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New City Bike Lanes Protect Cyclists from Air Pollution

As a relatively new cyclist and resident of South Seattle, the recent The Urbanist piece about the downgrading of protected bike lanes frustrated me. The bike lane already on the Othello-Myrtle-Swift corridor (with intermittent sharrows), or even a widened bike lane, does not provide the benefits of a true protected bike lane. There are many […]

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Gas Company Spending $300 Million to Reduce Pollution

October 31, 2017 – The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced a settlement today with Exxon Mobil Corp. and ExxonMobil Oil Corp., (ExxonMobil) that will eliminate thousands of tons of harmful air pollution from eight of Exxon’s petrochemical manufacturing facilities in Texas and […]

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Pollution Connected to Nine Million Deaths a Year

Pollution claimed the lives of nine million people in 2015, one in every six deaths that year, according to a report published on Friday. Almost all the deaths, 92 percent, happened in low- and middle-income countries, it said, with air pollution the main culprit, felling 6.5 million people. Almost half of the total toll came […]

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‘Dirty Birds’ Reveal Hidden U.S. Air Pollution Problem

Soot trapped in the feathers of songbirds over the past 100 years is causing scientists to revise their records of air pollution. US researchers measured the black carbon found on 1,300 larks, woodpeckers, and sparrows over the past century. They’ve produced the most complete picture to date of historic air quality over industrial parts of […]

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Air | A Surreal Short Film (2015)

Grateful for the artists who capture the realities for a generation and tell the story. This short film tells the story of the growing global air quality crises. ‘AIR’ is a surreal short film about a girl struggles in a heavily air-pollution world, and the needs to buy air to survive. This short film delivers […]

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Surprising Impact of Air Pollution When You Exercise

According to a past review published by the University of Queensland, there is strong evidence to support the assertion that air pollution has negative effects on cardiovascular health during exercise. The impact is particularly strong for those who work out outdoors in urban regions where the concentration of air contaminants is relatively high. Individuals who […]

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Study Says Air Pollution Elevates Stress Hormones

Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. Dr. Haidong Kan of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and colleagues looked specifically at the health effects of particulate matter (PM), small particles […]

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Can We Fix the Air that is Making Us Sick?

Rising air pollution levels in our cities that impact the health of people and planet are becoming impossible to ignore. So much so that China closed the last working coal power plant in Beijing this March, paving the way to a future of clean energy and air for its inhabitants. This kind of radical change […]

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The Health Hazard of Huge Summer Fires and Smoke

Massive smoke plumes invaded the Pacific Northwest in early August 2017, and more smoke from wildfires may be a problem into early autumn across parts of the U.S. and Canadian West. In this guest post, wildfire expert and author Stephen Pyne (Arizona State University) looks at the history of our relationship with wildfire smoke. Landscape […]

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Sources of Air Pollution Inside Your Home

We often think our battle against air pollution ends once we’re inside the protective walls of our own home. What we don’t know is it gets worse from there. Apparently, indoor air can be more polluted than the air outdoors because pollutants that are existing indoors get trapped inside these spaces, build up, and turn […]

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