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More than 80% of people living in urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization’s limits

More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted.

According to the latest urban air quality database, 98% of cities in low- and […]

By |May 22nd, 2016|Air Pollution|0 Comments

Cooperative Field Study of Air Quality to Advance Air Pollution Monitoring from Space

NASA and the Republic of Korea are developing plans for a cooperative field study of air quality in May and June to advance the ability to monitor air pollution accurately from space.

Read more HERE.

By |March 6th, 2016|Air Pollution|0 Comments

Ground-Level Ozone Exposure May Raise Death Risk

The analysis of data from nearly 670,000 participants in a nationwide cancer prevention study suggested that every additional 10 parts per billion (ppb) of long-term ground-level ozone exposure increased the risk of dying from diabetes or COPD during follow-up by 16% and 14%, respectively.

Read the report HERE.

By |February 15th, 2016|Air Pollution, Mortality|0 Comments

Serious crimes are more likely to occur in neighborhoods downwind of air pollution, according to a new study.

Neighborhoods downwind from tailpipe exhaust or industrial activity are more likely to experience higher rates of violent crime like homicide, rape, or assault, argue a team of researchers from the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the University of California–Davis in a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The researchers found […]

By |January 6th, 2016|Air Pollution, Neurology|0 Comments

Air pollution accounts for over 430 000 premature deaths in Europe

A new report published on Nov 30, 2015 by the European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates that air pollution continues to be responsible for more than 430 000 premature deaths in Europe. The most problematic pollutants affecting human health are particulate matter (PM), ground-level ozone (O3) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Read the report HERE.

By |December 1st, 2015|Air Pollution, Mortality|0 Comments

Air pollution linked to diabetes, heart disease

A new report suggests that Canadians who live in areas with higher air pollution have an increased risk of dying from conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Surprisingly, researchers did not find any increased risk of dying from respiratory disease. They said they could not explain the findings. Read more HERE.

By |November 6th, 2015|Air Pollution, Cardiology, Pulmonology|0 Comments

University study to identify how hazardous exercise can be in a polluted urban environment

Identifying how hazardous exercise can be in an urban environment filled with noxious particles in the air is the goal of a new study by Columbia University researchers Steven Chillrud and Darby Jack. Using biometric sensors, a wearable pollution monitor, and GPS, the study will detail participants’ exposure to toxins as they cycle through […]

By |September 29th, 2015|Air Pollution, Sport Medicine|0 Comments

Maternal Exposure to Criteria Air Pollutants and Congenital Heart Defects in Offspring: Results from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study

Researchers in North Carolina investigated maternal exposures to air pollutants during weeks 2–8 of pregnancy and their associations with congenital heart defects. Using daily maximum pollutant levels and exploring individual exposure-weeks revealed some positive associations between certain pollutants and defects and suggested potential windows of susceptibility during pregnancy.

Read their report: HERE

By |October 23rd, 2014|Air Pollution, Epidemiology|0 Comments

Air pollution controls in North Carolina reduced death rates from asthma and emphysema

According to a study published by Duke University scientists, the state of North Carolina’s success in reducing air pollution may explain a substantial decline in deaths from the respiratory illnesses asthma and emphysema during corresponding periods.

Read the paper HERE.

By |October 2nd, 2014|Air Pollution, Pulmonology|0 Comments

B.C. Sour Gas Rules Leave School Kids in Danger

An article by Vancouver Sun columnist, Stephen Hume, is reporting that children can suffer DNA damage and illness from leaking sour gas several kilometres away, yet B.C. allows wells within 150 metres of schools.

Read the article HERE

By |September 19th, 2014|Air Pollution, Genetics|0 Comments