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EPA Looks To Reduce Haze In Western U.S. StatesPublished About My Planet  6/20/2011
In 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States adopted haze rules which would require reducing haze causing emissions. This included both sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. However, the U.S. government has failed to implement the rules which has led to a recent agreement between
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Obama Shelves Smog Reductions; Reductions To Be Considered Again In 2013Published About My Planet  9/3/2011
Smog is a major problem across the globe, especially in major cities. Pollution from factories and power plants emit tons of compounds which result in the production of smog each year. Volatile organic compounds react with sunlight to form smog, which is both unsightly and harmful to the environment

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Ozone Loss In Arctic Considered An Ozone Hole For First TimePublished About My Planet  9/30/2011
In 1987, the Montreal Protocol aimed for eliminating the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) due to the destruction the chemicals were causing to the environment and ozone layer. The substances which contained CFCs, however, were quite prolific at the time and included refrigerators, fire

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London Combating Air Pollution With Road SprayPublished About My Planet  11/21/2011
According to air pollution data collected in London this year, London has experienced their highest levels of pollution since the year 2003. Unfortunately this comes right before European Union pollution standards kick in for the year 2012. As of 2012, London and other EU locales cannot have more
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EPA: Coal Power Plants Must Install Pollution Controls By 2016Published About My Planet  12/22/2011
In 1990, the United States Congress granted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to regulate air pollution created by power plants. However, the EPA still had not implemented nationwide regulations which remedied many of the worst polluters as of 2000 despite indicating major health

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Household EmissionsPublished About My Planet  5/25/2013
First, attention was drawn to the risks of using candles and air fresheners – with their pleasant scents but less obvious tendencies to emit airborne particles. And now even home appliances might be damaging indoor air quality. It seems that once the scrutiny begins, there is no telling what
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Air Pollution Cuts Visibility in Hong Kong but Raises Death RatesPublished About My Planet  7/21/2013
When you hear news like this, you begin to wonder about the skies over your own city. Hong Kong suffers a perennial problem of urbanization – air pollution. But now that cost can be directly measured in mortality rates. Health experts have warned that air quality of Hong Kong has deteriorated to
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New Year, New Ozone RulesPublished About My Planet  8/15/2013
Who owns the ozone? The answer to this question is not corporations, but it’s easy for these entities to pollute it. Technically, no one owns the ozone, but we all affect it, which is why Representative Edward J. Markey proposed stricter smog standards today for 2010. Using the Environmental
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Sun Could Have Less of the Blame When It Comes To Global WarmingPublished About My Planet  9/25/2013
A new study has thrown light on the sun’s behavior. The existing thinking said that any lessening in the sun’s activity would correspondingly lower temperatures on Earth. The new study has reversed this; the new evidence suggests that it could actually warm up the Earth. Solar irradiance warms the
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U.S. 2012 Likely To Be Warmest Year On RecordPublished About My Planet  10/21/2013
The increasing influence of global warming is a major contributing factor to the growing warmth across the United States, with greenhouse gases increasing in the atmosphere daily. In fact we have seen 331 consecutive months where the monthly temperatures have been warmer than the 20th century
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