Category Archives: Latin America

Harmful air pollution now affects 99 per cent of everyone on Earth

Almost everyone on Earth lives in areas with harmful levels of air pollution that breach new guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO). The official figure is that 99 per cent of the world’s population is affected, up from 90 … Continue reading

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Report Finds that 97 Percent of Global Cities Did Not Meet Latest WHO Air Quality Guideline

The 2021 World Air Quality Report finds that only three percent of cities and no single country met the latest World Health Organization’s (WHO) PM2.5 annual air quality guideline. The report analyzes PM2.5 air pollution measurements from air monitoring stations … Continue reading

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One-third of countries lack air quality standards, says report

A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has revealed that one-third of countries have no legally mandated outdoor air quality standards. It also noted that where such laws exist, standards vary widely and are often misaligned with World … Continue reading

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More than 47,000 Brazilians hospitalised by exposure to wildfire air pollution every year

Last year the number of wildfires in Brazil increased 12.7 percent to a decade-high. Now the largest and most comprehensive study to date of the health effects of wildfires in Brazil reveals the serious health consequences of this burning, linking … 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 pollution: The silent killer called PM2.5

Over half the world’s population lives without the protection of proper air quality standards Millions of people die prematurely every year from diseases and cancer caused by air pollution. The first line of defence against this carnage is ambient air … Continue reading

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Pollutionwatch: how much Sahara desert dust do we breathe?

Dust that swept Europe in February affects weather systems but also contains many allergens Saharan dust high in the skies over Europe caused some spectacular sunsets in February. Many of us found dust on our cars, and Alpine snow has … Continue reading

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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

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