Category Archives: World News

Air pollution kills thousands in megacities despite lockdowns

– Air pollution is the largest environmental risk to human health globally. – Tens of thousands of people died from related deaths last year, despite an economic slow down caused by coronavirus. – In the five most-populated cities air pollution … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Air Quality, Asia, China, Health Effects of Air Pollution, India, Japan, Latin America, Medical Studies, Mexico, World News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How outdoor pollution affects indoor air quality

Wildfire and firework smoke more impactful than inversions Just when you thought you could head indoors to be safe from the air pollution that plagues the Salt Lake Valley, new research shows that elevated air pollution events, like horror movie … Continue reading

Posted in Air Quality, USA, USA & Canada | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PM2.5 air pollution claims 160,000 lives in five cities

Delhi, Mexico and São Paulo are the cities with the highest death tolls, new research finds Fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) was responsible for approximately 160,000 deaths in the world’s five largest cities in 2020. Exposure to PM2.5 is considered … Continue reading

Posted in Air Quality, Asia, China, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, World News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pollen season grows 20 days in 30 years as climate crisis hits hay fever sufferers

Pollen released by plants is also more intense than in 1990 in bad news for those with allergies, research in US and Canada finds The climate crisis is multiplying the miseries faced by people with allergies, with new research finding … Continue reading

Posted in Air Quality, Allergies, Canada, Hayfever, Health Effects of Air Pollution, USA, USA & Canada | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sahara dust causes air pollution spike in Europe

A plume of Sahara dust that has blanketed parts of southern and central Europe in recent days caused a short, sharp spike in air pollution across the region, researchers said Tuesday. The European Commission’s Copernicus satellite monitoring program said measured … Continue reading

Posted in Air Quality, Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Spain | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Air pollution from fossil fuels responsible for ‘one in five deaths worldwide’

Number of deaths connected to fine particulate matter from fossil fuel burning could be twice as high as previously thought, research says Air pollution from fossil fuels could account for nearly one in five deaths globally, a new study suggests. … Continue reading

Posted in Air Quality, Asia, China, Europe, Health Effects of Air Pollution, India, Medical Studies, UK, USA, USA & Canada, World News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Skies and snow turn orange as massive Saharan Dust load spreads across south-central Europe this weekend

A massive amount of Saharan Dust has advected across the Mediterranean into central Europe this weekend, thanks to the favorable pattern turning the jet stream into southerly directions. High dust concentrations have turned skies and snow to orange across southern … Continue reading

Posted in Air Quality, Europe, France, Germany, Italy | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hungary ‘systematically’ breached EU air pollution limits, says court

Hungary has “systematically and persistently” breached legal limits on air pollution from particulate matter, in some regions for as long as 12 years, the European Union’s top court said in a ruling on Wednesday. Air pollution is Europe’s number one … Continue reading

Posted in Air Quality, Europe | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment