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Delhi air: Eating berries and wearing masks to beat pollution

Image copyright AFP Every winter, a thick blanket of smog descends on large parts of India and people begin a losing fight against the frightening levels of pollution. Thousands land up in doctors’ clinics with breathlessness, fill up hospital beds with lung problems and many are forced to stay off school or work. And with measures announced by the federal and state governments to curb pollution not making any impact, many are finding their own ways of coping. Here are some of the most popular ways Indians try to beat…

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Technology 

Could these balls help reduce plastic pollution?

Image copyright Luke McSweeney Image caption Rachael Miller believes the Cora Ball could hugely reduce microfibre pollution Concern is mounting over the volume of plastics in our oceans and, in particular, how tiny particles of plastic and other synthetic materials are infiltrating every part of our ecosystem. Can technology help address the problem? In October 2009, windsurfing teacher Rachael Miller went to help clean up an island off the coast of Maine in the north-east of the US. There had been a heavy storm and “we found the beach covered…

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Bryan Adams concert photograph shows off Delhi pollution

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams showed his love for his Indian fans on Sunday in a social media post that also brought attention to the country’s pollution problem. He shared an image on Instagram of his shadow eerily cast into the dusty and smoky air above a concert crowd. The post said the music veteran had “never seen” the phenomenon before, describing it as “magical”. Indian cities dominate global pollution rankings for poor air quality. The Indian capital is the sixth worst place in the world for pollution, according to World…

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Plastic pollution: Bottle washed up after decades

Image copyright Burnham Coastguard Image caption The “almost new” looking bottle was washed up on Brean Beach during last week’s high tides A plastic washing-up liquid bottle that is at least 47 years old has been found on a beach in Somerset. The Fairy Liquid bottle was washed up on Brean Beach during last week’s high tides. Up to 400 tonnes of rubbish ended up on the beach. Burnham Coastguard said: “This bottle still looks almost new – it’s shocking how long rubbish can survive.” Marked 4d off, the bottle…

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Science 

Pollution threatens future of killer whales

Killer whales are in deep trouble because of persistent chemical pollution in the environment, researchers say. A new study suggests the long-term viability of more than half of the different orca groups around the globe is now in question. Some populations, such as those around the UK, the Strait of Gibraltar, off Brazil, Japan and California, are almost certainly doomed. Source link

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Pollution threatens the future of killer whales

Image copyright Audun Rikardsen Killer whales are in deep trouble because of persistent chemical pollution in the environment, researchers say. A new study suggests the long-term viability of more than half of the different orca groups around the globe is now in question. Some populations, such as those around the UK, the Strait of Gibraltar, off Brazil, Japan and California, are almost certainly doomed. The assessment is in Science magazine. The issue is polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. These chemical compounds were once manufactured in vast quantities, and used in everything…

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Newspaper headlines: ‘Russian model’s terror’ in Salisbury and dementia pollution link

Newspaper headlines: ‘Russian model’s terror’ in Salisbury and dementia pollution link By BBC News Staff Image caption The Daily Mail says a major study has suggested that air pollution could be responsible for 60,000 cases of dementia in the UK. It reports that scientists found people living in areas polluted by traffic and industry were 40% more likely to develop dementia. Image caption “Dementia threat soars in areas hit by pollution” is the headline on the front page of the Times, which reports on the same study. Senior author Frank…

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Air pollution may harm cognitive intelligence, study says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption China is a developing country with severe air pollution in its cities Chronic exposure to air pollution can cause detrimental harm to cognitive performance, a new study reveals. Researchers believe that the negative impact increases with age, and affects men with less education the worst. Over four years, the maths and verbal skills of some 20,000 people in China were monitored by the US-Chinese study. Researchers believe the results have global relevance, with more than 80% of the world’s urban population breathing unsafe levels of…

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