Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

Ban on 64,000 Auckland woodburners
Tuesday October 21st 2014, 1:13 am

Over 80,000 Auckland households will be forced to get rid of their open fireplaces and old woodburners as the council battles to fix the city’s worsening air pollution.

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60,000 fireplaces may need to go
Monday October 20th 2014, 11:57 pm

Tens of thousands of fireplaces could be snuffed out in Auckland within four years, under a new anti-pollution bylaw.

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Proposed Air Quality Bylaw tackles pollution
Monday October 20th 2014, 11:49 pm

Auckland Council’s Regulatory and Bylaws Committee adopted a draft Air Quality Bylaw today to tackle Auckland’s air pollution.

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Exposure to traffic pollution during pregnancy can damage future child's lungs
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:45 pm

Women who are exposed to traffic pollution while pregnant are increasing the chances of damaging the lungs of their unborn children, concludes a study published online in the journal Thorax.

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Environmental Expert Dr. Roby Greenwald Joins Georgia State's School of Public Health
Monday October 20th 2014, 6:07 pm

Dr. Roby Greenwald, an air pollution researcher, is joining the faculty of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University as an assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health.

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Study: Living in high-traffic area may make women sick.
Monday October 20th 2014, 2:00 pm

Think traffic will be the death of you one day? It just may, if you’re a woman. Living close to a major road may increase a woman’s risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, according to new research by the American Heart Association.

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Smog smothers Beijing as backlash grows over decision to stage marathon despite pollution.
Monday October 20th 2014, 2:00 pm

Pollution level remains “hazardous” as internet users hit out after Beijing’s international marathon was held on Sunday amid the choking smog. Many blamed organisers for failing to reschedule the race and putting participants’ health at risk.

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Saving the bay will be an economic boon to Virginia.
Monday October 20th 2014, 2:00 pm

Many thanks to the Richmond Times-Dispatch for its recent article about a new Chesapeake Bay Foundation report titled “The Economic Benefits of Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay.”

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Return of bicycle culture in China adds to billionaires’ wealth.
Monday October 20th 2014, 2:00 pm

China’s campaign to re-embrace its biking tradition is catapulting the wealth of two Chinese billionaires.

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New smart street corners that will act like a fitbit for the city.
Monday October 20th 2014, 2:00 pm

Imagine if your city could monitor the flow of pedestrians and optimize its traffic signals for walkers, not drivers? That’s exactly what Chicago is looking to do.

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Natural gas, solar top energy expansion.
Monday October 20th 2014, 2:00 pm

Most new U.S. power plants that came on-line in the first half of 2014 are fueled by natural gas or solar energy, according to a study from the federal Energy Information Administration.

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