Lifestyle 

Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

LONDON (Reuters) – A mural by elusive British street artist Banksy depicting a child enjoying falling snow that is in fact pollution from a burning bin has been sold for over 100,000 pounds ($130,000) to a British art dealer. FILE PHOTO: People view new work by the artist Banksy that appeared during the week on the walls of a garage in Port Talbot, Britain December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/File Photo From one side, the “Season’s Greetings” mural on a concrete block garage in Wales shows a small boy with his…

Read More
Science 

Watch how air pollution moves across Europe

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNitrogen dioxide air pollution 5-10 January (sequence is played twice) This is what pollution looks like on a European scale. The animation shows the concentration and movement through the atmosphere of nitrogen dioxide. NO₂ is a problem gas that is produced primarily by vehicle exhausts and industrial activity via the burning of fossil fuels. The map covers a sample period from 5 to 10 January, and describes the behaviour of NO₂ at ground level on an hourly basis. The worst air quality…

Read More
Top stories 

Ella Kissi-Debrah ‘pollution’ death: Backing for new inquest

Image caption Ella was not born with asthma The attorney general has agreed to allow an application for a fresh inquest into the death from asthma of a nine-year old girl. He acted after hearing new evidence linking Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death to illegal levels of air pollution near her home in south London. Lawyers acting for the family said it was a “hugely important” step. No individual death has previously been officially linked to illegal levels of air pollution. In August, Ella’s mother, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, delivered a 100,000-signature petition to…

Read More
Top stories 

Air pollution: Madrid imposes tough measures on motorists

Image copyright Javier Soriano/Getty Images Image caption The measures in Spain’s capital prioritise cyclists and pedestrians ahead of motorists Spanish authorities have introduced new driving restrictions in the centre of the country’s capital, Madrid, aimed at reducing air pollution by up to 40%. The tough measures mean motorists will have to test their vehicles’ emissions, with the oldest and most polluting vehicles banned from the city centre. Drivers entering the controlled zone in breach of the rules will ultimately have to pay a fine of €90 (£80). The move is…

Read More
Science 

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…

Read More
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…

Read More
Top stories 

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…

Read More
Top stories 

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…

Read More
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

Read More
Science 

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…

Read More