Tag Archives: Health Effects of Air Pollution

COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgent global need to control air pollution

A new commentary published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society provides an exhaustive examination of published research that discusses whether air pollution may be linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes. The studies that the authors examined look at … Continue reading

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Air pollution: Research links black carbon to increased cancer risk

Long-term exposure to black carbon, a constituent of fine particle air pollution, could increase lung cancer risk by 30%, according to researchers in France. Could stepping out for a breath of fresh air come with its own health risks? Research … Continue reading

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Urban and transport planning linked to 2,000 premature deaths per year in Barcelona and Madrid

Failure to comply with international exposure recommendations for air pollution, noise, heat and access to green space is associated with more than 1,000 deaths per year in Barcelona and more than 900 in Madrid, accounting for 7% and 3% of … 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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Air pollution and physical exercise: when to do more or less

Physical activity is important in preventing heart and blood vessel disease in young people so long as they don’t undertake very strenuous activity on days when air pollution levels are high, according to a nationwide study of nearly 1.5 million … Continue reading

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Health Risks Linked to Air Pollution at Levels Below WHO Targets

Hazy air days often followed by uptick in cardiovascular, respiratory deaths A short-term rise in nitrogen dioxide air pollution could be tied to a bump in local mortality rates the next day, researchers showed in a large international study. Across … 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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