California plans to launch its own satellite to monitor air pollution

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California is planning to launch its own satellite to track air pollution. Governor Jerry Brown announced the major initiative amid President Donald Trump’s bid to decrease NASA’s part in monitoring climate change. Brown has not announced when the state will launch the satellite or how much it will cost taxpayers.

Brown has long stood in opposition to Trump’s conservative administration, which has fought California’s tough emissions standards. With Trump cutting NASA funding for climate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Google Street View cars will map air pollution in cities worldwide

Air quality sensors are coming to a Google Street View car near you. The tech giant just announced plans to introduce sensors from a San Francisco company called Aclima that test air quality in cities and towns all across the globe.

The Google Street View cars take photographs and incorporate them into Google Maps. Aclima is installing the air quality sensors in vehicles based in Mexico City, Houston, and Sydney. The sensors will detect amounts of carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Global movement will call out consumer brands most responsible for plastic pollution

The Story of Stuff Project is launching its global call to action in combatting plastic pollution worldwide. The ambitious initiative plans to identify the most pervasive polluter companies found in waste while simultaneously cleaning up costal and inland communities across the country. The plastic waste brand audit is the first of its kind and intends to underline responsibility and accountability at the very source of our world’s growing trash crisis.

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Dominica makes historic pledge to combat plastic pollution

Many countries enforcing harsher regulations on plastic production on use from special labeling to consumer taxation, but the island nation of Dominica is pulling ahead in the pack-ing race by announcing that it will ban styrofoam and common plastics by 2019. With less than five months left to go the heroic stand plans to eliminate the use of single-use items such as plastic straws, plates, forks and knives as well as styrofoam cups and containers effective this January.

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Man plans to swim the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness for plastic pollution

You’ve heard a lot about the ocean plastic crisis, and may even know a fair amount about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But for many us, the issue can still seem far away when we drink out of a plastic bottle or carry groceries home in a plastic bag. Swimmer Ben Lecomte plans to offer a new, up-close perspective on ocean health as he swims 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean. During his potentially record-setting trek, he’ll collaborate with 27 science institutions and gather over 1,000 samples… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

China breaks ground on first Forest City that fights air pollution

A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now under construction Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. The futuristic city will use renewable energy for self sufficiency and be blanketed in almost 1 million plants and 40,000 trees—a sea of greenery capable of absorbing nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants annually.

Commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

China subverts pollution with contained vertical farms – and boosts yield

Around one fifth of arable land in China is contaminated with levels of toxins greater than government standards, according to 2014 data. That’s around half the size of California, and it’s a growing problem for a country that faces such levels of pollution they had to import $31.2 billion of soybeans in 2015 – a 43 percent increase since 2008. Scientists and entrepreneurs are working to come up with answers to growing edible food in a polluted environment, and shipping containers or vertical gardening… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 brilliant smog-eating designs ridding cities of air pollution

Smog isn’t just a nuisance—it’s deadly too. Air pollution is believed to kill over 400,000 people annually around the globe and is by far the leading environmental cause of death. Cities hoping to combat dirty air have turned to innovative smog-eating designs in hopes of a greener and cleaner future. Thankfully, brilliant scientists and designers are working on potential solutions to our air pollution woes and many of those designs are now in place and cleaning the air as we write. We’ve… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Paris just banned all cars built before 1997 to fight air pollution

Paris is a proud, pretty city. Its unique sensibilities have sometimes been viewed by the outsider as elitist. It is then perhaps fitting that the city government will soon institute a ban on all pre-1997 model automobiles from driving in the city center on weekdays. This ban was conceived not by the fashion police but as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce air pollution and smog in Paris. Despite extensive efforts to alter the city’s road activity, Paris remains one of Europe’s smoggiest cities.

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Paris bids “adieu” to all pre-1997 cars to curb pollution

Paris is a proud, pretty city. Its unique sensibilities have sometimes been viewed by the outsider as elitist. It is then perhaps fitting that the city government will soon institute a ban on all pre-1997 model automobiles from driving in the city center on weekdays. This ban was conceived not by the fashion police but as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce air pollution and smog in Paris. Despite extensive efforts to alter the city’s road activity, Paris remains one of Europe’s smoggiest cities.

To… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building