Tag Archives: Air Pollution

Scientist finds children at risk from surprising source of air pollution

We think of schools as safe places for children, but there’s an invisible hazard lurking right outside the front door. A recent study by Matthew Adams, assistant professor with U of T Mississauga’s Department of Geography, found that school kiss-and-ride … Continue reading

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Firms face fines after new monitors detect pollutants 

Following the installation of 100 small air-quality monitors in Taoyuan’s Kuanyin Industrial Park (觀音工業區), two factories are being prosecuted for violating air pollution and waste disposal regulations, Environmental Protection Administration officials said yesterday. The action is part of the agency’s … Continue reading

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In utero exposure to diesel exhaust could be linked to adult heart failure: Toxic effects of air pollution can cross generations through unanticipated effects on DNA in the heart of the developing embryo, new study reveals

Gestational exposure to airborne particles derived from diesel exhaust can modify DNA in utero and alter the expression of genes that potentially increase susceptibility to adult heart failure, suggests a study in mice. According to a study published online in The … Continue reading

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New California law gives air quality officials the power to quickly shut down polluters 

Local air quality officials are gaining new powers to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people’s health under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, follows years of frustration in communities such as … Continue reading

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Forest fires hit Indonesia, as scientists warn blazes are ‘new normal’

Forest fires are once again sweeping across Indonesia, with academics warning that the blazes, which have become an annual event since the mid-1990s, have become the “new normal”. So far five Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies as result of forest fires, according … Continue reading

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Portland air quality remains unhealthy, but some relief may come Friday 

Portland’s air quality rating remains unhealthy on Friday, although some relief may come later in the day. The thick haze from wildfires in British Columbia has blanketed the Portland area this week amid record heat. KGW chief meteorologist Matt Zaffino says westerly winds … Continue reading

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Pierce County burn ban for smoky air includes barbecues, campfires 

Diminished air quality prompted the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to ban all outdoor burning in the region Wednesday. The state 1 burn ban went into effect at 4 p.m. for Pierce, King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties because smoke from British … Continue reading

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B.C. wildfires cause light orange haze over Vancouver in wake of air quality advisory

Vancouver residents are experiencing a small taste of what others in the B.C. Interior have been enduring for nearly a month. This morning, a light orange haze has descended over Vancouver. The misty skies are the result of smoke being … Continue reading

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