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High levels of prenatal air pollution exposure and stress increase childhood asthma risk 

A new study has found that children, especially boys, whose mothers were exposed to higher levels of outdoor particulate air pollution at the same time that they were very stressed were most likely to develop asthma by age six. The … Continue reading

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During heat waves, urban trees can increase ground-level ozone 

Planting trees is a popular strategy to help make cities “greener,” both literally and figuratively. But scientists have found a counterintuitive effect of urban vegetation: During heat waves, it can increase air pollution levels and the formation of ozone. Their … Continue reading

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Cities need to ‘green up’ to reduce impact of air pollution: The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found 

The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found. The study, just published in the journal Atmospheric … Continue reading

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Diesel cars pump out 50 per cent more toxic emissions than they should, major report finds

Diesel cars are pumping out 50 per cent more toxic emissions than they should be if all were complying with pollution laws, researchers have found. In Europe the failure to meet emissions standards could be leading to the deaths of … Continue reading

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Women at greater heart disease risk from air pollution, study says 

Doctors have warned dieters for decades to watch what they eat to stall the development of heart trouble, but a new study suggests air pollution may also contribute to heart disease. A release from the American Heart Association said the … Continue reading

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Polluted environment linked to higher cancer rates 

Study is first to measure the effect of cumulative environmental exposures on cancer rates. Poor quality across a wide range of physical measurements – notably air, water, built environment, population density and soil – collectively contribute to cancer incidence, new … Continue reading

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Fatal attraction: The link between pollution and heart disease

WHY air pollution causes lung disease is obvious. Why it also causes heart disease is, though, a conundrum. One suggestion is that tiny particles of soot migrate through the lungs, into the bloodstream and thence to the walls of blood … Continue reading

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Keeping cool in the summer leads to increased air pollution 

As the weather warms, so does the use of air conditioners. But running these devices requires power plants to ratchet up electricity production, causing air polluting emissions to rise. An analysis of 27 states found that, on average, summer emissions … Continue reading

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