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New commuter concern: cancerous chemical in car seats

6 days ago

Airborne pollutant emanates from the inside. The longer your commute, the more you’re exposed to a chemical flame…
Burning questions on air pollution

February 7, 2020

A new University of Utah study on the impact of wood burning stoves and fireplaces along Utah’s Wasatch…
Nanoparticles produced from burning coal result in damage to mice lungs, suggesting toxicity to humans

February 5, 2020

Virginia Tech scientists have discovered that incredibly small particles of an unusual and highly toxic titanium oxide found…
Study: Aerosols Have an Outsized Impact on Extreme Weather

February 4, 2020

Over the past 50 years, the occurrence of extremely cold days has decreased throughout Europe and northern Eurasia,…
Agricultural area residents in danger of inhaling toxic aerosols

February 4, 2020

Excess selenium from fertilizers and other natural sources can create air pollution that could lead to lung cancer,…
Clearing the air (inside your car)

January 14, 2020

Did you know that your biggest daily exposure to air pollutants comes while driving your car to work?…
Can Environmental Technology Improve Air Quality?

January 12, 2020

The deteriorating state of the environment is on everyone’s mind these days, encouraged by more frequent natural disasters,…
Pregnancy hypertension risk increased by traffic-related air pollution

December 19, 2019

A new report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) suggests that traffic-related air pollution increases a pregnant woman’s…
Air pollution is breaking our hearts: human and marine health is affected in similar ways

December 17, 2019

Air pollution is associated with detrimental effects on human health, including increased risk of heart disease and stroke.…
Scrubbing carbon dioxide from smokestacks for cleaner industrial emissions

December 12, 2019

An international team co-led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher has uncovered a better way to scrub…
Atmospheric chemists move indoors

December 9, 2019

Most people spend the majority of their time at home, yet little is known about the air they…
Smog-eating graphene composite reduces atmospheric pollution

December 6, 2019

An international group of scientists, including from the University of Cambridge, have developed a graphene composite that can…
Study connects air pollution, memory problems and Alzheimer’s-like brain changes

November 28, 2019

Women in their 70s and 80s who were exposed to higher levels of air pollution experienced greater declines…
Exposure to air pollutants from power plants varies by race, income and geography

November 28, 2019

Many people take electricity for granted — the power to turn on light with the flip of a…
Living in an area with strong air pollution increases the risk of glaucoma

November 27, 2019

More and more people choose to live in cities. They are looking for more opportunity, bigger salaries and…
Analyzing characteristics of fine particles in the air from space

November 25, 2019

It is well known that fine particulates in the air are associated with cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and…
Emissions from electricity generation lead to disproportionate number of premature deaths for some racial groups

November 22, 2019

Air pollution doesn’t just come from cars on the road, generating electricity from fossil fuels also releases fine…
Nature might be better than tech at reducing air pollution

November 7, 2019

Restoring native vegetation could cut air pollution and costs, study finds. Adding plants and trees to the landscapes…
Diesel innovation has humble beginnings

October 25, 2019

Sandia tries to clear the air with ducted fuel injection. An engine innovation first conceived and tested by…
Weighing the environmental impacts of a byproduct of biofuel combustion: plant skeletons

October 16, 2019

As a renewable resource, biomass presents an appealing alternative to fossil fuels for energy production. Burning plants, however,…
Cleaning with bleach could create indoor air pollutants

October 4, 2019

For generations, people have used chlorine bleach to clean and disinfect their homes. However, researchers have now discovered…
Tiny Airborne Particles from Wildfires have Climate Change Implications

September 16, 2019

Chemical and microphysical analyses reveal formation processes for tarballs that result from emissions of biomass burned in wildfires…
NIH study suggests higher air pollution exposure during second pregnancy may increase preterm birth risk

September 13, 2019

Pregnant women who are exposed to higher air pollution levels during their second pregnancy, compared to their first…
Air pollution linked to increases in violent criminal behavior

September 11, 2019

Exposure to high levels of air pollution is known to cause asthma attacks, cardiovascular disease and other health…
Satellite Data Record Shows Climate Change’s Impact on Fires

September 11, 2019

Hot and dry. These are the watchwords for large fires. While every fire needs a spark to ignite…
NASA’s AIRS Maps Carbon Monoxide from Brazil Fires

August 25, 2019

New data from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, aboard the Aqua satellite, shows the movement high in…
Getting Clear about Clean Air

August 22, 2019

PNNL researchers identified the molecular structure that breaks down an important component of smog. Nitrogen oxides, also known…
Which city is most polluted? No one knows

August 16, 2019

Scant on-the-ground monitoring means researchers lack basic information. On any given day, a news story might list a…
Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes

August 16, 2019

Air pollution — especially ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change — accelerates the progression of…
Study finds link between long-term exposure to air pollution and emphysema

August 14, 2019

Long-term exposure to air pollution was linked to increases in emphysema between 2000 and 2018, according to a…
E-scooters Pollute More Than Buses, New Research Suggests

August 9, 2019

Sorry e-scooter riders, you’re not reversing global warming. Yet.. In fact, people who make, collect, and use e-scooters…
Cleaner cruises thanks to particle accelerators

August 7, 2019

Latvian tugboat provides first test-bed for new technology to clean exhausts from ships. Maritime traffic is the single…
NASA-funded study aims to map air pollution in front of our faces

August 2, 2019

To measure air pollution across the United States and other large areas, scientists rely on a patchwork of…
NIH study links air pollution to increase in newborn intensive care admissions

July 23, 2019

Infants born to women exposed to high levels of air pollution in the week before delivery are more…
Cow farts are a big problem, but scientists are already tackling it

July 17, 2019

Methane is greenhouse gas. It contributes to global warming and is generally undesirable in places where people live.…
‘Magnetic’ air pollution putting city dwellers at risk of heart disease

July 16, 2019

The hearts of people living in highly polluted urban areas could be up to ten times more polluted…
Study finds association between air pollution, coronary atherosclerosis in Chinese population

July 11, 2019

New research from the University at Buffalo provides pathophysiologic evidence of the effect of air pollution on cardiovascular…
Offspring of Pregnant Women Exposed to High Level of Pollutants May Have Lower IQs

July 8, 2019

A new study has found that pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollutants had children with…
How much is your summer BBQ damaging the environment?

July 5, 2019

A typical summer barbecue* for four people releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than an 80 mile…
US military consumes more hydrocarbons than most countries – with a massive hidden impact on the climate

June 21, 2019

The US military’s carbon footprint is enormous and must be confronted in order to have a substantial effect…
Electric scooters are here – are they good for the environment?

June 13, 2019

Residents of many major American cities have likely noticed a marked increase in the number of electric scooters…
Research highlights synergies between indoor, outdoor air pollution and increased asthma

June 5, 2019

New University of Iowa research demonstrates that interactions between indoor and outdoor air pollution contribute to increased emergency…
Wildfire smoke worse for kids’ health than smoke from controlled burns

June 3, 2019

Children were exposed to higher air pollutant levels during a California wildfire than during a similar-sized controlled burn,…
Climate Undermined by Lobbying

May 29, 2019

First-of-its-kind study quantifies the effects of political lobbying on likelihood of climate policy enactment. For all the evidence…
Scientists discover the source of new CFC emissions

May 28, 2019

Since 2013, annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) have increased by around 7,000 tonnes from eastern China,…
Big data brings new era for tracking wildfire smoke and predicting air quality

May 27, 2019

Wildfire smoke can travel quickly and pose significant health hazards to communities. The University of Nevada, Reno is…
Human impact on indoor climate is being mapped

May 21, 2019

Advanced climate chamber measurements provide new knowledge about human emissions and impact on indoor climate in buildings. Human…
Hyundai designed a smart air purifier for cars – this is what we need in our cities

May 20, 2019

If you live in an urban environment, you spend a significant portion of your life in traffic jams.…
A new view of wintertime air pollution

May 10, 2019

The processes that create ozone pollution in the summer can also trigger the formation of wintertime air pollution,…
Solar schools: Stanford research examines overlooked benefits of solar panels on U.S. campuses

May 9, 2019

Sunshine splashing onto school rooftops and campuses across the country is an undertapped resource that could help shrink…
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