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Coverage of pollution since July 30, 2021.

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Hazy conditions return to Calgary due to wildfire smoke

"...Some experts suggest wildfire smoke could be more toxic to your body than air pollution..."

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Poor air quality due to northwestern Ontario wildfires: Environment Canada

"...Environment Canada says smoke from growing wildfires in northwestern Ontario is leading to poor air quality in the region..."

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Plastic pollution is laying

"...We know that plastic pollution continues to build up in the ocean at alarming rates, and we know this poses a risk to the creatures that call it home, but scientists continue to dive into the complex interactions underlying this relationship. The latest study to shed light on this issue paints a startling picture of how the evolutionary habits of juvenile turtles lure them into the most polluted parts of the ocean, demonstrated by the discovery of plastic in the stomachs of young turtles around the coast of Australia. The research was led by scientists from the UK's University of Exeter, with the team studying a total of 121 sea turtles across five different species collected from the east coast of Australia facing the Pacific Ocean, and the west coast facing the Indian Ocean..."

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Could More Urban Trees Mitigate Runoff and Flooding? JSTOR Daily

"...The researchers acknowledge that planting trees can be costly, but much less so than the damage that flooding can cause. A conventional parking lot could cost 53,000 euros, and a green infrastructure parking lot would cost an estimated 27 percent more. Beyond water absorption, however, trees provide carbon dioxide storage and shade and reduce pollution, all factors that help mitigate the effects of climate change..."

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Scientists develop green fuel to combat climate change

"...If record heat waves, out-of-control wildfires and flash floods have you worrying about climate change, Roger Gordon’s invention is sure to ease your mind..."

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Beach-cleaning BeBot sifts through sand to gather small pieces of trash

"...Despite the efforts of good-hearted folks that sweep beaches for trash others have left behind, such is the magnitude of our plastic pollution problem that it can be hard to collect it all, particularly the smaller debris. The BeBot is a robot designed to tackle this problem, mechanically sifting through sand to to gather up waste while leaving behind a minimal footprint on the environment. The BeBot was developed by marine infrastructure manufacturer Poralu Marine and 4ocean as a way of cleaning up coastlines with minimal disruption to these precious ecosystems..."

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Researchers report link between exposure to wildfire smoke, increased COVID-19 cases

"...Researchers from the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev. published their findings on July 13 in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. The team measured the presence of PM2..."

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‘Mayhem': Severe wildfires could threaten water supply for communities, expert warns Globalnews.ca

"...“You already have less water, it's already stretched pretty thin, and you have suddenly this huge input of water, but of pretty bad water quality, usually, after a large and severe fire,” said Robinne, adding any drinking water would be treated to Canadian standards but it's costly to purify water polluted by wildfire. It could be “mayhem” to go though a cycle of drought, wildfires, heavy rains and drought again, said Robinne, “because the pressure on the water resource would become so high that I can't even imagine what it would mean in terms of water supply for communities. ”..."

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Severe wildfires could affect community watersheds, says forest service researcher

"...In a worst-case scenario that could lead to flash floods and flowing debris and it's likely to affect how much drinking water is available to a community and when, said Robinne, with drought compounding the potential impact of wildfire..."

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Sink or swim: Can island states survive the climate crisis?

"...Most research indicates that low-lying atoll islands, predominantly in the Pacific Ocean such as the Marshall Islands and Kiribati, risk being submerged by the end of the century, but there are indications that some islands will become uninhabitable long before that happens: low-lying islands are likely to struggle with coastal erosion, reduced freshwater quality and availability due to saltwater inundation of freshwater aquifers. This means that small islands nations could find themselves in an almost unimaginable situation, in which they run out of fresh water long before they run out of land..."

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Letter: Time to address water quality in Quamichan Lake

"...Lake property owners and farmers would be required to hook into our municipal sewage system — finally ending their use of medieval septic and storage systems..."

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Industrial Pollution Turns Lagoon in Argentina Shocking Pink

"...A lagoon close to the southern Argentine city of Trelew has turned a striking shade of pink from what local environmentalists have blamed on pollution from a nearby industrial park..."

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Jobs in pollution

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Water Wastewater Engineer-In-Training

"...Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI), Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs, and Environmental Emissions Surveys..."

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Junior Project Scientist / Junior Project Technician

"...Our offices are located in attractive regions of BC, with quick access to arts culture and a variety of outdoor activities..."

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Part-Time Academic (Environmental Impacts and Resource Management (A) - APSC 2000)

"...biological unit operations for treatment and reduction of solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes; and reduction of pollution impacts on air and water resources..."

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BIO 27R - Senior Environmental Impact Assessment Biologist - Mining Operations

"...The Ministry mitigates and manages the risks and consequences from climate change, including developing plans to set and meet carbon pollution reduction targets..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention pollution.

Air Pollution Rules Buckle Under Brutal Heat Waves

Duration: 12:41

"...Extreme heat waves are breaking out all across the country, and some environmental activists are questioning whether this unprecedented summer is making the EPA's air pollution regulations obsolete. ..."

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5/7/21 - State of the Great Lakes; Plastic Pollution

Duration: 04:00

"...EGLE has released its 2020 State of the Great Lakes report..."

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RealAg LIVE! with Todd Lewis and Marla Orenstein on what's next for the carbon tax

Duration: 35:04

"...The federal government has the right to impose a national price on pollution, says the Supreme Court of Canada..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about pollution.

The role of insects in a circular economy for food | Circular food systems in East Africa 2/5

"...In this film, we hear from two companies, Sanergy and InsectiPro, about how insects can transform waste into profits and how soil fertility can be a key component of a circular economy for food in cities..."

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Biodiversity 101

"...Think about this rain forest… that coral reef… these grasslands… these mountains..."

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Future of Energy: The Global Energy Trap

"...As the first video in the Future of Energy series, “The Global Energy Trap” explores the global challenges created through our current energy production (climate change, pollution etc. ), the problems we face with our current energy production, and why transitioning away from it is proving so difficult..."

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How Catalytic Converters Reduce Pollution

"...While three-way catalytic converters are more efficient at removing pollutants, their effectiveness is highly sensitive to the air-fuel mixture ratio..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about pollution relevant to the latest news.

Climate change impacts on China?s marine ecosystems

"...Globally, climate change impacts on marine ecosystems are evident in physical, chemical, and biological processes, and are generally more extensive in faster warming regions..."

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A Novel Method of On-site Biochar Production from Crop Residues and Further Application to Soils for Improvement in Soil Charac

"...The emission of greenhouse gases during burning of crop residues is a prime factor responsible for deterioration of ambient air quality and environmental health hazard..."

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Profiles and risk assessment of legacy and current use pesticides in urban rivers in Beijing, China

"...This study focused on the existence of 27 pesticides, including 13 pesticides regulated by the Stockholm Convention as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and 14 commonly used pesticides in three urban rivers in Beijing that receive effluents from three municipal wastewater treatment plants (MWTPs)..."

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Sustainable transitions towards a resilient and decentralised future: Japan?s Circulating and Ecological Sphere (CES)

"...Global environmental change, the depletion of natural resources, and unacceptable levels of pollution, among other anthropogenic impacts on the planet and its ecosystems, demand a radical shift in the way humankind develops..."

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Nexus among economic growth, carbon emissions, and renewable and non-renewable energy in China

"...The study findings suggest that stricter energy conservation and pollution emission reduction policy should be implemented and renewable energy should be applied on a larger scale in order to achieve the goal of sustainable economic development..."

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Spray drying absorption for desulphurization: a review of recent developments

"...Alternative sorbents and additives are continuously being explored for simultaneous removal of pollutant gases from flue gas..."

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Green Dreams: Regenerating Cities Through Nature

"...It is a mind-boggling growth in which the urban system is a centralising force that is revolutionising consumption models in terms of both quality and quantity, where our cities?consolidated places of community living, one of the highest expressions of human society, with their wealth of knowledge, creativity and innovation capacity?are amongst the main causes of territorial consumption, pollution and, ultimately, climate change..."

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Gasoline demand elasticities in the world?s energy gluttons: a time-varying coefficient approach

"...Our conclusion is that policy mechanisms that are price-based such as gasoline taxes are likely to be unsuccessful in achieving consumption-cum-pollution reduction objectives in the energy gluttons..."

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Implementation of Speculate Modules and Performance Evaluation of Data Mining Clustering Techniques on Air Quality Index and He

"...This technique is used to group the assorted air pollution monitoring stations of a metropolitan city based on air quality index (AQI) and health index..."

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Index methods for the assessment of surface water quality: the case study of Oued Fodda dam, in the Northwest of Algeria

"...The basic parameters (pH, EC, TDS, O2, Mg2+, Ca2+, Na+, K+, Cl?, NO3?, HCO3?, SO42?, BOD, COD, OM, NH4+,NO3?, NO2? et PO43?) are used to determine organic water pollution and water quality for different uses, such as irrigation and industrial purposes..."

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Analysis on the legal regulation of mountainous plant protection and agricultural waste resources based on the concept of circu

"...However, with the development of current technology, problems such as the lack of the concept of circular economy and the understanding of the main body of agricultural waste recycling, the incomplete service system, and the lagging of supporting policies and measures have emerged..."

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