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Smog is Forcing France to Rethink its Love of Diesel

Last week, the smog in Paris got so bad, city officials made public transit free and banned half the city's cars from the road. The vehicle ban only lasted a day, with the reduced traffic and changing weather patterns alleviating the smog situation. But why did the smog get so bad in the first place? Blame France's long love affair with diesel-powered vehicles—an affair the country will probably have to end, or at least modify, to prevent further smog emergencies. Read More >>

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Paris's Smog Has Got So Bad That it's Making Public Transportation Free

Ah Paris—city of light, city of love, city of smog? Unusually warm spring weather has trapped diesel car emissions, blanketing much of France in noxious and dangerous air pollution. It's gotten so bad that officials in Paris are taking the radical next step of making public transportation, bike shares, and electric car shares free to use all weekend. Read More >>

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China is Deploying Smog-Busting Drones So That its Airports Can Stay Open

With smog in Beijing so bad it's forced pilots to land blind and officials to shut the airport, China has unveiled a new plan to test drones that spray smog-clearing chemicals around fly-zones . How will it work? Read More >>

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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 >>

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Of Course, China's Bad Air is Polluting America's West Coast

The latest fear-mongering study about pollution in China has arrived, and it's frightening. According to a new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, bad air in China is blowing across the Pacific and polluting the West Coast of the United States. Scary! Read More >>

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China Could Wash Away Smog With Artificial Rain Storms From Skycrapers

Airborne pollution is a major issue in China, with local hospitals opening up "smog clinics" and waves of city-dwellers migrating to more rural areas to escape. While Chinese officials are pursuing "cloud seeding" as a way to control pollution, a Zhejiang University professor thinks he has a better idea: Sprinklers. Big ones. Read More >>

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There's So Much Smog in Beijing You Have to Watch the Sunrise on Video

In Tiananmen Square in Beijing, there's a lot of smog. So much smog, in fact, that a huge LED screen is sometimes used to display a beautiful sunrise—which is useful, because you can't see it otherwise. Read More >>

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China's Smog is So Bad that Hotels Now Give Guests Gas Masks

It's no secret that China is choking on smog, but the problem has become so bad recently that hotels have started issuing guests with gas masks to use during their stay. Read More >>

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Chinese Hospital Opens "Smog Clinic" to Help Citizens Survive the City

As Chinese cities grapple with explosive industrial growth, they also grapple with the side effects, like millions of citizens with pollution-related ills. At Chengdu No. 7 People's Hospital, those patients are a common sight—and now, the hospital has opened a dedicated "smog clinic" to treat them. Read More >>

environment
China Suggests its Smog Problem is Actually Good For National Defence

What's that saying—if life gives you lemons, make lemonade? Well, how about when decades of destroying the environment gives you a cancer-causing smog problem, make it part of your national defence strategy? Read More >>

environment
China Plans to Fight its Smog With Artificial Rain

China has an awful smog problem, which means its cities smell, are difficult places to breathe in, and, in the most unfortunate extreme, give children cancer. But its authorities hope that it may have found a solution, in the form of artificial rain. Read More >>

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China's Finally Fixing Its Pollution Problem—So It Can Spy on People

There are lots of reasons not to love smog. It stinks. It makes it hard to breathe. It gives children cancer. And, for certain countries, that decreased visibility makes it really hard to spy on your citizens. We're looking at you, China. Read More >>

architecture
This Giant Mesh Wall Acts Like an Air Filter for Mexico City

The best way to deal with smog is to make less of it, but it's too late to just do that. And when it comes to cleaning up your already polluted air, mesh structures like this one in Mexico City are a stylish way to filter a whole city's worth of air. Read More >>

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The Greenest Street in America Is Paved With Smog-Eating Cement

Cars create a lot of pollution, but one in Chicago doesn't just give them free passage; it also cleans up after them. This street's special pavement actually feeds on smog. Read More >>

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