Environmental News

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As World Asthma Day (May 3) approaches, experts outline the growing problem of asthma and lung diseases as a result of air pollution.
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By 2050, some parts of the US, and especially California, the Southwest and the Northeast, could be experiencing up to 9 extra days a year of unhealthy ozone levels.
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A new study finds that air quality in US cities has dramatically improved since the 1990s, but not enough to ensure that children’s lungs are not being damaged by pollution.
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A study that tracked Southern California children over a 20-year period has found they now have significantly fewer respiratory symptoms as a result of improved air quality.
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Firefighters who responded in the first two days of the World Trade Center disaster and those who worked at the site for six months or longer are more likely to need sinus surgery.
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New data has shown that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely annually due to household and outdoor air pollution.
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According to a new study, exposure to air pollution more than 30 years ago may still affect an individual's mortality risk today.
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Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic sources during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of 5 years, according to ERJ-published research.
Chile Declares First Environmental Emergency Since 1999 Over Air Pollution
Adults with long-term exposure to ozone face an increased risk of dying from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, according to research published in AJRCCM.
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Critically ill patients who are exposed to higher daily levels of ozone are more likely to develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), according to AJRCCM research.
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A new study that examined the relationship between weather and influenza and pneumonia mortality revealed that respiratory infections are more severe during periods of cold or low humidity.
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A company in Canada is looking to capitalize on the perpetual smog blanketing cities in China by selling Chinese citizens "hand-bottled mountain air."
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A study finds that particles from burning coal are far worse for the health than other pollution sources.
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Seniors living in urban environments with high levels of coarse particulate matter are more likely to be hospitalized for heart disease, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.
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Individuals who lived in "green" low-income public housing demonstrated improved health outcomes compared with those who lived in conventional public housing, according to study results.
Chile Declares First Environmental Emergency Since 1999 Over Air Pollution
According to a Reuters news report, a European study suggests that exposure to air pollution early in life may contribute to the development of asthma in childhood and adolescence.
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An Edmunds news report indicates that Volkswagen's diesel-emissions scandal will contribute to about 60 premature deaths in the US as a result of excess pollution.
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A study published in JAMA Pediatrics reports that children who had pet dogs in the first year of life had a 15% lower rate of asthma than those without a dog.
California Child Contracts Plague in Yosemite, the 3rd US Case in Recent Months
An Oregon teenager has contracted a rare case of bubonic plague, likely from the fleas of a dead rodent, according to an Oregon Public Health Division press release.
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A large study suggests breathing in tiny particles of toxic chemicals from the air could lead to an increased risk of premature death, according to HealthDay.