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Air quality plummets as wildfire smoke hits Alaska’s most populous cities

Smoke and soot from central Alaska wildfires have afflicted the subarctic city of Fairbanks with some of the world’s worst air pollution in recent days, forcing many residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a “clean air shelter.” … Continue reading

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Air pollution ages your lungs and increases your risk of COPD, study says

Air pollution does a lot more damage to our lungs than scientists realized, according to a new study in Monday’s European Respiratory Journal. Researchers found it ages lungs more quickly and putting us at higher risk of COPD.Your lung function … Continue reading

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Air pollution in Birmingham ‘shortens lives of children by half a year’

City one of five required by government to set up a clean air zone to tackle nitrogen dioxide and PM2.5s Primary school children who grow up in Birmingham could lose half a year of their lives due to illegal levels … Continue reading

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Madrid pollution levels soar within just one day of scrapping traffic restriction scheme

Just a day after traffic restrictions were scrapped by the new mayor, air pollution returned to levels recorded in the days before Madrid Central was introduced. Environmentalists warned that pollution levels had risen above the legal limit of 40 micrograms … Continue reading

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Air pollution means pregnant women can’t breathe easy

Pregnant women receive a lot of instructions to ensure the healthiest possible baby: what to eat and drink, what to avoid, which vitamins to take, which activities to avoid and more. But what about breathing? Researchers have long been concerned … Continue reading

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Paris bans old diesels to tackle pollution

Paris on Monday banned all diesel vehicles aged 13 years or over from the city centre, the latest move in a campaign to tackle pollution on the city’s streets. Diesel vehicles over 18 years old and petrol vehicles over 21 … Continue reading

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Jakarta residents to sue government over severe air pollution

Tired of breathing in some of the world’s filthiest air, a group of activists and environmentalists in Jakarta has decided to sue the Indonesian government to take action. Air quality in the south-east Asian metropolis has plunged dramatically in the … Continue reading

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Air pollution ‘may affect number of eggs ovaries can produce’

Results suggest environmental factors could play a role in female reproductive health Air pollution has been linked to a drop in activity of a woman’s ovaries, researchers have revealed. Experts say the findings suggest the female reproductive system is affected … Continue reading

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