Reductions in air pollution yielded fast and dramatic impacts on health-outcomes

Reductions in air pollution yielded fast and dramatic impacts on health-outcomes, as well as decreases in all-cause morbidity, according to findings in “Health Benefits of Air Pollution Reduction,” new research published in the American Thoracic Society’s journal, Annals of the American Thoracic Society. The study by the Environmental Committee of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) reviewed interventions that have …

Air Pollution Particles Showing Up in Human Placentas, Next to the Fetus

Black carbon, also known as soot, comes from fossil fuel-powered vehicles and wood stoves. This is another health concern from the short-lived climate pollutant. Sabrina Shankman, Inside Climate News SEP 18, 2019 In recent years, scientists have discovered that exposure to air pollution can have negative impacts on a growing fetus, resulting in a lower birth weight or premature birth. …

Study Links Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure to Hospitalizations for Growing List of Health Problems

As the amount of PM 2.5 increased between the days analyzed, so did the hospital admission rate connected to those disease groups. Further, the link between exposure to fine particulate matter and hospitalizations was still evident even when the daily air pollution levels were lower than current World Health Organization guidelines and the less-stringent U.S. regulatory standards. “The study shows …

14 air quality monitors in Denver now. 40 schools will have AQ monitors by 2021.

The state currently runs five air quality monitors in the north part of Denver using funding from the Environmental Protection Agency. This year, the city set up nine others in schools across Denver. By 2021 a total of 40 schools will have air quality monitors, a project funded through a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. But knowing where pollution is …

‘There’s something terribly wrong’: Americans are dying young at alarming rates

“There’s something more fundamental about how people are feeling at some level — whether it’s economic, whether it’s stress, whether it’s deterioration of family,” she said. “People are feeling worse about themselves and their futures, and that’s leading them to do things that are self-destructive and not promoting health.”  Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, Nov 26 © Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post Brian …

Global heating and pollution is already impacting the lungs and health of the world’s children and will shape the future of an entire generation

By Irene Banos Ruiz Pediatricians in New Delhi, India, say children’s lungs are no longer pink, but black. Our warming planet is already impacting the health of the world’s children and will shape the future of an entire generation if we fail to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (35.6°F), the 2019 Lancet Countdown Report on health and climate change shows. “Over …

Air Pollution is #1 Health Risk. Also, the Surprising Benefits of Taking Cars off Our City Streets

 World Economic ForumOct. 29, 2019 By Marcela Guerrero Casas A future in which everyone travels in driverless flying cars may still dominate the popular imagination, particularly when it comes to media and marketing hype. But if we are to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on sustainable cities and communities, a more revolutionary (albeit more low-tech) picture will unfold, in which …

Mapping and measuring hyperlocal air pollution to drive clean air action: A roadmap to cleaner air and healthier communities

Guide published October 2019 Communities around the world continue to struggle with the health impacts of local air pollution. But because pollution is hard to see, it’s often hard for local leaders to target sources and develop effective solutions. Environmental Defense Fund released Making the Invisible Visible: A guide for mapping hyperlocal air pollution to drive clean air action that provides advice …

Exposure to air pollution increases violent crime rates, study finds

2 Oct, 2019 By Anne Manning Breathing dirty air can make you sick. But according to new research, it can also make you more aggressive. That’s the conclusion from a set of studies recently authored by Colorado State University researchers in economics, atmospheric science and statistics. Together, the team found strong links between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggressive behavior, …

Surprise! AAA Survey Finds Large Vehicles Cost More To Own Than Small Vehicles. Also, how to visualize your emissions.

Front Range Cars Release 15 Million Tons of Carbon per Year. Here’s How to Visualize All of It — and Yours. Picture a cube measuring 27 feet on each side according to the United Nations. That’s roughly three stories high. In 2009, artists created the first “climate cube,” a life-size sculpture displayed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (video). The …