Residents of high-density housing might value features such as balconies, but when roads get busy this increases exposure to pollution.
Many new housing developments are being built along busy roads and rail lines, but lack design features that would reduce occupants' exposure to harmful traffic pollution.
The evidence that living near exhaust stacks from busy tunnels harms your lungs is far from settled.
As the latest controversy about tunnel exhaust stacks and respiratory health plays out in the media, some community members are proposing solutions that just don't make sense.
New Delhi’s pollution is among the worst in the world. Each autumn, when crops are burnt and wind speeds are low, it risks rising to crisis levels.
Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier
In November 2016, smog in New Delhi was 16 times above safe levels. An Indian researcher dug into the data to find out why, and how India can keep its capital breathing safely.
We don’t know what the car of the future will look like – but that’s no excuse to delay transport reform.
Australia needs to 'embrace uncertainty' on the future of transport, with flexible, holistically focused policy.
Cholla power plant near Joseph City, Arizona, photographed on Jan. 16, 2010.
Coal-fired power plants produce air pollution that kills thousands of Americans every year. President Trump's embrace of coal energy will delay a shift to cleaner fuels that is saving money and lives.
Hog feeding operation near Tribune, Kansas.
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
Large livestock farms, known as CAFOs, have polluted air and water in many communities. A recent court decision will force CAFOs to report their air emissions from manure and other sources.
But the most effective measures will be unpopular.
The EPA’s effort to remove lead from gasoline saved a lot of infant lives.
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An extensive amount of research has shown a direct link between air quality and fetal and infant health. Cleaner air has saved lives – and money.
Developed nations need to stop telling smoggy cities to clean up their act and start critiquing their own consumption habits.
A man stretches his leg on the bank of the Han River as a ship passes by amid thick haze. Tens of thousands of premature deaths in east Asia every year are caused by shipping pollution.
The merchant navy – some 20,000 ships – carries the vast majority of trade goods around the world. Unfortunately, they also spew toxic pollutants that harm people and the environment.
Trump signed the executive order surrounded by coal miners, saying it was ‘about jobs.’
AP Photo/Matthew Brown
Trump's executive order on climate will cede American leadership internationally and scores a political win. But reversing all Obama's work will require big wins in court.
New research shows that exposure to fine particulate air pollution may double the risk of dementia in older women by increasing growth of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.
The bad old days: Public and political support for the EPA was highest when environmental problems like air and water pollution were more obvious than current problems like climate change or endocrine disruptors.
U.S. National Archives
Today's political climate gives new EPA head Scott Pruitt a clear path to seriously cut back EPA enforcement – more than previous administrations.
One primary concern in rural areas: higher temperatures put strain on water and energy sources.
AP Photo/Robert Ray
With little action at the national level on climate change, state and city officials are taking the lead – but by emphasizing local benefits.
Industrial emissions have blown across Mount Isa for decades.
Mark P. Taylor
Glencore has admitted responsibility for air pollution in Mount Isa, but its latest report puts the onus on residents to minimise their exposure to lead contamination in their homes.
President Trump has ordered federal agencies to cut two regulations for every new one they enact – ignoring the fact that many regulations produce large social benefits.
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Other EU members don't want a neighbour that ignores air quality standards.
University of Sheffield
Science cannot ensure a sustainable future for the world’s population on its own. Artists are needed as well.
Palace of Westminster at dusk in 2007.
A century before the modern environmental era, experts realized that London's dirty air was corroding its new Parliament building. This insight led to some of the first air pollution laws.
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.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
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.