Category Archives: USA

Air pollution linked to high blood pressure in children; other studies address air quality and the heart

A meta-analysis of 14 air pollution studies from around the world found that exposure to high levels of air pollutants during childhood increases the likelihood of high blood pressure in children and adolescents, and their risk for high blood pressure … Continue reading

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Air pollution spikes may impair older men’s thinking, study finds

Even short, temporary increases in airborne particles can damage brain health, research suggests Temporary rises in air pollution may impair memory and thinking in older men, according to research that indicates even short-term spikes in airborne particles can be harmful … Continue reading

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Four in 10 Americans live in counties with unhealthy air pollution levels

Fairbanks, Alaska, Los Angeles and California cities get F rating American Lung Association tracks particle and ozone pollution New research from the American Lung Association finds that more than four in 10 people – a whopping 135 million in the … Continue reading

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California’s Tougher Diesel Emissions Rules Cut Related Deaths in Half: Study

California’s strict limits on diesel air pollution appear to have paid off. Since the limits were added in 1990, diesel exhaust-related deaths have been halved, with the largest reductions in deaths seen in lower-income communities, a new study finds. By … Continue reading

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Exposure to pollution has long-term effect on multiple generations

When severe forest fires last year blanketed Oregon and California with a thick layer of smoke, the high concentrations of fine particulate matter spewed into the air created one of the worst air pollution events in recent history. A large … 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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California’s wildfire smoke could be more harmful than vehicle emissions, study says

Toxic particles spewed by wildfires resulted in 10 times as many respiratory-illness related hospitalizations as other types of pollution, researchers found The thick, grey wildfire smoke that shrouds California each autumn and winter could be more harmful to humans than … Continue reading

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How outdoor pollution affects indoor air quality

Wildfire and firework smoke more impactful than inversions Just when you thought you could head indoors to be safe from the air pollution that plagues the Salt Lake Valley, new research shows that elevated air pollution events, like horror movie … Continue reading

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