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Rim Fire update Sept. 9, 2013
The Rim wildfire that began three weeks ago today is now 80 percent contained, officials say, but it has burned more than a quarter of a million acres, and it may continue to grow, thanks to low humidity and other conditions. (2013-09-09)
Oil mist reduces airborne hazards in concentrated swine feeding operation
A specially developed oil mixture reduced airborne levels of particulate matter at a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2005-11-28)
Aura launched, to better understand the air we breathe
Aura, a mission dedicated to the health of the Earth's atmosphere, successfully launched today at 6:01:59 a.m. (2004-07-15)
Forest fires a huge cost to health
Forest fires don't just have an impact on the environment, but on human health, according to a new study from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. (2006-08-10)
Air pollution increases risk of death in Gothenburg
People who live where there are high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of dying prematurely. (2016-03-24)
The sun is brightening -- but not in China
Haze due to weak winds and air pollution is reducing surface solar radiation in China, which has major consequences for the climate, the environment and the economy. (2015-10-28)
NASA scientists study pollution's origins and air quality impact
In Mexico City, a team of researchers from NASA and other institutions have kicked off the first phase of one of the most complex field campaigns ever undertaken in atmospheric chemistry. (2006-03-09)
New model could help fill data gap in predicting historical air pollution exposure
A Tufts University study of relationships between air quality and unemployment levels uses a new statistical model that retrospectively estimates air pollution for previous time periods where such information is not available. (2012-09-12)
NIST helps heat pumps 'go with the flow' to boost output
NIST researchers are working to improve even more the performance of air-source heat pumps -- which already typically deliver up to three times more heating energy to a home than the electric energy they consume -- by providing engineers with computer-based tools for optimizing heat exchanger designs. (2008-01-23)
UC Irvine researchers discover how airborne sea salt particles may influence air pollution levels
UC Irvine researchers who study the chemistry of ocean/air interactions have discovered how airborne sea salt particles may be involved in helping to determine the levels of some greenhouse gases as well as air quality in coastal urban areas (2000-04-12)
A look at the US cold snap from NASA infrared imagery
Imagery and an animation of infrared imagery from the AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite showed the movement of cold, Arctic air over the U.S. from Dec. (2016-12-13)
University of Sydney charges ahead on zinc-air batteries
University of Sydney researchers have found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks preventing zinc-air batteries from overtaking conventional lithium-ion batteries as the power source of choice in electronic devices. (2017-08-14)
Commercial cooking elevates hazardous pollutants in the environment
Scientists in Minnesota are reporting that commercial cooking is a surprisingly large source of a range of air pollutants that could pose risks to human health and the environment. (2010-03-23)
Observations from space: NASA environmental data and lung disease
NASA gathers a tremendous amount of data on the environment that can be helpful in understanding lung disease. (2008-05-18)
Travelling pollution
Researchers from the UK and Malaysia have detected a human fingerprint deep in the Borneo rainforest in Southeast Asia. (2015-03-31)
First national study finds trees saving lives, reducing respiratory problems
In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, US Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms. (2014-07-25)
Toronto's subways expose passengers to more air pollution than Montreal, Vancouver systems
A new study co-authored by U of T Engineering professor Greg Evans shows that subways increase our personal exposure to certain pollutants, even as they decrease overall emissions -- and that Toronto has the highest levels in Canada. (2017-04-25)
Air pollution exposure during pregnancy linked with asthma risk
Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic sources during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of 5 years, according to new findings. (2016-02-08)
Air pollution increases death risk in people with certain diseases
People with diabetes, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of death when exposed to particulate air pollution or soot, for one or more years, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 22. (2006-05-22)
Exposure to nitrogen dioxide lowers in vitro fertilization success
Exposure to an increased level of air pollutants, especially nitrogen dioxide, has been associated with lower likelihoods of successful pregnancy among women undergoing in vitro fertilization, according to a team of fertility researchers. (2010-04-12)
National Jewish receives major grant to study air pollution and asthma
National Jewish Medical and Research Center has received a three-year, $525,000 grant from the Thrasher Research Fund to study the long-term effects of poor air quality on children with asthma. (2002-07-19)
Keeping astronauts in space longer with better air and water
As astronauts embark on increasingly ambitious space missions, scientists have to figure out how to keep them healthy for longer periods far from Earth. (2015-06-03)
Texas petrochemical emissions down, but still underestimated, says study
A thick blanket of yellow haze hovering over Houston as a result of chemical pollution from petroleum products may be getting a little bit thinner, according to a new study. (2010-08-11)
Dust makes light work of vehicle emissions
Queensland University of Technology researchers have identified a silver lining in the cloud of red dust that enveloped much of eastern Australia two years ago. (2011-09-23)
Air pollution damages more than lungs: Heart and blood vessels suffer too
According to an article published in the Aug. 26, 2008, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, air pollution has both short- and long-term toxic effects that injure the heart and blood vessels, increase rates of hospitalization for cardiac illness and can even cause death. (2008-08-13)
AFOSR Trailblazer Award honoree opens doors for others
Air Force Office of Scientific Research's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program Manager Ed Lee recently received a Trailblazer Award at the 23rd Annual Black Engineer of the Year Award's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Conference in Baltimore, Md. (2010-02-25)
Breathing dirty air may harm kidneys
Outdoor air pollution may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and contribute to kidney failure, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2017-09-21)
CU-Boulder study suggests air quality regulations miss key pollutants
A new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder reveals that air quality regulations may not effectively target a large source of fine, organic particle pollutants that contribute to hazy skies and poor air quality over the Los Angeles region. (2008-09-24)
Tiny dust particles from Asian deserts common over western United States
Dust from the Gobi and Taklimakan deserts in China and Mongolia is routinely present in the air over the western United States during spring months, a University of Washington researcher has found. (2007-12-13)
Study: Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies
Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. (2014-07-27)
Biodiesel could reduce greenhouse gas emissions
A CSIRO report released today confirms that using pure biodiesel or blending biodiesel with standard fuel could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. (2007-11-27)
New study explains wintertime ozone pollution in Utah oil and gas fields
Chemicals released into the air by oil and gas exploration, extraction and related activities can spark reactions that lead to high levels of ozone in wintertime, high enough to exceed federal health standards, according to new NOAA-led research, published today in Nature. (2014-10-01)
Researchers say anti-pollution rules have uncertain effects
Air pollution regulations issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency are estimated to save thousands of lives annually. (2015-05-26)
NASA scientists relate urban population to air pollution
Live in a large city like New York, London, Beijing or Mumbai, and you are likely exposed to more air pollution than people in smaller cities in surrounding areas. (2013-08-19)
University of Nevada, Reno invents next-gen device to track world's air quality
A new air-quality measuring instrument invented by Pat Arnott and Ian Arnold of the University of Nevada, Reno that is more economical, more portable and more accurate than older technologies has been licensed for commercial development by Droplet Measurement Technologies of Boulder, Colo. (2011-03-29)
Air Force Research Lab scientist wins award for groundbreaking research
The Air Force Research Lab announced today that one of its researchers, Dr. (2009-08-19)
School classroom air may be more polluted with ultrafine particles than outdoor air
The air in some school classrooms may contain higher levels of extremely small particles of pollutants -- easily inhaled deep into the lungs -- than polluted outdoor air, scientists in Australia and Germany are reporting in an article in ACS' semimonthly journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2010-01-20)
Traffic-related air pollution a substantial public health concern
Traffic-related air pollution is increasingly shown to have negative health effects according to a growing body of epidemiologic evidence and is a substantial public health concern in Canada, argues a commentary published in CMAJ. (2013-10-21)
Tobacco industry promoted 'ineffective' ventilation systems
Newly released documents reveal that, despite knowing that ventilation and air filtration are ineffective at removing environmental tobacco smoke, British American Tobacco (BAT) promoted these technologies to the hospitality industry as viable options to smoking bans. (2006-01-26)
Measurements by school pupils paved way for key research findings
With their measurements and samples, nearly 3,500 schoolchildren have assisted a research study on lakes and global warming, now published in the journal Scientific Reports. (2017-03-10)
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