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Pollution forces Nepal schools to close for the first time

Nepal on Monday ordered schools to close as choking smog enveloped the capital Kathmandu, in the first-ever shutdown of the country’s education sector because of pollution. Kathmandu is currently ranked among the most polluted cities in the world, with the … Continue reading

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Recent Australian wildfires led to record atmospheric pollution

The 2019–20 wildfires in Australia injected huge amounts of smoke into the stratosphere, which has led to record aerosol levels over the southern hemisphere. Ilan Koren at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Eitan Hirsch at the Israel … Continue reading

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Thailand’s Chiang Mai Has Once Again the Worst Air Quality in the World

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai was reported to have the worst air quality on the planet due to brush fires and agricultural burning. The grim news from the IQ AirVisual air monitoring website came as authorities in Chiang Mai … Continue reading

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California’s wildfire smoke could be more harmful than vehicle emissions, study says

Toxic particles spewed by wildfires resulted in 10 times as many respiratory-illness related hospitalizations as other types of pollution, researchers found The thick, grey wildfire smoke that shrouds California each autumn and winter could be more harmful to humans than … Continue reading

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How outdoor pollution affects indoor air quality

Wildfire and firework smoke more impactful than inversions Just when you thought you could head indoors to be safe from the air pollution that plagues the Salt Lake Valley, new research shows that elevated air pollution events, like horror movie … Continue reading

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Air pollution caused 1 out of 5 deaths in 2018—that’s more than 8 million, study says

Microscopic, and sometimes larger, particles of soot, smoke and dust that spew out of gas-guzzling factories, ships, cars and aircraft are responsible for 18% of total global deaths in 2018—that equals more than 8 million people, a new study found. … Continue reading

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Researchers say wildfire smoke is reversing years of air pollution progress

Record-setting wildfires are becoming a regular occurrence in the Western United States. It’s a sobering trend that poses a threat to people across the country, as hazardous smoke pollutes the air. “Fires burn in California, or in Nevada and Arizona, … Continue reading

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Wildfires Caused Half Of Western America’s Pollution: Study

Even as pollution emissions declined from other sources including vehicle exhaust and power plants, the amount from fires increased sharply. Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent … Continue reading

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