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MEASURING THE HEALTH COSTS OF POLLUTION (pp 782, 795)
Research in this week's issue of THE LANCET concludes that the public-health consequences of air pollution are considerable, with traffic-related air pollution remaining a key target for public-health action in Europe. Previous research over the past two decades has shown that air pollution contributes to death and illness, with some effects related to short-term exposure and some effects to... View News Article (2000-08-30)


Comparatively low levels of air pollution boost early death risk
Even comparatively low levels of air pollution boost the chances of an early death, suggests research published ahead of print in Thorax. View News Article (2007-07-31)


EARTH: Still in a haze: Black carbon
Black carbon - fine particles of soot in the atmosphere produced from the burning of fossil fuels or biomass - a major contributor to the thick hazes of pollution hovering over cities around the world, has been known to be a health hazard for decades. View News Article (2011-03-16)


Air Quality Expert Advises Urban Planners to Think `Fuzzy`
Housing and traffic should be kept separate by urban environmental planning claims Professor Bernard Fisher of the National Centre for Risk Assessment and Options Appraisals. In a recent lecture at the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), Fisher stated that even an extra 10 meters distance could make a real difference to resident’s pollution exposure levels. View News Article (2001-12-07)


Air pollution damages plants
If you live in a large town or city, have you ever wondered why some plants do not grow well in your garden, despite your best efforts? It is, in part, because of air pollution. At a symposium on the biology of air pollution hosted by the Institute of Biology this week in London, delegates heard from experts about the effects of pollutants on plants and how they can adapt. View News Article (1999-10-27)


Measuring the consequence of forest fires on public health
Pollution from forest fires is impacting the health of people with asthma and other chronic obstructive lung diseases, finds a study in Biomed Central's open access journal Environmental Health. View News Article (2013-01-28)


Photos of tiny blood vessels in the eye link air pollution to heart disease
By digitally photographing the tiny, hair-like blood vessels in the back of our eyes, researchers can now look directly at how small blood vessels like those that bring blood to the heart respond to air pollution. View News Article (2010-12-01)


Pollution takes its toll on the heart
The fine particles of pollution that hang in the air can increase the risk for sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study conducted by a team from Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.  View News Article (2010-09-21)


Microbes in mud flats clean up oil spill chemicals
Micro-organisms occurring naturally in coastal mudflats have an essential role to play in cleaning up pollution by breaking down petrochemical residues. View News Article (2009-03-30)


Air pollution may increase lung cancer risk
Chronic air pollution may increase the risk of lung cancer, suggests a Norwegian study of over 16,000 men in Thorax. Researchers monitored the health of 16, 209 men from 1972 until 1998. The men, all of whom lived in Oslo, were taking part in long term research on risk factors for heart disease and stroke. They were aged between 40 and 49 at the start of the study. The Norwegian Institute for Air... View News Article (2003-12-03)

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