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February 2017


New Research Shows How ‘Atmospheric Rivers’ Wreak Havoc Around The Globe

An “atmospheric river” is a colorful term for a sinuous plume of moisture that travels up from the tropics — a single plume can carry more water than the Mississippi River at its mouth. But new research shows that atmospheric rivers are also among the most damaging weather systems around.


Demise of stream rule won’t revitalize coal industry

Environmentalists were outraged earlier this month after the Republican-led Congress used an obscure law to erase a new regulation aimed at reducing the environmental damage caused by coal mining.


Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis

Climate change is threatening to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point.

NY Times

Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

Wind energy overtakes coal as the EU’s second largest form of power capacity but concerns remain over politicians’ enthusiasm for renewables

The Guardian

There’s another reason to worry about climate change: Your health

We may think we’re clever with our internet-connected fridges and such, but the reality is much of what sustains us depends on simple things.


Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good

In at least 15 cities, air pollution has now become so bad that the danger to health of just 30 minutes of cycling each way outweighs the benefits of exercise altogether, according to new research

The Guardian

Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces

Researchers behind ‘Anthropocene equation’ say impact of people’s intense activity on Earth far exceeds that of natural events spread across millennia

The Guardian

No cookie-cutter fixes on air pollution

Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mario Molina who identified cause of ozone hole says world’s megacities require solutions that fit their circumstances

Harvard Gazette

Nationwide PM 2.5 monitoring network established to tackle fraudulent data

China has established a network to monitor PM 2.5 levels nationwide, in a move meant to hasten the reduction of the country’s air pollution and cut down on fraudulent data.

People´s Daily China

Ocean circulation drove increase in CO2 uptake

The ocean’s uptake of carbon dioxide increased during the 2000s. Models reveal that this was driven primarily by weak circulation in the upper ocean, solving a mystery of ocean science.


Arctic 2.0: What happens after all the ice goes?

Researchers look into the future of the far North for clues to save species and maybe even bring back sea ice.


The best and worst countries in the world when it comes to air pollution and electricity use

Here the best and worst of 135 countries according to World Health Organization (WHO) and International Energy Agency data. -Business Insider

Business Insider

Revisiting the social cost of carbon

The most important single economic concept in the economics of climate change is the social cost of carbon (SCC). At present, regulations with more than $1 trillion of benefits have been written for the United States that use the SCC in their economic analysis.


Which cities have the worst air pollution levels in the world?

According to the WHO, the most polluted city in the world is  Zabol in Iran where PM2.5 measurements were found to average a massive 217 μg/m3 for the latest available year.


A Guide to Flood-Resistant Building Terms

Everyone talks about extreme weather. (Or denies it.) But many people are also doing something: designing and constructing flood-resistant buildings and infrastructure.

NY Times

The polluted brain

The microscopic particles sifting from freeways and power plants don’t just harm your heart and lungs. They may also attack your brain.


When good ozone goes bad

Weather patterns, trans-Pacific pollution cause spring ozone spikes in US southwest


Tomorrow’s Cities: What can be done to improve air quality?

Part two of our series “A day in the life of a city” looks at the ways in which offices are changing and how cities are coping with the ever-growing problem of pollution. -BBC


How air pollution affects office workers—and the economy

For anyone who has tried jogging through smog, the physically sapping impacts of air pollution should come as no surprise. But pollution doesn’t just slow down runners, it hampers workers too.

The Economist

Transient climate and ambient health impacts due to national solid fuel cookstove emissions

Widespread use of solid fuels for cooking results in a significant source of anthropogenic emissions. Of foremost concern for indoor air quality, reductions to these emissions could also impact both climate and ambient air quality.


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