Air Pollution Shortens Human Life by One Year, on Average

In a summer marked by air quality alerts as wildfires rage in the western U.S., a study has been published finding that air pollution lowers the average lifespan by one year worldwide. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters Aug. 22, was the first to assess the impact …

China To Ban Sale Of High-Sulfur Diesel Fuel For Tractors & Ships

As of November 1st, the sale of high-sulfur content diesel fuel — that is, diesel fuel with more than 10 parts per millions (ppm) of sulfur — will be banned nationwide in China, the government in the capital of Beijing has revealed. High-sulfur diesel fuel is typically used in China …

China’s Premier Unveils Smog-Busting Plan to ‘Make Skies Blue Again’

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, has promised to step up his country’s battle against deadly smog, telling an annual political congress: “We will make our skies blue again.” China’s cities have become synonymous with choking air pollution in recent years, which is blamed for up to 1 million premature deaths …

Beijing Smog: Pollution Red Alert Declared in China Capital and 21 Other Cities

Beijing authorities have declared a five-day pollution “red alert”, shutting schools, ordering thousands of vehicles off the roads and telling residents to stay indoors, after the Chinese capital was enveloped by a shroud of toxic smog that is expected to linger until Wednesday. The warning – the first since Beijing’s …

China’s Crazy Smog-Sucking Vacuum Tower is Actually Working

Studio Roosegaarde‘s smog-sucking vacuum tower is actually cleaning up the air in China. The Smog Free Tower has been installed in Beijing, a city notorious for its air pollution, and the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently announced the air around the tower is in fact 55 percent cleaner than …

Tehran Shuts Schools as Thick Smog is Linked to Hundreds of Deaths

At this time of the year, citizens of Tehran are accustomed to a thick curtain of fog that falls across the city, veiling everything from the 435 metre-tall Milad tower to the nearby Alborz mountains. This week, however, the blanket of smog smothering the Iranian capital has been blamed for …