It is best to leave your filth outside the door.
Uyghurs in Turkey protest against the Beijing Winter Olympics.
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This is a transcript of The Conversation Weekly podcast episode published on January 27 2022.
Uyghurs and other Muslims pray at a mosque in Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region during a state-organised visit by foreign journalists in April 2021.
Plus, what toxic heavy metals are lingering in household dust around the world? Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Trace metal exposure can lead to concerning neurocognitive effects in people of all ages.
Testing kids for lead exposure starts with a fingertip prick.
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The Centers for Disease Control has announced a new, stricter standard for lead poisoning in children, which will more than double the number of kids considered to have high blood lead levels.
Australians have been sending their dust to our DustSafe program for us to analyse. Here’s what we’ve learned so far — and what you can do to reduce your dust risk.
Toxic dust hung in the air around ground zero for more than three months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Those directly exposed to toxic dust and trauma on and after 9/11 carry with them a generation of chronic health conditions, which are placing them at higher risk during the pandemic and as they age.
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More 9/11 responders died from physical and mental health issues after the terrorist attacks than on the day itself. And survivors are still suffering 20 years later.
We analysed the dust in 32 homes across Sydney, and found significant levels of microplastics. But having hard, non-varnished floors and vacuuming at least weekly might help.
Beijing turns orange: March 15, 2021.
It was tiny dust that turned the sky orange.
Dust affect infrastructures but also human health. Here in Dakar, Senegal, on February 17, 2021, at the beginning of the Harmattan season.
Dust storms are not unusual, but intense ones have a wide range negative impacts upon multiple socioeconomic sectors. How do we address them?
A vast plume of Saharan dust blankets Havana, Cuba, June 24, 2020.
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From June through October, it’s not unusual for huge Saharan dust plumes to blow across the Atlantic. They can darken skies but also bring calmer weather and electric sunsets. Here’s how they form.
Combining design innovation methods with medical disciplines such as microbiology can help tackle health related challenges.
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.
If we can’t afford natural stone, like marble, it’s tempting to choose engineered or artificial stone instead. But at what cost to those who breathe in the silica dust when cutting it?
What lessons can Australia learn from tackling asbestos to manage this latest preventable occupational hazard?
Some ingredients in those tiny particles can have big impacts.
Even the tidiest space has some dust. Researchers are investigating just what these indoor particles are made of and their possible implications for human health.
A large dust storm, or haboob, sweeps across downtown Phoenix on July 21, 2012.
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New research projects that climate change could greatly increase airborne dust levels in the southwestern US, causing higher hospital admissions and premature deaths from heart and lung ailments.
You can barely see this construction worker for dust. His lack of protective face mask puts him at risk of silicosis and other lung diseases.
We’re seeing the resurgence of an old lung disease in people who make and install the type of engineered stone product you might find in your kitchen or bathroom.
Coal dust can harm marine environments.
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Coal dust and oil can spread toxic chemicals hundreds of kilometres out to sea. But Australia’s monitoring guidelines do not meet the standards used in countries such as the United States.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery.
Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading advice about the dangers of lead to babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about miscarriage risks.