Category Archives: Latin America

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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PM2.5 air pollution claims 160,000 lives in five cities

Delhi, Mexico and São Paulo are the cities with the highest death tolls, new research finds Fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) was responsible for approximately 160,000 deaths in the world’s five largest cities in 2020. Exposure to PM2.5 is considered … Continue reading

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Global Transport of Australian Bushfire Smoke – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

In this video, different aerosols are highlighted by color, including dust (orange), sea salt (blue), nitrates (pink) and carbonaceous (red), with brighter regions corresponding to higher aerosol amounts. This animation shows several high impact events across the globe between August 2019 … Continue reading

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