Category Archives: Health Effects of Air Pollution

Rural air pollution may be as hazardous as urban, study finds

New research shows that chemical reactivity, seasonality and distribution of airborne particulate matter are critical metrics when considering air pollution’s impact on human health. Current environmental regulations focus on the mass of pollutant particles, and researchers at the University of … Continue reading

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Strict COVID-19 lockdown policies helped reduce air pollution levels and death rates in Europe

Strict COVID-19 lockdown policies such as workplace closures in European cities reduced levels of air pollution and the number of associated deaths, according to new estimates published in Nature’s Scientific Reports. The research, which was funded by the European Centre … Continue reading

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Plastic snowfall in the Alps

Nanoplastic in the environment In a new study, Empa researcher Dominik Brunner, together with colleagues from Utrecht University and the Austrian Central Institute for Meteorology and Geophysics, is investigating how much plastic is trickling down on us from the atmosphere. … Continue reading

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Lack of information related to pollution exposure key issue for low-income households

A lack of information is an often overlooked but important cause of pollution exposure among low-income households or communities of color, according to University of Michigan researchers. The researchers say the disproportionate exposure of pollution on those vulnerable groups is … Continue reading

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Lowering air pollution reduces risk for dementia in older women, study finds

Long-term improvement in air quality lowers the risk for dementia in older women, a study published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. Large reductions in air pollution reduce the likelihood women ages 74 to 92 … Continue reading

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Long term exposure to air pollution may heighten COVID-19 risk

Long term exposure to ambient air pollution may heighten the risk of COVID-19 infection, suggests research published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The association was strongest for particulate matter, with an average annual rise of 1 µg/m3 … Continue reading

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Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Australian Megafires

Models suggest that thousands of Australians experienced dangerous levels of air pollution for several months, leading to more than a hundred deaths. From October 2019 to February 2020, fire ripped through the Australian bush with unprecedented intensity, killing 34 people … Continue reading

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Air pollution: One in 12 child asthma cases linked to nitrogen dioxide exposure

Researchers estimate that 1.85 million new childhood asthma cases in 2019 were linked with exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas released by diesel vehicles About one in 12 new child asthma cases worldwide are associated with exposure to a … Continue reading

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