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COVID-19 crisis exposes imbalance in EU state aid for aviation sector
Dr Steven Truxal, an aviation law expert in The City Law School, says state aid offered to airlines in response to the current crisis raises questions around unfair competition between European carriers and may be the subject of future challenge by carriers outside the EU. (2020-08-07)
Drivers from poor cities can be exposed to 80% more air pollution
Car users from the world's least affluent cities are exposed to a disproportionate amount of in-car air pollution because they rely heavily on opening their windows for ventilation, finds a first of its kind study from the University of Surrey. (2020-08-05)
In a warming world, New England's trees are storing more carbon
The study reveals that the rate at which carbon is captured from the atmosphere at Harvard Forest nearly doubled between 1992 and 2015. (2020-08-04)
Policies to mitigate wildfire impacts have public health implications, amplified amid COVID
A review of the human health hazards, risks, and impacts of California wildfires, and impacts of policies aimed to prevent and mitigate wildfires to serve as a resource in the development and deployment of California wildfire management policies within a human health context. (2020-07-31)
Despite decline, distribution of air pollution highlights socioeconomic disparities
While the level of fine particulate air pollution has declined considerably over the last several decades, a new study finds that its distribution has remained largely unchanged. (2020-07-30)
COVID-19 provides rare opportunities for studying natural and human systems
Researchers at Stanford and other institutions hypothesize outcomes of the pandemic's unprecedented socioeconomic disruption and outline research priorities for advancing our understanding of humans' impact on the environment Watch related video: https://youtu.be/jd9Jb6OInlM (2020-07-29)
Researchers pinpoint how sorbent materials catch and release carbon
A key component of ambient direct air capture systems that remove carbon dioxide from the air is the sorbent material that is used to first capture the carbon and then to release it. (2020-07-29)
In HEPA we trust: making the indoors safer during COVID
As schools and offices prepare to reopen, Syracuse University Professor Jianshun 'Jensen' Zhang offers a three-step plan to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and help prevent the spread of COVID indoors. (2020-07-29)
A new device provides added protection against COVID-19 during endoscopic procedures
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up unimaginable challenges for healthcare workers. (2020-07-22)
NASA infrared confirms Douglas still a tropical storm
Infrared data from NASA's Terra satellite showed that dry air around Tropical Storm Douglas has been inhibiting it from strengthening into a hurricane. (2020-07-22)
COVID-19 shutdown led to increased solar power output
As the air cleared after lockdowns, solar installations in Delhi produced 8 percent more power, study shows. (2020-07-21)
Regular exercise helps prevent high blood pressure, even in areas of high air pollution
Regular physical activity is a healthy way to prevent and reduce high blood pressure, even in places where pollution levels are relatively high. (2020-07-20)
Bouncing bubbles shake up emulsion studies
Collisions of tiny air bubbles with water surfaces can reveal fundamental characteristics of foamy mixtures. (2020-07-20)
Data assimilation significantly improves forecasts of aerosol and gaseous pollutants across China
Air quality is one of the most concerns among the public, and great progress has been achieved in improving the prediction of air quality and atmospheric pollutants. (2020-07-20)
Climate-friendly Cooling Could Cut Years of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Save US$ Trillions: UN
Energy-efficient cooling with climate-friendly refrigerants could avoid up to 460 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas equivalent being added to the atmosphere through 2060 - roughly equal to eight years of global emissions at 2018 levels. (2020-07-17)
COVID-19 lockdown reduced dangerous air pollutants in five Indian cities by up to 54 percent
The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown measures have led to a dramatic reduction of harmful air pollutants across major cities in India, finds a new study from the University of Surrey. (2020-07-16)
Air pollution from wildfires linked to higher death rates in patients with kidney failure
Exposure to higher amounts of fine particulate air pollution was associated with higher death rates among patients with kidney failure. (2020-07-16)
Identifying sources of deadly air pollution in the United States
A new study from University of Minnesota researchers provides an unprecedented look at the causes of poor air quality in the United States and its effects on human health. (2020-07-15)
Experts' high-flying study reveals secrets of soaring birds
New research has revealed when it comes to flying the largest of birds don't rely on flapping to move around. (2020-07-14)
NASA sees storms wrapping around Tropical Cyclone Cristina
The analysis of Tropical Cyclone Cristina's cloud top temperatures revealed some bands of thunderstorms were developing and wrapping around the center of the storm's circulation. (2020-07-09)
The best (and worst) materials for masks
It's intuitive and scientifically shown that wearing a face covering can help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. (2020-07-08)
A chemical cocktail of air pollution in Beijing, China during COVID-19 outbreak
Air pollution during the COVID-19 lockdown in Beijing was mainly due to different chemical responses of primary and secondary aerosols to changes in anthropogenic emissions. (2020-07-07)
For cleaner air, water, and soil
The air around us is still getting more and more polluted. (2020-07-07)
Researchers create air filter that can kill the coronavirus
Researchers from the University of Houston, in collaboration with others, have designed a ''catch and kill'' air filter that can trap the virus responsible for COVID-19, killing it instantly. (2020-07-07)
Famous 'Jurassic Park' dinosaur is less lizard, more bird
From movies to museum exhibits, the dinosaur Dilophosaurus is no stranger to pop culture. (2020-07-07)
Toxic air pollution nanoparticles found in heart cell 'powerhouses' of city dwellers
Toxic metallic air pollution nanoparticles are getting inside the crucial, energy-producing structures within the hearts of people living in polluted cities, causing cardiac stress -- a new study confirms. (2020-07-03)
Understanding molecular mechanisms of air pollution's impact on ILD critical
More research must be done to investigate the role of air pollution on the epigenome in patients with interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), in order to develop strategies that minimize the effects of these pollutants, according to a new article published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (2020-07-01)
Material research: New chemistry for ultra-thin gas sensors
The application of zinc oxide layers in industry is manifold and ranges from the protection of degradable goods to the detection of toxic nitrogen oxide gas. (2020-07-01)
Jellyfish-inspired soft robots can outswim their natural counterparts
Engineering researchers have developed soft robots inspired by jellyfish that can outswim their real-life counterparts. (2020-07-01)
Roadside hedges protect human health at the cost of plant health
Roadside hedges take a hit to their health while reducing pollution exposure for humans. (2020-06-30)
For cardiac rehab patients, in-home portable air cleaners lower fine-particle pollutant exposure
Using an in-home portable air cleaner (PAC) can significantly reduce exposure to fine-particle air pollutants -- a major risk factor for cardiovascular events in people with pre-existing heart disease, reports a pilot study in the July issue of Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. (2020-06-30)
Scientists shed new light on how seabirds cruise through air and water
New insight on how four species of seabirds have developed the ability to cruise through both air and water has been published today in the open-access journal eLife. (2020-06-30)
Stanford researchers reveal air pollution's connection to infant mortality
The study of sub-Saharan Africa finds that a relatively small increase in airborne particles significantly increase infant mortality rates. (2020-06-29)
Gas cooker exposure can lower blood pressure, study finds
Sitting next to a gas cooker can lower blood pressure, research suggests. (2020-06-26)
Traffic density, wind and air stratification influence concentrations of air pollutant NO2
Traffic density is the most important factor for much the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2). (2020-06-26)
Air pollution could help London transport planners fight COVID-19
Measuring air quality across London could help fight COVID-19 by providing a rapid means of deciding whether to reduce public transport movement -- given strong links between exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 transmission, a new study reveals. (2020-06-26)
More evidence of causal link between air pollution and early death
Strengthening U.S. air quality standards for fine particulate pollution to be in compliance with current World Health Association (WHO) guidelines could save more than 140,000 lives over the course of a decade, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. (2020-06-26)
Study finds strong evidence for a causal link between long-term exposure to fine air particles and greater mortality in elderly Americans
A new analysis of 16 years of publicly accessible health data on 68.5 million Medicare enrollees provides broad evidence that long-term exposure to fine particles in the air - even at levels below current EPA standards - leads to increased mortality rates among the elderly. (2020-06-26)
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite analyzes Saharan dust aerosol blanket
Dust storms from Africa's Saharan Desert traveling across the Atlantic Ocean are nothing new, but the current dust storm has been quite expansive and NASA satellites have provided a look at the massive June plume. (2020-06-26)
Global pollution estimates reveal surprises, opportunity
Using recent satellite observations, ground monitoring and computational modeling, researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. (2020-06-25)
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