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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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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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Turning Dirty Air Pollution Into Ink for Works Of Art

Imagine if instead of your car emitting fumes out of its exhaust pipe, it was emitting ink that could be bottled, sold, and put to good use. That’s exactly how Anirudh Sharma, then an MIT graduate student, saw things when, upon returning to India for a conference, he realized that the pollution in the air was so heavy that […]

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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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What is Air Pollution? Understanding the Basics and Common Terms

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is “contamination of the indoor or outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere. Household combustion devices, motor vehicles, industrial facilities and forest fires are common sources of air pollution. Pollutants of major public health concern include particulate […]

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Do Cloth Face Masks Offer Poor Protection Against Air Pollution? Scientific Review

Cloth masks offer poor protection against air pollution Air quality researchers test mask effectiveness Date: August 19, 2016 Source: University of Massachusetts at Amherst Summary: Inexpensive cloth masks worn by people who hope to reduce their exposure to air pollution vary widely in effectiveness and could be giving users a false sense of security, especially […]

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