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Air pollution still too high in most EU Member States

Concentrations of key air pollutants remain too high in most European countries. According to the European Environment Agency’s official data, published today, most European Union (EU) Member States exceed at least one or more of the EU’s legal limits for … Continue reading

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Covid: Pollution increases risk of Covid hospitalisation, study finds

Living in areas of high air pollution increases the risk of hospitalisation with Covid-19 a new study has found. Imperial College London researchers also found evidence people living in polluted areas may have an increased risk of catching the disease. … Continue reading

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Wildfire smoke has caused rise in Covid infections and deaths, study finds

Researchers speculate that smoke helps spread the virus and weakens lungs, making symptoms more severe Pollutants in smoke billowing from huge wildfires in the west of America have probably caused an increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths across several US … Continue reading

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Reduced traffic during lockdown did not improve air quality in urban areas as much as expected

Two studies led by María Morales Suárez Varela, group leader of the CIBERESP at the University of Valencia and professor of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the academic institution, have evaluated the impact of mobility restrictions … Continue reading

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Scientists warn air pollution is climbing back to pre-COVID levels

Cleaner air connected to pandemic lockdowns won’t last forever. The devastating coronavirus pandemic had a notable side effect early on: less air pollution. Satellites monitored the changes over the last year as people stayed at home and factories shut down. With … Continue reading

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NASA model reveals how much COVID-related pollution levels deviated from the norm

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, space- and ground-based observations have shown that Earth’s atmosphere has seen significant reductions in some air pollutants. However, scientists wanted to know how much of that decline can be attributed to changes in human activity … Continue reading

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New study links air pollution to 15 percent of COVID-19 deaths

Researchers say deaths linked to COVID-19 and air pollution represents ‘potentially avoidable, excess mortality’. Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 percent of COVID-19 deaths globally, according to a new study. Published in the journal Cardiovascular Research … Continue reading

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Covid-19 deaths exacerbated by urban air pollution

Urban air pollution could make people more susceptible to Covid-19, according to researchers at Emory University. The researchers analysed key urban air pollutants, including fine particle matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3) across 3,122 counties in the US from … Continue reading

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