Pollution

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Racing Pigeons Fly Home Faster in Polluted Air, Scientists Find
January 20th, 2016
China's frequently choking haze is providing an unexpected benefit to racing pigeons in one of the country's most polluted regions, helping the birds to navigate home faster.
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China's Smog Levels Reach 50 Times the Limit: 'Everybody is at Risk'
A cyclist rides through smog in Shenyang.
November 11th, 2015
Shenyang's smog is even a problem for healthy individuals.
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'See' What You Breathe with New Air-Quality Monitor
AirVisual Node
February 18th, 2016
A new gadget can help people identify pollutants — some smaller than the width of a hair — in their homes.
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New X Prize Challenge: Map Ocean Floor
The ocean floor.
December 15th, 2015
Attention, sea-loving explorers: There's a $7 million reason to get serious about your passion for ocean research right now.
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Volkswagen Scandal: Why Is It So Hard to Make Clean Diesel Cars?
volkswagen car steering wheel
September 24th, 2015
Getting diesel cars to operate with high fuel efficiency, power and clean emissions is a challenging problem, which may be why Volkswagen cheated the system.
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Contaminated River: Photos of a Colorado Mine Spill
colorado mine spill images
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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What Scalia's Death Means For Climate Change
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
February 14th, 2016
Just days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling clouded the future of a new United Nations climate pact, the passing of one of its justices has boosted the pact's chances of succeeding.
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China's Latest 'Airpocalypse' Seen from Space
Smoggy China
December 8th, 2015
Northeastern China is covered in hazy pollution clouds, according to satellite images taken by NASA, which have created health hazards for many Chinese citizens.
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Energy Vampires: Pulling the Plug on Idle Electronics (Op-Ed)
September 23rd, 2015
Idle electronics, the energy vampires in nearly every U.S. home, aren't going away — but you can take steps to pull the plug, and save some money.
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