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Reduced traffic during lockdowns led to decreases in air pollution in many major cities in Europe. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

COVID-19 lockdowns improved air quality in some cities, shedding light on how to curb pollution

While most areas experienced a reduction in air pollution in response to lockdown measures, other areas saw only small improvements or even an air quality deterioration.
Older homes can have a variety of environmental health risks. Kerry F. Thompson and Ryan T. Wilson

Fixing indoor air pollution problems that are raising Native Americans’ COVID-19 risk

Poor indoor air on tribal lands can cause a range of respiratory illnesses, including viral infections. Here’s how people are fixing the problem while preserving traditional ways.
Open windows and doors to boost air flow and help remove airborne particles. Daniela Torres/EyeEm via Getty Images

Keeping indoor air clean can reduce the chance of spreading coronavirus

Being indoors with other people is a recipe for spreading the coronavirus. But removing airborne particles through proper ventilation and air filtration can reduce some of that risk.
Much of India experiences both extreme heat and extreme air pollution, as seen in this photo of the Akshardham Hindu temple. Days with both are going to increase. Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can’t be a good thing for global health

In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.

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