Environmental News

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.
A USA Today report discusses the high number of health problems experienced by EMS workers who responded to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in 2001, including breathing problems and depression.
nursing home
According to research in the European Respiratory Journal, the air quality in a nursing home significantly affects the lung health of its senior residents.
Research reveals an association between the haze in South-East Asia and mortality rates caused by respiratory illness.
Los Angeles
Researchers at the University of Southern California have found that children in Los Angeles have much better lung development than a similarly aged group did in the 1990s.
A new study reveals that children seem to be more likely to develop asthma if their kitchens, living rooms, or bedrooms have moisture damage or mold.
Visitors to Hawaii's Big Island who suffer chronic respiratory problems are being urged to take common-sense precautions because of air pollution caused by volcanic activity.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration will ban hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") in New York State due to concerns over health risks, according to a Dec 17 report in the New York Times
A new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research estimates that more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned in unregulated fires.
Major smog occurrences often are linked to heavy motor vehicle traffic, high temperatures, sunshine and calm winds.