Air pollution from traffic causes the deaths of thousands of Australians. A swift transition to electric vehicles will save lives – and save households and businesses money in the long run.
Road traffic is one of the causes of air pollution in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Twenty-six fast-growing African cities may battle health challenges if air pollution is not addressed.
Australia has a lot of work to do to overcome the challenges facing electric vehicles users, starting with the lack of a comprehensive national charging network.
Part of Barcelona’s Eixample district.
Making cities greener is a vital endeavour – but one that comes with potential pitfalls.
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Researchers built cheap air quality monitors using parts found at hardware and electronics scores. The results have big implications for anyone who travels outside near busy roads.
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.
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.
Montréal is one of the most congested cities in Canada. In 2018, a total of 145 hours per capita were lost by people stuck in rush hour traffic.
Traffic congestion causes more problems than just being stuck in traffic. There are real effects on the health, quality of life and wallets of taxpayers.
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Childhood asthma cases caused by traffic pollution are on the decline. But children in some parts of the country are faring better than others.
Honey can carry clues about where pollutants come from.
Urban pollutants are a health concern in growing cities. Scientists are turning to honey bees to help monitor contaminants in soil, water, air and plants.
In both Indian and Australian cities, cyclists who deliver goods and services have to take it slow.
Cycling is a low-cost and non-polluting way to make deliveries in congested cities. Slow cyclists should be recognised as good for the economy and environment, not treated like second-class citizens.
Residents of high-density housing might value features such as balconies, but when roads get busy this increases exposure to pollution.
Many new housing developments are being built along busy roads and rail lines, but lack design features that would reduce occupants’ exposure to harmful traffic pollution.
The evidence that living near exhaust stacks from busy tunnels harms your lungs is far from settled.
As the latest controversy about tunnel exhaust stacks and respiratory health plays out in the media, some community members are proposing solutions that just don’t make sense.
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.
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