Environmental News

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is insufficient awareness of the health risks caused by the inhalation of talc, and this lack of awareness needs to be addressed urgently, according to research presented at ERS 2015.
Occupational exposure to fluid commonly used in metal machining operations may be related to a rare, irreversible lung disease called lymphocytic bronchiolitis, according to research presented at ERS 2015.
Smoke from wildfires can contain particulate matter, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, aldehydes, carbon monoxide and other irritants and can travel hundreds of miles.
The National Park Service has issued a new rule that electronic cigarette use will be banned anywhere smoking is prohibited in national parks and monument grounds.
Researchers are studying how the plants in urban green spaces in the city of Granada affect the air quality, and how that air quality affects seasonal allergies.
The American Thoracic Society says the rules are an important step toward improving air quality and addressing global climate change, and they will improve public health.
New burn pit report: Lung disease, high blood pressure common in exposed vets
Troops who worked at burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those exposed to multiple dust storms during war-zone deployments, have higher rates of common respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema.
Household air pollution (HAP) secondary to indoor combustion of solid fuel may be the biggest risk factor for COPD globally, according to a study published on Medscape.