China Offers Smog Insurance for Sight-Seeing Tourists Who Can't See

China's debilitating smog problem isn't anything new at this point—at least for its residents. Tourists to Beijing, however, are still struggling with the fact that the sights they came for can often be virtually unseeable. To appease this growing group of angry travelers, China's biggest online travel agency now… » 3/21/14 12:20pm 3/21/14 12:20pm

Smog is Forcing France to Rethink its Love of Diesel

Last week, the smog in Paris got so bad, city officials made public transit free and banned half the city's cars from the road. The vehicle ban only lasted a day, with the reduced traffic and changing weather patterns alleviating the smog situation. But why did the smog get so bad in the first place? Blame France's… » 3/20/14 6:40pm 3/20/14 6:40pm

Paris's Smog Has Gotten So Bad, It's Making Public Transportation Free

Ah Paris—city of light, city of love, city of smog? Unusually warm spring weather has trapped diesel car emissions, blanketing much of France in noxious and dangerous air pollution. It's gotten so bad that officials in Paris are taking the radical next step of making public transportation, bike shares, and electric car … » 3/14/14 3:00pm 3/14/14 3:00pm

The Worst Air Pollution in the World Is NOT in Beijing

Man, do we love talking at how much China's air quality sucks—so much that we've even been suckered into fake viral memes about it. But, as the New York Times reports, Beijing's air pollution isn't even that bad... relatively speaking. "Lately, a very bad air day in Beijing is about an average one in New Delhi," says the … » 1/27/14 2:20pm 1/27/14 2:20pm

China Could Wash Away Smog With Artificial Rain Storms From Skyscrapers

Airborne pollution is a major issue in China, with local hospitals opening up "smog clinics" and waves of city-dwellers migrating to more rural areas to escape. While Chinese officials are pursuing "cloud seeding" as a way to control pollution, a Zhejiang University professor thinks he has a better idea: Sprinklers. Big… » 1/20/14 12:00pm 1/20/14 12:00pm

Astonishing satellite image shows China covered with pollution

The smog situation in China is getting even worse, with pollution levels as high as 30 times the limits set by the World Health Organization. Check out this image taken in late December, 2013 by NASA's Terra satellite. You can't barely see anything because of the crap floating in the air. It gets even worse at full… » 1/06/14 11:40am 1/06/14 11:40am

China Plans to Fight Its Smog With Artificial Rain

China has an awful smog problem, which means its cities smell, are hard to breathe in, and, in the most unfortunate extreme, give children cancer. But its authorities hope that it may have found a solution, in the form of artificial rain. » 12/05/13 8:30am 12/05/13 8:30am

China's Finally Fixing Its Pollution Problem—So It Can Spy on People

There are lots of reasons not to love smog. It stinks. It makes it hard to breathe. It gives children cancer. And, for certain countries, that decreased visibility makes it really hard to spy on your citizens. We're looking at you, China. » 11/05/13 10:27am 11/05/13 10:27am

Beijing Will Test This Giant Smog-Devouring Pollution Vacuum

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has designed everything from smart highways for the United Kingdom to a dance floor that generates electricity. But his latest project is the most off-the-wall yet: Roosegaarde plans to build and test a pollution-collecting system in smog-addled Beijing. » 10/22/13 4:00pm 10/22/13 4:00pm

This Traffic Camera Spots Heavy Polluters, Not Speeders

When you spot someone on the side of the road with a camera your normal instinct is to slow down to avoid a speeding ticket. But this fancy new camera developed by researchers at Spain's Universidad Carlos III de Madrid doesn't care how fast you're driving. It's instead designed to spot how much pollution is spewing… » 9/18/13 12:20pm 9/18/13 12:20pm