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EPA Looks To Reduce Haze In Western U.S. States
Published 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 2013
Published 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 Time
Published 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 Spray
Published 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 2016
Published 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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U.S. Power Plant Pollution Rule Put On Hold By Court Ruling
Published About My Planet  12/31/2011
Some of the major components of pollution from power plants include sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. These components of air pollution not only impact the regions in which they are produced but regions downwind and hundreds of miles from the original source. Such circumstances often cause
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Household Emissions
Published 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 Rates
Published 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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Who’s Polluting In Your City?
Published About My Planet  7/22/2013
My family moves. A lot. Moving with two children is not the easiest thing I’ve ever done, and my older daughter’s asthma complicates the process. To protect her health, I have to take air quality into account when we move to a new city in addition to all the usual requirements like a strong
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Political Players
Published About My Planet  8/5/2013
When it comes to polluting the ground, we have rules and regulations, because someone owns that yard or space. But when the air is involved, no one owns it and that is part of the problem. Unlike private property, the atmosphere is common ground for all. However, because no one owns it, there are
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