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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Air Pollution Kills More than 3 Million People Globally Every Year
Hong Kong's skyline
September 16th, 2015
Outdoor air pollution kills 3.3 million people around the world every year, according to a new study.
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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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Fourth of July Downer: Fireworks Cause Spike in Air Pollution
independence, fireworks, Fourth of July, 4th of July
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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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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Sea Creatures Make Brighter Clouds to Cool the Earth
Marine stratocumulus clouds, algae snot, cloud formation
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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