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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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Experts Warn Air Pollution is the ‘Tobacco of the 21st Century’

Bad air is the source of ‘huge illness which is entirely preventable if we take the issue seriously’, IPPR researcher says. Air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels is the “tobacco of the 21st century”, an expert has warned after a report found some cities in northern England were breaching legal safety limits by up […]

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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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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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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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Exposure to Air Pollution May Affect Your Sleep

Apart from affecting breathing and lung function, people exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollutants for a prolonged period may also have sleep disruptions, researchers say. The findings showed that traffic related air pollution known as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) caused low sleep efficiency — a measure of the percentage of time in bed spent […]

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German City Builds Moss-Covered Wall to Fight Air Pollution

The German city of Stuttgart is struggling to overcome its huge air pollution problem. There are options to reduce the environmental risks. Amongst them – a wall covered with moss. “Nitrogen dioxide has put our health at risk for decades.” And for years, Maria Krautzberger, president of Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has pointed out […]

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Oil Field Fracking is a New Chemical Pollution Hazard for Workers

Federal workplace watchdogs are warning that the boom in “fracking” is now exposing oilfield workers to hazards they can inhale. It’s an additional risk for roughnecks and service company crews working in an industry that already has a much-higher-than average injury rate. A “Hazard Alert” from government agencies OSHA and NIOSH has the industry scrambling for fixes. “We’re working really hard […]

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American Study Finds Air Pollution Is Even Deadlier Than We Thought

A new study of Americans who receive Medicare benefits found that their risk of death and health consequences are significantly increased by certain air pollutants, even at levels deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency. Harvard School of Public Health researchers evaluated how the mortality of all 60 million Americans on Medicare ― the vast […]

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Moss-Covered ‘CityTree’ has the Air Purifying Effect of 275 Regular Trees

From smog-sucking bikes to electric taxis and paint made of car exhaust, designers and architects are stepping up to address air pollution—the world’s single largest health risk. But a new air filter making the rounds in Oslo, Paris, Brussels, and Hong Kong shows that nature may be our best ally in this battle.   Essentially […]

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