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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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Very Real Effects of Air Pollution On Your Health

The World Health Organization reports that each year 3.7 million people die prematurely from the effects of outdoor air pollution. 80% of air pollution deaths are due to heart disease and strokes, another 20% from respiratory diseases and cancers, after exposure to fine particulate matter – the most harmful airborne pollutant. Professor Stephen Holgate, chair of […]

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Why Do Asians Wear Surgical Masks in Public?

It is more common than ever to see Asians wearing surgical masks in public. Ever since the 2002 SARS outbreak and the 2006 bird flu panic, the practice has crossed over into immigrant Asian populations in the US. Now, with Ebola fears still on high, many immigrant Asians aren’t taking chances—despite the fact that the […]

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