MIT Technology Review reports on the announcement that four global capital cities will be banning diesel cars from 2025 – Athens, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris – in order to improve air quality and drive adoption of electric vehicles.
Following similar announcements by France and Canada of plans to cease using coal for power generation, Finland may be the first country to reach that goal, as soon as the 2020’s.
FastCoExist highlights a device that sucks fine particulate matter from the air, that if deployed in sufficient numbers would clean the air in cities and other polluted areas.
The Dutch inventors claim the huge ‘vacuum cleaners’ can filter most of the fine particles emitted from vehicles / power plants and through industrial pollution – that have both health and climate impacts.
Via BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-37624253
Luxury cruises are increasingly popular but can come with huge environmental costs around ports and whilst at sea, due to sulfur and other harmful particulates from the heavy fuel oil burnt by most ships. Royal Caribbean is aiming to reduce such emissions from future cruise liners through a combination of liquefied natural gas and fuel cells from the early 2020’s.
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FastCoExist highlights research in Amsterdam that is developing a type of honeysuckle (known as Green Junkie) to clean city air of smog and pollutants.
Inhabitat reports on plans by Norwegian politicians ban the sale of petrol / diesel cars, lorries and buses by 2025 in an attempt to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
Inhabitat reports that the Norwegian government has become the first to commit to zero-deforestation through procurement, supply chain or investment.
FastCoExist covers a project in Louisville, Kentucky where Asthmatics have been given smart inhalers that collectively help to track air pollution and low air quality. The use of the inhalers is tracked along with data from air quality sensors across the area. The hope is that combining the air quality measurements with use of medication, researchers will gain a better understanding of how the connections between air quality, environment and weather conditions combine to trigger asthma attacks.
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