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Beijing Just Handed Out the City's Largest-Ever Fine for Air Pollution—to a U.S. Joint Venture

A mid-sized boiler maker, not the city's many coal-fired power plants, was fined 300,000 yuans—the biggest fine to date.


The U.S. Faces Longer Summers of Worsening Ozone Pollution

Scientists have linked a warmer climate to a 70 percent increase in unhealthy summertime ozone levels.

Christopher Pham et al.

The Ocean Floor Is Littered with Humanity's Garbage

Researchers say they were "shocked" to find so much plastic, glass, and fishing equipment all over the seafloor.

Associated Press

California's Metros Take the Prize for 2014's Most-Polluted U.S. Cities

But they're not alone: roughly half the nation lives with unhealthy concentrations of ozone or particulate pollution.


New Evidence That Urban Water Pollution Is Harming Birds

Researchers have linked the polluted run-off from cities to hormonal problems in chicks.


A 2016 Olympic Aquatic Event Site Has 195 Times the Safe Amount of Sewage in the Water

Athletes and civilians alike are worried about contracting diseases in Brazil's feces-laden bay.


People of Color Are Disproportionately Hurt by Air Pollution

New York and Philadelphia top the list of urban areas with great gaps in pollution exposure between whites and non-whites.


The Microscopic Beauty of Air Pollution

Viewed under an electron microscope, smog can look like snowflakes.

A Map of History's Biggest Greenhouse Gas Polluters

A select few countries have been responsible for the majority of the world's CO2 emissions since the '70s.


Beijing Buys a Waste Management Company to Solve Its Pollution Problems

But it won't work.

Blobs of Exxon-Valdez Oil Are Still Fresh on Alaska's Beaches

Pockets of oil lurking under boulders look as if they had just spilled 11 days ago.


How the Western World Enables China's Air Pollution

Americans and Europeans are partly to blame for the smog floating over the Pacific, say researchers.


China's Pollution Problem Is Also a Food Safety Crisis

Eight million acres of Chinese farmland is so contaminated that it's now closed to farming.


Your Neighborhood Significantly Influences the Air You Breathe

Levels of pollution exposure can vary dramatically within a city.


Chinese Students Fight Smog With Kung Fu Aerobics

A school administrator says the workout can detoxify lungs and dispel residue gas.

Daan Roosegaarde/Dezeen

Could an 'Electronic Vacuum Cleaner' Suck Up Beijing's Smog?

A Dutch designer's innovative proposal for the pollution-ridden city.

Here's Where You're Most Likely to Die From Air Pollution

A new NASA map of the planet lays out the depressing geographies of smog and premature death.

Michelle Berman-Kowalewski

This Dead Whale Is Helping Science in an Incredibly Gross Way

Researchers are studying its earwax to learn about human-made ocean pollution. Yes, there are photos.