Brake dust another driver of air pollution

2020-02-19 18:45

Is brake dust another addition to all the various pollutants in the air?

How cleaner air quickly brings about big health benefits

2020-01-01 21:00

People can reap a range of benefits when air pollution is cut – from fewer asthma attacks, to lower risks of heart attack and stroke, to a longer life expectancy.

Eskom now says it will take at least 8 more years to build Medupi air scrubbers – and it never wants to comply with air pollution limits

2019-12-12 14:36

Eskom says it may take until 2030 to install fluid gas desulphurisation equipment at Medupi to remove the pollutant behind acid rain.

Study finds smog particles can reach developing foetus

2019-12-11 05:55

New findings underscore the fact that a mother's environment is also the foetus' environment – and that the placenta cannot offer foolproof protection from the outside world.

Humanity's emissions '100-times greater' than volcanoes

2019-10-01 20:37

Human activity churns out up to 100 times more planet-warming carbon each year as all the volcanoes on Earth, says a decade-long study.

The real (and unaccounted) costs of coal power

2019-08-26 11:39

Measuring the cost of pollution is hard, as the effect is not limited to one territory or even country. However, perhaps most alarming is the hidden health costs for future generations, as evidence in recent research.

Breathe easier, New York City: Clean-air taxi rules are working

2019-07-11 05:31

'The past decade has seen steady improvements in the quality of air in New York City, and clean-air taxis appear to be one contributing factor.'

Scores ill, schools closed in Malaysia due to toxic fumes

2019-06-25 14:05

Scores of people have fallen ill and hundreds of schools have been closed in Malaysia due to toxic fumes believed to have come from a chemical factory, authorities say.

As air pollution increases, so do ER visits for breathing problems

2019-06-23 15:30

Rising ozone levels have been linked to increased emergency room visits for respiratory conditions, including asthma, a new study has found.

Cleaner air linked to lower asthma rates in kids

2019-05-24 09:33

In a new study that looked at nine California communities, researchers found that reductions in certain pollutants were tied to a 20% reduction in the odds of children developing asthma.


How smog could negatively affect your bones

2020-01-16 15:36

A new study suggests that inhalation of polluting particles could lead to bone mass loss through the oxidative stress and inflammation caused by air pollution.

Could air pollution increase glaucoma risk?

2019-12-20 11:00

The most common cause of glaucoma is a build-up of pressure from fluid in the eye, which damages the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain. So, how could air pollution have an effect?

Can air pollution take a toll on your memory?

2019-12-11 16:30

A recent study showed that air pollution is associated with changes in people's brains and that those changes are connected with declines in memory performance.

Moving from a quiet to a busy street raises the risk of brain cancer by 10% due to air pollution, a study finds

2019-11-15 15:23

In recent years, mounting research has found this dirty air has consequences for our health, from aggravating respiratory conditions such as asthma to lowering our IQ.

Malaysia to make it rain as Indonesian smog pollutes air

2019-09-09 16:38

Malaysia prepared to seed clouds after air quality in parts of the country reached unhealthy levels due to smog from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia, an official says.

Air pollution means pregnant women can't breathe easy

2019-07-21 15:30

Are air pollution levels linked to pregnant women delivering babies prematurely?

Coal dust and smog plague lives in Mpumalanga

2019-06-27 12:59

South Africa has placed a heavy bet on coal for its development, but campaign groups say health and climate costs are high.

Concern over air monitoring gaps

2019-06-24 12:33

Well, neither does anyone else it appears, according to reports from the municipality.

Death in the Highveld: Landmark case shows how burning coal is killing people

2019-06-11 12:48

New research revealed in court papers shows that we can no longer ignore the impact of burning coal on air pollution deaths in the Highveld.

Air pollution hotspots in Europe

2019-05-22 11:44

Big cities beset with gridlocked traffic, major regions producing coal, pockets of heavy industry encased by mountains - Europe's air pollution hotspots are clearly visible from space on most sunny weekdays.

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