Environmental News

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.
air pollution
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.
Chile Declares First Environmental Emergency Since 1999 Over Air Pollution
The decision forces around 40% of the country’s 1.7 million automobiles off the road, Reuters reports, and more than 900 factories must also cease operations.
Mothers who lived closest to a high density of fracking wells were 34% more likely to give birth to infants who were small for gestational age.
car pollution
If the concentrations of particles of less than 2.5 microns emitted by vehicles are reduced to levels proposed by the WHO, hospital admissions of children with respiratory diseases can be decreased.
traffic pollution
For a small percentage of chronic lung disease patients, the environment -- not smoking or genetics -- plays the primary role in their development of the disease.
New research conducted by German and Swiss researchers reports that air pollution directly affects cognition and is not mediated by lung function.
New study finds that the contaminants in the air released from fracking may pose a health risk to those exposed and increase respiratory issues.
One-in-three Americans lives in the “sneeziest and wheeziest” cities and regions where they are exposed to both ragweed pollen and ozone smog pollution that can worsen respiratory allergies and asthma.