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17 Jul

Two Major Air Pollutants Decline During COVID-19 Pandemic

Researchers say the improvement is likely temporary.

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22 Feb
Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Harm Heart, Lungs

Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Harm Heart, Lungs

Breathing in air that has even low levels of pollution poses a threat to older adults' heart and lungs, a new study warns.

Researchers analyzed medical records of more than 63 million Medicare patients from 2000 to 2016. They found that long-term exposure to low levels o...

18 Feb
Drivers May Be Inhaling Dangerous Carcinogens Inside Their Cars

Drivers May Be Inhaling Dangerous Carcinogens Inside Their Cars

Worried about what damage the polluted air outside might pose to your health during your work commute? New research suggests you might want to worry more about the chemicals you are exposed to inside your car.

Benzene and formaldehyde are used in automobile manu...

13 Jan
Lockdowns' Benefits for Air Quality Weren't as Big as Thought: Study

Lockdowns' Benefits for Air Quality Weren't as Big as Thought: Study

Two types of air pollution declined in cities around the world during initial COVID-19 lockdowns, but one type increased, a new study finds.

Researchers assessed changes in levels of nitrogen dioxide, ozone and fine particulate (PM2.5) air pollution during lockdowns in 1...

05 Jan
What If NYC's Cleaner Pandemic-Era Air Continued?

What If NYC's Cleaner Pandemic-Era Air Continued?

The COVID-19 shutdown in New York City gave researchers an unintended "natural experiment" of cleaner air, where they could simulate what it would be like for future health and economics if improved air quality could be sustained.

In their new study, Columbia University ...

17 Dec
Air Pollution Takes a Toll on Your Kidneys

Air Pollution Takes a Toll on Your Kidneys

Tiny particles of air pollution were already known to raise people's risk of developing heart and lung disease, but a new study suggests they might also raise the risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

Researchers from Peking University in Beijing, China, found that...

14 Dec
Social Media Messages Can Lower People's Meat Intake

Social Media Messages Can Lower People's Meat Intake

One way to to influence meat consumption -- and perhaps curb climate change -- is through social media messaging, according to a new study that used Facebook Messenger.

"The results of the research are really encouraging," said study co-author Wouter Poortinga, a profess...

01 Dec
Could Dirty Air Help Speed Alzheimer's?

Could Dirty Air Help Speed Alzheimer's?

Older adults exposed to air pollution might have a heightened risk of abnormal "plaque" accumulation in the brain, a new study suggests.

Plaques refer to clumps of protein called beta-amyloid that build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. In the new stud...

26 Nov
Wood-Fired Cooking a Cause of Lung Illness in Developing World

Wood-Fired Cooking a Cause of Lung Illness in Developing World

People who cook with wood instead of other fuels may be at risk of lung damage because of the pollutants and bacterial toxins they're breathing, a small study suggests.

Researchers studied the impact of cookstove pollutants on 23 people in Thanjavur, India, who use lique...

19 Nov
Air Pollution May Harm Older Women's Brains

Air Pollution May Harm Older Women's Brains

Pollutants in the air -- fine particulates that are 30 times smaller than the width of a strand of hair -- may be damaging older women's brains.

In a new study, researchers linked breathing in high levels of this polluted air to shrinkage in areas of the brain that are v...

19 Nov
Dirty Air Endangers Homeless People: Study

Dirty Air Endangers Homeless People: Study

Air pollution poses a threat to homeless people's mental and physical health, researchers say.

They asked 138 homeless people in Salt Lake City about when and how they knew the air was polluted and how air pollution makes them feel. They also examined their health record...

09 Nov
High Ozone Levels Up Cardiac Arrest Risk: Study

High Ozone Levels Up Cardiac Arrest Risk: Study

High levels of ozone air pollution could increase the risk of cardiac arrest, a new study says.

It included 187,000 people, average age 63, in the United States who suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrest between 2013 and 2016.

Their exposure to ozone air pollution...

04 Nov
Can Air Pollution Make COVID Even Deadlier?

Can Air Pollution Make COVID Even Deadlier?

People with long-term exposure to air pollutants may be more likely to die from COVID-19, according to a new study.

In an analysis of more than 3,000 U.S. counties, researchers found that just a small increase in long-term average exposure to fine-particle pollutants (PM...

29 Oct
Smog Could Increase COVID-19 Deaths by 15% Worldwide

Smog Could Increase COVID-19 Deaths by 15% Worldwide

Long-term exposure to air pollution is tied to an increased risk of dying from COVID-19, a new study finds.

About 15% of deaths from COVID-19 worldwide could be due to long-term exposure to air pollution, the researchers said. In Europe, the proportion was about 19%, in ...

28 Oct
COVID-19 Lockdowns Improved Air, Prevented Deaths

COVID-19 Lockdowns Improved Air, Prevented Deaths

Lockdowns in China and Europe to blunt the spread of COVID-19 resulted in better air quality and thousands of lives saved, a new study finds.

Researchers found that fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations dropped 30% in China and 17% in parts of Europe.

PM2....

20 Oct
Smog Tied to Raised Risk for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Disease

Smog Tied to Raised Risk for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Disease

As the air people breathe gets dirtier, their odds for serious neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and other dementias rises, new research shows.

The long-term study of more than 63 million older Americans can't prove cause and effect, but...

29 Sep
Air Pollutants, Metals Are Reaching The Placenta,  Study Finds

Air Pollutants, Metals Are Reaching The Placenta, Study Finds

Metals and other air pollutants have been found in the placentas of new mothers, which means such pollutants may be able to reach the fetus, researchers report.

"Our study for the first time shows that inhaled carbon particulate matter in air pollution travels in the...

17 Sep
Wildfire Smoke Poses Special Threat to People With Asthma

Wildfire Smoke Poses Special Threat to People With Asthma

People with asthma and other respiratory illnesses need to be aware of the threat that wildfire smoke poses to their breathing and take steps to protect themselves, an allergy expert warns.

Wildfires are raging across western U.S. states, and the smoke is spreading a...

15 Sep
How Would Americans' Health Improve If All Cars Were Electric?

How Would Americans' Health Improve If All Cars Were Electric?

America's air would become remarkably cleaner if the country accelerated its transition to electric cars that don't rely on fossil fuels, the American Lung Association said in a new report Tuesday.

A full transition to electric cars by 2040 would also result in fewer...

15 Sep
Wildfires Ravage Land, and Lungs, Across the U.S. West

Wildfires Ravage Land, and Lungs, Across the U.S. West

HVAC repairman Brad Sissell shrugged off the acid-yellow air surrounding him and kept working, preparing a gas pipe for a new range going into a Salem, Ore., home.

Less than a half-hour's drive away, nearly 200,000 acres were burning in one of the major Oregon wildfi...

10 Sep
West Coast Wildfires, COVID a Double Whammy to Lung Health

West Coast Wildfires, COVID a Double Whammy to Lung Health

Even as wildfires rage across California, Oregon and Washington, another danger lurks in the eerie orange haze that has enveloped U.S. cities, towns and neighborhoods this week: an increased risk of catching COVID-19.

Wildfire smoke can irritate the lungs and harm th...

03 Sep
Harmful Flame Retardants Detected in College-Classroom Dust

Harmful Flame Retardants Detected in College-Classroom Dust

Indoor spaces often contains harmful chemicals, say researchers who found high levels of toxic flame retardants in the dust of some U.S. college classrooms.

The chemicals have been linked to thyroid disease, infertility, decreased IQ, cancer and other health problems...

02 Sep
Hot Asphalt Releases a Lot of Pollution Into the Air

Hot Asphalt Releases a Lot of Pollution Into the Air

Asphalt baking in the summer sunshine is no fun for tender feet, but a new study suggests it's not doing your lungs any favors either.

As it heats up, asphalt releases chemical compounds that contribute to air pollution. And its emissions double as its temperature in...

20 Aug
Air Pollution Tied to Asthma in Young Kids

Air Pollution Tied to Asthma in Young Kids

High levels of air pollution may increase young children's risk of developing asthma and persistent wheezing, researchers warn.

The findings "support emerging evidence that exposure to air pollution might influence the development of asthma," according to a report by...

17 Aug
Autopsies Show Microplastics in All Major Human Organs

Autopsies Show Microplastics in All Major Human Organs

Microscopic bits of plastic have most likely taken up residence in all of the major filtering organs in your body, a new lab study suggests.

Researchers found evidence of plastic contamination in tissue samples taken from the lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys of donat...

13 Aug
Look Beyond Fossil Fuels to Curb Air Pollution

Look Beyond Fossil Fuels to Curb Air Pollution

Burning fossil fuels account for about 100,000 air pollution-related deaths in the United States each year -- but there are other less obvious sources of deadly air pollution, a new study warns.

"People usually think of power plants and cars, but nowadays, livestock ...

29 Jul
If Mom-to-Be Lives Near Airport, Odds for Preemie Birth Rise

If Mom-to-Be Lives Near Airport, Odds for Preemie Birth Rise

The roar of jet engines may pose a hidden danger to babies: higher odds of premature birth tied to plane exhaust.

So finds a study showing that pregnant women exposed to high levels of pollution from the exhaust of jet planes are 14% more likely to deliver premat...

28 Jul
9/11 First Responders Have Higher Odds for Alzheimer's: Study

9/11 First Responders Have Higher Odds for Alzheimer's: Study

First responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks appear to be at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia, new research suggests.

The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild thinking impairments among them is well-known, and now two stud...

22 Jul
Toxic Lead Fallout From Notre Dame Fire May Be Worse Than Thought

Toxic Lead Fallout From Notre Dame Fire May Be Worse Than Thought

A ton of dangerous lead dust may have been deposited around Notre Dame cathedral in Paris when it burned in April 2019 -- far more than had been estimated, a new study suggests.

The cathedral's roof and spire were covered in 460 tons of lead -- a neurotoxic metal tha...

20 Jul
Even in Dirty Air, Working Out Can Help Cut Risk of High Blood Pressure

Even in Dirty Air, Working Out Can Help Cut Risk of High Blood Pressure

Regular exercise can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, even if you live in an area with high levels of air pollution, new research shows.

The new study included more than 140,000 adults in Taiwan who did not have high blood pressure and who were followed for a...

20 Jul
U.S. Air Quality Got Better During Pandemic: Study

U.S. Air Quality Got Better During Pandemic: Study

U.S. air quality improved after businesses closed to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, researchers say.

For their new study, they compared air pollution data for 122 U.S. counties between March 13 and April 21, to the same dates and locations going back to 20...

15 Jul
Smog Harms Women's Brains, But One Food May Help Buffer the Damage

Smog Harms Women's Brains, But One Food May Help Buffer the Damage

Dirty air is the curse of urban living, and studies have shown that breathing it in harms the brains of men and women alike.

But a new study suggests that diet can help reverse the damage: Older women who regularly ate fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids seemed to bette...

15 Jul
Will COVID Pandemic's Environmental Benefit Last?

Will COVID Pandemic's Environmental Benefit Last?

It has been the sole silver lining in the coronavirus pandemic -- cleaner air and water on the planet. But will it continue?

A new study says that isn't yet clear.

"The pandemic raises two important questions related to the environment," said study author C...

07 Jul
U.S. Air Pollution Still at Deadly Levels, Study Finds

U.S. Air Pollution Still at Deadly Levels, Study Finds

Fine particulate air pollution remains at levels deadly to older Americans, a new study finds.

If U.S. air quality standards for fine particulate pollution ((PM2.5) complied with World Health Association guidelines, more than 140,000 lives could be saved over a dec...

02 Jul
Fireworks Are Bad News for Your Lungs

Fireworks Are Bad News for Your Lungs

A new threat has been added to the risks posed by fireworks -- they can release toxic metals that can damage your lungs.

These metals give fireworks their colors, according to researchers who found harmful levels of lead in two of 12 types of commercially available f...

29 Jun
Wildfire Smoke Causes Rapid Damage to Your Health: Study

Wildfire Smoke Causes Rapid Damage to Your Health: Study

Wildfire smoke has an almost immediate harmful effect on the heart and lungs, researchers say.

Using data from wildfire seasons between 2010 and 2015 in British Columbia, Canada, the researchers linked exposure to elevated levels of fine particles in smoke with ambul...

29 Jun
Even Small Reductions in Air Pollution Help The Heart

Even Small Reductions in Air Pollution Help The Heart

Long-term exposure to fine particle air pollution is a major risk factor for heart disease and death, but even small reductions in pollution levels can reduce the threat, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 157,000 adults, aged 35 to 70, in 21...

25 Jun
As Pandemic Leads to Clearer Skies, Solar Energy Output Rises

As Pandemic Leads to Clearer Skies, Solar Energy Output Rises

Here's some truly sunny news out of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lower levels of air pollution resulting from people staying at home have enabled more sunlight to reach solar panels and increased their output of clean energy.

For the study, researchers analyze...

25 Jun
How the Saharan Dust Plume Could Make Your Allergies Worse

How the Saharan Dust Plume Could Make Your Allergies Worse

As the giant Saharan dust plume continues its 5,000-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean, experts warn that people in its path can expect to have flare-ups of allergies and asthma.

The massive dust cloud is expected to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast this week.

23 Jun
Coming This Way: Huge Saharan Dust Plume Will Affect Americans' Health

Coming This Way: Huge Saharan Dust Plume Will Affect Americans' Health

A pandemic, a slew of protests -- and now a huge blanket of Sahara Desert dust will engulf parts of the United States this week.

That's what some weary Americans will have to brace themselves for by Wednesday or Thursday, meteorologists and health experts warn.

...

18 Jun
Climate Change, Smog Could Mean More Preemie Babies: Study

Climate Change, Smog Could Mean More Preemie Babies: Study

Here's more bad news associated with climate change: Pregnant women exposed to air pollution or heat waves face a greater risk of having a preterm or underweight baby, a new research review finds.

The review, of 68 studies from across the United States, found that th...

17 Jun
Doctors' Choice of Anesthesia Could Help Curb Climate Change

Doctors' Choice of Anesthesia Could Help Curb Climate Change

Anesthesiologists can help save the planet, a new study suggests.

Increased use of regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, according to researchers at the Hospital for Special Surg...

26 May
Dirty City Air Might Raise MS Risk

Dirty City Air Might Raise MS Risk

Air pollution might increase the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), Italian researchers report.

They found that in places with low levels of tiny particles of air pollution called particulate matter, the risk for MS was lower than in areas where those levels were hig...

19 May
Pandemic Has Cut Global Carbon Emissions by 17%

Pandemic Has Cut Global Carbon Emissions by 17%

It's not just your imagination -- with everyone avoiding travel, the air is cleaner these days. Daily global carbon emissions fell by about one-sixth during the coronavirus pandemic, researchers say.

But it's not likely to last.

"Population confinement has ...

08 May
Planet Already Seeing Temperatures Beyond Human Tolerability

Planet Already Seeing Temperatures Beyond Human Tolerability

Researchers have predicted that if climate change goes unabated, the planet will experience intolerable heat in several decades. But a new study has found that in certain global hot spots, it's already happening.

In recent years, certain regions -- including the Pers...

29 Apr
Replace That Old Carpet to Shield Your Kids From Toxins

Replace That Old Carpet to Shield Your Kids From Toxins

If you have kids and carpets, it might be time to redecorate. Older carpets are a major source of kids' exposure to harmful chemicals known as PFAS, researchers say.

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are associated with serious health risks in kids and adult...

23 Apr
Greenhouse Gases Bad for Your Brain

Greenhouse Gases Bad for Your Brain

Rising levels of greenhouse gases may do more than drive climate change, they may eventually impair your thinking, researchers warn.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels tend to be higher indoors than outdoors. As CO2 concentrations increase in the atmosphere, there will be ...

22 Apr
Dirtier Air May Bring More COVID-19 Deaths

Dirtier Air May Bring More COVID-19 Deaths

Parts of Europe with consistently high levels of air pollution have higher COVID-19 death rates, a new study finds.

The study compared confirmed COVID-19 deaths with air quality data, including satellite readings of nitrogen dioxide air pollution.

Nitrogen ...

21 Apr
Nearly Half of Americans Breathe Polluted Air

Nearly Half of Americans Breathe Polluted Air

Almost half of the U.S. population -- 150 million people -- are exposed to air pollution that puts their health at risk, the American Lung Association says.

Climate change is making air pollution worse due to record levels of particle pollution and higher ozone pollu...

16 Apr
Asthma Sufferers Win When Coal Plants Shut Down

Asthma Sufferers Win When Coal Plants Shut Down

Cuts in air pollution from coal plants translated into a drop in both asthma symptoms and asthma-related hospitalization nearby, researchers report.

Their new study focused on coal-fired plants around the Louisville, Ky., area. The scientists used computer modeling t...

15 Apr
California's Wildfires May Have Fueled Cardiac Arrests

California's Wildfires May Have Fueled Cardiac Arrests

The deadly consequences of wildfires may stretch beyond the people directly in harm's way. Smoke-polluted air may also fuel a spike in cardiac arrests, a new U.S. government study finds.

Looking at the impact of California wildfires in recent years, researchers with ...

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