Category Archives: World News

EU aims at ‘zero pollution’ in air, water and soil by 2050

The European Commission on Wednesday (12 May) unveiled a plan to reduce pollution to levels that are no longer harmful to human health and natural ecosystems by 2050 – when the EU aims to become climate neutral. Air pollution is … Continue reading

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Air quality in Spain temporarily improved during first COVID-19 wave, prevented 150 premature deaths

Air quality in Spain temporarily improved during the first wave of COVID-19, largely as a result of mobility restrictions. Until recently, however, the effect of this improvement on the health of the population was poorly understood. A new study led … Continue reading

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Systemic inequalities driving exposure to high indoor air pollution in London

Systemic inequalities mean that low-income households in London are more likely to be exposed to higher levels of indoor air pollution, according to a report by UCL researchers. The biggest factors are the quality of housing and the characteristics of … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to high blood pressure in children; other studies address air quality and the heart

A meta-analysis of 14 air pollution studies from around the world found that exposure to high levels of air pollutants during childhood increases the likelihood of high blood pressure in children and adolescents, and their risk for high blood pressure … Continue reading

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Air pollution spikes may impair older men’s thinking, study finds

Even short, temporary increases in airborne particles can damage brain health, research suggests Temporary rises in air pollution may impair memory and thinking in older men, according to research that indicates even short-term spikes in airborne particles can be harmful … Continue reading

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Greece taken to court over Thessaloniki air pollution

Greece is being taken to task by the European Commission for failing to curb consistently high air pollution levels in the northern port city of Thessaloniki. According to an announcement on Monday, the country is being referred to the European … Continue reading

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Wall of sand engulfs Chinese town

A towering wall of sand rushed over factories and apartment blocks in northwestern China’s Gansu province as seasonal sandstorms barrelled across the country, causing air pollution and traffic accidents. Aerial images as it struck showed an apocalyptic scene as a … Continue reading

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Chinese air pollution data was altered, statistical analysis suggests

Official Chinese air pollution data has previously shown evidence of manipulation when compared with data from US embassies in the same cities. The Chinese government has already taken action against the local officials involved, but now an independent statistical analysis … Continue reading

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