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Bad air quality along Utah’s Wasatch Front causes more than 200 pneumonia cases each year

Air pollution erodes the health of adults over age 65, a population particularly vulnerable to the effects of pneumonia. Air pollution trapped by winter inversions along Utah’s Wasatch Front, the state’s most populated region, is estimated to send more than … Continue reading

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Smoke from wildfires can tip air quality to unhealthy levels: Researchers analyze the long-term impact that wildfire smoke has on air quality in the US

Smoke plumes emanating from wildfires are swept high up into the air and spread over thousands of kilometers even days after a fire has been put out. The fine particles and harmful ozone contained in these plumes often have devastating … Continue reading

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Arctic clouds highly sensitive to air pollution

A study by atmospheric scientists has found that the air in the Arctic is extraordinarily sensitive to air pollution, and that particulate matter may spur Arctic cloud formation. These clouds can act as a blanket, further warming an already-changing Arctic. … Continue reading

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Air pollution around conception tied to birth defects

Women who breathe polluted air during the month right before or after they get pregnant may be more likely to have babies with birth defects, a U.S. recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on birth defects for almost 290,000 infants … Continue reading

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How Air Pollution Affects Young Brains

A new study from the University of Southern California suggests a link between air pollution and adolescent delinquency. We already know that invisible elements of our environment can harm us: Lead exposure can lower a child’s IQ, and air pollution kills more … Continue reading

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Bad behavior in teens linked to air pollution

A lack of clean air through pollution — and the foliage necessary to filter it out — in urban areas has been linked to bad behavior among 9- to 18-year-olds. Tiny pollution particles called particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5), which measure … Continue reading

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Air Pollution May Harm Babies Even Before They Are Born

Air pollution may be harmful to babies even before they are born, a new study has found. Researchers in London calculated mothers’ exposure to air pollution and traffic noise in various parts of the city from 2006 to 2010. Then … Continue reading

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Air pollution is making you worse at your job

    Poor outdoor air quality is likely to have a negative impact on your job performance, even if you work indoors at a desk, according to a new working paper from researchers at Germany’s Leibniz University and the Columbia Business School. … Continue reading

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