Scientists zoom-in on the effects of air pollution at the molecular level

Air pollution triggers a cascade of molecular changes inside the body.

How air pollution affects human health

Air pollution kills 5.5 million people around the world yearly.

Short-term exposure to air pollution may be deadly for people with asthma

A few days’ exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with increased risk of death from asthma.

Diesel is responsible for half of all premature deaths attributed to vehicle emissions

Vehicle tailpipe emissions were responsible for 385,000 premature deaths worldwide in 2015.

Daily household tasks like cooking and cleaning are a hidden source of air pollution, researchers say

One-day household pollution may be given as much attention as transportation emissions.

More than 90% of children worldwide breathe heavily polluted air — a “ticking time bomb”

Pollution is a silent killer — and it’s affecting almost all the planet’s children.

Air pollution soots its way into mothers’ placentas — maybe the fetus, as well

Very Not Good™.

Prolonged exposure to Los Angeles Bay air induces dangerous mutations in the brains of rats

Inflammation and cancer-related gene expression was overcharged by exposure to particulate matter in city air.

Air pollution exposure during fetal life linked to brain abnormalities in children

Brain abnormalities might lead to cognitive impairment. that could have significant long-term consequences.

Global pollution linked to one in six premature deaths. It’s worse than wars, AIDS and road accidents combined

The real scope of pollution and how it affects livelihoods is often misrepresented.

China’s smog was so bad you could barely see its skyscrapers from air

As we previously reported, China is experiencing a dramatic smog crisis – again.

Living near a crowded street seems to increase dementia risk

Move away from the busy roads.

Air pollution inside your car is 40% higher during traffic jams, so keep windows closed and switch fans off

Urban air pollution has been classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) among the top ten health risks humans face.

Decade-long study shows how air pollution is killing you

A decade-long study of thousands of Americans has found direct evidence of how air pollution causes heart disease. The link between the two has been established a long time ago, but it’s only now that the biological mechanisms have been explained thoroughly.

Air pollution kills 3.3 million yearly, but could double by 2050

The most detail study of its kind found air pollution is responsible 3.3 million premature deaths. Based on current trends of agricultural and industrial expansion, the study projects 6.6 million will succumb to soot and smog in 2050, or double today’s death toll. Most of these fatalities will be registered in developing nations like India, Pakistan and China.

Plastic debris in 90% of seabirds’ guts

Researchers studying the plastic problem our ocean is facing predict that by 2050 nearly every single maritime bird species will have plastic pieces inside their digestive systems. The grim prediction is based on a new study showing that about 90 percent of seabirds today have plastic in their bodies.

Environmental refugees? Wealthy Chinese depart mainland in search for clean air

The low quality of the Chinese air is more than simply a nuisance – China has by far the worst air quality out of all the industrialized countries, and it’s estimated that 16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China. Needless to say this significantly raises mortality and causes a myriad of health issues – but are

Smog in Beijing reduces life expectancy by 15 years

The effects of urban pollution in China are started to get out of hand, and by now, it’s pretty safe to say that they are dealing with a major pollution crisis – the smog in Beijing particularly is so severe you can easily see it from outer space. Now, a new study has concluded that the smog alone is so

Trees can capture 50% of particulate pollution cities

Trees planted along a city street could screen residents from sun and noise – but more importantly, they can also protect them from the polluted air. A new study has shown that tree leaves can capture more than 50% of the polluting particulate matter – the main source of urban pollution and a trigger for disease. In cities, this type

Hazardous smog paralyzes 11 million people in China

Residents in China’s northeast region of Harbin are experiencing severe levels of smog pollution, which reduced the visibility to just 10 meters and virtually paralyzed all activities. Today (Monday morning), all schools and airports were closed and public transportation is limited. This is certainly not the first time in recent years when China was faced with obscene levels of pollution