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Air pollution in New York City linked to wildfires hundreds of miles away

A new study shows that air pollutants from the smoke of fires from as far as Canada and the southeastern U.S. traveled hundreds of miles and several days to reach Connecticut and New York City, where it caused significant increases … Continue reading

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Air pollution’s tiny particles may trigger nonfatal heart attacks

A Yale-affiliated scientist finds that even a few hours’ exposure to ambient ultrafine particles common in air pollution may potentially trigger a nonfatal heart attack. Myocardial infarction (MI) is a major form of cardiovascular disease worldwide. Ultrafine particles (UFP) are … Continue reading

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Brazilian wildfire pollution worsens air quality in distant cities – study

Wildfires in south eastern Brazil produce airborne pollution that worsens air quality in major cities such as Sao Paulo – cancelling out efforts to improve the urban environment and posing health risks to citizens, according to a new study. The … Continue reading

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Study Shows Air Pollution Can Mess With Our DNA

Air pollution makes it difficult to breathe and it can also increase the blood pressure and heart rate of the person. Those issues are well known. Now new research suggests breathing diesel fumes can trigger another toxic and dangerous change. … Continue reading

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Heating woes fuel Balkan smog crisis

As winter grips the Balkans, the poor are caught in a cruel bind, being forced to light fires at home for heating while fuelling a pollution crisis smothering the region. In recent weeks, Balkan capitals from Belgrade Sarajevo to Skopje … Continue reading

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Mask-wearing Bosnians take to streets in air pollution protest

Hundreds of protesters wearing white masks took to the streets of the Bosnian town of Tuzla on Wednesday to demand government action on air pollution affecting public health in the region. Bosnian towns, led by the capital Sarajevo, have topped … Continue reading

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‘Smog emergency’ forces traffic bans across Italian cities

Italy’s biggest cities have been forced to ban hundreds of thousands of vehicles from the roads after days of persistent smog. Air pollution has spiked above normal levels for up to ten consecutive days in Milan, Rome, Florence, Turin, Venice … Continue reading

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Smoke plays havoc with tennis as Australian Open qualifier suffers coughing fit

The safety of players at this year’s Australian Open has been brought into sharp focus after a day of poor air quality in Melbourne forced the abandonment of former world No 1 Maria Sharapova’s match in a warm-up event at … Continue reading

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