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India is home to half of the world's 20 most polluted cities: WHO

India is home to half of the world's 20 most polluted cities: WHO New Delhi is no longer the world’s most polluted city, but India continues to afflicted by air pollution, being home to four of the 10 cities with the worst air pollution levels, according to new data from the World Health Organisation.Overall, 10 Indian cities figured in the list of world’s 20 most polluted cities.

Animation shows advance of climate change with horrifying clarity

Animation shows advance of climate change with horrifying clarity Ever since the “hockey-stick graph,” climate science and graphic design have been intimately associated with one another.0 degrees Celsius deviation from the 1850-1900 global temperature average for that month.

Poisoning pigeons in the park: Using urban pigeons to monitor lead levels

Poisoning pigeons in the park: Using urban pigeons to monitor lead levels A new study of pigeons in the City shows that lead levels in the pigeons track closely with lead levels in children living in the same neighborhoods.What if we could use them to monitor possible dangers to our health in the environment, like lead pollution?

These three fungi could one day help recycle your phone battery

These three fungi could one day help recycle your phone battery This has been observed for some time, and it’s one of the main reasons that fungi are used all over society to extract metals from things like industrial fly ash, or runoff from processing plants.Now, logically enough, this approach is coming to battery recycling.

The sad story of the last Tasmanian tigers

The sad story of the last Tasmanian tigers The thylacine, more popularly known as the Tasmanian tiger, was an apex predator in Australia and Tasmania before its extinction in the early 20th century.Despite its superficial resemblance to a large dog, the thylacine was actually a marsupial, with no relation to canines — its doglike features emerged as it evolved to fill an ecological niche similar to wolves.

Industrial pollution particles found in brains of city dwellers

Industrial pollution particles found in brains of city dwellers The team found high levels of nanoparticles made of a mineral called magnetite.More importantly, they found evidence that these nanoparticles were taken up from air polluted by industrial processes.

400 ppm of CO2 was just another line in the sand, and we’re not stopping there

400 ppm of CO2 was just another line in the sand, and we’re not stopping there ) But this year, the entire planet has hovered above 400 ppm of CO2 with no indication that we’ll for some reason experience a precipitous drop.No, there’s no huge tipping point where 399 ppm would have been A-OK but now 400 is climate apocalypse.

EPA now concedes fracking is a hazard to drinking water

EPA now concedes fracking is a hazard to drinking water After a year-long review of the data, the EPA has concluded that fracking poses a systemic danger to clean groundwater.In response to that report, Oklahoma ordered the shutdown of dozens of wells, and they’ve had a little relief.

Trump gives second life to Keystone XL, Dakota Access oil pipelines

Trump gives second life to Keystone XL, Dakota Access oil pipelines The Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines will get a second shot under the Trump administration.President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive action that may revive the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

This disturbing dolphin selfie trend is a low point for humanity

This disturbing dolphin selfie trend is a low point for humanity Another baby dolphin has died in Argentina after tourists ripped it from the ocean and mobbed it to touch it and take snaps with it.A YouTube video shows beachgoers in San Bernardo, about 200 miles south of Buenos Aires, standing and kneeling to pet the small animal.

Scientists are now spotting whales from outer space using satellites

Scientists are now spotting whales from outer space using satellites A humpback whale may be a huge creature to the human eye, but they're still tough to spot from space.Drones are one technology now commonly used in whale research, but they're not always able to deliver the scale a satellite can.

Supermarket sells a single boxed strawberry for $22

Supermarket sells a single boxed strawberry for $22 As far as fruit packaging goes, this is perhaps the least Earth-friendly one by far.A Hong Kong supermarket has come under fire from shoppers for carrying an elaborately packed single strawberry from Japan.

Google Maps images will be used to measure environmental damage in this city

Google Maps images will be used to measure environmental damage in this city The Bombay High Court is planning to put Google Maps to unique use.It has announced that old and new map images will be compared to assess the environmental damage caused by real estate development in Mumbai city.

Scientists find incredibly high levels of pollution in the Mariana Trench, including low-sodium Spam

Scientists find incredibly high levels of pollution in the Mariana Trench, including low-sodium Spam Yep, that’s a can of luncheon meat from 2001, at 5 km down on the slopes of the Mariana Trench.A recent submarine expedition to the deepest reaches of the ocean uncovered such sublime traces of human influence as flame retardant chemicals and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs), like PCBs, Budweiser, and low-sodium Spam.