Urban pollution (and some solutions)

“We are running out of space. Fly over Africa at night and you will see mile after mile of fires burning red in the dark as scrub is removed to make way for human beings. Satellite images of nocturnal Europe or America show vast areas lit up like an enormous fairground. From Shanghai to Sydney, from Moscow to Mexico City, the skylines of our major cities are no longer fixed and familiar. Where we cannot build into the sky, we construct vast chequerboards of smogbound, low-rise dwellings that stretch from one horizon to the other.[…] Our cities expand in every direction as we fight to house a population that is growing at the rate of 200,000 each day. That adds up to a headcount the size of Germany every year.”
                                                                                                            Kofi Annan, 4th May 2017

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Summary: Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city (11.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/07/delhi-india-declares-pollution-emergency-as-smog-chokes-city?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: The blue dogs of Mumbai: industrial waste blamed for colourful canines (09.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/22/the-blue-dogs-of-mumbai-industrial-waste-blamed-for-colourful-canines?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change? (09.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/02/flood-waters-rising-urban-development-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: What would the perfect cycling city look like? (08.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/bike-blog/2017/aug/09/what-would-the-perfect-cycling-city-look-like?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion (08.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/aug/03/hilly-lisbon-portugal-electric-bike-share-congestion?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Could this smog-eating tower end pollution? (07.2017)

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/29/design/smog-eating-tower/index.html

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Summary: CNN Going Green: A can-do approach to recycling in London  (07.2017)

Link: http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/11/09/going-green-november-2016-recycling-a.cnn

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Summary: 10 Cities With the Cleanest Air in the World (07.2017)

Link: http://www.care2.com/causes/10-cities-with-the-cleanest-air-in-the-world.html

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Summary: China unveils plans for world’s first pollution-eating ‘Forest City’ (06.2017)

Link: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/29/architecture/china-liuzhou-forest-city/index.html

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Summary: China is building a smog-eating ‘forest city’ filled with tree-covered skyscrapers (06.2017)

Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/stefano-boeri-forest-city-liuzhou-china-2017-6?IR=T

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Summary: Mayors of 7,400 cities vow to meet Obama’s climate commitments (06.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/global-covenant-mayors-cities-vow-to-meet-obama-climate-commitments?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Climate change could make cities 8C hotter – scientists (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/30/climate-change-could-make-cities-8c-hotter-scientists?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle (05.2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-39968365

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Summary: Cities need ‘hedges as well as trees’ for environment (05.2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39943197

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Summary: How to fix climate change: put cities, not countries, in charge. It can’t be left to dysfunctional nation states to tackle – but as Oslo and Seoul have shown, metropolitan centres can rise to the challenge of global warming (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/07/fix-climate-change-put-cities-not-countries-in-charge-oslo-seoul

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Summary: We’re letting diesel cars choke our kids. Here’s how we got in this mess

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/10/diesel-cars-choke-our-kids-vehicles-air

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Summary: A World Health Organization (WHO) survey last year found that 13 of the most polluted 20 cities in the world were in India. The capital, Delhi, was the most polluted city in the world, the survey said.

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32193742

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SummaryPlanting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities.

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37813709

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Summary: Sri Lanka rubbish dump collapse kills 19

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39607218

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Summary: Authors of Can Clean Air Make You Happy? say exposure to nitrogen dioxide can be as damaging as ‘big-hitting’ life events

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/17/air-pollution-as-bad-for-wellbeing-as-partners-death-say-researchers?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Nearly 40 million people live in UK areas with illegal air pollution.
Analysis commissioned by Labour reveals 59% of Britons live in areas where diesel pollution threatens health

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/22/nearly-40-million-people-live-in-uk-areas-with-illegal-air-pollution?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Rome has been struggling to cope with a rubbish crisis and Austria has spare capacity at a waste-to-energy plant near Vienna.

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39641761

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Summary: Norway uses waste as eco-friendly fuel

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39641761

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Summary: Trash talk: how beautiful, progressive Lviv became overrun with rubbish (04.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/apr/24/trash-talk-lviv-rubbish-crisis-ukraine?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Extremely small particles of pollution have the potential to evade the lungs’ protective filter system and end up deep in the body, scientists suggest. (04.2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39710321

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Summary: Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails. The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy, and must now release it before the June election. (04.2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39737981

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Summary: In order to get rid of ever-growing amount of waste and reduce dependency on outrunning fossil fuels, Danes have turned everyday garbage into heat and electricity.

Although waste incineration increases CO2 emissions, even environmentalist agree waste incineration is safer for the environment than waste dumping that has been used for getting rid of garbage so far.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb-RoAWv3ro

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Summary: Beijing: The city where you can’t escape smog. China’s capital is notorious for its chronic pollution. Even indoors it’s a struggle to find clean air

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38587580

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SummaryChina takes Under the Dome anti-pollution film offline (03.2015)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31778115

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