Friday, November 21, 2014

Tackle air pollution to kickstart climate action

Carbon Brief - Air pollution is a huge problem worldwide, killing millions of people each year. Further warming will only increase the size of the problem, according to a Nature article today. It's time efforts to curb soot, ozone and other pollutants in the atmosphere got more attention at an international level, the researchers argue. Getting serious about air pollution could provide the impetus needed to tackle climate change more effectively.

Methane, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and soot (or black carbon) all contribute to poor air quality. Air pollution is already the leading environmental cause of ill-health, leading to about seven million premature deaths each year from respiratory and circulatory illnesses. Earlier today, the European Council ruled the UK must take urgent action to address dangerous levels of air pollution. A number of major cities, including London, are lagging behind targets to reduce nitrogen dioxide to legal limits by the January 2015 deadline. The burden of ill-health is likely to increase in cities by mid century, as air pollution interacts with further greenhouse gas warming, research shows.



Tackling both at once could reap benefits, the paper explains. For example, electric cars powered from renewable sources curb air pollution in the short term, and reduce demand for carbon-intensive fuel. This kind of joined up thinking could avoid legislation in one area cancelling out progress in the other. The paper warns that some strategies to cut carbon emissions could worsen air pollution, and vice versa.

Air Pollution News & Alerts - November 21st, 2014



Times of India, November 21st, 2014
Leaves burnt in Delhi despite ban.

The Australian, November 21st, 2014
China needs to speed up work on coal-fired carbon capture projects.

Environment Health News, November 21st, 2014
Coal's black wind: Pregnant women in parts of India advised to stay away.

First Post, November 21st, 2014
One lakh deaths due to pollution, India needs to be energy efficient.

China Daily, November 21st, 2014
Cookstove technology key in fighting pollution.

Click Green, November 21st, 2014
Millions of city residents still exposed to dangerous air pollution levels.

AZ News, November 21st, 2014
4.1% of Azerbaijan’s power generation is not commercially important, while generation of traded power exceeds total power generation.

Global Times, November 20th, 2014
‘APEC blue’ ends, air pollution returns to Beijing.

Times of India, November 20th, 2014
Flights to Agra from Mumbai, Delhi to stop?

Climate Progress, November 20th, 2014How EPA Could Cut National Methane Leaks Almost In Half.

Hindustan Times, November 20th, 2014
Better air and transport are UN goals for 2030.

The Hindu, November 20th, 2014
Many city schools, colleges evince interest in solar power generation.

Wired, November 19th, 2014
This Wearable Detects Pollution to Build Air Quality Maps in Real Time.

Carbon Brief, November 19th, 2014
Tackle air pollution to kickstart climate action.

Nature, November 19th, 2014
Air pollution: Clean up our skies.

Phys.Org, November 19th, 2014
EU court says Britain must cut air pollution.

Times of India, November 19th, 2014
Global index calls city air hazardous.

Platts Energy Week, November 19th, 2014
China Seen to be Leader in Clean-Coal Technology.

The Grist, November 19th, 2014
These photos of China’s toxic smog are terrifying.

Times of India, November 19th, 2014
Govt told to take 3 steps to fight winter smog.

Times of India, November 19th, 2014
Respiratory illnesses in city spike with pollution.

Tribune, November 19th, 2014
KPT told to minimise air pollution at coal terminal.

NPR, November 19th, 2014
WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe.

Energy Central, November 19th, 2014
GE signs clean energy agreements in China.

World Coal, November 19th, 2014
India looks to open coalbed methane market to private players.

The Guardian, November 19th, 2014
CO2 emissions must be zero by 2070 to prevent climate disaster.

Climate Progress, November 19th, 2014
China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets.


CNBC, November 19th, 2014
How China can tackle air pollution.

Phys.Org, November 19th, 2014
European urbanites breathing highly polluted air.

The Guardian, November 19th, 2014
EU court rules UK government must clean up dangerous air pollution.

Jerusaleum Post, November 19th, 2014
Air pollution in Israel dropped significantly from 2012-2013.

Liberty Voices, November 19th, 2014
Blue Skies Over Beijing.

Times of India, November 18th, 2014
Breathe free in Nagpur, but shut your ears.

Air Quality News, November 18th, 2014
‘Worrisome’ increase in global shipping traffic.

Eco-Business, November 18th, 2014
Coal-run thermal power plant slated for Soc Trang province.

Economic Times, November 18th, 2014
Inter-Ministerial panel on coal linkages to meet next week.

Azer News, November 18th, 2014
Azerbaijan increasing electricity production.

Shanghai Daily, November 18th, 2014
China’s coal use may peak around 2020.

The Hindu, November 18th, 2014
Find viable means to cut down vehicular pollution.

Deccan Herald, November 18th, 2014
Cut air pollution, else face food shortage.

India Education Dairy, November 18th, 2014
New report reveals air pollution could rise drastically; outlines roadmap to devise models to curb emissions.

Energy Central, November 18th, 2014
China Said to Cancel Tariffs on Coal Imports from Australia.

Manila Today, November 18th, 2014
PH coal enough to power plants.

Reuters, November 18th, 2014
Brazil carbon emissions rise for the first time since 2004 -report.

Tech in Asia, November 18th, 2014
In China, even creating a pollution tracking app is a risky business.

The Guardian, November 18th, 2014
District heating: a hot idea whose time has come.

The Guardian, November 18th, 2014
The Green Climate Fund is not a charity but an investment in our shared future.

NPR, November 17th, 2014
To End Food Waste, Change Needs To Begin At Home.

NRL, November 17th, 2014
With Electron Beams, NRL to Clean Up NOx Emissions from Coal Power Plant.

Times of India, November 15th, 2014
Hospitals flout pollution norms in Bhubaneswar.

India Today, November 15th, 2014
Crop burning brings hazy weather in Delhi.

The Diplomat, November 14th, 2014
Beijing Smog: The Day After ‘APEC Blue’.

Center for Effective Government, November 14th, 2014
EPA’s War on Toxic Pollution.

Fast Co-Exist, November 14th, 2014
China’s Air Pollution Solution.

On Earth, November 14th, 2014
The Particulars of PM 2.5.

Philly.com, November 14th, 2014
Lessons from China for the rest of us.

NPR, November 14th, 2014
Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common.

Science Daily, November 13th, 2014
EPA's Clean Power Plan: Economic strengths, weaknesses.

NPR, November13th, 2014
Climate Change Deal Requires U.S., China To Overhaul Energy Use.

Baltic Course, November 13th, 2014
Lithuania's 60% electricity consumption will be imported in winter.

RE Economy, November 13th, 2014
India’s plan to stop importing coal deals another blow to Australia.

Weather.Com, November 13th, 2014
New Delhi's Air Pollution Rockets to Worst in the World.

Times of India, November 12th, 2014
Report warns of spiralling air pollution; outlines roadmap to curb emissions.

Foreign Policy, November 12th, 2014
Why Is Beijing Downplaying the Supposedly Huge Climate Change Deal?

The World Bank, November 12th, 2014
Program Helps Reduce Energy Bills, Protect the Environment in China.

Power Engineering, November 12th, 2014
European power plant services market to hit $5.4bn.

NPR, November 12th, 2014
For U.S.-China Deal On Greenhouse Gases, The Devil Is In The Details.

NPR, November 12th, 2014
40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities.

Mining Weekly, November 11th, 2014
India turns down coal reject supply linkages to power plants.

Huffington Post, November 11th, 2014
New Roads Are Not the Way Forward.

Bangkok Post, November 11th, 2014
China censors US embassy pollution data during APEC.

NDTV, November 11th, 2014
Air Pollution Set to Rise Drastically in Indian Cities.

Deccan Chronicle, November 11th, 2014
Indoor air pollution can trigger asthma and allergies.

Take Part, November 11th, 2014
Pollution's So Bad in China That Oxygen Masks Are Hitting the Runway.

Power Engineering, November 11th, 2014
India pledges 24-hour electricity to all by 2019.

World Coal, November 11th, 2014
Regional Report – Turkey: Turkish delight.

Indian Express, November 11th, 2014
Delhi Underground: Stuck in traffic.

Times of India, November 10th, 2014
Smog scare: Patients told to stay indoors.

Energy Central, November 10th, 2014
Algae Biomass Organization Expands Carbon Utilization Campaign.

Hindustan Times, November 10th, 2014
Airpocalypse Now: Vehicular pollution soars to worrying levels.

Indian Express, November 10th, 2014
Visit thermal plants, learn about hazards workers face: Bombay HC to law students.

IEA, November 10th, 2014
Asia coal-fired capacity to more than double by 2035 boosting coal import demand.

LA Times, November 10th, 2014
Heat, drought worsen smog in California, stalling decades of progress.

Doha News, November 10th, 2014
Qatar’s air pollution unacceptably high 44 percent of the year.

Power Engineering, November 10th, 2014DOE invests in coal gasification research.

Energy Central, November 10th, 2014
China rolls out measures to lift sagging coal industry.

Nekkei Asian Review, November 10th, 2014
Europe cashing in on Middle East's ambitious railway projects.

Hindustan Times, November 9th, 2014
Public transport should woo car users towards mass transportation.

The Hindu, November 7th, 2014
Blinded by Dust in Chennai.

Business Standard, November 7th, 2014
For cleaner skies - Climate-change report shows domestic action more urgent.

NRDC Switchboard, November 7th, 2014
China & US Making Progress on Climate Change, Now It's Time for More.

New York Times, November 7th, 2014
China to Punish Those Responsible for Pollution Levels in Beijing.

The new Yorker, November 7th, 2014
In Beijing, Clearer Views Hide Real Life.

Scroll.in, November 7th, 2014
This NASA image explains why it's getting difficult to breathe in Delhi.

Times of India, November 6th, 2014
Delhi gasps as neighbours burn waste.

NDTV, November 6th, 2014
Pollution in Delhi Four Times Higher Than Normal.

Business Standard, November 6th, 2014
Air quality monitoring stations to be installed.

Eco News, November 6th, 2014
Quarry Fined for Clean Air Violations.

Act Media, November 6th, 2014
Romania needs electricity produced in thermal power plants.

China Daily, November 6th, 2014
Mobile app to fight smog near Beijing.

Christian Science Monitor, November 6th, 2014
Under blue skies, Beijing rolls out a red carpet for APEC Summit.

The Hindu, November 6th, 2014
Garbage: notices to 15,000 bulk generators.

Science Daily, November 6th, 2014
Future air quality could put plants, people at risk.

Hindustan Times, November 5th, 2014
Scientists rubbish study saying air pollution can reduce wheat yield by 50%.

ECNS, November 5th, 2014
Fallen leaves can cause air pollution.

South China Morning Post, November 5th, 2014
670,000 smog-related deaths a year: the cost of China's reliance on coal.

The Hindu, November 5th, 2014
Pollution chokes the Capital as respiratory diseases rise.

The Economic Times, November 4th, 2014
Power shortfall in India comparatively lower despite paucity of coal.

Bangkok Post, November 4th, 2014
Beijing stamps out funeral fashion fires for APEC.

Economic Times, November 4th, 2014
Air pollution in India cuts wheat yields by half.

Tech Times, November 4th, 2014
Protective masks make fashion statements in polluted Chinese cities.

The Hindu, November 4th, 2014
Mangalore to get two air quality monitoring stations.

The Guardian, November 4th, 2014
Coal is the future, insists Tony Abbott as UN calls for action on climate change.

Dhaka Tribune, November 4th, 2014
Health and life of children at risk.

First Post, November 3rd, 2014
Close to 60% thermal power plants have coal stock for less than a week.

Times of India, November 3rd, 2014
CSE organizes workshop on clean air and transport.

Press TV, November 3rd, 2014
New Delhi air pollution reaches alarming levels.

Hindustan Times, November 3rd, 2014
Smog alerts will help Delhi fight pollution.

Voice of America, November 3rd, 2014
Better Street Lighting Lowers Carbon Emission.

Scientific American, November 3rd, 2014
Air Pollution in Smokers’ Homes Can Reach Outdoor Levels in Worst Cities.

The World Bank, November 3rd, 2014
Cleaner Cook Stoves for a Healthier Indonesia.

The Guardian, November 3rd, 2014
India air pollution 'cutting crop yields by almost half'.

Sunday's Zaman, November 2nd, 2014
Choking in the darkness of coal in Turkey.

The Atlantic, November 2nd, 2014
China Is Trying to Curb Its Smog Problem (Before the World Comes for a Visit).

Al Jazeera, November 2nd, 2014
Clearing Beijing's air pollution.

Clean Technica, November 2nd, 2014
Improving & Increasing Mass Transit With Wi-Fi.

NPR, November 2nd, 2014
U.N.: End Greenhouse Emissions By 2100 Or Risk 'Irreversible' Damage.

Hindustan Times, November 1st, 2014
Raipur, Gwalior far more polluted than Delhi.

ECNS, October 31st, 2014
Local pollutant more responsible for Beijing's smog.

Technical.ly, October 31st, 2014
Know how much air pollution you’re breathing in with AirBeam.

Peoples Daily, October 31st, 2014
China gets tough to combat pollution.

Times of India, October 31st, 2014
Haze in Delhi due to agri-waste burning.

Shanghai Daily, October 30th, 2014
Helicopters trace straw-burning farmers.

Pattaya Mail, October 30th, 2014
Thai energy minister adamant for more coal-fired power plants.

USA Today, October 30th, 2014
'Black cloud' leaves Egyptians short of breath.

India Today, October 30th, 2014
National Green Tribunal worried over rising pollution in Delhi.

Environmental Technology, October 30th, 2014
How to Monitor for Fracking Air Pollution.

Times of India, October 30th, 2014
Delhi’s air very unhealthy: US embassy monitor.

Huffington Post, October 30th, 2014
China's New Tools to Battle Air Pollution Can Also Help Fight Climate Change.

Wall Street Journal, October 29th, 2014
Pollution in Delhi Prompts U.S. Embassy Warning.

Times of India, October 28th, 2014
Respiratory ailments on the rise in Pune.

Live Science, October 28th, 2014
China Won't Breathe Easy Until Port Pollution Solved.

The Diplotmat, October 27th, 2014
Taking the Leap on China’s Pollution Problem.

The Wall Street Journal, October 27th, 2014
Desperate Measures: As World Leaders Visit, Beijing Tries to Reduce Pollution by 40%.

Economic Times, October 27th, 2014
Coal Ordinance: Experts doubt if it will be a lasting solution for the troubled sector.

Phys.Org, October 27th, 2014
Delhi chokes on toxic smog after festival of lights.

Science Daily, October 27th, 2014
Reducing population is no environmental 'quick fix'.

Hindustan Times, October 27th, 2014
Air pollution levels highest in Mumbai on last day of Diwali.

The Hindu, October 27th, 2014
Right pricing petrol & diesel.

Mining Weekly, October 27th, 2014
Underground coal gasification roadmap on the way.

ECNS, October 26th, 2014
Beijing expects to cut pollutants discharge by 1/3 during APEC.

Auto Standard Examiner, October 26th, 2014
China encouraging citizens to buy electric vehicles.

Bangkok Post, October 26th, 2014
Delhi chokes on toxic smog after festival of lights.

Science Daily, October 25th, 2014
Climate change caused by ocean, not just atmosphere.

Economic Times, October 24th, 2014
CPCB is working to develop its standard and monitoring methodology, says AB Akolkar, member-secretary, CPCB.

Times of India, October 24th, 2014
Air quality deteriorates alarmingly in Delhi after Diwali.

Natural Gas Daily, October 23rd, 2014
China’s clean coal hopes may affect gas outlook.

Power Engineering, October 23rd, 2014
India to set uniform coal price and allow foreign companies to mine.

ECNS, October 23rd, 2014
China promotes new-energy buses in Beijing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2


NASA Explains - Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources. The simulation also illustrates differences in carbon dioxide levels in the northern and southern hemispheres and distinct swings in global carbon dioxide concentrations as the growth cycle of plants and trees changes with the seasons.

Scientists have made ground-based measurements of carbon dioxide for decades and in July NASA launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite to make global, space-based carbon observations. But the simulation — the product of a new computer model that is among the highest-resolution ever created — is the first to show in such fine detail how carbon dioxide actually moves through the atmosphere.

In Chennai - 250 Asthma and COPD Cases Registered Everyday

Rising air pollution in Chennai is making more people sick with respiratory illnesses, especially chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), say experts. According to data released by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, which conducts regular air quality checks in Indian metros, Chennai ranks second in air pollution after Delhi - more @ Times of India




With World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) day being observed on November 19, chest physicians in the city have called for efforts to control pollution on a war footing. COPD is a condition that arises due to obstruction of air flow in the lungs. Patients suffer from symptoms like chronic cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and limitation of activity in the later stages.


"Recent studies show that many people, especially youngsters, are taking steps to quit smoking. So, while smoking may be a major cause of COPD, pollution is the culprit behind the rise in cases," said pulmonologist Dr G S Vijayachandar from the Institute of Thoracic Medicine in Chetpet. The institute has recorded more than 4,000 cases of respiratory illnesses in the past one year, one-third of which are COPD cases. "We see 250 cases everyday and most of them are asthma and COPD cases. The numbers have certainly gone up," said the doctor, adding that there has been a 10% increase in COPD cases compared to last year.

Dr Mohan Kameshwaran of Madras ENT Research Foundation said that 90% of the patients who approached the pulmonology clinic at the hospital suffered from dust allergy. The clinic recorded 625 cases of COPD last year and the numbers went up to 775 till November this year. "Earlier only adults had such problems, but now pediatric allergies are also on the rise and it comprises 30% of cases. Patients come with wheezing, nasal bleeding and inflammation where there is a block in the airway, all being results of inhaling soot and carbon particles emitted from vehicles," he said.

Dusty Roads in Chennai


Respiratory physician Dr P K Thomas warned that COPD is an insidious disease that shows no symptoms until it is too late. "Nearly 50% of clinically significant COPD cases go undiagnosed. When they suffer from breathlessness, people should not ignore it as a normal part of getting older. They should approach a doctor," he said.

Particulate and Gaseous Emissions Inventory for Chennai
 
The pollution control board has set the permissible limit for respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) at 100 microgram/cubic metre. In 2013 the annual average quantity of particulate matter recorded at Anna Nagar, T Nagar and Kilpauk were way above the standard of 100 microgram per cubic meter. "The main reasons for the presence of suspended particulate matter in the air at least in the city limits are due to the vehicular traffic, dust and sand on the roads and ongoing construction activities," said K Ranganathan, Director (Labs), Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.