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Lower Air Pollution Linked To Higher Mortality
2012-12-04 10:38:42

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that a decrease in the air pollution levels is linked to improved life expectancy in the United States. The researchers discovered the connection in 545 different counties between 2000 and 2007. They believe that it is the biggest study of its kind to date, and could eventually impact general public health in the U.S. The findings were recently published...

2012-11-29 13:09:58

Competition in smog-test industry can lead to corruption, USC Marshall study finds Economists and professionals praise the merits of competition, as it leads to lower prices and improvements in quality. But in the automobile smog-testing industry, competition can lead to corruption and even public health problems, according to research by USC Marshall School of Business Assistant Professor of Management Victor Bennett. Bennett, along with colleagues Lamar Pierce of Washington...

Researchers Use Satellites To Track Smog From Space
2012-11-27 17:16:51

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As it turns out, measuring pollution from the ground can be a tough task. Smog, in particular, can be hard to track. This thick, dirty cloud is often found over the world´s megacities, with populations over 2 million. Scientists have placed monitoring stations in these cities in an attempt to monitor smog levels, but they aren´t always accurate. The placement of these monitoring stations is crucial, and they...

Amazon Rainforest Clouds Created By Salt
2012-09-11 05:11:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Early morning, deep in the Amazon jungle, fog drifts through the still air. The sun rises and clouds appear to float across the forest canopy. Where do these clouds and mists come from? Water vapor needs soluble particles to condense on, and airborne particles are the seeds of liquid droplets in fog, mist and clouds. To learn how aerosol particles form in the Amazon, an international team of scientists analyzed samples of...

2012-08-15 23:01:12

Summer contest aims to raise awareness about air quality in the region Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) August 14, 2012 A summer contest offers residents of Pennsylvania the chance to win prizes for guessing when the Steel City´s “First Clean Air Day of Summer” will occur. Much like a television weatherman might ask viewers to pick the first snow day of the year, the contest asks people to submit their guess for the First Clean Air Day of Summer. The contest is part of an ongoing...


Latest Smog Reference Libraries

Acid Rain
2013-04-01 10:21:17

Acid rain is any form of precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that is possesses high levels of hydrogen ions. It can have harmful effects on aquatic animals, plants, and infrastructure. Acid rain is caused by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which react with the water molecules within the atmosphere to produce acids. Nitrogen oxides can be produced naturally by lightening strikes. Sulfur dioxide can be produced naturally by volcanic eruptions. The chemicals that are...

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2009-07-06 17:01:44

Arctic haze is a phenomenon that occurs in the atmosphere at high latitudes in the Arctic due to air pollution. What distinguishes Arctic haze from haze found elsewhere, is the ability of its chemical ingredients to endure in the atmosphere for a longer period of time compared to other pollutants. Due to limited snowfall, rain, or turbulent air to displace pollutants from the polar air in the spring, Arctic haze can continue for more than a month in the northern atmosphere. Arctic haze was...

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2009-07-06 16:44:13

Haze is a type of atmospheric phenomenon where dust, smoke and dry particles in the air obscure the sky's clarity. Haze is created through various activities including farming, traffic pollution,and even wildfires. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) categorizes the obscuration of the Earth's atmosphere by a list of different types of atmospheric phenomena. One of these is haze. The other classifications are: fog, ice fog, steam fog, mist, smoke, volcanic ash, dust, sand, and snow....

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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