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New report shows dramatic health benefits following air pollution reduction
Reductions in air pollution yielded fast and dramatic impacts on health-outcomes, as well as decreases in all-cause morbidity, according to findings in 'Health Benefits of Air Pollution Reduction,' new research published in the American Thoracic Society's journal, Annals of the American Thoracic Society. (2019-12-06)
Prenatal and early life exposure to multiple air pollutants increases odds of toddler allergies
A new article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows a significant association between multiple prenatal and early life exposures to indoor pollutants and the degree of allergic sensitivity in 2-year-olds. (2019-12-05)
Studies examine potential link between traffic-related air pollution and obesity in Mexican-Americans
Exposure to traffic pollution was associated with a higher risk of obesity in Mexican-American women, but not in men. (2019-12-04)
Properties of graphene change due to water and oxygen
Professor Sunmin Ryu and his research team investigated the oxidation-reduction principle of two-dimensional materials by interfacial diffusion. (2019-12-04)
Atmospheric chemists move indoors
Most people spend the majority of their time at home, yet little is known about the air they breathe inside their houses. (2019-12-04)
BU finds potentially harmful air contamination near new Bedford Harbor
A new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study indicates that the contaminated water of New Bedford Harbor may pose an airborne health hazard for residents living nearby in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and New Bedford. (2019-12-03)
New study reveals high levels of pollution on London Underground
Researchers from King's College London have carried out the first comprehensive study of fine particles on the London Underground to evaluate the exposure of people travelling on different parts of the network. (2019-11-29)
Air pollution linked to several new causes of hospital admissions
Short term exposure to fine particulate matter in the air (known as PM2.5) is associated with several newly identified causes of hospital admissions, even at levels below international air quality guidelines, finds a US study published by The BMJ today. (2019-11-27)
Air pollution linked with new causes of hospital admissions
Several diseases have been linked for the first time with exposure to short-term air pollution. (2019-11-27)
Industrial bread dough kneaders could use physics-based redesign
When making bread, it's important not to overknead the dough, because this leads to a dense and tight dough due to a reduced water absorption capacity that impairs its ability to rise. (2019-11-26)
Joint statement from six journals highlights concerns about EPA proposed rule
In a joint journal statement in this issue, the editors-in-chief of six scientific journals (Science, Nature, Cell, PNAS, PLOS and The Lancet) highlight their concerns regarding the 2018 'Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science' rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has recently returned to the spotlight following a hearing on evidence in policy-making. (2019-11-26)
Air pollution linked to higher glaucoma risk
Living in a more polluted area is associated with a greater likelihood of having glaucoma, a debilitating eye condition that can cause blindness, finds a new UCL-led study in the UK. (2019-11-25)
Mechanized harvesting has not reduced atmospheric pollution in the sugarcane region
Data presented by a researcher from UNESP at FAPESP Week France indicate that aerosol and ozone particle concentrations in 2018 were equivalent to those of the period prior to the prohibition of burning; the causes are still to be investigated. (2019-11-25)
A missing link in haze formation
Hazy days don't just block the view; they mean the air contains particulate matter that can compromise human health. (2019-11-25)
Clean air research converts toxic air pollutant into industrial chemical
A toxic pollutant produced by burning fossil fuels can be captured from the exhaust gas stream and converted into useful industrial chemicals using only water and air thanks to a new advanced material developed by an international team of scientists. (2019-11-22)
New material captures and converts toxic air pollutant into industrial chemical
A team led by the University of Manchester has developed a metal-organic framework material providing a selective, reversible and repeatable capability to capture a toxic air pollutant, nitrogen dioxide, which is produced by combusting fossil fuels. (2019-11-22)
A large part of the school buildings in Andalusia does not have adequate air quality
A high percentage of schools buildings in Andalusia does not have the necessary mechanical ventilation equipment or filtration systems in place, so air has to be renewed by means of infiltrations or opening the windows. (2019-11-21)
Exposure to air pollutants from power plants varies by race, income and geography
Many people take electricity for granted -- the power to turn on light with the flip of a switch, or keep food from spoiling with refrigeration. (2019-11-20)
Emissions from electricity generation lead to premature deaths for some racial groups
University of Washington researchers have found that air pollution from electricity generation emissions in 2014 led to about 16,000 premature deaths in the continental US. (2019-11-20)
This humidity digester breathes in atmospheric water and exhales energy
Integrating a super moisture-absorbent gel with light-active materials, researchers in Singapore have developed a humidity digester to dry the ambient air while generating energy. (2019-11-20)
Wind more effective than cold air at cooling rooms naturally
The effectiveness of non-mechanical, low-energy methods for moderating temperature and humidity has been evaluated in a series of experiments by researchers from the University of Cambridge. (2019-11-20)
Exposure to PM 2.5 pollution linked to brain atrophy, memory decline
Women in their 70s and 80s who were exposed to higher levels of air pollution experienced greater declines in memory and more Alzheimer's-like brain atrophy than their counterparts who breathed cleaner air. (2019-11-20)
Nitrous oxide levels are on the rise
Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas and one of the main stratospheric ozone depleting substances on the planet. (2019-11-18)
Switching to renewable energy could save thousands of lives in Africa
New research from Harvard University and the University of Leicester finds that if Africa chooses a future powered by fossil fuels, nearly 50,000 people could die prematurely each year from fossil fuel emissions by 2030, mostly in South Africa, Nigeria and Malawi. (2019-11-18)
The global distribution of freshwater plants is controlled by catchment characteristics
Unlike land plants, photosynthesis in many aquatic plants relies on bicarbonate in addition to CO2 to compensate for the low availability of CO2 in water. (2019-11-15)
Rubber in the environment
The tread on the tyre is worn out, new tyres are needed. (2019-11-14)
Typhoons and marine eutrophication are probably the missing source of organic nitrogen in ecosystems
Atmospheric nitrogen deposition has a significant impact on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and alterations in its level will significantly affect the productivity and stability of an ecosystem. (2019-11-14)
When bubbles bounce back
Ultrapure solvents prove there is more than meets the eye when oil and water mix. (2019-11-13)
With Mars methane mystery unsolved, curiosity serves scientists a new one: Oxygen
For the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists have measured the seasonal changes in the gases that fill the air directly above the surface of Gale Crater on Mars. (2019-11-12)
New particle analysis technique paves way for better air pollution monitoring
A new technique for continuously monitoring both the size and optical properties of individual airborne particles could offer a better way to monitor air pollution. (2019-11-11)
Air pollution in India is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease
The CHAI Project explores the association between exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) and carotid intima-media thickness, a marker of atherosclerosis. (2019-11-08)
Satellite observations show shifting trends in nitrogen oxide lifetimes over North American cities
For the first time, remote satellite observations are used to measure the lifetime of the urban air pollutants known as NOx above select major North American cities, showing how they've changed over time. (2019-11-07)
New photonic liquid crystals could lead to next-generation displays
A new technique to change the structure of liquid crystals could lead to the development of fast-responding liquid crystals suitable for next generation displays -- 3D, augmented and virtual reality -- and advanced photonic applications such as mirrorless lasers, bio-sensors and fast/slow light generation, according to an international team of researchers from Penn State, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. (2019-11-07)
Aviation emissions' impacts on air quality larger than on climate, study finds
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has quantified the climate and air quality impacts of aviation, broken down by emission type, altitude and location. (2019-11-07)
Combatting air pollution with nature
Air pollution is composed of particles and gases that can have negative impacts on both the environment and human health. (2019-11-06)
Study: Actually, potted plants don't improve indoor air quality
Plants can help spruce up a home or office space, but claims about their ability to improve the air quality are vastly overstated, according to research out of Drexel University. (2019-11-06)
Prenatal exposure to pollution linked to brain changes related to behavioral problems
A new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by 'la Caixa', has found a link between air pollution and changes in the corpus callosum, a region of the brain associated with neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2019-11-06)
Spiders and ants inspire a metallic structure that refuses to sink
University of Rochester researchers have created a metallic structure that is so hydrophobic, it refuses to sink - no matter how often it is forced into water or how much it is damaged or punctured. (2019-11-06)
Nature might be better than tech at reducing air pollution
Adding plants and trees to the landscapes near factories and other pollution sources could reduce air pollution by an average of 27 percent, new research suggests. (2019-11-06)
Are students getting enough air?
Roughly 85 percent of recently installed HVAC systems in K-12 classrooms investigated in California did not provide adequate ventilation, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2019-11-05)
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