Air pollution in the UK is at its LOWEST since records began


[ad_1] Air pollution in the UK is at the lowest since records began, according to official Government statistics.  Three of the most problematic pollutants — nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) — dropped to all-time low levels last year due to lockdown. These pollutants are spewed out in high levels by engines, […]

Ship traffic dropped during first months of COVID pandemic — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Ship movements on the world’s oceans dropped in the first half of 2020 as Covid-19 restrictions came into force, a new study shows. Researchers used a satellite vessel-tracking system to compare ship and boat traffic in January to June 2020 with the same period in 2019. The study, led by the University of Exeter […]

Household aerosols now release more harmful smog chemicals than all vehicles in the country — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Aerosol products used in the home now emit more harmful volatile organic compound (VOC) air pollution than all the vehicles in the UK, new research shows. A new study by the University of York and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science reveals that the picture is damaging globally with the world’s population now using […]

Study links hydraulic fracking with increased risk of heart attack hospitalization, death — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] The Marcellus Formation straddles the New York State and Pennsylvania border, a region that shares similar geography and population demographics. However, on one side of the state line unconventional natural gas development — or fracking — is banned, while on the other side it represents a multi-billion dollar industry. New research takes advantage of […]

Risk factor is equivalent to lead exposure, study finds — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] A multidecade study of young adults living in the United Kingdom has found higher rates of mental illness symptoms among those exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants, particularly nitrogen oxides, during childhood and adolescence. Previous studies have identified a link between air pollution and the risk of specific mental disorders, including depression […]

People of color hardest hit by air pollution from nearly all sources — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Various studies show that people of color are disproportionately exposed to air pollution in the United States. However, it was unclear whether this unequal exposure is due mainly to a few types of emission sources or whether the causes are more systemic. A new study that models peoples’ exposure to air pollution — resolved […]

Wildfire smoke linked to skin disease — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Wildfire smoke can trigger a host of respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms, ranging from runny nose and cough to a potentially life-threatening heart attack or stroke. A new study suggests that the dangers posed by wildfire smoke may also extend to the largest organ in the human body, and our first line of defense against […]

Disrupted sleep is linked to increased risk of early death, particularly in women — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] For the first time, a study has shown a clear link between the frequency and duration of unconscious wakefulness during night-time sleep and an increased risk of dying from diseases of the heart and blood vessels, and death from any cause, particularly in women. The study of 8001 men and women, which is published […]

New study collects data on pollutants in the atmosphere — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] One consequence of the coronavirus pandemic has been global restrictions on mobility. This, in turn, has had an effect on pollution levels in the atmosphere. Researchers from across the world are using this unique opportunity to take measurements, collect data, and publish studies. An international team led by Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Institute of Climate and […]

Study finds evidence of more brain aging in people living in disadvantaged areas — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Middle-age and older people living in more disadvantaged neighborhoods — areas with higher poverty levels and fewer educational and employment opportunities — had more brain shrinkage on brain scans and showed faster decline on cognitive tests than people living in neighborhoods with fewer disadvantages, according to a study published in the April 14, 2021, […]

Preliminary findings for pilot study could have policy implications — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Patients who have preexisting respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and live in areas with high levels of air pollution have a greater chance of hospitalization if they contract COVID-19, says a University of Cincinnati researcher. Angelico Mendy, MD, PhD, assistant professor of environmental and public health sciences, at […]

Scientists identify severe asthma species, show air pollutant as likely contributor — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Asthma afflicts more than 300 million people worldwide. The most severe manifestation, known as non-Th2, or non-atopic childhood asthma, represents the majority of the cases, greater than 85%, particularly in low-income countries, according to Hyunok Choi, an associate professor at the Lehigh University College of Health. Yet, whether non-Th2 is a distinct disease (or […]

Sunlight linked with lower COVID-19 deaths, study shows — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from Covid-19, an observational study suggests. Increased exposure to the sun’s rays — specifically UVA — could act as a simple public health intervention if further research establishes it causes a reduction in mortality rates, experts say. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh compared all recorded deaths […]

Volcanic pollution return linked to jump in respiratory disease cases — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Respiratory disease increased markedly following one of Iceland’s largest volcanic eruptions, a new study has found. And the findings could have significant implications for actions taken to protect the health of the 800 million people globally living near active volcanoes. Indeed, only last month (March), lava burst through a crack in Iceland’s Mount Fagradalsfjall […]

How to defuse the male fertility timebomb


[ad_1] Could a toxic soup of chemicals in everyday life be destroying men’s ability to father children?  That is the latest claim from a U.S. expert, Dr Shanna Swan, who made headlines in 2017 with research that suggested human sperm counts are plummeting. Dr Swan, a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the […]

Why 2020 was the year of marvellous medicine


[ad_1] A year ago, the world was in the grip of a deadly and, seemingly, unstoppable virus and the UK went into its first lockdown.  Since then, vaccines and life-saving drugs to counter Covid have been the focus of international attention.  But the past year has also seen major developments in treatments for cancer, diabetes, […]

Highways that destroyed Black neighborhoods are crumbling. Some want to undo that legacy


[ad_1] Camara says her parents moved when she was a baby to another Shreveport neighborhood, Allendale, where she still lives. But now her current home is at risk of being bulldozed so that a second highway, Interstate 49, can connect directly through the city. The Shreveport leaders who want to trade Camara’s home for a […]

Anna Hursey: Table tennis prodigy is helping US President Biden tackle the climate crisis


[ad_1] Yet it isn’t her sporting abilities attracting attention, rather her environmental advocacy, a topic she cares passionately about. That led to the US Embassy getting in touch with Hursey’s mom and dad earlier this year, inviting the youngster to work with US President Joe Biden in his mission to tackle the climate crisis. “I […]

Uyghurs in China: What Biden should do about China’s atrocities (opinion)


[ad_1] This genocide — that’s what it is — poses an urgent test for President Joe Biden’s new administration and for the international community. Either the United States and the world will finally go beyond tepid criticism and respond with real action, or we can forget about values, universal rights, and international law. The term […]

Oil spill leads Israel to close beaches as it faces one of its ‘most severe ecological disasters’


[ad_1] Blobs of sticky tar started washing up on the country’s Mediterranean shores last week. Images posted on official government accounts showed sea birds and turtles covered in tar and sticky oil. “The enormous amounts of tar emitted in recent days to the shores of Israel from south to north caused one of the most […]

Opinion: Ted Cruz isn’t the only issue in Texas


[ad_1] Nearly a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began bringing death, disease and economic distress to millions of households. But the disaster hasn’t come alone — a host of others have struck the US in the past 12 months. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record for the number of major storms, forcing meteorologists to […]

Opinion: The US is back in the Paris Agreement. Now what?


[ad_1] The US was a key player in helping to deliver the Paris Agreement, with former State Secretary and current US climate envoy John Kerry playing an instrumental role in this successful process. I have been extremely encouraged by the conversations I have had with Kerry and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy — […]

A new UN report proposes a radical shift in the way we think about nature


[ad_1] The report, “Making Peace with Nature,” spans 168 pages and distills the latest science on climate change and mankind’s “war” on the planet. It also argues that amid our pursuit of wealth and security, humans must now learn to value the fundamental “natural capital” of geology, soil, air and water — and urgently. “For […]

Opinion: Biden is right to spend big for Covid-19 relief. But who’s going to pay for it?


[ad_1] The spending is both necessary and affordable, yet there is a crucial question: how should the US pay for it? The Biden recovery plan covers three important needs. It spends $400 billion to fund the fight against the pandemic, through immunizations, an expanded public health workforce, and other means. It allocates around $1 trillion […]

New report details links between widespread ocean pollution and human health risks


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ocean pollution is widespread and getting worse, and when toxins in the oceans make landfall they imperil the health and well-being of more than 3 billion people, according to a new report by an international coalition of scientists led by Boston College’s Global Observatory on Pollution on Health and the […]

French-British duo pick up thousands of discarded Covid-19 masks on 880km trek


[ad_1] Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 10:56 Edmund Platt, a British environmental activist, and his French photojournalist friend Frédéric Munsch set off on October 1 to follow the high-speed TGV train line to the French capital, aiming to open people’s eyes to the extent of everyday pollution. “We ended up with 6,300 masks,” Platt told AFP […]

Gabonese citizens raise the alarm over oil spills by French company Perenco


[ad_1] Issued on: 27/11/2020 – 16:16 Residents of Étimboué in western Gabon have faced multiple oil spills over the past two years. Exhausted and angry, they are speaking out against Perenco, an independent Anglo-French oil company with headquarters in Paris and London, which is currently extracting petrol from about fifty different oil fields in the […]

Notre-Dame Cathedral rebuild hits milestone as melted scaffolding cleared


[ad_1] Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 20:13 Reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris reached a turning point this week. The removal of the final portions of the scaffolding that melted into a twisted web during last year’s blaze led French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot to declare the once-imperiled landmark “saved”, and crucial protective and stabilisation work […]

New study could help predict which individuals are more susceptible to cancer-causing agents


[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New insights into the mechanisms behind how cancer-causing agents in the environment activate genetic recombination in DNA could help to explain some of the effects of exposure as well as predicting which individuals may be more susceptible to developing the disease, a new UK study has suggested. Everyone is exposed […]

New York closes bars to curb virus resurgence as deaths top 1.3 mn


[ad_1] Bars and clubs in the Big Apple, the epicentre of the US’s spring outbreak, were ordered to close at 10 pm A swathe of new restrictions to cut off a second wave of coronavirus infections came into force in European nations on Saturday after New York closed bars and the global death toll climbed […]

Virus curbs tighten in Europe as global deaths top 1.3 mn


[ad_1] The Italy region of Tuscany is just one part of Europe that will see new anti-coronavirus restrictions A swathe of new restrictions to curtail a second wave of coronavirus infections were announced or came into force from Austria to Greece, Italy to Portugal on Saturday as the global death toll climbed above 1.3 million. […]

India fears annual Diwali festivities will cause coronavirus surge


[ad_1] Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 11:15 The crowds filling shopping areas ahead of the Diwali festival of lights on Saturday are raising hopes of India’s distressed business community after months of lockdown losses but also spawning fears of a massive coronavirus upsurge. People who’ve restricted their purchases to essentials for months appear to be in […]

Pollution and pandemics: A dangerous mix


[ad_1] According to new research from the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, pollution may bear part of the blame for the rapid proliferation in the United States of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the spread of COVID-19. Credit: Professor Rajan Chakrabarty, Washington University in St. Louis The United States may […]

India’s Covid-19 Cases Drop. A Second Wave May Loom.


[ad_1] NEW DELHI — Two months ago, India looked like a coronavirus disaster zone. Reported infections neared 100,000 a day, deaths were shooting up, and India seemed ready to surpass the United States in total recorded cases. Today, India’s situation looks much different. Reported infections, deaths and the share of people testing positive have all […]

Delhi fears the worst amid smog cloud and coronavirus wave


[ad_1] New Delhi faces a double whammy of deadly smog and the coronavirus A steady stream of patients is coming out of New Delhi’s brownish atmosphere for treatment at the Breathe Better clinic, where lung specialist Davinder Kundra is confronting what he calls the “double whammy” of deadly smog and the coronavirus. Kundra is among […]

Reduction of environmental pollutants for prevention of cardiovascular disease


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a current opinion article “Reduction of environmental pollutants for prevention of cardiovascular disease: it’s time to act,” published in the European Heart Journal this week, a group of international environmental researchers summarized the epidemiologic and mechanistic evidence in support of an association between noise and air pollution with cardiovascular […]

Can air pollution make COVID even deadlier?


[ad_1] People with long-term exposure to air pollutants may be more likely to die from COVID-19, according to a new study. In an analysis of more than 3,000 U.S. counties, researchers found that just a small increase in long-term average exposure to fine-particle pollutants (PM2.5) upped the risk of death from COVID by more than […]

Warmer world linked to poor pregnancy results: study


[ad_1] Women exposed to high temperatures and heatwaves during pregnancy are more likely to have premature or stillborn babies, research shows Women exposed to high temperatures and heatwaves during pregnancy are more likely to have premature or stillborn babies, researchers said Wednesday. Such outcomes—closely linked to poverty, especially in the tropics—will likely increase with global […]

Studies link COVID-19 deaths to air pollution, raising questions about EPA’s ‘acceptable risk’


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain The pandemic is putting America’s air pollution standards to the test as the COVID-19 death toll rises. The U.S. government sets limits on hazardous air pollutants to try to protect public health, but it can be difficult to determine where to draw the line for what is considered “acceptable risk.” […]

Healthcare app reduces symptoms of COPD compared to regular treatment


[ad_1] The MyCOPD app can be used on laptops, smartphones or tablets. Credit: University of Southampton A Southampton-developed healthcare app that helps people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) manage their condition can speed up recovery after hospital admission and reduce flare-ups of symptoms, a newly published study has shown. COPD is a common respiratory […]

Living in Noisy Neighborhoods May Raise Your Dementia Risk


[ad_1] Long-term exposure to noise may be linked to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Researchers did periodic interviews with 5,227 people 65 and older participating in a study on aging. They assessed them with standard tests of orientation, memory and language, and tracked average daytime noise levels in their […]

Air pollution killed 500k newborns in 2019: global study


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Air pollution killed 476,000 newborns in 2019, with the biggest hotspots in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new global study which said that nearly two-thirds of the deaths came from noxious fumes from cooking fuels. More than 116,000 Indian infants died from air pollution in the first month […]

Light pollution may increase biting behavior at night in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes


[ad_1] Aedes Aegypti Mosquito. Credit: University of Notre Dame Artificial light abnormally increases mosquito biting behavior at night in a species that typically prefers to bite people during the day, according to research from the University of Notre Dame that was published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Increased biting by Aedes […]

U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks


[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The strange sound came at night: a crack like a marble striking the floor of the apartment above them. Mark Lenzi and his wife had lightheadedness, sleep issues and headaches, and their children were waking up with bloody noses — symptoms they thought might be from the smog in Guangzhou, China, where […]

Significant link found between air pollution and neurological disorders


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Air pollution was significantly associated with an increased risk of hospital admissions for several neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias, in a long-term study of more than 63 million older U.S. adults, led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, conducted […]

In Pennsylvania, fracking might not be the winning issue US presidential candidates think it is


[ad_1] In the battle for the White House, Pennsylvania and fracking have become all but synonymous. Yet in one of the state’s largest gas-producing counties, FRANCE 24 found residents’ relationship with the industry to be far more vexed than the national debate suggests. Rose Friend’s family has a long history with natural gas. For decades, […]

Where Kamala Harris stands on the key issues


[ad_1] Republican strategists have struggled to agree on a line of attack against Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, branding her both a “radical leftist” and not progressive enough. We take a look at where she stands on the key issues as she prepares to square off with Vice President […]

Individual psychological well-being may guard heart health in Black adults


[ad_1] Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Feeling optimistic, that you have a sense of purpose in life and that you are in control of your environment—characteristics of psychosocial resilience—are associated with having better cardiovascular health among Black adults, independent of neighborhood context, according to a study published today in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American […]

Evidence of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MND in brains of young people exposed to dirty air


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers looking at the brainstems of children and young adults exposed lifelong to air pollution in Mexico City have discovered disturbing evidence of harm. Previous studies have linked fine particulate air pollution exposure with Alzheimer’s disease, and researchers have also reported evidence of air pollution-derived nanoparticles in the frontal cortex […]

Life in a food desert, where fresh produce is 2 bus rides from home


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Willie Brown carefully guided his cart of groceries off the Trinity Metro Bus. The cart thumped on the ground, and he slowly pushed it across an empty parking lot toward home. Thirty years ago, that empty parking lot would have been filled with shopping carts and families buying groceries. It […]

Preventing heart disease could keep more people employed and save billions for the economy


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Preventing 10 years of coronary heart disease would save nearly USD $15 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) by keeping people gainfully employed. That’s the finding of a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The findings come on World Heart Day, during which employers are urged […]

In France, salons send human hair to help clean up polluted water


[ad_1] Issued on: 23/09/2020 – 17:41 Could human hair be the secret to cleaning up the world’s seas and oceans? A group of French hairdressers are using rolls of discarded human hair to soak up oil in Mediterranean ports. Coiffeurs Justes (Fair Hairdressers) was started in 2015 by Thierry Gras, a hairdresser from the Var […]

China pledges to go carbon neutral by 2060


[ad_1] Issued on: 23/09/2020 – 00:08 Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday that the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter will peak emissions in 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2060, in what climate activists hailed as a major step forward. The goals were the most concrete yet announced by China, which accounts for one quarter […]

Wildfires’ toxic air leaves damage long after the smoke clears


[ad_1] Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for seven weeks surrounded by relentless smoke. […]