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Smog and pollen: Double-whammy for 127 million Americans

About 40% Americans live in counties where a “double whammy” of unhealthy levels of smog and ragweed pollen — both tied to climate change — combine to threaten respiratory health, a Natural Resources Defense Council report released Tuesday finds. “Today, 127 million Americans live … Continue reading

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Air Pollution Kills in America Despite EPA Efforts

Air pollution continues to drive premature deaths in the United States with no level of exposure leaving humans unaffected, according to new research. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found a strong correlation between mortality and … Continue reading

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California named state with the worst air quality (again) 

High ozone levels and a quickly growing population are making it tough to implement regulations to reduce pollution, says a professor. The quality of the air in California may be improving, but it’s still dire. That’s according to the American … Continue reading

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Wildfires pollute much more than previously thought: Data from flights through plumes reveal three times the fine particle levels than officially inventoried 

Wildfires are major polluters. Their plumes are three times as dense with aerosol-forming fine particles as previously believed. For the first time, researchers have flown an orchestra of modern instruments through brutishly turbulent wildfire plumes to measure their emissions in … Continue reading

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What is an Air Quality Alert? 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Action Day, also known as an Air Quality Alert, for the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday. Air Quality Alerts were designed by the government to communicate to the public on how … Continue reading

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2017 smog season packing a punch, with worst ozone levels since 2008

If our air seems terrible, well, it is. Smog season 2017 has arrived with a vengeance. So far this year, Southern California has endured 27 days with unhealthful levels of ozone, the hallmark pollutant of smog, making this spring 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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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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