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Sand Storm Hits Beijing, Pollution Data Breaks Record

The worst sand storm this year hits Beijing, China, on March 28. 2015. (Weibo.com)

The worst sand storm this year hits Beijing, China, on March 28. 2015. (Weibo.com)

The worst sand storm this year hit Beijing, China, on March 28, while the Beijing Meteorological Bureau also sent out this year’s first “Blue Alarm” warning of severe pollution, according to state news media. By noon on March 28, visibility in Beijing was at its worst, being less than two miles. The data of PM10, for Particulate Matter up to 10 micrometers in size in the air, reached over 1000µg/m3, 20 times more than the standard guideline given by the World Health Organization. Exposure to a high concentration of small particles such as PM10 and PM2.5 increases the incidence and deadliness of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and some cancers…

 

Book Review: The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong

In this book, Judith Rodin shows how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges. Debika Ray thinks, if taken as an inspirational manual for policy makers, it is a readable and timely book…

 

Kyoto-Kashi collaboration: BHU signs MoU with Japanese varsity

VARANASI: Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Graduate School of Global Environmental studies (GSGES), Kyoto University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) as a part of the Kashi-Kyoto partnership, on Friday. The MoU has been signed to strengthen academic and research collaboration between both the universities…

 

 

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