Tag Archives: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Ambient Dirty Air May Put Some People at Higher Risk for Head and Neck Cancers

Diesel particulate levels tied to increased oral and pharyngeal cancer incidence in one state Living in areas with high levels of ambient air pollution may be a risk factor for some head and neck (H&N) cancers, a researcher said here. … Continue reading

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Report: The West Is the Worst for Air Quality

Thanks to longer fire seasons and increasingly intense blazes, Western states are experiencing the nation’s worst air quality. Kylie Mohr describes the findings of a report from the American Lung Association that assesses air quality around the United States. “Its … 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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Pollution nearly doubles the risk of losing your sense of smell

New research digs into how air pollution can cause anosmia, the loss of smell. The loss of smell, a condition known as anosmia, can severely affect a person’s quality of life, making it extremely difficult to taste foods, detect airborne … Continue reading

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Stronger air pollution standards in U.S. would have significant public health benefits

Reducing certain air pollutants in the U.S. by small amounts would prevent thousands of early deaths each year among elders, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, which focused on fine particulate … Continue reading

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Deadly air pollution is blowing into your state from a surprisingly large source

Air pollution doesn’t respect borders. A power plant in one place often ends up killing people who live far downwind. Now, a detailed analysis of how air pollution moves in the United States reveals that since 2005 premature deaths caused … Continue reading

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Study details how auto emissions pose human health problems worldwide

Ultrafine particles in the atmosphere are unregulated, according to the World Health Organization, but a team of international researchers that includes a Texas A&M University professor and two graduate students has found that auto emissions are a key factor in … Continue reading

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Air quality has worsened since 2016, associated with more premature deaths in U.S.

In the United States, annual average levels of fine particulate matter—PM2.5, a measure of solid particles and liquid droplets that are 2.5 micrometers or smaller found in the air—declined 24 percent from 2009 to 2016, then increased 5 percent between … Continue reading

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