Category Archives: Spain

Reduced traffic during lockdown did not improve air quality in urban areas as much as expected

Two studies led by María Morales Suárez Varela, group leader of the CIBERESP at the University of Valencia and professor of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the academic institution, have evaluated the impact of mobility restrictions … Continue reading

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New research finds 1M deaths in 2017 attributable to fossil fuel combustion

An interdisciplinary group of researchers from across the globe has comprehensively examined the sources and health effects of air pollution—not just on a global scale, but also individually for more than 200 countries. They found that worldwide, more than one … 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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Urban and transport planning linked to 2,000 premature deaths per year in Barcelona and Madrid

Failure to comply with international exposure recommendations for air pollution, noise, heat and access to green space is associated with more than 1,000 deaths per year in Barcelona and more than 900 in Madrid, accounting for 7% and 3% of … Continue reading

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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

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European cities with the highest mortality due to air pollution

84% of the population in European cities is exposed to PM2.5 levels above the maximum recommended by the World Health Organization A new study has for the first time estimated the mortality burden attributable to Air Pollution in 1,000 European cities by ISGlobal … Continue reading

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Nearly half of all childhood asthma cases in Barcelona are attributable to air pollution

As many as 1,230 cases of childhood asthma in Barcelona–48% of the total–could be attributable to air pollution each year. This is the main conclusion of a new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre … 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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