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Beijing issues yellow alert for heavy air pollution

China’s capital Beijing has issued a yellow alert for heavy air pollution which took effect from Sunday, prompting officials to take a series of steps to contain the smog. A series of measures will be taken from Sunday, including the … Continue reading

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Study details how auto emissions pose human health problems worldwide

Ultrafine particles in the atmosphere are unregulated, according to the World Health Organization, but a team of international researchers that includes a Texas A&M University professor and two graduate students has found that auto emissions are a key factor in … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to ‘missed’ miscarriages in China: study

Exposure to airborne pollutants increases the risk of “missed” miscarriages in which a fetus dies without a pregnant woman experiencing any noticeable symptoms, researchers said Monday. Previous studies have shown a correlation between air pollution and pregnancy complications, but the … Continue reading

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China’s nationwide pollution readings rose 5 percent in January-February – ministry

China’s average concentrations of lung-damaging small particles known as PM2.5 rose by 5.2 percent in the first two months of the year, the country’s environment ministry said on Thursday, casting doubt over its ability to meet winter targets. The nation’s … Continue reading

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Air pollution affects happiness not just health, scientists find 

Air pollution is not just bad for health also makes people unhappy, a new study has shown. Researchers at MIT and the University of Beijing discovered a direct link between the amount of particulates in the air and happiness. Research … Continue reading

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Beijing turns nose up at perfumes in war on smog

Hair gel and perfumes have become the latest targets in China’s war on smog. Scientists and researchers claim that “daily life emissions” from household items containing volatile organic compounds, including air fresheners and kitchen cleaners, are to blame for 12 … Continue reading

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Air pollution can put a dent in solar power

Air pollution, especially in urban areas, can significantly reduce the power output from solar panels, and needs to be considered when design solar installations in or near cities. Ian Marius Peters, now an MIT research scientist, was working on solar … Continue reading

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China includes more cities in air pollution rankings to pressure local officials

China extended monthly air quality rankings to 169 cities from 74, including in the high-pollution region of Shanxi-Shaanxi in the country’s northwest, adding pressure on local authorities as it intensifies its campaign against air pollution. Cities in the Fenwei plains … Continue reading

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