Tag Archives: Sulfur Dioxide SO2

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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Peru’s plans to cut air quality rules would smooth sale of top polluter 

Proposals to raise legal limits of sulfur dioxide by more than 12 times linked directly to sale of US-owned smelter in the Andes It’s a fairly common tactic in Peru to issue a significant or potentially controversial decision or resolution … Continue reading

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Bad Air Contributing to Poor Mental Health and Being Unhappy, Study Finds

Economic progress in many developing countries is often accompanied by increased air pollution and this, in turn, is contributing to higher levels of depression, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds. The discovery contributes to … Continue reading

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Germany ‘pollution spike’ follows New Year’s Eve fireworks 

New Year’s Eve fireworks contributed to dangerously high levels of pollution in several German cities, official figures suggest. In Munich, particulate levels briefly reached 26 times the EU-recommended daily limit of 50 micrograms of particulates per cubic metre of air. … Continue reading

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Satellite images reveal toxic clouds enveloping northern Iraq

As Iraqi forces fight to retake Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), clouds of toxic fumes are spreading across northern Iraq. The acrid smoke, which is so significant it is visible from space, is threatening to harm Iraqis’ health … Continue reading

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Volcano emissions linked to increases in asthma attacks

A new study from the active volcano Kīlauea, which is on the big island of Hawaii, reports that people — especially children — with asthma are at greater risk of having serious asthma attacks if they live in a community … Continue reading

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Air pollution from Icelandic volcanoes

In September 2014, a huge volcanic eruption in Iceland emitted up to nine times as much sulphur dioxide per day as all European industry combined. Anja Schmidt and Claire Witham explore what this did to air quality across Europe. In … Continue reading

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Traffic-related air pollutants – priority carcinogens 

Approximately one third of the Canadian population is exposed to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) where they live (defined as areas located 500m on either side of highways or 100m on either side of major urban roads).1 Concentrations of air pollution … Continue reading

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