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Air conditioning: the benefits, problems and alternatives

Amid record-breaking heat, increased access to air conditioning could save lives – but AC units are damaging the environment. Are there other options?
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Japan is trying to use ammonia to make coal cleaner

New York Times reporters Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida write about Jera, a Japanese company that wants to blend ammonia with coal in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Japan says that by blending ammonia with coal in its boilers, it can make coal less damaging to the planet.

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Japan plan to use ammonia for power could boost pollution tied to premature deaths

Japan’s plan to co-fire coal power plants with ammonia in a bid to decarbonize its electricity sector could increase a different type of air pollution linked to millions of premature deaths globally each year, according to a new analysis.

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Can we use wastewater to make fertilizer?

By capturing nitrogen from wastewater, we can avoid production of ammonia, which makes up 1.4 percent of global carbon emissions.
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Big Pharma is flooding Puerto Rico with toxic waste

Dead livestock, cancer, arsenic in your water—that'll be $100 billion in tax breaks, please.
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California has provided incentives for methane capture at dairies, but the program may have ‘unintended consequences’

Emerging research suggests that after digesters process manure, they emit ammonia, which can travel long distances to contaminate water and soil and threaten ecosystems.

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Plans to industrialize Darwin Harbour  precinct could cause 'significant' health impacts, environmental report warns

A new industrial precinct in Darwin Harbour could cause "significant adverse impacts to human health", according to an environmental report released by the Northern Territory government.