Category Archives: USA

MPCA issues air quality alert for Twin Cities, parts of central Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for the Twin Cities and portions of central Minnesota, including cities like Willmar and Hutchinson. The warning runs from 2 p.m. Tuesday through 6 p.m. Thursday. A release said … Continue reading

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Report reveals link between air pollution and increased risk for miscarriage

Air quality has been associated with numerous adverse health outcomes from asthma to pre-term birth. Researchers at University of Utah Health found women living along the Wasatch Front — the most populous region in the state of Utah — had … Continue reading

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Living with air pollution

People wearing smoke masks, children going stir-crazy indoors, families driving hours to find fresh air. Alarming as it is to some, unhealthy air enveloping the San Francisco Bay Area in recent days is all too familiar to millions of people … Continue reading

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California air pollution due to wildfires exceeded world health standards by 60 times

The level of air pollution in California exceeded world “safe” levels by about 60 times last week after a series of deadly wildfires. Particulates in the air in some areas of the state reached levels as high as 1,500 micrograms … Continue reading

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Childhood obesity linked to air pollution from vehicles

Research suggests first year ‘critical window’ in which toxic air can increase weight gain Early exposure to air pollution from vehicles increases the risk of children becoming obese, new research has found. High levels of nitrogen dioxide, which is emitted … Continue reading

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Polluted city neighborhoods are bad news for asthmatic children: Study shows that children with asthma react differently to changes in air pollution depending on the environment they grow up in

Children with asthma who grow up in a New York City neighborhood where air pollution is prevalent need emergency medical treatment more often than asthmatics in less polluted areas. This is according to researchers from Columbia University in the US … Continue reading

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California vessel emissions rules could get even tougher

Air pollution regulators are looking to tighten California’s air emissions rules for commercial vessels, already the strictest in the nation. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced it is beginning a new rulemaking process to modify the state’s existing Commercial … Continue reading

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Pollutionwatch: summer’s deadly wildfires cause pollution worldwide

Widespread wildfires have taken lives and destroyed habitats as well as causing air pollution Wildfires are spanning the northern hemisphere. Local impacts have been severe; notably the loss of habitat and life, including the tragic deaths in Greece. Smoke has caused … Continue reading

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