Category Archives: Europe

Heating woes fuel Balkan smog crisis

As winter grips the Balkans, the poor are caught in a cruel bind, being forced to light fires at home for heating while fuelling a pollution crisis smothering the region. In recent weeks, Balkan capitals from Belgrade Sarajevo to Skopje … Continue reading

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Mask-wearing Bosnians take to streets in air pollution protest

Hundreds of protesters wearing white masks took to the streets of the Bosnian town of Tuzla on Wednesday to demand government action on air pollution affecting public health in the region. Bosnian towns, led by the capital Sarajevo, have topped … Continue reading

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‘Smog emergency’ forces traffic bans across Italian cities

Italy’s biggest cities have been forced to ban hundreds of thousands of vehicles from the roads after days of persistent smog. Air pollution has spiked above normal levels for up to ten consecutive days in Milan, Rome, Florence, Turin, Venice … Continue reading

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Brake dust air pollution may have same harmful effects on immune cells as diesel exhaust

Metal particles from the abrasion of brake pads – up to a fifth of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution at roadsides – may cause inflammation and reduce the ability of immune cells to kill bacteria a new study has … Continue reading

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Study links air pollution to osteoporosis

Air pollution has long been associated with health problems such as respiratory diseases, and has more recently even been linked to psychotic experiences. New research now reinforces the theory that it may also cause osteoporosis. For the recent study, scientists … Continue reading

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Revealed: microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers

Exclusive: London has highest level yet recorded but health impacts of breathing particles are unknown Microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers, with research revealing that London has the highest levels yet recorded. The health impacts of breathing or … Continue reading

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Pollution league tables for UK urban areas reveal the expected and unexpected

The Bedfordshire town of Luton has come bottom of a league table of predicted city-wide air pollution concentrations among UK cities, according to new analysis by the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster. The Bedfordshire town of Luton has come bottom … Continue reading

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Depression and suicide linked to air pollution in new global study

Cutting toxic air might prevent millions of people getting depression, research suggests People living with air pollution have higher rates of depression and suicide, a systematic review of global data has found. Cutting air pollution around the world to the … Continue reading

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