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Just how bad is the air we're breathing? Bad enough that one in every eight deaths has a direct tie to pollutants in the air, according to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). Some of those are attributable to indoor air pollution, mostly caused by indoor smoke breathed in by the billions "who cook and heat their homes with biomass fuels and coal." While tragic, that's not what we're going to focus on here. We're more interested in the outdoor air pollution angle, since that's som

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One of world's biggest automotive suppliers joins forces with one of biggest tech companies

Self-driving cars often sound like something out of science fiction. But they are inching closer to reality.

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As if it wasn't clear from the bouts of coughing that sometimes happen when a truck goes by, diesel fumes are not good for people. After reviewing various studies, including one from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization has officially linked diesel exhaust to cancer, specifically lung and bladder cancers.

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Although no one ever believed that inhaling black, grit-filled smoke would do you any favors, the World Heath Organization notes that doing so is much worse than merely unkind: the WHO has officially decreed that inhaling diesel fumes can cause lung cancer and has added the fumes to its list of Group 1 Carcinogens, those known to cause cancer in humans. That puts diesel plumes in the same homicidal company as arsenic, strontium-90, neutron radiation and being a painter, and makes it worse than s

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In a recent press release, the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to address the leading killer of people between the ages of 10 and 24 worldwide – traffic crashes – to the tune of about 400,000 per year. In the report, posted after the jump, the WHO lists improvements that should be made immediately to reduce the amount of people injured or killed on the world's roads, including changes in urban planning, vehicle safety, prosecution of speeders and drivers under the influence,

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Following up on my post this morning and last week about hybrid taxis in NYC and SF, reader Mehdi Hassan posted a comment about compressed natural gas (CNG) taxis in Bangladesh, where he lives. The "taxis" look somewhat different, as the standard taxi in Dhaka (Bangladesh's capitol) is a three-wheeled trike similar to Bangkok's tuktuks, but the gasoline versions were blamed for much of the pollution in the city. In 2001, a local company started to introduce a fleet of taxis that run on

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