But the most effective measures will be unpopular.
Want cleaner air? Stop leaving your car engine running while you’re stopped at lights or waiting for a passenger, and demand better regulations from the government.
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Australia needs stronger policy aimed at curbing air pollution, but the options currently on the table fall short. For now, we could all aim to drive less and turn off the engine when the car is idle.
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Party poppers, candles and wood fires will get you feeling festive – and breathing pollution.
Dr. Kofi Amegah of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, installing a small air sensing unit built by the University of Massachusetts.
Citizens and activists are using cheap off-the-shelf sensors to collect their own data on air pollution. It's a promising trend, but these devices have serious technical limitations.
A man burns rubbish on the side of a road in Dandora in Nairobi, Kenya.
A new report has found that Africa’s air pollution is already causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition.
Health studies in Pennsylvania show links between some health problems and local fracking activity.
Three studies find higher rate of health issues for people who live near large or many fracked natural gas well sites.
Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa that has a serious air pollution problem.
Africa has largely been ignored when it comes to official global air quality programmes. Yet low-income countries like many of those in Africa are particularly affected by air pollution.
Houston in 2002.
U.S. states need to put in place new ozone air quality standards, but how they are measured – based on peak ozone – doesn't always best reflect a city's overall air quality.
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The main mayoral candidates agree air quality is a huge issue, but disagree on policies.
Not just a way to beat the heat, urban forests also reduce air pollution and provide other services for the economy.
Cutting-edge urban foresters argue not only for the intrinsic value of trees but also for the many economic and health benefits.
Your home is full of fungi.
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Moulds and fungi have been living with us for thousands of years - you just might not think about them until they become a problem.
Aided by expanded farming in Asia, there’s been a global increase in greenhouse gases from farming.
The Paris climate summit yielded a pact to reduce air pollutants that contribute to global warming but missed a chance to address the interlinked effects of agriculture and climate.
Ground-level ozone levels in US lag other countries’ guidelines for air quality.
The US has stricter ozone rules but the limits lag guidelines set by some other countries and more coordination in regulation is needed to address air pollution globally.
Eleven million cars worldwide could be affected by the scandal.
Volkswagen's cheating allowed its vehicles to pass rigorous emissions testing, giving customers maximum driving performance at the cost of the environment and our health.
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More than 3m people die from air pollution each year, according to a new study but China is awake to the problem.
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Solutions from London or Los Angeles won't necessarily work in Lagos or Kinshasa as in Africa cars are only one part of the problem.
A sensor monitors carbon dioxide from the rooftop of the SF Exploratorium.
Scientists build network of inexpensive air monitors to track emissions with fine-grained spatial detail – an alternative to satellites or pricey land-based CO2 monitors.
Flaring at a gas well in Pennsylvania, where hydraulic fracturing has spread rapidly.
Higher hospitalization rates near unconventional wells could be linked to environmental and social stressors, such as noise and air pollution.
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