Smog getting you down? New study shows PM2.5’s impact on human stress levels

Smog getting you down? New study shows PM2.5’s impact on human stress levels

PM2.5 particles are well-known to harm human health. But what else can happen when you breathe them in? Recent research in Shanghai reveals some unknown interactions of PM2.5 with the human metabolism.

NewsSeptember 4, 2017Paule D
Smog getting you down? New study shows PM2.5’s impact on human stress levels
NewsSeptember 4, 2017Paule D

Smog getting you down? New study shows PM2.5’s impact on human stress levels

PM2.5 particles are well-known to harm human health. But what else can happen when you breathe them in? Recent research in Shanghai reveals some unknown interactions of PM2.5 with the human metabolism.

Liuzhou Forest City offers a peek into the future of green spaces
NewsJuly 18, 2017Paule D

Liuzhou Forest City offers a peek into the future of green spaces

Architect Stefano Boeri Architetti paves way for forest, residential co-habitation with latest self-sufficient town in Liuzhou China

Economic cost of air pollution in Canada reaches huge $40 billion in one year
NewsJune 14, 2017Paule D

Economic cost of air pollution in Canada reaches huge $40 billion in one year

While Canada’s air quality is ranked as one of the cleanest in the world, the welfare cost of its air pollution is still significant.

London to impose new daily charges on polluting vehicles to fight air pollution
NewsApril 12, 2017Ronny Agyeman

London to impose new daily charges on polluting vehicles to fight air pollution

The new rule, replacing the previous toxicity charge, is set to go into effect April 2019 and estimated to affect more than 150,000 cars.

Barcelona implements Europe’s largest car ban to-date in a leap to reach WHO standard air quality
NewsApril 7, 2017Ronnie Agyeman

Barcelona implements Europe’s largest car ban to-date in a leap to reach WHO standard air quality

The proposed car ban will affect residents in Barcelona and 39 surrounding municipalities, removing more than 100,000 cars from the roads.

Paris confronts worst wintertime pollution in 10 years with bold transport limitations
NewsDecember 9, 2016Chloe Parkin

Paris confronts worst wintertime pollution in 10 years with bold transport limitations

The City of Light enters its fourth day of traffic restrictions in a bid to ease the persistent smog

2 billion children breathing unsafe outdoor air worldwide
NewsNovember 8, 2016Chloe Parkin

2 billion children breathing unsafe outdoor air worldwide

Unicef report highlights unique vulnerability of children to air pollution globally

New WHO model shows 92% of world’s population breathing dangerous air
NewsOctober 8, 2016Chloe Parkin

New WHO model shows 92% of world’s population breathing dangerous air

Data analysis shows dramatic scale of global exposure to air pollution exceeding WHO recommended "safe" limit

Amsterdam bird houses provide free Wi-Fi in return for cleaner air
NewsJuly 20, 2016Chloe Parkin

Amsterdam bird houses provide free Wi-Fi in return for cleaner air

Unlikely innovation encourages citizens to play active role in cleaning up their communities

Europe’s busiest shopping street to be pedestrianised by 2020 in bid for cleaner air
NewsJuly 15, 2016Chloe Parkin

Europe’s busiest shopping street to be pedestrianised by 2020 in bid for cleaner air

London mayor announces Oxford Street will become vehicle-free zone to improve the capital's air quality

'There is no escape': Nairobi's air pollution sparks Africa health warning
NewsJuly 11, 2016The Guardian

'There is no escape': Nairobi's air pollution sparks Africa health warning

A growing population, increasing numbers of old and inefficient road vehicles, and a lack of air pollution monitoring all spell health danger for African megacities like Nairobi

Paris enforces driving ban on dirty old vehicles across city
NewsJuly 5, 2016Chloe Parkin

Paris enforces driving ban on dirty old vehicles across city

Mayor Anne Hidalgo implements new rule imposing fines on drivers of pre-1997 vehicles in bid to clean up city’s air

Household fuel burning emerges as major player in Beijing’s air pollution, a new study reveals
NewsJuly 1, 2016Chloe Parkin

Household fuel burning emerges as major player in Beijing’s air pollution, a new study reveals

Uncontrolled emissions from domestic sector could undermine wider efforts to improve the capital’s air quality

Increased clean energy investment could halve deaths from air pollution and fund itself in health savings
NewsJune 28, 2016Chloe Parkin

Increased clean energy investment could halve deaths from air pollution and fund itself in health savings

Forward-thinking policy changes could provide huge health and economic rewards from small investment, says IEA

Brazil’s passion for pizza causing surprise levels of air pollution
NewsJune 23, 2016Chloe Parkin

Brazil’s passion for pizza causing surprise levels of air pollution

Traditionally cooked pizza revealed to have unexpected environmental cost

Rajshahi: the city that took on air pollution – and won
NewsJune 20, 2016The Guardian

Rajshahi: the city that took on air pollution – and won

The formerly polluted city in Bangladesh that is showing the world how to effectively clean up their citizens' air

'Suggestive evidence' for link between air pollution, heightened stillbirth risk
NewsMay 24, 2016Science Daily

'Suggestive evidence' for link between air pollution, heightened stillbirth risk

According to data published on Occupational & Environmental Medicine there seems to be a link between high air pollution levels and still births, a 4 ug/m3 increase in exposure to small particulate matter of less than 2.5 in diameter (PM2.5) was associated with a 2% increased risk of stillbirth.

Air pollution rising at an 'alarming rate' in world's cities
NewsMay 12, 2016The Guardian

Air pollution rising at an 'alarming rate' in world's cities

WHO data finds that outdoor air pollution has risen by 8% in the past 5 years, with fast-growing cities in the developing world affected the most.

Iranian, Indian cities ranked worst for air pollution
NewsMay 12, 2016Reuters

Iranian, Indian cities ranked worst for air pollution

Iran and India rank worst for air pollution yet other countries without monitoring systems are likely worse.

UK government accused of pursuing 'gimmicks' to tackle air pollution
NewsMay 9, 2016The Guardian

UK government accused of pursuing 'gimmicks' to tackle air pollution

In search for air quality solutions, UK government proposes controversial paint that could reduce the illegal levels of NO2 in the air.

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