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NASA-NOAA satellite finds dry air affecting Tropical Cyclone Vayu
Tropical Cyclone Vayu was fading as it neared the coast of southwestern Pakistan and northwestern India. (2019-06-17)
Satellite sees tropical cyclone Vayu centered off India coastline
Tropical Cyclone Vayu's eye was just off the western coast of India when the NOAA-20 satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image of the storm. (2019-06-13)
Electric vehicles would be a breath of fresh air for Houston
Cornell University researchers are expressing hope for the future of Houston's breathable air, despite the city's poor rankings in the American Lung Association's 2019 'State of the Air' report. (2019-06-11)
Powerful lasers for fragile works of art
Protecting artworks from the effects of aging requires an understanding of the way materials alter over time. (2019-06-10)
Researchers uncover indoor pollution hazards
A team of WSU researchers has found surprisingly high levels of pollutants, including formaldehyde and possibly mercury, in carefully monitored homes, and that these pollutants vary through the day and increase as temperatures rise. (2019-06-06)
Breathing in black carbon from polluted air linked to alterations in lung blood vessels
Evidence that breathing in tiny particles of black carbon, typically a result of burning diesel, is linked to an increased volume of peripheral, smaller blood vessels in the lungs has been observed for the first time in new research published in the European Respiratory Journal. (2019-06-05)
International travelers experience the harmful effects of air pollution
Even a short stay for travelers in cities with high levels of air pollution leads to breathing problems that can take at least a week from which to recover, a new study shows. (2019-05-30)
Exposure to airborne metal pollution associated with increased risk of mortality
Study uses samples of wild moss to estimate individual human exposure to atmospheric metals. (2019-05-30)
Wildfire smoke worse for kids' health than smoke from controlled burns, study finds
Children were exposed to higher air pollutant levels during a California wildfire than during a similar-sized controlled burn, and the difference was reflected by changes in immune markers in their blood, a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found. (2019-05-30)
Study sheds new light on the harms of air pollution
A new University at Buffalo study based on levels before, during and after the Beijing Olympics reveals how air pollution affects the human body at the level of metabolites. (2019-05-29)
Clean air taxis cut pollution in New York City: Study
New York City Clean Air Taxi rules are successful in cutting emissions and reducing air pollution, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Drexel University. (2019-05-29)
Let's clear the air
New research from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, in partnership with the Kingsley Association and funded by the Heinz Endowments examined the impact that bottom-up, community-level initiatives have in addressing environmental justice issues. (2019-05-29)
Fuels out of thin air: New path to capturing and upgrading CO2
Engineering researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a new electrochemical path to transform CO2 into valuable products such as jet fuel or plastics. (2019-05-29)
Study finds link between ambient ozone exposure and progression of carotid wall thickness
Study of nearly 7,000 adults aged 45 to 84 from six US regions is first epidemiological study to provide evidence that ozone may advance subclinical arterial disease, providing insight into the relationship between ozone exposure and cardiovascular disease risk. (2019-05-29)
Severe air pollution can cause birth defects, deaths
In a comprehensive study, researchers from Texas A&M University have determined that harmful particulate matter in the atmosphere can produce birth defects and even fatalities during pregnancy using the animal model. (2019-05-28)
Widespread permafrost degradation seen in high Arctic terrain
Rapid changes in terrain are taking place in Canada's high Arctic polar deserts due to increases in summer air temperatures. (2019-05-23)
Exposure to air pollution before and after birth may affect fundamental cognitive abilities
A study finds that exposure to fine particulate matter in the first years of life is associated with poorer performance in working memory and executive attention. (2019-05-23)
Piedmont Atlanta first in Georgia to offer new minimally invasive treatment for emphysema
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital is the first in the state of Georgia to offer a new minimally invasive treatment for emphysema, a severe form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). (2019-05-23)
Reductions in PM over decade has improved health; ozone pollution remains little changed
Fewer deaths and serious illnesses have occurred in the US over the past decade as a result of cleaner air, according to a new report focusing on the two most potent air pollutants: fine particle (PM2.5) and ground-level ozone (O3). (2019-05-22)
Historically redlined communities face higher asthma rates
An analysis of eight California cities shows that residents of historically redlined neighborhoods are more than twice as likely as their peers to visit emergency rooms for asthma. (2019-05-22)
Improved air quality in Los Angeles region leads to fewer new asthma cases in kids
Improved air quality in the Los Angeles region is linked to roughly 20% fewer new asthma cases in children, according to a landmark USC study that tracked Southern California children over a 20-year period. (2019-05-21)
BU finds elevated chemical levels in nail technicians' blood
Last year, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) implemented new requirements for active ventilation at nail salons. (2019-05-21)
UC studies links between air pollution and childhood anxiety
A new study from researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center looks at the correlation between exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) and childhood anxiety, by looking at the altered neurochemistry in pre-adolescents. (2019-05-21)
Epidemiology: Measures for cleaner air
Worldwide, a broad range of measures have been introduced to reduce outdoor air pollution. (2019-05-20)
MedStar Franklin Square to offer new treatment option for qualified emphysema patients
MedStar Franklin Square is the first medical facility in the state to offer endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), using a new FDA-approved lung valve that is positioned in damaged lung airways without surgery, and allows patients with severe emphysema to breathe easier. (2019-05-20)
999 trial shows value of live video streaming
Using live video streaming from the scene of accidents and medical emergencies to the dispatch team of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) has public support and the potential to be rolled out across the UK's ambulance network , according to the team behind a scientific study. (2019-05-10)
NASA Northern quadrant strength in Tropical Cyclone Lili
NASA's Aqua satellite used infrared light to analyze the strength of storms in Tropical Cyclone Lili as it moved through the Southern Indian Ocean. (2019-05-10)
A new view of wintertime air pollution
The team's unexpected finding suggests that in the US West and elsewhere, certain efforts to reduce harmful wintertime air pollution could backfire. (2019-05-09)
Reducing carbon emissions while improving health is economically attractive, study shows
A study debuting a new climate policy model developed by Princeton University researchers and others reports it is economically sound to quickly and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions given the immediate and significant human health benefits. (2019-05-07)
Global health benefits of climate action offset costs
New research in Nature Communications finds that immediate, dramatic cuts in global emissions -- aggressive enough to meet the Paris Climate Agreement -- are economically sound if human health benefits are factored in. (2019-05-07)
Colorado nail salon workers face chronic air pollution, elevated cancer risk
Colorado nail salon employees face increased health risks due to high levels of indoor airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene, new University of Colorado Boulder research finds, concluding that working in a salon is akin to working at an oil refinery or an auto garage. (2019-05-07)
Prison tobacco ban significantly reduces secondhand smoke
Levels of secondhand smoke in Scotland's prisons fell by more than 80% in the week after smoking was banned, according to new University of Stirling research. (2019-05-06)
PolyU develops palm-sized 3D ultrasound imaging system for scoliosis mass screening
The first-of-its-kind palm-sized 3D ultrasound imaging system for radiation-free scoliosis assessment, named 'Scolioscan Air', can bring accurate, safe and cost-efficient mass screening to schools and anywhere in the community. (2019-05-06)
India could meet air quality standards by cutting household fuel use
India could make a major dent in air pollution by curbing emissions from dirty household fuels such as wood, dung, coal and kerosene, shows a new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the India Institute of Technology. (2019-05-02)
Field study finds pellet-fed stoves cut air pollutant emissions 90%
A field study finds that a new cookstove design, which makes use of compressed wood pellets, reduces air pollution by about 90% for a range of contaminants associated with health problems and climate change. (2019-04-30)
Ocean's 'seasonal memory' affects Arctic climate change
Researchers found out that the Arctic does not lose ice uniformly. (2019-04-29)
Unravelling the complexity of air pollution in the world's coldest capital city
A joint Mongol-Japanese research team from the National University of Mongolia and Kanazawa University conducted the first detailed study of organic air pollutants in Ulaanbaartar city. (2019-04-25)
Human-caused climate change played limited role in Beijing's 2013 'airpocalypse'
Although the particulate matter that filled the winter skies resulted from both human and natural emissions, a new Northwestern University study concludes that human-caused climate change played only a minor role in the air's stagnation. (2019-04-25)
Human encroachment alters air quality over Amazon rainforest
Plumes of air pollution generated from a rapidly expanding city within the Amazon rainforest are wafting hundreds of miles and degrading air quality in the pristine rainforest, according to a team of scientists. (2019-04-25)
Lung cancer under-recognized in people who have never smoked
Lung cancer in people who have never smoked is more common than most people think, and on the rise. (2019-04-25)
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