Air Pollution From California Wildfires in Some Regions ‘Unprecedented’

As well as the immediate damage caused, the smoke from the fires has a major impact on people’s health through the inhalation of toxic particles. The smoke contains gases, vapors and particles that can stay airborne for long periods of time. They can travel huge distances to affect communities a long way from the site […]

8 Dead in 2 States From Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After Hurricane Laura

In Port Arthur, Texas, authorities discovered three people dead at Bida Vinh Pool Hall Friday morning, Port Arthur Police Department Chief Tim Dursio told KFDM. Preliminary information indicated that several shrimpers were staying inside the business, and a portable generator had been placed outside to provide electricity, he said.

Air pollution can intensify Covid-19

As India faces a steep rise in Covid-19 cases, it is critical to employ all reasonable strategies to decrease transmission and to lower the number of severe infections which burden the health care system. Reducing air pollution is one such strategy that may be more important for India than any other country globally. So far, […]

Hanoi working hard to combat air pollution

It is necessary to build a full system of legal documents, specifying each object, each polluting act and punishment must be heavy enough to deter violators. At the same time, it is necessary to enhance the responsibilities of environmental protection officers at all levels, the environmental police force as well as raising awareness of businesses […]

UK parents ‘worryingly unaware’ of damage from air pollution

Last year it emerged that children were absorbing a disproportionate amount of dangerous pollution on their way to and from school and while in the classroom. One school was found to have levels several times over the WHO guidelines for the most damaging particulates inside several of its classrooms.

Coronavirus: UK has legal duty to review air pollution targets, say lawyers

Dirty air is estimated to cause 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, and evidence is mounting that it is linked to increased Covid-19 infection rates and death rates. The lawyers, acting for Mums for Lungs and the Good Law Project, say this potential risk to life means ministers must act even if the […]

Air pollution causes 3m lost working days per year in UK, says CBI

Jacob West, director of healthcare innovation at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Adopting ambitious World Health Organization guidelines could not only add years to our life, but also benefit the country’s finances. These encouraging figures should give the government confidence to embrace tougher air pollution limits in the environment bill.”

Emissions linked to high air pollution

“The quantity of most pollutants detected in the region exceeds the environment’s capacity by more than half, which is the root cause for heavy air pollution,” said Zhao Yingmin, vice-minister of ecology and environment. “Air pollutants per unit of land in the region are two to five times the national average.”

UK air pollution: why are we only now waking up to this public health crisis?

“Fighting change are a few people in government who have either failed to understand that long-term exposure to air pollution is the biggest public health risk after smoking or they simply don’t care and want to cover-up the issue for as long as possible. It is much worse than most of us have realised. It […]

Supreme court may force UK to act on air pollution

“We encourage people to take sensible precautions based on the levels of air pollution in their region and their health, such as reducing or avoiding strenuous activity and ensuring they have access to their usual medication, such as asthma inhalers,” said a spokesman.