Scientists have wondered what role — if any — air pollution has in the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The link between air pollution and elevated death rates for COVID-19 may be overestimated.
Madrid’s skyline on a clear night.
As lockdowns have came into effect around the world, air pollution has plummeted.
A mask rated N95 or N99 will best protect against pollution particles.
Commercially available respirator masks are becoming a popular choice for cyclists and pedestrians wanting to reduce pollution exposure.
Reducing fine particle air pollution from petrochemical complexes, like this one near the Houston Ship Channel in Texas, is a low-cost way to lower air pollution mortality.
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A new study takes an innovative approach to reducing fine particle air pollution and spotlights key sources: factories that burn coal and oil, petrochemical plants and burning wood for home heating.
Secondhand smoke may come from many miles away.
According to a new study, about four in 10 air pollution deaths in the US are due to emissions crossing state lines.
Breathing bushfire smoke can be particularly dangerous for people with pre-existing conditions.
Millions of Australians far from the bushfires' direct path have been affected by smoke haze. Here's everything we know about the effects of bushfire smoke on our health.
Smoke form Australia’s bushfires could be seen from space. But who should be held to account for the problem?
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When a bushfire burns is one country, smoke drift means it can become the world's problem. But the law lacks the teeth to hold those responsible to account.
When the hazardous particles found in bushfire smoke come into contact with our eyes, this can cause inflammation.
Another troubling consequence of the bushfire smoke is its effects on our eyes. But there are some steps we can take to minimise irritation and any risk of longer term harms.
Smoke from recent bushfires has shrouded major Australian cities.
Bushfire smoke accumulating over Australian cities contains a complex chemical mix which does all sorts of things to the human body.
Brake dust is composed of iron particles, which studies have shown are harmful to human health.
These harmful pollutants are responsible for 20% of roadside pollution.
Throughout history, Australian bushfires have spread smoke over our cities. But this time it’s different.
This is not the first time Australia's major cities have been shrouded in bushfire smoke. But this time, the culprits must held to account.
Smoke covers a street market in Palermo, Italy. October 8 2019.
Pollutants like nitrogen dioxide are a silent killer, but everyone isn't equally at risk.
What was short-term exposure has now become medium-term exposure to bushfire smoke in some parts of the country.
Smoke haze almost seems to be the new normal in parts of Australia. But what do we know about the dangers to our health in the longer term?
Pregnant women should try to stay inside when the air pollution is high.
Pregnant women exposed to bushfire smoke face a higher risk of complications including gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and giving birth prematurely.
People in Sydney have this week been donning face masks. But they’re unlikely to prevent smoke inhalation.
With smoke haze this week at its most hazardous level yet, people on Australia's east coast have been taking precautions to protect their health. But some methods are more effective than others.
Smoke is blanketing Australia’s most populated city, making it impossibly to ignore the reality of climate change.
Fuming, burnt out, drained. Can our smoky cities spark a change in the political atmosphere?
Air, water, land and wildlife are tainted with thousands of chemicals that we cannot see, smell or touch — and may not be considered a threat to wildlife.
Scientists have a new approach to understanding how pollution threatens species at risk in Canada.
A thick haze has settled over Sydney, blown in from northwest of the city.
The haze now engulfing Sydney isn't an isolated problem. Cities around the world struggle to manage the many sources of tiny airborne particles and the discomfort and illnesses these cause.
Since the Chinese plastic recycling market closed, 58% of New Zealand’s plastic waste goes to countries in South-East Asia.
Waste-to-energy incineration has been raised as a solution to the global plastic waste problem, but the technology adds pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and encourages more waste production.
Vehicles are a major source of particulate air pollution.
Scientists who were appointed to advise the EPA on air pollution kept meeting independently after the agency dissolved their panel. They say current regulations aren't strict enough.