Category Archives: World News

Forest fires linked to tens of thousands of avoidable deaths

Setting fire to forest and agricultural land in Southeast Asia to prepare it for cultivation or grazing contributes to an estimated 59,000 premature deaths a year, say scientists. Their analysis reveals that the greatest health impact from the burning, which … Continue reading

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Air pollution is slashing years off the lives of billions, report finds

Dirty air is a far greater killer than smoking, car crashes or HIV/Aids, with coal burning the leading cause Air pollution is cutting short the lives of billions of people by up to six years, according to a new report, … Continue reading

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How people respond to wildfire smoke

As wildfires become commonplace in the western U.S. and around the world, checking the daily air quality warning has become as routine as checking the weather. But what people do with that data — whether it drives them to slip … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to more severe mental illness – study

Exclusive: research finds small rise in exposure to air pollution leads to higher risk of needing treatment Exposure to air pollution is linked to an increased severity of mental illness, according to the most comprehensive study of its kind. The … Continue reading

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Breathing wildfire smoke during pregnancy raises risk of premature birth, study finds

Stanford University research estimates that smoky California air may have resulted in as many as 7,000 preterm births As California wildfires continue to rage and the Lake Tahoe area faces some of the highest air pollution levels in the world, … Continue reading

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Caldor fire burns over 400 homes as smoke chokes Lake Tahoe

More than 440 homes have been destroyed by the raging Caldor fire, and smoke has created conditions so hazardous that the air quality around the blaze is the worst in the country. Burning through rugged terrain east of Sacramento, the … Continue reading

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California lake becomes pool for air pollution during wildfire season

Lake Tahoe has experienced “especially bad” air quality through the second half of this summer, and new data reveals the lake’s air quality is at its worst levels of this decade. The intense wildfire season California has experienced so far … Continue reading

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Air pollution cuts Hanoian lifespan by 2.5 years: study

Life expectancy among Hanoians is reduced by 2.49 years on average due to exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a recent study indicates. “Research on the impact of air pollution caused by PM2.5 dust on public health in Hanoi in … Continue reading

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