Category Archives: USA

Report: The West Is the Worst for Air Quality

Thanks to longer fire seasons and increasingly intense blazes, Western states are experiencing the nation’s worst air quality. Kylie Mohr describes the findings of a report from the American Lung Association that assesses air quality around the United States. “Its … Continue reading

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Alaska air pollution holds clues for other Arctic climates

In the pristine expanse of Alaska’s interior lies a dirty secret: some of the most polluted winter air in the United States can be found in and around Fairbanks The Fairbanks North Star Borough, which includes Alaska’s second largest city, … Continue reading

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Half of US adults were exposed to harmful lead levels as kids, study finds

Researcher calls findings ‘infuriating’ as team finds significant impact on cognitive development Over 170 million Americans who were adults in 2015 were exposed to harmful levels of lead as children, a new study estimates. Researchers used blood-lead level, census and … Continue reading

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Gas flares tied to premature deaths

Newly published research by Rice University environmental engineers suggests flaring of natural gas from oil and gas fields in the United States, primarily in North Dakota and Texas, contributed to dozens of premature deaths in 2019. Satellite observations and computer … Continue reading

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New study identifies link between household air pollution and child pneumonia

A new study published in The Lancet Global Health involving researchers from the University of Liverpool, provides greater understanding of the impact household air pollution can have on the development of child pneumonia. Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is a major … Continue reading

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Even Low Levels of Industrial Pollution Shortens Life Span of Older People

Older people are living shorter life span due to airborne contaminants produced by ‘dirty diesel’ pollution from traffic, wildfires, and other industries. Researchers argue in an in-depth study released in Health Effects Institute (HEI), that even low levels of pollution … Continue reading

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Stagnant air advisory issued for Willamette Valley, fog advisory added

An air stagnation advisory is in effect for most of western Oregon and southwest Washington through Wednesday afternoon. A new dense fog advisory was also issued Sunday for the central and South Willamette Valley lasting through noon Monday. It’s expected to cause … Continue reading

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Air pollution: US wildfires now lead to air pollution events affecting millions

The simultaneous occurence of extreme levels of ozone and particulate matter have increased significantly in the past decade due to wildfires in the western US The area of the western US hit by the unusually high co-occurrence of two air … Continue reading

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