Pollution

Bill Gates Throws Money at Cleaner Air

July 27, 2008 / No Comments

Bill Gates is a philanthropist. His wife and her staff have a full time job trying to spend all the money they made. And, they are not able to keep up. Well, Gates has another idea that he and Michael Bloomberg will spend $375 million on. Cleaner air. Cleaner lungs, too! The two have pledged their pocket change to a global ...

Noise Pollution Costs $1.8 Million

July 21, 2008 / No Comments

  Noise pollution can be expensive, especially if you are the owner of a U. S. Military Base in Japan. A court ordered the Tokyo government to increase compensation for hundreds of residents who must endure the noise from U. S. jets in the area. Guess who Tokyo is going to ask to pay. Tokyo's high court says 257 residents deserve ...

Air Pollution Levels in Paris – Displayed on a Helium Balloon

July 11, 2008 / No Comments

People in Paris can now stay informed on the air quality they are breathing. A company called Aérophile has built a giant tethered helium balloon, the AERO30NG Aérophile 5500 model, that will display real-time reports of ambient air quality and air pollution produced by auto emissions using an innovative lighting system, which can be seen from more than 20 km (12.4 ...

Laser Remote Sensing Cars to Fight High Emission Vehicles

June 26, 2008 / No Comments

Tokyo Tells Large Buildings to Cut CO2 Emissions. Now, Beijing is banning high-emission vehicles. For whatever reason these kinds of things remind me of a ceasefire in a war. If they can stop now, or for a while, why can't they stop for good? Yellow vehicles are those with, surprise, a yellow sticker on them for not being able to ...

Don’t Drink the Water in the U.K.

June 26, 2008 / No Comments

I get the message when I visit third-world countries. But the U.K.? The message is "Don't drink the water." Apparently some 170,000 Brits who get their water provided by Anglian Water were warned to boil the water before drinking it. Traces of a stomach bug have been found. The bug has a name - cryptosporidium. With a name like that ...

Two Headed Animals – When Two Heads are Not Better than One

June 10, 2008 / 4 Comments

We say, or at least some people say, that two heads are better than one. The Japanese say "sannin yoreba monchuu no chie" which roughly translates to three heads being better than one. But, not always. In China's Hunan province a gecko has been found with a head on each of its body. The little fellow was found wandering to and fro, ...

Booming Natural Gas Industry, Destroys Air Quality

May 9, 2008 / No Comments

City of Boulder, Wyoming, and its 75 souls that live there have something in common with much larger cities across North America: high levels of air pollution. The root cause for the bad air is the region's booming natural gas industry because the Sublette County is home to one of the largest natural gas reserves in the United States. Craig Jensen, ...

Beijing Air Pollution : Marathon champ fears for his health

March 12, 2008 / 1 Comment

Haile Gebrselassie a 34 years old Ethiopian runner, the guy that managed to break over 25 world records and won numerous Olympic and World Championship titles, has recently declined going to the Beijing Olympics because of air pollution. The marathon champ who suffers from asthma told Reuters in a phone interview: “The pollution in China is a threat to my health and ...

“Pollution Capital of Europe” and the award goes to Milan

March 10, 2008 / No Comments

If until now I thought Milan to be the capital of fashion and great soccer, things have changed and surprisingly they have another badge to add. Milan is the “Pollution Capital of Europe” and the main reasons to believe so, are toxic fumes from traffic clogged streets. photo by Dunc-It However, the fact that they rank first place on pollution in Europ ...