Category Archives: World News

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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Stagnant air advisory issued for Willamette Valley, fog advisory added

An air stagnation advisory is in effect for most of western Oregon and southwest Washington through Wednesday afternoon. A new dense fog advisory was also issued Sunday for the central and South Willamette Valley lasting through noon Monday. It’s expected to cause … Continue reading

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Dust storm from Balochistan causes haze over Mumbai, air quality drops to ‘severe’

As per IMD reports, a dust storm originating in the Gulf area and Karachi, Pakistan, towards Rajasthan and neighboring Gujarat, coupled with warmer temperatures in areas along the Arabian sea including Mumbai has led to sand particles entering and polluting … Continue reading

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Ozone pollution: Gas causes $63 billion damage per year to East Asian crops

Rising levels of ground-level ozone in China and nearby countries are having a big effect on the yields of staple crops such as wheat, rice and maize Increasing concentrations of ground-level ozone in East Asia are causing ever more damage … Continue reading

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Harmful dust levels in Greater Bangkok

The Pollution Control Department has warned of harmful levels of fine-particulate dust in Greater Bangkok on Monday and Tuesday and again later this weekend, because of stagnant air over the capital. The department reported on Monday morning that over the … 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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The Lancet Planetary Health: 1.8 million excess deaths attributable to urban air pollution in 2019, modelling study suggests

A new modelling study finds that 86% of people living in cities worldwide (or 2. 5 billion people) are exposed to annual average levels of fine particulate matter exceeding the World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline from 2005. A second study … Continue reading

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