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June 17, 2019

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Americans Consumer 70,000 Particles of Microplastics Per Year

Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the globe. Although plastics have made life easier in many ways, disposing of the materials ... read more

International Travelers Experience the Harmful Effects of Air Pollution

Even a short stay for travelers in cities with high levels of air pollution leads to breathing problems that can take at least a week from which to recover, a new study ... read more

Reductions in PM Over Decade Has Improved Health; Ozone Pollution Remains Little Changed

Fewer deaths and serious illnesses have occurred in the US over the past decade as a result of cleaner air, according to a new report focusing on the ... read more
An enormous volcanic eruption on Iceland in 1783-84 did not cause an extreme summer heat wave in Europe. But, as Benjamin Franklin speculated, the eruption triggered an ... read more
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Environmental Justice Issues

New research examined the impact that bottom-up, community-level initiatives have in addressing environmental justice issues. They found that the best way to address a community's environmental ... read more

Seeing Inside Superfog

High humidity and plant moisture combine with cold air and smoke from burning vegetation to form particularly dense fog, but researchers can't predict ... read more

Epidemiology: Measures for Cleaner Air

Worldwide, a broad range of measures have been introduced to reduce outdoor air pollution. A systematic review by epidemiologists takes stock of the evidence, and recommends a greater focus on ... read more

Electric Car Switch on for Health Benefits

Could the health benefits and reduced costs to healthcare systems be enough to justify subsidizing charging infrastructure to allow society to switch from the internal combustion engine to electric ... read more

Crowd Oil: Fuels from Air-Conditioning Systems

Researchers have proposed a method enabling air conditioning and ventilation systems to produce synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water from the ambient air. Compact plants are to ... read more

What Happens When Schools Go Solar? Overlooked Benefits

Rooftop solar projects at schools could reduce harmful air pollution, help the environment and enhance student learning while cutting electricity costs, a new study finds. Overall, the energy switch ... read more

India Could Meet Air Quality Standards by Cutting Household Fuel Use

India could make a major dent in air pollution by curbing emissions from dirty household fuels such as wood, dung, coal and kerosene, shows a new analysis. Eliminating emissions from just these ... read more

Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a new ... read more

Diagnosing Urban Air Pollution Exposure With New Precision

A new review of studies on levels of urban exposure to airborne pollutants and their effects on human health suggests that advanced instrumentation and information technology will soon allow ... read more

New Forecasting System Alerts Residents of New Delhi About Unhealthy Air

A new air quality forecasting system has begun providing reliable forecasts of fine particulate matter for residents of New Delhi and other heavily polluted areas of India. The technology may be ... read more

Field Study Finds Pellet-Fed Stoves Cut Air Pollutant Emissions 90%

A field study finds that a new cookstove design, which makes use of compressed wood pellets, reduces air pollution by about 90% for a range of contaminants associated with health problems and climate ... read more

Human Encroachment Alters Air Quality Over Amazon Rainforest

Plumes of air pollution generated from a rapidly expanding city within the Amazon rainforest are wafting hundreds of miles and degrading air quality in the pristine rainforest, according to a team of ... read more

Human-Caused Climate Change Played Limited Role in Beijing's 2013 'Airpocalypse'

Although the particulate matter that filled the winter skies resulted from both human and natural emissions, a new study concludes that human-caused climate change played only a minor role in the ... read more

Unravelling the Complexity of Air Pollution in the World's Coldest Capital City

A joint Mongol-Japanese research team conducted the first detailed study of organic air pollutants in Ulaanbaartar city. The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contents of airborne particulates ... read more

Particulate Matter Takes Away 125,000 Years of Healthy Life from Europe's Child Population

A study analyzes the burden of disease of seven environmental hazards to children in the 28 countries of the European ... read more

Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors

A new study finds that air pollution significantly increases the risk of hospitalizations for young cancer ... read more

Elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide in air flowing out to sea from Silicon Valley and the Salinas Valley could increase the amount of carbon dioxide dissolving in Monterey Bay waters by about ... read more

Green Material for Refrigeration Identified

Researchers have identified an eco-friendly solid that could replace the inefficient and polluting gases used in most refrigerators and air ... read more

Electric Vehicle Adoption Improves Air Quality and Climate Outlook

A new study quantified the differences in air pollution generated from battery-powered electric vehicles versus internal combustion engines. The researchers found that even when their electricity is ... read more

Millions of Children Worldwide Develop Asthma Annually Due to Traffic-Related Pollution

About 4 million children worldwide develop asthma each year because of inhaling nitrogen dioxide air pollution, according to a new study. The study, based on data from 2010 to 2015, estimates that 64 ... read more

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