Category Archives: USA

Study: Street-level air pollution increases health risk among elderly

A new study published today in the journal Environmental Health shows that differences in traffic-related air pollution are associated with higher rates of heart attacks and deaths from heart disease in the elderly. Scientists from Environmental Defense Fund and Kaiser … Continue reading

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Hawaii’s silent danger: Volcanic smog, otherwise known as ‘vog’

The recent eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea has generated apocalyptic scenes of bright red lava exploding hundreds of feet into the sky and burning buildings consumed by the molten rock. But there’s another danger, silent and often unseen, that has been with Hawaiian residents … Continue reading

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Even brief particle pollution spikes tied to respiratory infections

People may be more likely to develop acute lower respiratory infections after even brief increases in air pollution, and babies and toddlers are especially vulnerable, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers looked at more than a decade of data on patients … Continue reading

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Farms in the U.S. Contain Chemical-Filled Soil Responsible for a Shocking Amount of Air Pollution

Air pollution was responsible for one in eight deaths across the world in 2012. But most likely associate this smoggy mess with smokestacks, cars spitting out black smoke, or massive cities. There is, however, an unlikely source of pollution coming … Continue reading

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Interactive map shows which San Diego areas have the worst air quality

  Areas of Alpine, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs have the highest levels of ozone pollution in San Diego County, according to state data that indicate the level of air pollution in a given neighborhood. Ozone is the main ingredient … Continue reading

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Bad air quality along Utah’s Wasatch Front causes more than 200 pneumonia cases each year

Air pollution erodes the health of adults over age 65, a population particularly vulnerable to the effects of pneumonia. Air pollution trapped by winter inversions along Utah’s Wasatch Front, the state’s most populated region, is estimated to send more than … Continue reading

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Bad air quality along Utah’s Wasatch Front causes more than 200 pneumonia cases each year

Air pollution trapped by winter inversions along Utah’s Wasatch Front, the state’s most populated region, is estimated to send more than 200 people to the emergency room with pneumonia each year, according to a study by University of Utah Health … Continue reading

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How Air Pollution Affects Young Brains

A new study from the University of Southern California suggests a link between air pollution and adolescent delinquency. We already know that invisible elements of our environment can harm us: Lead exposure can lower a child’s IQ, and air pollution kills more … Continue reading

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