Map shows good and bad news on air pollution

A new global map shows trouble spots for air pollution containing tiny particles called at PM2.5 that can make their way deep into your respiratory system.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution asthma air-pollution maps earth-and-environment

Combined haze and heat to pummel Southeast Asia more often

Simultaneous air pollution and extreme heat events will "increase in frequency by 175% by 2050" in Southeast Asia, a report finds.

Leslie Lee-Texas A&M • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change pollution air-pollution southeast-asia temperature earth-and-environment

In Boston, ‘stay-at-home’ orders cleaned the air

"It's as if I magically implemented our most ambitious emissions reduction policies," says Lucy Hutyra, on cleaner air following COVID-19 directives.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 air-pollution traffic earth-and-environment

Tiny bits of air pollution may trigger nonfatal heart attacks

Brief exposure to ambient ultrafine particles, a form of air pollution, may potentially trigger nonfatal heart attacks.

Michael Greenwood-Yale • futurity
Feb. 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: pollution air-pollution heart-attacks earth-and-environment health-and-medicine hearts

Wildfire health hazards extend hundreds of miles

Wildfires can send hazardous particles way beyond the flames, potentially upping health risks as far as 600 miles away.

Adam Dove-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Aug. 23, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pollution wildfire forests air-pollution emissions smoke earth-and-environment health-and-medicine hearts

Air pollution speeds up emphysema

Air pollution's effect on the progress of emphysema in the lungs is "in the same league as the effects of cigarette smoking."

David Hill-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 14, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: pollution lungs air-pollution ozone earth-and-environment health-and-medicine emphysema

Pollution is behind 1/3 of new asthma cases in Europe

"This new analysis is a call for urgent action. These impacts are preventable. We can and should do something about it."

Texas A&M University • futurity
Aug. 9, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: asthma air-pollution childrens-health earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Coal power regulations neglect sulfur dioxide danger

Residents living around coal power plants could breathe cleaner, healthier air if regulations did more to address the pollutant.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Nov. 1, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: air-pollution coal emissions earth-and-environment health-and-medicine sulfur-dioxide

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