Study: End of coal burning at Pa. plant better for pregnant women

From the New Jersey Herald, January 11, 2018. When the Portland (Pa.) Generating Plant burned coal to produce electricity, pregnant women who lived downwind in four New Jersey counties had a statistically higher chance of having a low birth weight or pre-term birth. Now that the plant no longer burns coal to create electricity, birth […]

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Exposure to fine particulate pollution linked to increase in early births: study

From The Sydney Morning Herald, January 3, 2018. Exposure to fine particulates from burning coal, vehicle exhausts and other pollution sources is linked to an increased risk of pre-term births, according to a study of more than 1 million Chinese births that included an Australian researcher. The study, published Wednesday by the American Medical Association’s […]

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Air Pollution Contributes to More Than 20,000 Deaths a Year

From the New York Times, December 27, 2017. Day-to-day increases in air pollution, even at levels generally considered acceptable, are associated with increased deaths among the elderly. Previous studies have suggested an association, but most have been based on small populations in metropolitan areas. This new study, in JAMA, used Medicare files and nationwide air […]

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Ottawa plans to declare deadly gas is non-toxic

From the National Obersrver, December 21, 2017. Staff at Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada came to this conclusion in a draft assessment of hydrogen sulfide, published in September. The proposal found that the gas, also known as H2S or sour gas, does not enter the environment in quantities, concentrations or conditions “that […]

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Eliminating State Air Pollution Rules

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 21, 2017. GOP Bill Would Eliminate State DNR Regulations, Leave Only Federal Rules Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a proposal that would eliminate all of the state’s air quality regulations by the end of next year. Assembly lawmakers met Tuesday for a public hearing on a bill that would eliminate all […]

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U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions

From Infrastructure USA, October 25, 2017. UNITED STATES ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION (EIA) U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions decreased 1.7% in 2016 Energy‐related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased by 89 million metric tons(MMmt), from 5,259 MMmt in 2015 to 5,170 MMmt in 2016. Although real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 1.5% over that period, other factors […]

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Exposure to air pollution before birth may shorten our lives

From CNN, October 16, 2017. (CNN)Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found. The length of telomeres — caps at the end of chromosomes, similar to shoelace tips — is considered a marker […]

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The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing

From Science News, September 19, 2017. As governments decide what to do about air quality, studies connect an array of health problems to dirty air To the residents of Donora, Pa., a mill town in a crook of the Monongahela River, the daily haze from nearby zinc and steel plants was the price of keeping […]

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China commits to cut northern air pollution by 15 percent

From Reuters, August 24, 2017. SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has pledged to cut average concentrations of airborne particles known as PM2.5 by more than 15 percent year-on-year in the winter months in 28 northern cities to meet key smog targets, the environment ministry said. In a 143-page winter smog “battleplan” posted on its website on […]

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Renewable Energy Isn’t Just Cutting Costs, It’s Saving Lives

From Futurism, August 17, 2017. Clean Energy, Clean Air Renewable energy is very much in the limelight these days, as country after country experience how these sources can keep at par with fossil fuels. Various places have shown how renewables are capable of supplying a huge chunk of their electricity demands — one Austrian state […]

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Growth of city trees can cut air pollution, says report

From the BBC News. A study by US-based The Nature Conservancy (TNC) reported than the average reduction of particulate matter near a tree was between 7% and 24%. Particulate matter (PM) is microscopic particles that become trapped in the lungs of people breathing polluted air. PM pollution could claim an estimated 6.2 million lives each […]

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