What Sunsets Painted Centuries Ago Reveal About Global Air Pollution

Dramatic sunsets are undeniably gorgeous, but they portend something ominous: millions of fine particles polluting the air. Researchers are now studying sunsets painted over the past 500 years to find clues to how our air got dirtier after the Industrial Revolution. Read More >>

An EU Commision is Launching Legal Action Against the UK for its Pollution Levels

While the UK isn't the world's worst offender when it comes to pollution *cough Delhi cough Beijing cough*, some of its cities are still failing to hit the EU's clean air standard targets. And that means a slap on the wrist in the courts. Read More >>

Bubble Canopy Could be Answer to Urban Air Pollution

Your city's air quality got you down? Consider picnicking inside this glass-topped park proposed by Orproject. The transparent, ultra-lightweight canopy—inspired by the geometry of butterfly wings—would act as a kind of fresh air reserve: part filter, part outdoor hospital, where you and your friends can breathe in peace. [Orproject] Read More >>

The Worst Air Pollution in the World is NOT in Beijing

There have been lots of stories on Gizmodo lately about the poor quality of China's air. But, as the New York Times reports, Beijing's air pollution isn't even that bad... relatively speaking. "Lately, a very bad air day in Beijing is about an average one in New Delhi," says the Times in an article about the Indian city's smog. Read More >>

Depressing Necklace Measures How Much Air Pollution You're Breathing In

Sure, air pollution might make for particularly stunning sunsets. But have you ever thought about the toll it takes on your body? You won't have a choice after wearing RTI International's MicroPEM—or personal exposure monitor—which measures the adverse affects of breathing in all that poison. Read More >>


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