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New particulate data shows air pollution worse than reported

Two scientists utilizing both aerial and ground tracking technology have both come to a similar conclusion: Air pollution in the most populated regions of the world is more serious than predicted.

University of Alabama atmospheric specialist Sundar Christopher compared satellite data with ground measurements in order to accurately record particulate matter from populous regions of the world. These heavily populated regions often lack the monitoring mechanisms and funding to track pollution.

Using two NASA satellites ‘- Terra and Aqua ‘- Christopher and other scientists analyzed 20 cities with populations of more than 10 million people. In 15 of these cities, pollution levels were up to 10 times higher than what was reported on by the World Health Organization.

University of Houston environmental engineer Shankar Chellam recently collected filters he placed around the Texas city to track metals released by industry. Chellam found the highest levels of pollution and particulate matter when oil refineries reported equipment flaws.

Source: CommonDreams.org; MSNBC.com

Animal

First camel cloned in Dubai

After a lengthy five-year process, the world welcomed its first cloned camel last week, due to the efforts of scientists in the Dubai.

The one-humped female camel named Injaz ‘- meaning ‘achievement’ in Arabic ‘- was born on April 8, after a 378-day gestation period.

Injaz remains a breakthrough not only in cloning research but in the survival of racing and milk-producing camels, according to Dr. Lulu Skidmore of the Camel Reproduction Center.

The new camel is genetically identical to the camel from which parent cells were taken, according to several United Arab Emirates newspapers.

Source: BBC News

Fuel

Dallas school district becomes first to run on bus on veggie oil

The Fryer Flyer, a school bus that can run on vegetable oil, is the latest addition to Texas’ Dallas County school district vehicle fleet.

According to district officials, the Flyer has been in testing for over a year and a half, and is part of the $80,000 investment by the district that converts donated cooking oil to biodiesel.’

Although the price of regular diesel has declined, the school district is expected to save $400,000 per year.

Dallas County expects to convert its 1,700 vehicles to this latest technology.

Source: NPR.org

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