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  • As Strict Anti-Emission Norms Kick In, Finer Particles Are New Threat

    Source:NDTV / 17-Jan-2018

    Better technology may not end the pollution crisis. Rather, it would allow one to monitor even finer particles which would become new health threats. While currently particle effluents in air are PM10 and PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 10 and 2.5 micrometers are the cause of major health crisis, sharper effluents like PM1 may become the next enemy, say environmental and health experts. "Finer the particles, more dangerous they are -- but there are no current thoughts on that. We don't have standards on PM1 because of the lack of evidence. It is supposed to be much more dangerous for health," Dr Gufran Beig, Project Director, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), told IANS. He said the focus may shift to the finer particles a few years from now. Read More On: As Strict Anti-Emission Norms Kick In, Finer Particles Are New Threat

  • Thinking outside the box on climate mitigation

    Source:ScienceDaily / 15-Jan-2018

    "Many currently used emissions pathways assume that we can slowly decrease fossil fuel emissions today and make up for it later with heavy implementation of negative emissions technologies," says IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program Director Michael Obersteiner, lead author of the article. "This is a problem because it assumes we can put the burden on future generations -- which is neither a realistic assumption nor is it morally acceptable from an intergenerational equity point of view." Read More On: Thinking outside the box on climate mitigation

  • Study finds that global warming exacerbates refugee crises

    Source:The Guardian / 15-Jan-2018

    The refugee crisis – particularly in the Mediterranean area – has received large amounts of new attention in the past few years, with people fleeing from Syria and entering the European Union emblematic of the problem. There has been some research connecting this refugee problem with changes to the climate. In particular, the years preceding the Syrian refugee crisis were characterized by a severe drought that reduced farm output and led to economic and social strife there. Read More On: Study finds that global warming exacerbates refugee crises

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