Tag Archives: PM – Particulate Matter

Size of air pollution particles may affect a person’s risk of dying from stroke, study finds

Living in areas with higher air pollution is associated with an increased risk of in-hospital death from stroke, and the risk varies depending on the size of the air pollution particles, according to a new study published in the May … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to deadly heart rhythm disorder

Life-threatening arrhythmias are more common on days with highly polluted air, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 The study was conducted in patients with an implantable cardioverter … Continue reading

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Air pollution exposure may cause heart attack within an hour

Exposure to air pollutants—even at levels below World Health Organization air quality guidelines—may trigger a heart attack within the hour, according to a new study from China that found the risks were highest among older people and when the weather … Continue reading

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Smog smothers Beirut at the start of Spring

Beirut’s air quality is a consistent problem, creating long-term health risks for its residents. A heavy cloud of smog smothered Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut this week, with air pollutant levels reaching a high of 9.5 times the WHO recommended air … Continue reading

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Harmful air pollution now affects 99 per cent of everyone on Earth

Almost everyone on Earth lives in areas with harmful levels of air pollution that breach new guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO). The official figure is that 99 per cent of the world’s population is affected, up from 90 … Continue reading

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No Breathing Easy for City Dwellers: Nitrogen Dioxide

NASA-funded scientists have, for the first time, connected health outcomes in cities around the world to satellite and ground-based data on air pollution. The researchers concluded that despite improvements in some parts of the world and for certain pollutants, air … Continue reading

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Gas flares tied to premature deaths

Newly published research by Rice University environmental engineers suggests flaring of natural gas from oil and gas fields in the United States, primarily in North Dakota and Texas, contributed to dozens of premature deaths in 2019. Satellite observations and computer … Continue reading

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Specific components of air pollution identified as more harmful than others

New estimates can help reveal dangers of specific chemicals and inform policies to reduce the impact of air pollution on human health Ammonium is one of the specific components of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), that has been linked to a … Continue reading

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