Tag: air pollution

  • Is Air Pollution Affecting Every Organ in the Body?

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    By Christopher Thompson Air pollution could affect “every organ” in the human body, a major global review has warned. Pollution is known to be harmful to the lungs and airways but a growing volume of research suggests it damages the whole body. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says nine out of 10 people globally breathe […]

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  • Mexico City declares environment emergency as fires hurt air quality

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    By Ryan Johnson Authorities declared an environmental emergency on Tuesday for metropolitan Mexico City, one of the world’s most populous megalopolises, as smoke from nearby wildfires pushed pollution to levels deemed potentially harmful to human health. Environmental authorities advised residents to avoid outdoor activities and exercise and remain indoors with windows and doors shut. It […]

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  • As air pollution increases in US cities, the Trump administration is weakening clean air regulations

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    By Ryan Johnson Whether conditions worsen or improve depends strongly on decisions by President Trump and his EPA administrator Air pollution kills. In the United States, 1 of every 25 deaths occurs prematurely because of exposure to outdoor air pollution. It kills more Americans than all transportation accidents and gun shootings combined. More than diabetes […]

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  • As air pollution increases in some US cities, the Trump administration is weakening clean air regulations

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    By Ryan Johnson Air pollution kills. In the United States, 1 of every 25 deaths occurs prematurely because of exposure to outdoor air pollution. It kills more Americans than all transportation accidents and gun shootings combined. More than diabetes or than breast cancer plus prostate cancer. More than Parkinson’s disease plus leukemia plus HIV/AIDS. And […]

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  • Human-caused climate change played limited role in Beijing’s 2013 ‘airpocalypse’

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    In January 2013, a suffocating, poisonous haze hung over Beijing for four days. The record high levels of fine particulate matter in the air caused airports to close and thousands of coughing, choking citizens to seek hospital care. Although the particulate matter that filled the winter skies resulted from both human and natural emissions, a […]

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  • Millions more Americans breathing dirty air as planet warms, study finds

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    Forty-three percent of Americans live in places where they’re breathing unsafe air, according to American Lung Association An increasing number of Americans live in places with unhealthy levels of smog or particulate air pollution – both of which are being made worse by climate change, according to a new report. Air quality in the US […]

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  • Vehicle Pollution Causes 4 Million New Child Asthma Cases Every Year

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    Four million children develop asthma every year as a result of air pollution from cars and trucks, equivalent to 11,000 new cases a day, a landmark study has found. Most of the new cases occur in places where pollution levels are already below the World Health Organization limit, suggesting toxic air is even more harmful […]

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  • Greenhouse gases are depriving our oceans of oxygen

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    Marine biologists will tell you that fish species such as tuna and swordfish, known as the deep-water divers of the ocean for hunting at depths of 200 metres, are today repeatedly coming to surface view. The reason for the behavioural quirk is that warming sea temperatures have zapped oxygen out of waters even far out […]

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  • Toxic air will shorten children’s lives by 20 months, study reveals

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    Global air pollution crisis is taking its greatest toll on children in south Asia The life expectancy of children born today will be shortened by 20 months on average by breathing the toxic air that is widespread across the globe, with the greatest toll in south Asia, according to a major study. Air pollution contributed […]

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  • 8 Cities that are taking steps against cars

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    In downtown Cairo, it’s not uncommon to see streets clogged with cars. But in a proposed redesign for a central thoroughfare, they’re hard to spot. Instead, in the concept illustration for what looks like the Egyptian version of Amsterdam, a two-way bike lane, a sidewalk, and a plaza filled with palm trees replace the sea […]

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