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What is Boomy McBoomFace?

The boom* is a cleanup prototype. From the OceanCleanup website: The Ocean Cleanup deployed a 100 meter-long barrier segment in the North Sea, 23 km off the coast of The Netherlands on the 22nd of ...
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Why is carbon pollution given more importance than Sulfur pollution or Nitrogen pollution?

greenhouse gases other than CO2 The gases N2O and CH4 are relevant greenhouse gases besides CO2. They even have a stronger warming impact per molecule. A brief summary for N2O is provided in its ...
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Impact of Sugar on the environment

Sugar can be used as a weed killer, particularly broad leaf weeds, rather than grasses or perennials. It is a carbon nutrient that contains no nitrogen. Sugar can limit the growth of plant that do not ...
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How do current pollution levels in Los Angeles compare to the 1970s?

The air quality in Los Angeles does not meet federal air quality standards. That being said, the air quality has improved immensely since the 1970s. From the California Air Resource Board, in 1965 ...
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How do current pollution levels in Los Angeles compare to the 1970s?

A figure downloaded from this site. It represent the history trends of the pollutants related to the photochemical pollution from 1960s to 2000s We can find that $O_3$, $PAN$, $VOCs$, $...
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Will a country that cares for its environment be affected by climate change due to other countries' pollution?

The main driver for anthropogenic climate change is carbon dioxide because it is very long-lived and hence relatively evenly distributed within the atmosphere. And even if you'd somehow manage to keep ...
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If a specific mass of air is polluted, will the pollution stick with it?

Air is a fluid, as such it tends to mix and concentrations, of anything, tend to disperse into the wider volume. Erik's cup of tea metaphor is pretty accurate, currents of air will pull apart your ...
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Do perfumes and deodorants contribute to global warming?

Maybe a little, but not much. Personal care products that have a strong odor are typically associated with volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. VOCs are not really greenhouse gases, because ...
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What is Boomy McBoomFace?

Jan Doggen's answer identifies some sources that tell a bit more about Boomy itself, so I'd like to address overall what a boom actually is in this context, and make an educated guess about the ...
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Would home heat pumps provide large benefits against climate change?

The values on the DEFRA table with the column heading $ kg\ \ce{N2O} $ already include the global warming potential (GWP) factor of 298, as indicated by a note on the column heading (looking at ...
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How can I test the Air Quality?

The AQI calculation does not require that all pollutants be measured. Instead, it uses the pollutants that are available and then uses a function (chosen by the overarching regulatory agency) that ...
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Will a country that cares for its environment be affected by climate change due to other countries' pollution?

If no-one does anything the result will be bad for everyone. If only a small number of countries (or global regions) do something and the rest of the planet does nothing the effect will be minimal or ...
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If a specific mass of air is polluted, will the pollution stick with it?

Like many of my answers on this Stack Exchange, the answer is yes and no. Part of it depends on the pollutant itself. Let's call the mass by it's technical term, a parcel. There are a couple things ...
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Looking for study on the pollution of the forest

So far, I thought there won't be any studies on the overall scenario of waste disposals. After searching in depth, I have found studies on illegal waste dumping sites in Polish forests. Hope these ...
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Could the phrase 'human made environmental disaster' be applied to illegal and deadly city wide pollution?

I think there is a bit to unpack in your question, starting with the definition of terms. Just starting off with the title question, yes - examples include the 1948 Donora Smog event, and the 2006 ...
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Are there any studies that show that heavy metals escaped from landfills can cause any harm to human health?

The assumption is that these contaminants will leach into the ground and reach a source of drinking water. Or they will enter the food chain, by accumulating in plants, eaten by herbivores, eaten by ...
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How much pollution would it take to stop global warming?

I found a decent review article by Zhang et al. (2015) covering various geo-engineering proposals that is worth reading. As for atmospheric pollution, they report that pollution should be injected at ...
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How is phosphorus getting into lakes and rivers?

Phosphorus & phosphates are a key component of agricultural and garden fertilizers. Most plants need nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). They are generally combined into one product ...
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How would pesticide vapor drift behave near a valley?

While @Gordon Stanger gave an overall perspective about pesticides in general in his answer you can deduce some key points about the micrometeorological conditions of the area. Assuming pesticides as ...
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What kind of mine pit in northeastern Minnesota could make residue that turns water turn bright red?

From the red stain in the water & the rocks in the lower left of the picture it looks like iron ore. Also, the red stain in the water appears to be a colloidal suspension, consistent with minor ...
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Impact of Sugar on the environment

If there are any beehives in the area, it's likely the bees will discover this and go to it preferentially over other sources of sugars. That will reduce their utility to the beekeeper by removing ...
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What kind of mine pit in northeastern Minnesota could make residue that turns water turn bright red?

Iron oxide gives the water its color. The Mesobi Iron range is located in Minnesota. It is very large iron deposit that is still mined today.
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Will carbon tax be applicable to other emissions?

The recent Canadian carbon tax law is just CO2. CO, which you asked about, is bad for people and considered a pollutant. Efforts to reduce CO have been underway for decades including carbon ...
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Result of floating-iron-balls in the mid-pacific?

I take it that your iron balls are hollow and made of rust resistant steel. It would be a fiendishly expensive project, but I doubt it would have the result you suggest. The iron balls would have to ...
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How can I specifiy a substance in AERMOD?

The POLLUTID key is used to specify some regular options. Some examples: PM2.5 can only evaluate averages greater than 24 hours ...
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Impact of Sugar on the environment

I had an 2 hour meeting with the local park ranger about this and the other exhibits, the ball is getting removed due to a high number of insects (mainly butterflies and moths) getting stuck on it and ...
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Independent sources of information on radiation pollution in Europe

Two websites I've come across that might be of interest are: Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring Joint Research Centre, for Europe. Radmon.org which provides radiation information from number of ...
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Is there a conventional list of pollutants to consider for calculations? Or an updating one even?

In the USA there are two classifications of airborne pollutants. They are Criteria Air Pollutants There are 6 separate air pollutants. These make the bulk of the regulation, especially for the Clean ...
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How can methylmercury in the ocean be reabsorbed into the atmosphere?

Much of the methyl mercury that enters the atmosphere may be dimethyl mercury, $\text{(CH}_3\text{)}_2\text{Hg}$. This is a very volatile compound which, if it were pure, would have 50 mm mercury or ...
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