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Moss rapidly detects, tracks air pollutants in real time

Moss, one of the world’s oldest plants, is surprisingly in tune with the atmosphere around it. Now in a study appearing in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry, scientists report that they have found a simple and inexpensive way to detect air … Continue reading

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Air pollution is ‘biggest environmental health risk’ in Europe

Governments are failing to tackle the crisis that causes 1,000 early deaths a day, says damning EU report Air pollution is now “the biggest environmental risk” to public health in Europe but governments are failing to adequately deal with the crisis, … Continue reading

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Air pollution leads to cardiovascular diseases: Mechanisms that cause vascular damage

Mechanisms that cause vascular damage Air pollution, and fine dust in particular, is responsible for more than four million deaths each year. Almost 60 per cent of deaths occur as a result of cardiovascular diseases. Scientists around Professor Thomas Münzel, … Continue reading

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South Asian monsoon efficiently purifies the air of pollutants, but also distributes them across the globe

The same phenomenon recurs every year. During the dry season, in winter, burning fossil fuels and biomass in South Asia creates a huge pollution haze: the Atmospheric Brown Cloud. How and why it disappears as soon as the rainy season … Continue reading

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Hawaii’s silent danger: Volcanic smog, otherwise known as ‘vog’

The recent eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea has generated apocalyptic scenes of bright red lava exploding hundreds of feet into the sky and burning buildings consumed by the molten rock. But there’s another danger, silent and often unseen, that has been with Hawaiian residents … Continue reading

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Delhi Air Pollution: ‘Dust’ Screen Hiding Bigger Killers

Dust may be the most visible marker of Delhi’s air pollution, but its sheer abundance may actually be masking the bigger killers- emissions from vehicles, thermal power plants and industries. Studies and research reports have underlined that it’s the chemical … Continue reading

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European Air Quality Index: current air quality information at your finger tips

A new European Air Quality Index, launched today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission, allows users to check the current air quality across Europe’s cities and regions. The Index is accompanied by new country fact sheets … Continue reading

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Sulfur dioxide pollution tied to degraded sperm quality

Men’s sperm counts have plummeted by up to 60% over the last 40 years in Western countries and by nearly 30% since 2001 in China. Experts lack firm answers regarding the cause of the sperm deficit but suspect that behaviors … Continue reading

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