The shingled spherical Podzook is an eco-friendly pod that fits in your backyard

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Deadly sodium cyanide pollution discovered after Tianjin explosion in China

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Last Wednesday, a series of explosions caused massive destruction in Tianjin , China, and left over a hundred dead. Now, days later, levels of deadly cyanide pollution are sky-high and many people have been displaced after their homes in the area were destroyed. Over 70 people, including some firefighters, are still reported as missing. As the public and local media blame the government for its poor response to the disaster, the answers are few and far between. Read the rest of Deadly sodium cyanide pollution discovered after Tianjin explosion in China

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China’s smog kills 4,000 people every day

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We all know that pollution in China is bad, but we didn’t know it was this bad. A new study has found air pollution is killing about 4,000 people per day in China. Using newly available data, physicists at Berkeley Earth , a non-profit climate research organization, calculated that about 17 percent of all deaths in China are from heart and lung disease and other problems caused by the incredibly polluted air. Pollution is not just limited to major cities, either. The study found 38 percent of Chinese people live with daily pollution that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rates “unhealthy”. The study found China’s deadly air kills more than 1.4 million people per year; in the U.S., worst-case estimates show that about 200,000 people are killed by air pollution per year. The team also found 99.9 percent of the eastern half of China breathes a higher concentration of small particulate matter than people in the city of Madera, California, where the highest annual average small particulate haze in the U.S. is found. In other words, almost everyone in China is breathing more damaging air than the worst air in the U.S. Related: London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year The Berkley team analyzed data from a four-month period from April 5, 2014 to August 5, 2014 to create computer model calculations that estimate heart, lung and stroke deaths from different types of pollutants. Electric power plants, industrial facilities, automobiles, biomass burning, and fossil fuels used for heating are all on the list of contributing factors to China’s air pollution. The tiny particulates that escape from these sources can enter the lungs and bloodstream and cause a range of problems, from asthma to heart disease. Via Phys.org Lead image via  Erik Charlton , factory image via  Leo Fung , Shanghai image via  Peter Dowley

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