The most harmful pollutant to human health is called PM 2.5, particle matter smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter that's found in soot, smoke, and dust. PM 2.5 is especially dangerous because it can get lodged in the lungs and cause long-term health problems like asthma and chronic lung disease.
The number of people working night shifts in the United Kingdom has increased by 9% or 275,000 people over the last five years, according to a report released on in October by the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
More and more Chinese factories are using robots to make up for the shortage of labor in the country.
"There are more companies recruiting than people applying for jobs," said Liu Jihong, vice general manager of a Zhejiang-based company that produces seats for engineering machinery as well as for commercial and passenger vehicles.
Manufacturers will significantly accelerate their use of robots in U.S. factories over the next decade as they become cheaper and perform more tasks, constraining payroll growth, according to a study out Tuesday.
In an op-ed article featured in the French daily newspaper Le Monde on November 30, some 100 scientists condemn the strategies employed by the chemicals industry in order to influence European Union (EU) legislation on endocrine disruptors.
Advocacy group Food & Water Watch is warning that passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will undermine food safety in the U.S. A new report from the organization, Toxic Buffet: How the TPP Trades Away Seafood Safety, says the partnership would increase seafood imports from nations that routinely use antibiotics and chemicals in fish farming that are illegal in the United States.
The death toll from a construction accident at a power plant in China last week has risen to 74, with 13 people being detained by Chinese authorities as a result of the ongoing investigation into the cause of the disaster.