The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

We are increasingly discouraged by the environmental policies of the Trump administration. H. Christopher Frey, the Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University writes in an article on The Conversation website about the EPA’s latest rejection of science that will have an impact on air quality.   EPA … Continue reading The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

Estimating the number of lives saved due to the spectacular drop in air pollution

A European research centre has calculated that the levels of nitrogen dioxide and fine particles fell by 40% and 10% respectively in April. In France, 1,230 deaths have been prevented. Stéphane Mandard explains in an article on Le Monde website.   By reducing air pollution, isolation would have saved 11,000 deaths in Europe in one … Continue reading Estimating the number of lives saved due to the spectacular drop in air pollution

If there is something positive to take from this terrible crisis, it could be that it’s offered a taste of the air we might breathe in a low-carbon future

Since the virus crisis started, air quality has improved because of the drastic drop in GHG emissions. Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science at the University of Leicester writes on The Conversation website that the pandemic could show us how the future might look with less air pollution, or it may … Continue reading If there is something positive to take from this terrible crisis, it could be that it’s offered a taste of the air we might breathe in a low-carbon future

An 11-year study in Sweden has found that older people exposed to air pollution are more at risk of dementia

EiD has had many posts over the years on the impact of air pollution. Harry Cockburn write on The Independent website about an 11-year study in Sweden on the impact of air pollution. Its findings added more reasons to reduce emissions from sources such as transport, and to optimise treatment of cardiovascular disease – particularly … Continue reading An 11-year study in Sweden has found that older people exposed to air pollution are more at risk of dementia

Canadian study suggests gasoline-powered vehicles are more polluting than previously thought

Research suggests cars and other gasoline-powered vehicles are responsible for a share of two highly toxic contaminants in downtown city air that's at least five times larger than previously thought. Bob Weber discusses the findings in an article on the National Newswatch website.   Gas-powered vehicles contribute more to city pollution than thought: research Research … Continue reading Canadian study suggests gasoline-powered vehicles are more polluting than previously thought

Answers to air pollution questions lie in our distant evolutionary past

It’s not just a modern problem. Airborne toxins are so pernicious that they may have shaped our DNA over millions of years. Carl Zimmer explains in an article in the New York Times. Air Pollution, Evolution, and the Fate of Billions of Humans The threat of air pollution grabs our attention when we see it … Continue reading Answers to air pollution questions lie in our distant evolutionary past

Brakes a bigger source of particulates in roadside air than vehicle exhausts

Brake dust produces more of the most harmful kind of air pollution than vehicle exhausts, a new study finds. Tom Bawden explains in an article on the inews website.   Brake dust is a major source of air pollution, new study finds Brake dust produces more of the most harmful kind of air pollution than … Continue reading Brakes a bigger source of particulates in roadside air than vehicle exhausts

Australia’s bushfires set record air quality concerns in Australia’s capital, Canberra

We are daily reading about the fires throughout many regions of Australia. EiD regularly publishes posts on air quality and their impact on society.  This week the air quality index hit 3,463 in Canberra, where a reading of 200 is considered hazardous. EiD has heard directly from friends in Canberra that it is almost impossible … Continue reading Australia’s bushfires set record air quality concerns in Australia’s capital, Canberra

Air pollution in India is severe but has failed to become a major political issue so far

Of the world's 30 most polluted cities, 22 are in India.  However, as Shivam Vij writes on the CNN website, there have been few demonstrations and  it has not become a major political issue so far.   Schools were shut and flights diverted. But air pollution still isn't a political issue in India As protesters … Continue reading Air pollution in India is severe but has failed to become a major political issue so far

New analysis from the European Environment Agency on air quality

Europe’s air is getting cleaner but persistent pollution, especially in cities, still damages people’s health and the economy. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new analysis on air quality shows that exposure to air pollution caused about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU in 2016.   Cutting air pollution in Europe would prevent early deaths, improve … Continue reading New analysis from the European Environment Agency on air quality