Even short-term exposure to low levels of air pollution can increase risk of cardiac arrest

Research published by The BMJ found a link between exposure to particle pollution and hospitalizations due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems. The study also found air pollution is related to hospitalizations caused by unexpected diseases such as septicemia, kidney failure, skin infections and urinary tract infections.

Air pollution ages your lungs faster and increases your risk of COPD, study says

Particle pollution is the mix of solid and liquid droplets in the air, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. It can come in the form of dirt, dust, soot or smoke. It comes from coal- and natural gas-fired plants, cars, agriculture, unpaved roads and construction sites.

Air pollution may have killed 30,000 people in a single year, study says

While researchers were confident in the link between air pollution and death rates, they found that the effect was greatest in areas with lower incomes, in places with a higher proportion of black Americans and in regions where fewer people graduated from high school.

DC, NoVa Region Endured 86 Days With High Levels Of Air Pollution

In Northern Virginia, for example, Fairfax County Public Schools was chosen recently as one of 16 districts to receive the first phase of electric school buses by the end of 2020 through a Dominion Energy initiative. The other school divisions chosen to receive electric school buses in the first phase are Alexandria, Arlington, Charles City, […]

Six central ministries bought more air purifiers as Delhi battled toxic air: Reuters

That compares with at least 140 air purifiers bought for $55,000 during 2014-2017 for the six ministries and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office, as previously reported by Reuters. The latest data on purchases for Modi’s office was not available.

Exposure to polluted air is like smoking a pack a day, study says

Stephen Holgate, a special adviser on air quality at the Royal College of Physicians in the UK, said that while it had been known for some time that air pollution and cigarette smoking accelerates the development of emphysema in those who are genetically susceptible to it, this study showed that the same was true in […]

Heavy traffic pollution may affect kids’ brain development

A limitation of this and other studies on pollution and brain development is that children living in areas with high pollution tend to be poorer than those who get to breathe clean air, Jack noted. But the fact that only certain brain areas appear to be affected suggests it’s actually the pollution exposure that is […]

Indian ministries buy more air purifiers as capital battles toxic air

That compares with at least 140 air purifiers bought for $55,000 during 2014-2017 for the six ministries and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office, as previously reported by Reuters. The latest data on purchases for Modi’s office was not available. (reut.rs/2ppjyBj)

Red Sea releases 220,000 tons of harmful hydrocarbon gases into the atmosphere every year – more than the human pollution produced by the UAE, Kuwait or Turkey

‘Sea level is often communicated as a really slow process that you can’t do much about … but the next 30 years really matter,’ lead author Dr Matthias Mengel, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, in Potsdam, Germany, told Reuters.

Even low particulate matter pollution is bad for the heart, says study

There is a 1%-4% increased risk of cardiac arrest associated with every 10 µg/m3 increase in PM2.5, the fine particulate matter linked to a slew of respiratory diseases and cardiac ailments, according to report in the latest edition of Lancet Planetary Health. The study analysed a quarter of a million patients and was among the […]