Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

Air pollution higher than in '13
Friday December 19th 2014, 3:06 am

Air pollution caused by particles with less than 10 micrometres in diametre has risen in the city as compared to last year even as the government claims to be taking counter steps, including using drones to protect the green cover. Environment and Forest Secretary Sanjiv Kumar on Thursday released data on ambient air quality levels which revealed that air particles of less than 10 micrometres in …

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Where You Plug Your Electric Car In Makes a Big Difference On How Clean It is
Friday December 19th 2014, 12:04 am

Shocker: If the current powering your electric vehicle (EV) is generated by coal-fired power plants, that automobile could be causing more air pollution than cars that burn gasoline.

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Heart experts warn of air pollution dangers
Thursday December 18th 2014, 5:20 pm

By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) – Air pollution should be one of the avoidable heart risk factors – just like smoking and excess fat – that doctors warn patients to steer clear of, according to a new statement from 20 heart experts. Citing pollution’s heavy toll on cardiovascular health, the panel urges people to take steps to protect themselves from breathing heavy traffic fumes or …

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Citing health risks, New York State bans fracking.
Thursday December 18th 2014, 2:00 pm

At Governor Andrew Cuomo’s year-end cabinet meeting, acting state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said there need to be more studies on the health effects of fracking – pumping water, sand and chemicals into the ground to dislodge natural gas and oil – before the practice is allowed in New York.

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Waxman, faith in government unshaken, blasts GOP’s support for fossil fuels.
Thursday December 18th 2014, 2:00 pm

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) cast his last vote last week, capping a 40-year career in Congress that saw him become one of the most influential Democrats in the House, a proud liberal who helped craft some of the most important pieces of legislation enacted in a generation.

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Using livecams to mobilize people against smog.
Thursday December 18th 2014, 2:00 pm

On bad days, a vaporous brown cloud settles like a tablecloth over Pittsburgh. I’m an asthmatic, and just looking at it is enough to make my throat tighten and lungs burn.

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UK tax regime putting brake on electric cars, study finds.
Thursday December 18th 2014, 2:00 pm

The UK must reform its tax regime for the most polluting cars or risk being left in the slow lane by Europe’s green vehicle leaders, a campaign group has warned.

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U of M study finds ethanol worse for air quality than gasoline.
Thursday December 18th 2014, 2:00 pm

For years, the state’s corn and ethanol industries have touted the environmental benefits of burning the alternative fuel in our vehicles. But newly released research from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is raising eyebrows.

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Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters.
Thursday December 18th 2014, 2:00 pm

In 2007, Texas regulators quietly relaxed the state’s long-term air pollution guideline for benzene, one of the world’s most toxic and thoroughly studied chemicals. The benzene decision was part of Texas’ sweeping overhaul of its air pollution guidelines.

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State’s fracking ban prompts joy, anger – and possible legal action.
Thursday December 18th 2014, 2:00 pm

New York officials Wednesday closed the door on fracking in the state while opening the door to celebration on the part of environmentalists as well as anger – and possible legal action – from supporters of the controversial natural gas drilling practice.

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Smog exposure during pregnancy linked to autism risk.
Thursday December 18th 2014, 2:00 pm

Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests.

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