Air pollution is the latest threat facing our insects.
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We’re making life tough for insects – and not just by swatting them away with a newspaper.
A massive dust storm billows across the western desert of Iraq on April 26, 2005.
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Desert dust storms are increasingly picking up materials like sewage, herbicides and other human-made waste and transporting them on tiny particles that are easy to inhale.
Reducing air pollution is one of the best investments for Australians’ health, the environment, the economy and social equity. But achieving cleaner air requires a new approach from government.
Wildfire smoke turned the sky over New York City an apocalyptic shade of orange on June 7, 2023.
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Thick smoke pouring in from Canada’s wildfires canceled baseball games and pushed air quality in major US cities to the worst in the world.
The Los Angeles skyline and the four-level interchange where the freeways meet in June 2023.
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An analysis by scholars at the University of California, Davis showed that just a small number of cities in California actively consider racism when developing their plans.
Thick wildfire smoke blankets the landscape near Water Valley, Alta., in May 2023. Evidence linking wildfire smoke with adverse health effects has been accumulating for years.
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The notion that wildfire smoke is ‘natural,’ and therefore less harmful than other types of air pollution, is not supported by the evidence. Wildfire smoke has been linked to adverse health effects.
Air pollution is linked with many health problems.
Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone of any age.
Thick smoke rolling in from Canada’s 2023 wildfires was a wakeup call for several cities.
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Air quality forecasting is getting better, thanks in part to AI. That’s good, given the health impact of air pollution. An environmental engineer explains how systems warn of incoming smog or smoke.
A flaming peatland fire in Alberta, Canada.
Peatlands safely store hundreds to thousands of years’ worth of humanity’s toxic legacy but climate change and physical disturbances are putting these pollution vaults, and us, at risk.
A low-traffic neighbourhood in Waltham Forest, London.
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LTNs were introduced to UK cities to create a more pleasant environment for pedestrians and cyclists - but they’ve become controversial.
An adult male orangutan contemplates his next move in haze produced by Indonesia’s 2015 wildfires.
Orangutans are vocal animals, so analyzing their calls during events like wildfires can indicate how smoke is affecting their health.
The action by the Environment Protection Authority follows alarming results from testing of rainwater tanks and the blood and hair of residents living near to the mine.
One day we’ll look back in amazement that wood heaters were once tolerated in cities right next to houses, schools and hospitals.
People wore face masks as wildfire smoke from Canada turned New York City’s sky orange on June 7, 2023.
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So much pollution goes into the air today that even without wildfire smoke, 99% of the global population breathes unhealthy air.
Smoke from wildfires hangs over Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 6.
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Answers to some of the most common questions about wildfire smoke, health risks and the air quality situation affecting most of North America.
We’ve blown past the safe and just limit for vital Earth systems, from climate change to the biosphere and the use of fertilisers and freshwater. For humans to thrive means living in safe limits
Wildfire smoke filled the air at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on June 27, 2023.
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Fires in Canada have sent smoke across several US states, leaving cities including New York, Chicago and Denver with some of the worst air quality in the world – even far from the flames.
The James H. Miller coal power plant in Alabama emitted as much carbon dioxide in 2021 as 4.6 million cars.
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After the Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s strategy for reducing power plant carbon emissions in 2022, the Biden administration is taking a narrower but still ambitious approach.
Children and elderly people are vulnerable to air pollution. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP.
Air pollution accounts for many deaths in Africa yearly. However, this may change if people learn to protect themselves and hold their leaders accountable.
Common household products such as cleaning agents can contain a wide range of harmful chemicals.
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Manufacturers don’t usually have to disclose what’s in products like shampoo and household cleaners, but a new study finds that these products can contain hazardous ingredients.