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Coverage of pollution since January 3, 2022.

Hamilton air quality study positive on common irritants, concern over a gaseous air pollutant

"...The annual report from Clean Air Hamilton says residents didn't benefit from a big drop in air pollution in 2020, despite lockdowns. Bruce Newbold, the group's chair, however, told the city's board of health that an overall trend of improvement that began in the 1990s has continued. “The news continues to be good within the city in terms of the reduction in criteria air pollutants,” Newbold told councillors..."

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Hydrogen power facility proposed for Summerland

"...A Toronto-based energy company is considering setting up a facility in Summerland to convert scrap aluminum into hydrogen and energy..."

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Targeted dredging in Hamilton's Chedoke Creek to begin mid-summer

"...The plan, presented to city councillors on Wednesday, calls for a machine to suck up to 10,000 cubic metres of polluted sediment from the waterway by the end of 2022. The targeted dredging follows the spill of 24 billion litres of sewage and untreated wastewater into Chedoke Creek from a combined sewage overflow tank between 2014 and 2018..."

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Top local weather stories of 2021, Part 3: Summer goes up in smoke

"...In British Columbia, more than 1500 wildfires were reported, with an area one-and-a-half times larger than Prince Edward Island being burnt. By July 10th, only Atlantic Canada and Alberta were dealing with out-of-control wildfires. However, the smoke from wildfires in neighbouring provinces and territories contributed to a lot of air pollution..."

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Summerland also being eyed for hydrogen plant

"...He said the company is eyeing a one-acre plot near the Summerland wastewater treatment plant that could be home to a 10,000-square-foot building, which at full annual production could generate 1,080 metric tonnes of green hydrogen, 18,000 metric tonnes of aluminum and five megawatts of electricity. Neil estimates the facility could create 15 to 17 permanent jobs, while generating “zero” pollution and recycling most of the water it requires. Coun..."

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Record Methane Levels Made 2021 5th Hottest Year Since 2000

"...A substantial rise in atmospheric methane levels helped push global temperatures in 2021 towards the highest ever recorded, according to the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service..."

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Could leftover canola be the next fuel to heat homes? Globalnews.ca

"...He is now ready to produce the pellets on a large scale to test their consistency. “Eventually, the world is going to phase out coal because of pollution,” said Dalia, Canada Research Chair in Bio-energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering. “The potential of using biomass to bioenergy is enormous and exciting..."

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Funding helps promote electric vehicle uptake in B.C. BC Gov News

"...Community groups and local governments throughout the province can receive funding through the Community Outreach Incentive Program (COIP) to educate and encourage people to switch to electric vehicles (EVs). “We’re helping to raise awareness about the many benefits of EVs in communities across B. C..."

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Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society gets much needed donation

"...Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society president Birgit Arnstein accepts a cheque for $500 from Untied Way Thrift Store’s Lynette Gates recently. (Neil Bousquet photo)..."

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Electric Pontoon Boat packs General Motors battery power

"...One of the big complaints about power boats is the fact that they bring noise and pollution to lakes that should be quiet and pristine. Electric boats address those problems, and one of the latest – from Pure Watercraft – was developed in partnership with General Motors. Known simply as the Electric Pontoon Boat, the watercraft measures 24 ft, 7 inches in length (7..."

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Nuclear power: Missing piece of the puzzle

"...But nobody at all died at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011 (although 20,000 died as a result of the magnitude 9. 0 sub-sea quake and the tsunami that devastated the city). Many more people die from coal pollution each and every day than have died from nuclear power accidents in the entire past half-century..."

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Skyscraper HQ provides office workers with a breath of fresh air

"..."By functioning like airways in a body and cycling fresh air throughout the building, these features generate significant savings in environmental and energy efficiency," says SOM. "This system prioritizes tenant comfort and wellbeing to a degree typically unheard of in office environments. Drawing upon principles from Feng Shui, in which water and wealth are intrinsically linked, the lobby is encircled by a reflecting pool and features a rippling wall of water adjacent to the main entrance..."

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Jobs in pollution

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Pollution Control Centre Student Laboratory Assistant

"...Pollution Control Centre Laboratory Assistant is responsible for working in a lab environment as well as outside duties, including lab analysis and water sampling..."

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Pollution Control Plant Summer Student - CLOSES: Friday February 11, 2022

"...Summer Student Environmental Services Applications must be received no later than Friday February 11, 2022 The City hires Post-Secondary students for the summer season to..."

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Intermediate Air Engineer - Odor Control / Ventilation / Pollution

"...pollution to be based out of our Thornhill or Mississauga offices..."

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Class 4 Water Pollution Control Facility Operator

"...Pollution Control Facility Supervisor, the operator ensures the safe and effective monitoring and operation of the wastewater treatment processes and equipment, and acts as Operator in Charge as..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention pollution.

Air Polluters Can't Ignore Citizen Science Anymore

Duration: 20:40

"...It used to be that taking an air quality sample required expensive, bulky equipment and teams of people to operate..."

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63: Light pollution! What’s up with bulbs, brightness and blinding nature?

Duration: 40:46

"...Source: For What It's Earth..."

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An interactive map to track (and end) pollution in China | Ma Jun

Duration: 11:51

"...Source: TED Talks Daily..."

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Air Pollution Rules Buckle Under Brutal Heat Waves

Duration: 12:41

"...Extreme heat waves are breaking out all across the country, and some environmental activists are questioning whether this unprecedented summer is making the EPA's air pollution regulations obsolete. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about pollution.

Ilissa Ocko: The fastest way to slow climate change now | TED Countdown

"...Ocko identifies three main sources of methane pollution which, if addressed, could dramatically slow down the rate of global warming within years -- not decades..."

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Completing the Picture: Designing a food system that’s positive for nature and our climate

"...The transition to renewable energy is critical in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s only half the story..."

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The innovations we need to avoid a climate disaster | Bill Gates

"...Introducing the concept of the "green premium" -- the higher price of zero-emission products like electric cars, artificial meat or sustainable aviation fuel -- Gates identifies the breakthroughs and investments we need to reduce the cost of clean tech, decarbonize the economy and create a pathway to a clean and prosperous future for all..."

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Did COVID-19 travel restrictions improve air quality? | Ask a Scientist

"...Elisabeth Galarneau, Research Scientist at Environment and Climate Change Canada, answers a question about the effects of reduced air travel on air quality during COVID-19..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about pollution relevant to the latest news.

Remediation by Floating Plants

"...On the other hand, as to the water pollutants contained in sewage and food factory wastewater, they are on the contrary at the same time essential elements for plants to grow such as nitrogen and phosphorous..."

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Exploring the potential of vermicompost as a sustainable strategy in circular economy: improving plants? bioactive properties a

"...Vermicompost has the potential to be used in a variety of ways in the circular economy, including for agricultural sustainability, managing waste, pollutant remediation, biogas production and animal feed production..."

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Phytoremediation: Background, Principle, and Application, Plant Species Used for Phytoremediation

"...Based on the recent literature, organic, inorganic, desalination, and wastewater treatment through phytoremediation techniques were presented with the achieved outcome..."

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The health, environmental, and economic dimensions of future dietary transitions in Argentina

"..., GHG emissions, total land occupation, cropland use, fossil energy use, freshwater consumption, and the emission of eutrophying pollutants)..."

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Implementing a ventilation index for assessing indoor air PM2.5 concentrations in biomass-using households

"...Emitted potential pollutants from the biomass combustion oven may enormously degrade indoor air quality during cooking time and impact crowded rooms with inadequate indoor ventilation..."

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Water reuse in the food industry

"...Due to the significant growing demand for water, it is urgent to those in the food industry to consider a more rational and sustainable use of such a scarce natural resource..."

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Causal nexus in industrialization, urbanization, trade openness, and carbon emissions: empirical evidence from OPEC economies

"...These findings advise that the management authorities of OPEC countries need to adopt environmentally friendly policies, while regulating environmental pollution to accomplish sustainable economic development in the region..."

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Can supervision of governance reduce ozone pollution? An empirical study in China

"...Ozone action has a concomitant effect in simultaneously reducing other air pollutants..."

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Research on the impact of energy technology innovation on total factor ecological efficiency

"...Promoting sustainable economic development from the perspective of energy technology is crucial, given limited energy resources and severe environmental pollution..."

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Investigation on the potential of eco-friendly bio-char for amendment in serpentine soils and immobilization of heavy metals co

"...Recently, biochar amendments have emerged in the area of soil remediation technology with the suitability and potential to promote seed emergence, plant growth, biomass productivity, and vegetation cover on contaminated soils such as serpentine soil..."

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European Union policies and their role in combating climate change over the years

"...One of the objectives of environmental policies is to make the economy of its member states more environmentally friendly, although this requires finding solutions to major challenges such as climate change, the scarcity of natural resources, the emission of polluting gases, and unsustainable consumption and production..."

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Environmental risk factors of type 2 diabetes?an exposome approach

"...Studies provided established associations of air pollution, residential noise and area-level socioeconomic deprivation with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, while neighbourhood walkability and green space are consistently associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes..."

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