urban pollution News

  • Stockholm seminar focused on critical urban water issues

    As part of World Water Week held this week in Stockholm, Sweden, seven experts from the water/wastewater industry presented a groundbreaking seminar on Tuesday, 23 August 2011, that examined critical water issues many urban areas are currently facing and the most appropriate ways for industry to respond to those needs. Approximately 70 people attended the seminar, which focused on ...

  • Air Pollution Can Alter Effectiveness of Antibiotics

    Researchers from the University of Leicester have for the first time discovered that bacteria that cause respiratory infections are directly affected by air pollution - increasing the potential for infection and changing the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment. The interdisciplinary study, which has been published in the journal Environmental Microbiology, has important implications for the ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • State of the World 2007: Earth Facing Urban Future

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) – Rapid and chaotic urbanization is taking a massive toll on human health and the environment, the Worldwatch Institute said today in its annual report on the state of the world. In 2008, half of the Earth’s population will live in cities, the first time in history that humans can be considered an urban species. How the world tackles the social and ...

  • 2016 reveals deadly dangers of air pollution

    Beijing, London, Mexico City, New Delhi and Paris are among the cities that have drawn attention for their dangerously high air pollution levels in 2016 - but they're not abne. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that 92 percent of the world's urban population now live in cities where the air is toxic. In India, a study found that 41 Indian cities of more than a million people faced ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution

    The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked. Joshua Apte has alarming findings for anyone who spends time on or near the roads in this city of 25 million. The numbers are ...


    By Associated Press

  • Top ten cities for excellence in Urban sustainability announced

    Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the winners of the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards last week in London. The Awards honored ten cities for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. The winning cities and their award categories are: Bogotá (Urban Transportation) ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Monitoring technology supports air pollution stories

    The latest air quality monitoring equipment from the company Air Monitors has been used extensively by a variety of news channels to support the ever-growing media attention being given to urban air quality. “In contrast with the air pollution of the 1950’s, the problem is no longer visible,” says Managing Director Jim Mills. “It used to be possible for city dwellers to ...


    By Air Monitors Ltd.

  • Chicago green schemes: sustainable urban development models

    A publication released by the University of Illinois contains dozens of sustainable design concepts that could guide the revitalizing of urban areas around the world. The publication - "Green Schemes: Sustainable Urbanism for Garfield Park" released by the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Simulated: worldwide increase of air pollution (#2261)

    Hot summer days cause in large cities very seldom great happiness among inhabitants. On those days the air is highly polluted with automobile and industrial emissions what makes breathing difficult and unhealthy. According to the latest calculations of Max Planck scientist Andrea Pozzer this scenario could become true for most of world population in 2050 if no counteractive measures are ...


    By Allerair Industries

  • Transport noise: the health impacts of noise pollution

    Whilst living in cities, near airports or road and rail links, might prove useful for the commute, the noise levels can sometimes be too much to bear. A growing body of research reveals, transport noise can cause sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease, elevated hormone levels, psychological problems and even premature death; studies on children have identified cognitive impairment, worsened ...

  • Himalayan pollution `could impact monsoon cycle`

    Researchers have shown that pollution from China, India, Nepal and Pakistan can reach altitudes of over 5,000 metres in the Himalayas, contributing to the warming of the atmosphere and potentially affecting the South-East Asian monsoon cycle. They also found that new aerosol particles — ultrafine particles suspended in the atmosphere — can form at these heights. The ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • ADMS-Urban RML to be used to model Delhi air quality

    CERC are partners in the 'Process analysis, observations and modelling - Integrated solutions for cleaner air for Delhi' (PROMOTE) project, collaborating with six UK universities and five Indian research institutes. This project will investigate the interactions between meteorological processes such as winter fog events and ...

  • Air Pollution Increases Asthma Rates at Schools

    LA Testing provides both outdoor and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing solutions to help identify airborne contaminants to protect students and teachers. Garden Grove, CA, August 5th, 2010 Asthma is a common childhood disease that new research indicates may be made worse for some children due to air pollution at their schools.  The Environmental Health ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • $2.5 Million to Prevent Puget Sound Pollution

    OLYMPIA, Washington, September 7, 2007 (ENS) - A new Washington state program offers $2.5 million to help local governments in the 12 Puget Sound counties conduct small business technical assistance to reduce and prevent water pollution. Nearly 70 percent of the state's hazardous waste generators are in the Puget Sound region - thousands of small businesses. The Department of ...

  • EPA acts to strengthen stormwater pollution controls in guam

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a decision to require all dischargers of urban stormwater in Guam to obtain permits to control pollution in runoff from urbanized areas of the island. Today’s action designates all current and future municipal stormwater sources in Guam to follow Clean Water Act permitting requirements. Municipal stormwater is a leading cause of water ...

  • US$100m for urban water management in Chinese city of Bengbu

    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a loan of US$100 million to the People’s Republic of China to help improve the water supply and manage wastewater in a major urban area of Anhui Province – around 400 kilometers west of Shanghai in the east of the country. The Bengbu Integrated Environment Improvement Project will focus on improving water management in the middle and ...


    By The World Bank

  • Producing clean water from urban sewage streams in India

    Recently in India a project started for local treatment of urban sewage streams for healthy reuse (LOTUS HR). This project aims to clean one of the most polluted streams in Delhi. “India is facing its worst water crisis in a decade,” says Tanya Singh of Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra). “Its rapid urbanization keeps on putting more stress on fresh water supply, while ...

  • Bioremediation of antibiotic pollution by a salt-marsh plant

    The effects of antibiotic contamination may be attenuated by the common reed, new research shows. The study found that the common reed (Phragmites australis), sourced from a temperate estuary with brackish water, had capacity for the bioremediation of the veterinary antibiotic enrofloxacin (ENR). The authors suggest that salt-marsh plants and their associated micro-organisms could be a valuable ...

  • Health impacts of air pollution: the evidence reviewed

    The damaging health impacts of some key air pollutants can occur at lower atmospheric concentrations than indicated by the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality guidelines, set in 2005 and currently used in Europe. This is according to a new WHO report, which assesses scientific evidence to help inform European air pollution policies. The report highlights key findings of the ...

  • Unchecked pollution befouling majestic Lake Titicaca

    Gulls swept down to feast on hundreds of dead and dying giant frogs floating in the rancid waters along a southeastern shore of Lake Titicaca, where the algae-choked shallows reek of rotten eggs. The die-off was the most striking sign yet of the deteriorating state of South America's largest body of fresh water. Local fishermen have a harder time finding anything to catch, while farmers who work ...


    By Associated Press

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