.
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Olive Oil Could Protect Heart from Smog
Los Angeles skyline and smog
May 20th, 2014
Olive oil could help protect against heart disease, a small new study suggests, but some experts remain skeptical of the link.
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Air Pollution Deaths Should Not Be a Partisan Issue (Op-Ed)
Pollution over New Delhi
March 28th, 2014
Air pollution now causes one in eight deaths, globally.
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2014 Beach Report: 'Superstar' Seashores & Worst 'Repeat Offenders'
Surfer on the Beach
June 26th, 2014
A new report that graded the water quality of beaches across the United States found that 10 percent of the country's shores are contaminated or polluted. The report also identified 35 "superstar" beaches and 17 "repeat offenders."
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Benchmarking Carbon Pollution From 100 Top Power Producers (Op-Ed)
carbon dioxide, pollution, climate change
May 29th, 2014
Some of the top polluters in the U.S. are changing to cleaner energy — a trend that should accelerate with new U.S. standards.
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China's 'Great Wall of Dust' Seen From Space
dust storm in china
April 25th, 2014
A massive east Asian dust storm is caught on satellite imagery on April 23, 2014. Dust storms are common in northern China and southern Mongolia during the late winter and spring, and pollution often affects Beijing and other cities.
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