Air pollution: over three billion people breathe harmful air inside their own homes

Replacing wood stoves is essential but won't solve the indoor air pollution epidemic on its own.

Matthew Shupler, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Public Health, University of Liverpool • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~6 min

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First lockdown's effect on air pollution was overstated, our study reveals

Exaggerating how much lockdown improved air quality could allow us to underestimate the scale of the air pollution problem.

William Bloss, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Clean air: Coal burning ban and wet wood restrictions planned

A new clean air law could see burning house coal banned in Wales, and stricter rules on using wood fires.

bbcnews
Jan. 13, 2021 ~3 min

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Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia risk – here's what we're learning from brain scans

The tiny air pollutants known as PM2.5, emitted by vehicles, factories and power plants, aren’t just a hazard for lungs. A study finds more brain shrinkage in older women exposed to pollution.

Jiu-Chiuan Chen, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

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Air pollution death ruling: What comes next?

A girl who died in 2013 has had air pollution listed as a cause of death; what are the implications?

bbcnews
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Wildfire smoke changes dramatically as it ages, and that matters for downwind air quality – here's what we learned flying through smoke plumes

Thousands of chemical compounds in wildfire smoke are interacting with each other and sunlight as the smoke travels. For people downwind, it can become more toxic over time.

Brett B. Palm, Postdoctoral Researcher in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Washington • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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Ella Kissi-Debrah: Air pollution a factor in girl's death, inquest finds

Ella Kissi-Debrah was "living on a knife edge" before her fatal asthma attack, the inquest heard.

bbcnews
Dec. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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On environmental protection, Biden's election will mean a 180-degree turn from Trump policies

The Trump administration has used executive orders, deregulation and delays to reduce environmental regulation. Biden administration officials will use many of the same tools to undo their work.

Janet McCabe, Professor of Practice of Law, Indiana University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Studies link COVID-19 deaths to air pollution, raising questions about EPA's 'acceptable risk'

Air pollution can weaken people's respiratory, immune and cardiovascular systems, leaving them more vulnerable when they get COVID-19.

Michael Petroni, PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry • conversation
Oct. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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How smog leads to tons of plastic trash

When the air pollution gets particularly bad, office workers in China are more likely to order lunch delivery—millions of meals and tons of plastic waste.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Oct. 29, 2020 ~8 min

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