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Air Pollution
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Air Pollution

All around you — indoors and out — chemicals and particles can harm your health, other animals, plants, and even buildings.

Air pollution can come from cars, factories, and man-made materials, but nature also produces pollutants. Take a look at cities under a smoggy siege, from Cairo to Beijing and Lima to Los Angeles.

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How to Grow Fresh Air

How to Grow Fresh Air

New Delhi’s pollution was killing him, so environmental activist Kamal Meattle developed a new remedy: Put three plants indoors to clean the air. His health has returned and his is the healthiest building in the city. More...

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TED
Natural Gas and Polluted Air

Natural Gas and Polluted Air

What's the connection of emissions from natural gas drilling to air pollution and quality of life? Scientific conclusions are yet to come, but farm animals and people are getting very sick. More...

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New York Times
Where You Live: Pollution Prevention

Where You Live: Pollution Prevention

Think globally, act locally, and here’s how you can do it. Locate where you live on this U.S. map and get information about pollution prevention in your region. More...

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Environmental Protection Agency
All About Smog: What Is Air Pollution?

All About Smog: What Is Air Pollution?

Air: It’s really just nitrogen and oxygen, plus a few trace elements. The stuff that doesn’t belong? Pollution! Plain and simple. More...

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California Air Resources Board
China’s Toxic Sky

China’s Toxic Sky

China has become the world’s factory, burning tons of coal to produce all sorts of products. With pollution levels up to 40 times the recommended safety levels, it’s not pretty. These photos show what pollution produces. More...

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The Atlantic
Interview with Mario J. Molina

Interview with Mario J. Molina

After winning a Nobel Prize in chemistry, Dr. Molina continues to investigate air-quality issues, especially how the chemical properties of atmospheric particles affect clouds and climate. More...

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The Nobel Foundation
Poisoned Places Map

Poisoned Places Map

Find out if any of more than 17,000 facilities known to have fouled the air have emitted hazardous chemicals into the air near you. More...

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NPR
Pollution, Not Rising Temperatures, May Have Melted Alpine Glaciers

Pollution, Not Rising Temperatures, May Have Melted Alpine Glaciers

Current research suggests that soot from the Industrial Revolution caused glaciers to melt in the mid-19th century even though air temps stayed relatively low. More...

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NPR

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