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Shining a light on the darkness of soot in air pollution

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the relationship between the colour of soot particles and the effect of such atmospheric pollution on climate. Their breakthrough, which relates how transparent coatings on atmospheric soot particles enhance light absorption, will help … Continue reading

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Woodstoves are good for the soul, bad for the heart: Researchers find that air pollution from wood burning linked to increased risk of heart attacks in seniors

The risk of acute myocardial infarction for the elderly living in and around small cities is increased by air pollution caused by biomass burning from woodstoves. It is well documented that air pollution in big cities causes heart and lung … Continue reading

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Proposed fireplace bylaw prohibits burning wet timber, high sulphur coal

About 75,000 Auckland households will need to be careful about how they use their fireplaces under newly proposed burning restrictions. On Thursday Auckland councillors discussed a draft air quality bylaw for indoor fires which would ban the burning of wet … Continue reading

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Pollution in London from wood burning on the rise 

If there was one surprise from the recent very high pollution levels, it was the fact that according to King’s College some of the pollution was due to “unusually high levels of domestic wood burning”. This is not to underestimate … Continue reading

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Agricultural fires in Brazil harm infant health, a warning for the developing world

Pollution from the controlled fires that burn across Brazil’s São Paulo state during the sugarcane-harvesting season has a negative impact on infant health nearby. But the health of those same infants likely benefits from the economic opportunities the fires bring … Continue reading

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What does inversion mean for you health? 

It happens in Utah every year in the winter – inversion. Even though it only affects Utah a few months every year, what does this mean for your health? The Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment said it’s estimated that … Continue reading

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Air quality worsens in Greece as recession bites

World pollutionwatch The ban on diesel cars in Athens and Thessaloniki has been lifted and the price of heating oil has tripled. Hard-pressed Greeks have turned to burning logs – and other things Greece’s financial recession is leaving its footprint … Continue reading

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One in seven children suffer high air pollution: UNICEF

Almost one in seven children worldwide live in areas with high levels of outdoor air pollution, mostly in South Asia, and their growing bodies are most vulnerable to damage, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Monday. UNICEF called on … Continue reading

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