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.
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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.
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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.
Damage from a 2010 explosion and fire in San Bruno, California, caused by a leaking natural gas pipeline. The disaster killed eight people.
Infrared cameras are the technology of choice for detecting gas leaks across the US. New research shows that these cameras can be quite inaccurate, and leaks can persist without being detected.
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Party poppers, candles and wood fires will get you feeling festive – and breathing pollution.
Will the evidence finally convince polluted cities to clean up their act?
Total emissions are coming down. But many people still live in cities with poor air quality.
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.
Loy Yang power station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, is one station doctors think should be a priority for closure.
Coal-fired power stations need to be closed within the next decade on health grounds. Here's why.
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.
Coal power stations are major sources of mercury pollution in Australia.
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Australia is lagging behind 35 other nations in ratifying the Minamata Convention on Mercury Pollution.
Cape Grim, on the northwest tip of Tasmania, is exposed to some of the cleanest air in the world.
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Cape Grim's air pollution station has recorded some of the biggest changes to the world's atmosphere over the past 40 years.
Thousands protest against the proposed expansion of a chemical factory in Ningbo, Oct. 28, 2012.
China has the world's second-largest economy, powered by cheap labor and cheap fossil fuel. But now Chinese urbanites want greener, healthier lifestyles. Can the government deliver them?
Water good idea.
Air pollution from burning firewood and charcoal is the fourth-biggest killer in many countries.
Face masks like these, modeled by students from the Peltier Aerosol Lab, vary widely in effectiveness against fine particle pollution.
Richard E. Peltier
Inexpensive cloth face masks, worn by many people in heavily polluted countries, offer only partial protection. Instead governments should warn people to avoid exposure and work to clear the air.
Tiny particles of a mineral known as magnetite may be causing havoc with our health.
Piccadilly Circus in smog, 1952.
Data from London's Great Smog of 1952 show that air pollution exposure in early life leads to striking increases in asthma rates. Millions in the developing world face similar risks today.
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.