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In January, NASA revealed satellite images showing dramatic visuals of air pollution over China. Consequently, a new analysis is reporting that more than 1 million people are dying prematurely every year from air pollution in China alone. "Cars are being added and trucks are being added to the streets in ... keep reading
Indoor air pollution is the fourth leading global risk factor for death according to the Global Burden of Disease study produced by 488 researchers from 50 countries. This puts air pollution behind poor diet and high blood pressure, and about the same as tobacco smoke as a preventable risk for ... keep reading
For the average American, it’s tempting to want to dismiss the danger: surely chemical plants are located far away from where you live, right? Likely, you’re wrong. A shocking number of chemical plants are located in or near the hearts of major US urban areas. In the Greater ... keep reading
Written by John Deans and Richard Moore/The Nation in August 2012, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Air Quality, Children and Families, Environmental Disasters, Health, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Pollution
El Niño years increase the incidence of landscape fires, resulting in an additional 200 days per year when atmospheric particle targets are exceeded and increase adult mortality by about two per cent. The findings, reported this week in Nature Climate Change, have implications for global public health. Miriam Marlier ... keep reading
Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new study has found. A report on the research appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Thomas Pugh ... keep reading
On June 26, a U.S. federal appeals court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2009 findings that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from industry and vehicles endanger public health. The decision constitutes a major victory for the Obama administration as well as environmental organizations such as the ... keep reading
On June 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new national air quality standards for fine particulate pollution, or soot. Extensive review including thousands of new scientific studies has shown that exposure to particulate pollution has been linked to a wide range of serious health problems, including premature ... keep reading
After a weeklong meeting of international experts in Lyons, France, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), has classified diesel engine exhaust as a known carcinogen to humans. The declaration was based on what the WHO says is “sufficient evidence that exposure ... keep reading
A study by the University of Sheffield has found that the air we breathe inside our own homes can have pollutant levels three times higher than the outdoor environment, in city centers and along busy roads. Researchers from the University’s Faculty of Engineering measured air quality inside and outside ... keep reading
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