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Half of all Americans — 148 million — live with unhealthy levels of air pollution

Report finds 148 million living in areas where smog and soot particles are health risk with climate change likely to worsen conditions Nearly half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an American Lung Association (ALA) report released Wednesday. Nearly 148 million people…

World Health Organization: Air pollution kills 7 million people a year

Air pollution has become the world’s single biggest environmental health risk, linked to around 7 million – or nearly one in eight deaths in 2012 – according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The new figures are more than double previous estimates and suggest that outdoor pollution from traffic fumes and coal-burning,…

Indonesian forest fires feed ‘brown cloud’ of pollution choking Asia’s cities

High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm plantations and rainforests. They look harmless as the monsoon winds sweep them north and east towards Singapore, Malaysia and deep into Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. But at ground level, south-east…

China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists

Chinese scientists have warned that the country’s toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country’s food supply. Beijing and broad swaths of six northern provinces have spent the past week blanketed in a…

Colorado approves limits on air pollution from oil and gas drilling

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado health and environment officials on Sunday approved new rules to limit air pollution from oil and gas drilling in the state, including what regulators said is the nation’s first-ever plan to detect and reduce methane emissions. The new measures were adopted to reduce…

Researchers blame Chinese air pollution for winter cyclones hitting Pacific Ocean

Surging air pollution from China and other fast-growing Asian economies has intensified winter cyclones in the northwest Pacific, scientists said Tuesday. Winter cyclones in latitudes including northwestern China, Korea and Japan have packed stronger winds and more rain as a result of rising levels of particulate pollution, they said. The…

Supreme Court to rule on EPA’s powers to enforce air pollution limits

Hearing begins on key case challenging Environment Protection Agency’s authority to compel power plants to cut carbon emissions Barack Obama’s authority to compel power plants in the US midwest to reduce the smog and soot that blow across to north-eastern states will be put to the test on Tuesday in…

Study finds troubling link between low birthweight and air pollution from traffic

Babies born to mothers who live in areas with air pollution and dense traffic are more likely to have a low birthweight and smaller head circumference, according to a large European study. The researchers, who included a team from the UK, found that babies were smaller even in areas with…

New NASA map shows where you are most likely to die from air pollution

Each year millions of premature deaths world-wide result from various forms of air pollution. According to a new atmospheric pollution model designed by earth scientist Jason West of the University of North Carolina (data from which informs the NASA…  …

Air pollution could become China’s biggest health threat, expert warns

Jonathan Watts, guardian.co.uk Air pollution will become the biggest health threat in China unless the government takes greater steps to monitor and publicise the dangers of smog, the country’s leading respiratory disease specialist warned this week. Lung cancer and cardiovascular illnesses are already rising and could get worse in the…

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