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UK ban on polluting cars by 2040 is just a cynical smokescreen
More charging points neededReuters/Neil HallImagine you are UK environment minister Michael Gove, the person tasked with cleaning up the nation’s air pollution. Your country is bound by limits on air...
Solar energy revolution hits barrier: Air pollution
Solar energy is running into a pesky problem: air pollution worldwide. Researchers from Duke University found that air pollution — specifically airborne particles, which accumulate on solar cells — is...
Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production
Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. The first study of its kind shows airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by...
This state has the worst air quality in the nation
The worst air quality in the United States is in California, a state known for its efforts raise environmental standards, cut greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. California has the highest...
Google's Street View cars are now tracking air pollution
What's the leading cause of deaths in the world today? I'll give you a hint. It's not obesity or malnutrition. It's not HIV, malaria, bird flu or any other infectious disease. It's not war, and it's definitely...
UK government to be taken back to court again over air pollution
Chris Batson / Alamy Stock PhotoBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationEnvironmental lawyers ClientEarth have said they are taking the Government back to court over its plans to tackle illegal air...
Traffic-related air pollution linked to DNA damage in children
Young people with asthma also have evidence of telomere shortening, according to the preliminary research by John R. Balmes, MD, of University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues. They write, "Our...
The UK government’s attitude to air pollution stinks
Time to cut through the gloomBarry Lewis/Corbis/GettyABOUT 40,000 deaths every year. That number is often trotted out as the human cost of air pollution in the UK, and it is shockingly high. It amounts...
UK loses another court case over failure to tackle air pollution
Andrew Parsons/REX/ShutterstockBy Michael Le PageThe UK government has lost yet another court case over its failure to tackle air pollution. The government was supposed to unveil its latest plans to tackle...
Pollution nanoparticles may enter your blood and cause disease
How many nanoparticles?Artur Debat /GettyBy Michael Le PageYou won’t breathe easy after reading this: a few of the nanoparticles in the air you are inhaling are entering your bloodstream and building...
Plastic-eating moths may solve pollution crisis
The larvae of the greater wax moth is hated by beekeepers across Europe because it feeds on beeswax - but it has recently been discovered to enjoy eating plastic too.The initial finding was made by Federica...
U.S. cities with the worst air pollution
How clean is the air you breathe? For the past 18 years, the American Lung Association has released an annual “State of the Air” report, using data from official air quality monitors to look at pollution...
Tracking down water pollution through DNA of algae
The degree of pollution of rivers resulting from human activities is assessed using different biotic indices. The latter reflect the ecological status of a river based on the quantity and diversity of...
Western demand for goods from China is killing 100,000 a year
Made in China, but at what cost?Kevin Frayer/Getty ImagesBy Chelsea WhyteChinese-made goods bought in western Europe and the US have, in effect, killed over 100,000 people in China in one year alone –...
Longer heat waves, heavier smog go hand in hand with climate change
MIT News reader comments 7 Share this story Exposure to high levels of airborne pollutants is an ongoing problem, as is exposure to extreme temperatures. If these two overlap, then it's possible that...
Babies in prams are exposed to high levels of air pollution
Pollution hotspotOlaser/GettyBy Sam WongBabies in prams are exposed to high levels of air pollution at hotspots next to busy roads, according to a study that measured particles on a typical daily route....
US drinking water at risk from Trump’s cuts to pollution rules
Dismantling anti-pollution rules will affect the quality of drinking water for millions of Americans Teresa Short/GettyBy Chelsea WhyteIt’s difficult to square the rhetoric with the action. On 28 February,...
Study links outdoor air pollution with millions of preterm births
Outdoor air pollution has been linked to 2.7 million preterm births per year, a major study has concluded. When a baby is born preterm (at less than 37 weeks of gestation), there is an increased risk of...
Commuters face 'up to eight times' more pollution
A new study has revealed that although motorists produce the most pollution per commuter, being sealed inside their cars means they are the least exposed to harmful particulate matter (PM) from the outside.Experts...
Forget heart rate - your fitness tracker should be showing you air quality
Research into air quality levels around the globe has some bad news for early morning joggers and the bike-to-work crowd – it's possible for air to be so dirty that the benefits from exercise are negated...
Coming soon to China: A building that fights pollution
China has pollution problems and one Italian architect could have some answers.The Chinese city of Nanjing is getting a Vertical Forest, a set of two buildings stylised with around 1,100 trees and a combination...
Wood-burners: London air pollution is just tip of the iceberg
The environment going up in flamesAgencja Fotograficzna Caro/Alamy Stock PhotoLast week, air pollution in London soared to heights not seen since 2011. The usual suspects were named and shamed, including...
London road has broken annual legal pollution limits already
Traffic on Brixton Road in Lambeth, LondonVictoria Jones/PABy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationLegal air pollution limits for the whole year have been broken just five days into 2017 in London,...
Toxic air hits home in one of world's most polluted cities
NEW DELHI — The truth of New Delhi’s toxic air finally hit home for Rakhi Singh when her 3-year-old son began to cough constantly early this year. She bought air purifiers for her home. When a thick, gray...
UNICEF: 2 billion children breathe toxic air worldwide
NEW DELHI -- As Indians wake Monday to smoke-filled skies from a weekend of festival fireworks, New Delhi’s worst season for air pollution begins - with dire consequences.A new report from UNICEF says...
Scientists fly high to tackle air pollution
Researchers from the Natural Centre for Atmospheric Science are flying through the plume of pollution billowing from major cities to calculate exactly how many tonnes of sooty particulates and toxic gases...
New Report Gives Details on 'Toxins Beneath Our Feet'
The results of a new report on toxins in the environment suggests that over 200 million people across the world are at risk of illness from industrial pollution. The new report is called The World's Worst...
Infrared Camera Can See ‘Invisible’ Air Pollution
The World Health Organization recently linked air pollution to millions of premature deaths around the world. Most of the pollution comes from burning fossil fuels for electricity and transportation that...
Dementia risk linked to air pollution and lack of vitamin D
Poor air quality is associated with dementiaEd Pritchard/GettyBy Jessica HamzelouMany say dementia is a scarier prospect than cancer. But there may be new ways to reduce the risk of dementia, hints the...
Diesel Cars Blamed as WHO Warns 9 about Air Pollution
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that 92 percent of the world’s population lives in areas of high air pollution. Many cities in Europe have pledged to phase out diesel cars - and there’s hope...
New Inhaler Protects Lungs from Air Pollution
The International Energy Agency says poor air quality kills 6.5 million people each year. Now, German scientists have developed an inexpensive inhaler to protect people’s lungs against harmful air pollution....
92% of the world’s population exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution
A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world's population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Some 3 million deaths a year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution....
9 out of 10 people breathing excessive air pollution
GENEVA More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and other problems, the World Health Organization said...
Nutrient pollution is changing sounds in the sea
Nutrient pollution emptying into seas from cities, towns and agricultural land is changing the sounds made by marine life -- and potentially upsetting navigational cues for fish and other sea creatures,...
Sitting in traffic jams is officially bad for you
Pollution levels inside cars were found to be up to 40% higher while in traffic jams or at a red traffic light compared to free-flowing traffic conditions, new research indicates. The World Health Organization...
Swipe: Bike Couriers Monitoring Pollution
Fifty couriers will carry a CleanSpace tag which measures carbon monoxide levels and a LoRa (Long Range) tracker which maps their location. The data is fed into a free app which enables you to monitor...
Californis nixes Volkswagen plan to fix polluting diesel cars
California regulators on Wednesday again rejected Volkswagen’s plan to fix diesel cars that were programmed to cheat on air pollution tests, saying the proposal lacked enough detail for the state to gauge...
Report Ties Air Pollution to 6.5 Million Deaths Globally
The International Energy Agency says each year about 6.5 million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution and warns that the number will grow unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash...
For the first time, air pollution emerges as a leading risk factor for stroke worldwide
Air pollution -- including environmental and household air pollution -- has emerged as a leading risk factor for stroke worldwide, associated with about a third of the global burden of stroke in 2013,...
Coral reefs fall victim to overfishing, pollution aggravated by ocean warming
Coral reefs are declining around the world because a combination of factors -- overfishing, nutrient pollution, and pathogenic disease -- ultimately become deadly in the face of higher ocean temperatures,...
Iron floating into the sea on aerosols is driving a loss of oxygen
Flickr user maryaThe oxygen minimum zone is the section of ocean that has the lowest oxygen saturation. While the thickness and depth of the OMZ varies, the Pacific Ocean's OMZ has been expanding in recent...
Study: Farms Among Major Air Polluters
The biggest source of the world's fine particulate air pollution is not cars, or factories, or power plants. It's farms. A new study explains that when ammonia from fertilizers and animal waste combines...
The benefits of exercise outweigh the damages of air pollution
Cancer, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity and changes related to dementia have been linked to air pollution â but a new study says that the benefits of walking and cycling outside outweigh...
Tesla’s insane Bioweapon Defence Mode
Tesla says you can survive a biochemical attack with its new air scrubbing filter. THOSE weighing up whether to buy a Tesla should add the ability to survive a biochemical attack to the ‘pro’ column, the...
Tesla's Bioweapon Defense Mode eliminates pollution in under two minutes
On Monday, Tesla Motors released the results of its tests of the Model X's air-filtering system, which demonstrated its efficacy. Tesla placed a Model X inside a bubble filled with "extreme levels of...
Bay Area refineries must buy ‘fence line’ air pollution monitors
Regulators on Wednesday ordered the Bay Area’s five oil refineries to track and report air pollution on the edge of their properties and regularly update officials on the different types of petroleum...
One state has two of nation's worst dirty air hotspots
FRESNO, Calif. -- Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the nation's most polluted.Bakersfield...
Backpack-wearing pigeons track pollution in London
March 17, 2016, 8:21 AM|London's air pollution problem is blamed for thousands of deaths every year, but an experiment with birds and pollution-monitoring backpacks could create a flight path to a long-term...
This team has built adorable tiny backpacks for pigeons to track air pollution
It’s time to take wearable devices to the next level. Plume Labs and DigitasLBi have teamed up for an interesting experiment. What if pigeons could fly around London with tiny backpacks to...
Pigeon patrol tracks air pollution in London
Meet the most unlikely agents in the fight against air pollution -- pigeons. On Monday, a small flock of pigeons were strapped with pollution-sensing backpacks and sent out into the skies of London for...
Pigeons wearing tiny backpacks tweet about air pollution - CNET
Equipped with little backpack sensors, a group of London pigeons are flying around the city measuring and live-tweeting air pollution levels. Because birds of a feather...tweet together? (Sorry, we had...
Tiny sensors carried by pigeons can test air quality on the wing
In-flight pollution trackerDigitasLBi They’re rats with wings! And sensors. Ten pigeons carrying lightweight pollution sensors in specially designed backpacks will provide live air-quality updates from...
London gets a flock air pollution monitoring pigeons
Pigeons wearing backpacks with air quality sensors are now flying around London.Half a dozen racing pigeons have been released into the capital with GPS devices and a 35g sensor to measure levels of nitrogen...
ResearchKit app will visualise asthma's impact on the UK
OutdoorÂ airÂ pollutionÂ causes around 40,000 deaths a year, according toÂ newÂ researchÂ from the Royal College of Physicians. Cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity and changes linked...
Carbon emission cuts could save 300,000 US lives by 2030
Never mind our kids’ future, cleaning up the air could help people right nowOlli Geibel/REX ShutterstockForget our children’s future. Cutting carbon emissions is worth doing just for the immediate health...
Exposure to air pollution 'increases the risk of obesity'
Air pollution hasÂ already been linkedÂ to health problems including asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, heart disease and more. Now, a new study suggests that another ailment can be added to the list --...
Air pollution takes a deadly toll
The numbers are sobering -- more than 5.5 million people die prematurely each year as the result of household and outdoor air pollution, according to new research presented Friday at the 2016 annual meeting...
Researchers: Pollution from China, India Causing Premature Deaths
A new report concludes that China and India, two of the world's most populous countries, also have the filthiest air in the world. Experts say small particulate matter emitted into the atmosphere in those...
Pic-scanning AI estimates city air pollution from mass of photos
ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images Is it safe to breathe today? In cities such as Singapore, Beijing and New Delhi, where air pollution can reach dangerous levels, this question has become part of everyday...
Delhi Begins to Confront its Air Pollution Crisis
As worsening levels of air pollution in the Indian capital impact the health of citizens, New Delhi has begun taking steps to tackle the menace. But as Anjana Pasricha reports, experts are urging long-term...
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