Pollution

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Contaminated River: Photos of a Colorado Mine Spill
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August 12th, 2015
Three million gallons of water contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins spilled out of Colorado's Gold King Mine, turning the Animas River a mustard color and contaminating waterways. Here's a look at the toxic spill.
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Fourth of July Downer: Fireworks Cause Spike in Air Pollution
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July 1st, 2015
Fireworks are a beloved tradition of the Fourth of July, but the colorful displays also bring a spike in air pollution, a new study shows.
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2011 Japan Tsunami Unleashed Ozone-Destroying Chemicals
An aerial view of damage to Sukuiso, Japan, a week after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the area in March, 2011.
April 3rd, 2015
The 2011 Japan tsunami released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying chemicals and greenhouse gases into the air.
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Sea Creatures Make Brighter Clouds to Cool the Earth
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July 18th, 2015
Green globs of little critters in the ocean are responsible for half of the cloud droplets that cover the Southern Ocean during the summer – the link between the critters and clouds provides needed insight for predicting the effects of climate change.
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Air Pollution May Shrink the Brain, Study Suggests
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April 23rd, 2015
People who breathe polluted air every day may have smaller brains, and a higher risk for "silent strokes," researchers say.
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Utah Suicides Linked to Air Pollution
Salt Lake City, Utah, and the surrounding mountains.
February 18th, 2015
Suicides correlate with air pollution levels in Salt Lake county, Utah, adding to a small but growing body of research that suggests that environmental factors influence suicide risk.
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Dust Clouds the Future of the South Asian Monsoon (Op-Ed)
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July 10th, 2015
Pollution and dust is shrinking the monsoon season, threatening the crops that feed millions.
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Cleaner Air Really Does Improve Kids' Lung Health
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March 4th, 2015
In California, tougher rules about air pollution are linked with better lung health in children, a large new study finds.
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