from Photographers' Blog:

Heshan: a poisonous legacy

June 24, 2014

Heshan, China

By Jason Lee

Heshan, a village with a population of about 1,500 in China’s Hunan province, is sometimes given the grim label: “cancer village”.

from The Great Debate UK:

How cities can help protect citizens from air pollution

By Guest Contributor
April 11, 2014

--Julian Hunt is former Director-General at the Met Office and Visiting Professor at Delft University of Technology. Amy Stidworthy is Principal Consultant at Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants. The opinions expressed are their own.--

from Breakingviews:

Anadarko’s $5.1 bln settlement adds up in market

April 4, 2014

By Kevin Allison
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Photographers' Blog:

Tainted paradise

March 29, 2014

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Sergio Moraes

Back in the 1960s, when I was just a kid, I remember watching swimmers in Guanabara Bay and seeing dolphins race alongside the ferries that transported people to and from the city of Niteroi and Paqueta Island. Beaches like Icarai in Niteroi and Cocota on Governor’s Island were very popular.

from Photographers' Blog:

The sky of Beijing

March 26, 2013

Beijing, China

By Wei Yao

This past winter, Beijing and the entire northern part of China were repeatedly blanketed by thick haze, raising serious concerns among citizens and the government. Air quality in Beijing has mostly stayed above "very unhealthy" and "hazardous" levels. Therefore, how to clean up the sky became one of the most important subjects for the delegates at China’s annual National People’s Congress (NPC). As a photojournalist based in Beijing, the moment I was told I would be able to cover the NPC, I decided to shoot a series of photographs to illustrate this matter.

from Photographers' Blog:

A recycling hero

March 21, 2013

Santana do Parnaiba, Brazil

By Paulo Whitaker

Today's Brazil is synonymous with great promise, as the country of the future with tremendous economic potential. But in terms of our care for the environment, we are far from being a global example.

from Global Investing:

Turning water into gold in China

By Reuters Staff
March 12, 2013

By Stephen Eisenhammer

Rivers of gold? Maybe not, but there can be money to be made in Chinese water systems.

from George Chen:

China’s toxic leaks and social unrest

By George Chen
August 15, 2011

By George Chen
The opinions expressed are the author’s own.

What does PX mean? That's the keyword for China from the past 24 hours.

State media reported that residents of Dalian were recently forced to flee when a storm battering the northeast Chinese coast, whipping up waves that burst through a dyke protecting a local chemical plant. The plant produces paraxylene (PX), a toxic petrochemical used in polyester.

from MuniLand:

$96 for noise citations

By Cate Long
June 6, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pooZM_hBRJ4&feature=related

America generally has done a very good job in reducing water and air pollution. If you have been in Beijing or Manila where the air is so polluted that most people wear air-filter masks in public, then you can appreciate the only slightly dirty air of New York City or other urban areas.  There is one form of pollution, though, that we haven't fully tackled yet: noise pollution. In residential areas the decibel levels can climb in the summer months as souped-up motorcycles are brought out of storage and people roll down the car windows and crank up the tunes. A little history from Wikipedia: