Air Pollution Cuts Two Years off the Average World Life Expectancy

We already knew that air pollution had officially become the world’s biggest killer. Now, an Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) analysis by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago has found just that air pollution will cut the average global lifespan by 1.8 years. In countries where air …

Planting More Trees Won’t Be Enough to Save the Planet

One way of mitigating the adverse effects of man-made climate change is to plant trees. The more trees there are, the more CO2 they absorb from the atmosphere, thereby alleviating the greenhouse effect because plants build their roots, stems and leaves from the CO2 they suck out of the air. …

Most-Polluting UK Home Fuels to Be Burned Up

The sale of the most-polluting fuels used in UK households are to get the chop as part of government plans to reduce emissions. The burning of wood and coal in homes is said to be the largest single contributor to particulate matter pollution – formed of tiny particles that can …

Indonesia’s Deforestation Dropped 60 Percent in 2017

In the midst of the second-worst year for tropical tree cover loss in 2017, Indonesia saw an encouraging sign: a 60 percent drop in tree cover loss in primary forests compared with 2016. That’s the difference in carbon dioxide emissions from primary forest loss equivalent to 0.2 gigatons of carbon …