Mental Methane

“Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane have surged in the past decade, threatening to thwart global attempts to combat climate change. Scientists have been surprised by the surge, which began just over 10 years ago in 2007 and then was boosted even further in 2014 and 2015.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/12/rapid-rise-methane-emissions-10-years-surprises-scientists

At these concentrations, time, or our perception of time, also increases by about 10%.

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Smoggey Sauce

“Beijing has extended a ban on outdoor barbecues to restaurants operating in some suburban areas as it tries to improve its notoriously poor air quality in case it wins the 2022 Winter Olympics. … The government blames them for contributing to smog, despite much public ridicule that dirty factories are more to blame.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/07/us-china-olympics-smog-idUKKBN0NS04V20150507)

The decision is a boost for athletes on a sashimi diet.

Exposure

“Low-cost monitoring devices to vastly expand the amount of data that are publicly available on forms of air pollution such as particulate matter and toxic gases … are easy to deploy and can complement data from official networks. … Work is also under way to develop wearable sensors to monitor personal exposure levels.” (http://www.nature.com/news/environmental-science-pollution-patrol-1.16654)

Always check it’s safe before you expose yourself.

Britair

“The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reports that more than 20 areas from northern England down to the South East are still gripped by high levels of pollution … But a fresh air mass arriving later today is expected to push the pollution eastwards over the North Sea.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/04/pollution-levels-forecast-drop-england-wales)

To mainland Europe, love from Britain.