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Air pollution affects thyroid development in fetuses

Soot and dust alters thyroid development in fetuses before they are born in smoggy cities, raising concern about health impacts later in life, new USC research shows. It means before a doctor cuts the umbilical cord or a parent hugs a baby or a sibling gazes at the newest member ... Read More »

Trees reveal the evolution of environmental pollution

In an article published in the journal Environmental Pollution, Brazilian researchers showed that tree species Tipuana tipu have been successfully employed as a marker of atmospheric pollution by heavy metal and other chemical compounds in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest metropolis. This Bolivia-native species commonly known as tipuana tree is ubiquitous ... Read More »

Genetics and pollution drive severity of asthma symptoms

Asthma patients, with a specific genetic profile, exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and collaborators. The study appeared online in Scientific Reports. The research team, made up of scientists from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), ... Read More »

China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution

In China, people breathe air thick with the lung-damaging pollutant ozone two to six times more often than people in the United States, Europe, Japan, or South Korea, according to a new assessment. By one metric — total number of days with daily maximum average ozone values (8-hour average) greater ... Read More »

Air pollution can put a dent in solar power

Ian Marius Peters, now an MIT research scientist, was working on solar energy research in Singapore in 2013 when he encountered an extraordinary cloud of pollution. The city was suddenly engulfed in a foul-smelling cloud of haze so thick that from one side of a street you couldn’t see the ... Read More »

China launches new satellite to monitor air pollution

The Gaofen-5 satellite was launched off the back of a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. It was the 274th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket. The satellite, launched as part of its high-resolution Earth observation project, was developed and ... Read More »

7 million people die every year due to air pollution, warns WHO

According to the health institution, about a quarter of deaths from heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer can be attributed to air pollution. These numbers have remained unchanged in the past years, with, globally, outdoor air pollution remaining high and largely unchanged, while indoor air pollution has got worse, as ... Read More »