Posts tagged pollution

A huge tent was put up over the former site of an insecticide factory in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, to contain a peculiar…

Hangzhou, pollution, tent, inflatable, smell, 2014, China Daily

A huge tent was put up over the former site of an insecticide factory in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, to contain a peculiar smell emanating from polluted soil. The tent in downtown Hangzhou covers about 20,000 square meters and is 36 meters high. It was built on top of where Hangzhou Qingfeng Agricultural Chemical once stood. It was relocated in 2009, but the more than 50-year-old company left many contaminants buried in the ground.

Following an investigation and risk assessment, treatment of the polluted soil was initiated in September. However, in the process of the treatment, a peculiar smell was released, seriously affecting nearby residents.

A woman surnamed Shao, who lives two bus stops away from the site, said she can still smell a pungent odor.

(via http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-05/14/content_17506217.htm )

“A plastic washing-up bottle that is at least 47 years old has been found washed up on a beach in the UK with its lettering and…

plastic, ocean plastics, UK, pollution, history, plastic bottle, 2018

“A plastic washing-up bottle that is at least 47 years old has been found washed up on a beach in the UK with its lettering and messaging still clear, prompting warnings about the enduring problem of plastic waste.“

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/09/plastic-bottle-washes-up-looking-almost-new-after-nearly-50-years-at-sea

Car makers face ‘real world’ emissions tests in EU pollution clampdown

EU, pollution, emissions, transport, VW, regulation, test hacks

“One key reason why air pollution kills 400,000 citizens annually is that carmakers cheat the tests for diesel cars, causing many times more pollution on the road,” said Greg Archer, the clean vehicles manager for Transport and Environment. “The development of a new real-world driving emission test is an important step forward to tackling urban air pollution. EU states should now support the Commission’s proposals and ignore the whinging from carmakers that the rules are too tough.”

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/03/car-makers-face-real-world-emissions-tests-in-eu-pollution-clampdown

Soylent (it’s made of Lead and Cadmium)

food, soylent, food science, nutrition, pollution, bioaccumulation

Test results commissioned by As You Sow, conducted by an independent laboratory, show that one serving of Soylent 1.5 can expose a consumer to a concentration of lead that is 12 to 25 times above California’s Safe Harbor level for reproductive health, and a concentration of cadmium that is at least 4 times greater than the Safe Harbor level for cadmium. Two separate samples of Soylent 1.5 were tested. According to the Soylent website, Soylent 1.5 is “designed for use as a staple meal by all adults.” The startup recently raised $20 million in funding led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/as-you-sow-files-notice-of-legal-action-against-soylent-super-food–300128427.html

China discovers that pollution makes it really hard to spy on people

quartz, china, pollution, imaging, surveillance, fog, smog, flummoxed

Gasping for oxygen in the noxious air that so often enshrouds northern China is never pleasant. What really twists the knife is that the state media often refer to it simply as “fog,” not pollution, as though it came wafting in on a zephyr, and wasn’t belched by a smokestack in Hebei. Well here’s some vindication for anyone who ever found this annoying. The Chinese government has realized that whatever it is clogging the atmosphere, it’s rendering government surveillance cameras ineffective (paywall), reports the South China Morning Post. Since that compromises national security, the government has hired two teams of scientists to come up with a fix, says the newspaper. But one reason they’re flummoxed by their assignment is that the haze is not simply “fog,” says Yang Aiping, a digital imaging expert and leader of one of the teams.

http://qz.com/143660/china-discovers-that-pollution-makes-it-really-hard-to-spy-on-people/