Tag Archives: Pollution

Comment Of The Day: Because It’s Easy Edition

I’ve been reading about automotive clean air regulations for nearly a decade now and I still don’t totally understand whether or not cars are punished too harshly for what they do.

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Paris Is Now Banning All Pre-1997 Cars

Paris has tried just about everything to combat its terrible smog problem. The city has launched attempts to take half the cars off its road, introduce regular car-free days, and close famous streets to vehicular traffic—but Paris still has some of the worst pollution in Europe. Now a much bigger idea is going into effect: Kicking the oldest cars out of the city.

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Milan Bans Cars to Combat Horrible Smog

Beijing and Delhi are both planning major initiatives to kick cars off their streets, at least part of the time. Now even cities that aren’t famous for their pollution are taking drastic measures to clean up their air. Today, Milan’s streets are filled with bikes and pedestrians as part of three-day car ban.

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Check a City’s Smog Level In Real Time With This Interactive Map

Check a City's Smog Level In Real Time With This Interactive Map

Air pollution is a health problem in a lot of cities, but certain days are definitely worse than others. This interactive map lets you check always-up-to-date local air reports for cities all over the world.

The map, from Plume Labs, lets you find a city either by navigating a map Google Maps-style, or locating it on an alphabetical list. Once you select the city, you’ll be greeted with that city’s local air report that explains how bad the smog currently is. You’ll also see what kind of outdoor activities should be avoided or have the all-clear, like outdoor sports, cycling, eating outside, and even whether it’s safe to take your baby outdoors for extended periods of time. You can check it out at the link below.

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Plume Air Report | Plume Labs via Fast Company

Check a City’s Smog Level In Real Time With This Interactive Map

Check a City's Smog Level In Real Time With This Interactive Map

Air pollution is a health problem in a lot of cities, but certain days are definitely worse than others. This interactive map lets you check always-up-to-date local air reports for cities all over the world.

The map, from Plume Labs, lets you find a city either by navigating a map Google Maps-style, or locating it on an alphabetical list. Once you select the city, you’ll be greeted with that city’s local air report that explains how bad the smog currently is. You’ll also see what kind of outdoor activities should be avoided or have the all-clear, like outdoor sports, cycling, eating outside, and even whether it’s safe to take your baby outdoors for extended periods of time. You can check it out at the link below.

http://vitals.lifehacker.com/exercise-in-th…

Plume Air Report | Plume Labs via Fast Company

Food Growing on Roadsides Can Be Safe to Eat

Cities have plenty of forageable food available, from plants that grow as weeds to fruit trees and bushes that were either abandoned, or were planted just for looks. But is this food too polluted to eat? Probably not, according to two teams of scientists who have tested it.

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Exercise in the Morning to Avoid Smog on High Pollution Days

Exercise in the Morning to Avoid Smog on High Pollution Days

Exercise: Good for your health. Pollution: Bad for your health. If you live in a smoggy city, balancing those concerns can be tough. Most of the time, the benefits of exercise outweigh the harms of breathing polluted air, but on days with poor air quality, you may want to alter your routine.

People with asthma or other lung problems are most at risk, but on particularly bad pollution days, even healthier folks may want to stay inside. Harmful pollution includes particulates (the stuff that makes smog dark-colored) and ozone (great in the stratosphere, not so great in your lungs). You can get air quality forecasts that let you know when each type of pollution is at its worst.

Fortunately, you can reduce your risk and still get that run or bike in on iffy days. Outside magazine explains:

Say you’re a runner and you have asthma, and tomorrow’s ozone forecast is orange in your community. To get your workout in, while still reducing your risk, you have several options:

      • Go for a run in the morning, when ozone levels tend to be lower. (They rise throughout the day because sunlight makes ozone pollution worse.)
      • Go for a shorter or less intense run, or a brisk walk, to reduce the amount of air you’re sucking in.
      • Run on an indoor treadmill, if you have the option.

      If your forecast is Code Red, says [EPA advisor Alison] Davis, “everybody ought to consider making those adjustments.”

      Check out the full article at Outside for more on exercising safely in high-pollution areas, and how to find air quality forecasts for your area.

      Should I Worry About Air Pollution When Exercising Outside? | Outside

      Photo by Kevin Dooley.


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      Scraping Decades of Grime, Car Exhaust, and Mold Off Rome’s Colosseum

      Scraping Decades of Grime, Car Exhaust, and Mold Off Rome's Colosseum

      The Colosseum in Rome is being cleansed of car exhaust that has built up over decades, ever since Mussolini’s ill-advised decision to build a major road nearby.

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