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Exposure to air pollution before and after birth may affect fundamental cognitive abilities
Air pollution impairs brain performance and cognitive abilities. A study finds that exposure to fine particulate matter in the first years of life is associated with poorer performance in working memory and executive attention
Revealed: air pollution may be damaging 'every organ in the body'
Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body, according to a comprehensive new global review. The research shows head-to-toe harm, from heart and lung disease to diabetes and dementia, and from liver problems and bladder cancer to brittle bones and damaged skin. Fertility, foetuses and children are also affected by toxic air, the review found. The systemic damage is the result of pollutants causing inflammation that then floods through the body and ultra
Exhaust gas is to blame: Ground-level ozone is damaging crops
Air pollution hurts crop yields, threatens wild plants. Ozone is released from cars and planes, among other sources. Lots of ozone stays at ground level and causes hits to the harvest of staple crops like wheat, potato, soy, rice and corn. It threatens natural ecosystems too.
Turns Out, California’s Famous Winter Fog Was Mostly Thanks to Air Pollution
Turns Out, California’s Famous Winter Fog Was Mostly Thanks to Air Pollution. Thanks to the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, tule fog in this region has declined by about 75 percent since 1980. This could impact agriculture. Some fruit and nut trees benefit from heavy fog because it keeps the crops cool.
London rolls out strict vehicle emission charges
A new pollution charge will hit older vehicles travelling in central London. The Ulez area will be extended to the whole of inner London from October 2021. The charges apply at all times and are additional to the congestion charge fee of £11.50, applicable between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm on weekdays.
'Our children are gasping' - Senegal's toxic air battle
Senegal's toxic air battle. Fuel imported to Africa contains much higher levels of sulphur than that used in Europe or the United States, as an investigation in 2016 by Swiss campaign group Public Eye revealed. This means cars using "dirty fuel" emit more toxic gas considered a major pollutant.
Hands spread flame retardants, plasticizers throughout homes
Hands spread flame retardants, plasticizers throughout homes. Hundreds of everyday items, from furniture to cell phones, contain organophosphate ester (OPE) flame retardants and plasticizers. Some of these semi-volatile compounds make their way into the air and human bodies. Increasingly, manufacturers have relied on OPEs to replace brominated flame retardants, some of which were banned because of health concerns. But the replacements cause problems too. Washing your hands and phone can help
Growing Corn Is A Major Contributor To Air Pollution, Study Finds
Growing Corn Is A Major Contributor To Air Pollution, Study Finds. Air pollution is the largest environmental health risk factor in the United States, and agriculture contributes in a number of ways. Fertilizer application, gas use, pesticide production, and dust kicked up from tilling all affect air quality. But the sort of accounting done for the carbon footprint of foods hasn't been done for their air pollution footprint.
Suffocating summers new normal for asthmatic children in Alberta | CBC News
Suffocating summers new normal for asthmatic children in Alberta. When wildfire smoke descends, Payton Knight is housebound, suffocated by the air outside. Payton, 7, suffers from allergies and severe asthma. The young Alberta girl spent most of last summer inside. Smoke from hundreds of wildfires burning in B.C. drifted into the province and hung stagnant in the air for weeks in the thick August heat.
Smog chokes coal-dependent Poland with no end in sight
Smog chokes coal-dependent Poland with no end in sight. In southern Poland, municipal police make spot checks on homes where people are illegally burning highly-polluting rubbish. Whether rich or poor, people burn MDF boards, Tetra packs or plastic bottles. Seventy percent of Polish households burn heavily-polluting low-quality coal or rubbish in old stoves for heating. Antiquated coal-fired power plants also generate nearly all of Poland's electricity
Motorists could earn thousands by giving up cars for public transport
UK drivers could be paid to give up their cars under a new scheme, which aims to drive polluting vehicles off the streets and cut congestion. The government-funded trial, set to be launched in Coventry this year, will give motorists cash to ditch their cars in exchange for public transport, electric vehicle car hire and bike-sharing schemes.
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