Nicholas Semzock

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Air pollution doesn’t just harm humans – it is destroying nature too

The poisonous residue from car exhausts is causing a public health crisis – and could be the death of sparrows too<p>You may never have heard of cow parsley syndrome, yet it’s been visible over much of Britain for the past month – the spectacle of country roads fringed with a dense throng of tall …

Pollution

UK air pollution deadlier than across half of western Europe, reveals WHO report

Air pollution in the UK is more deadly than in about half of western Europe, according to a major report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) into …

Air pollution kills more people in the UK than in Sweden, US and Mexico

WHO figures show people in Britain are more likely to die from dirty air than those living in some other comparable countries<p>People in the UK are 64 times as likely to die of air pollution as those in Sweden and twice as likely as those in the US, figures from the World Health Organisation …

Pollution

Choked by traffic, Bangkok revs up to beat air pollution | Reuters

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - There are two pictures Thai air pollution expert Supat Wangwongwatana likes to show whenever he talks about Bangkok’s transition, in a little over a decade, from a city blanketed in smog to one boasting clear blue skies.<p>The first, taken in the mid-1990s, shows …

Pollution

It’s not just Volkswagen. Every diesel car company is emitting more pollution than tests show.

The certification tests for diesel vehicles may be one giant loophole.<p>Cars, trucks, and buses running on diesel pass the government emissions tests in the lab just fine—and then go on to emit noxious pollution far beyond the legal limit once they hit the road. To be clear, it is not just …

Diesel Emissions

How more trees in a city can make smog worse

A recent study by a Berlin-based team of scientists has revealed that during heat waves, trees in a city can actually contribute to higher levels of …

Cash-strapped councils breaking the law on air pollution, documents reveal

It has been described as a “public health emergency” responsible for tens of thousands of deaths every year, but dozens of local councils have been …

Air pollution linked to poor sleep, study finds

Exposure to nitrogen dioxide and airborne particles affects sleep efficiency, says medical professor<p>Air pollution might be linked to poor sleep, say researchers looking into the impact of toxic air on our slumbers.<p>The study explored the proportion of time participants spent asleep in bed at night …

Pollution

Citizen science fights air pollution

Is it OK to jog without a mask? Should you leave the car at home today? A citizen-led initiative in Germany is trying to answer those questions in …

Reduced US air pollution will boost rainfall in Africa's Sahel, says study

Falling sulfur dioxide emissions in the United States are expected to substantially increase rainfall in Africa's semi-arid Sahel, while bringing …

Climate Change

Urban Air Pollution Increasing Around The World

Support the news<p>Air pollution may be disrupting your sleep, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington. Air pollution …

Diesel Pollution Is Choking London

And it's stopping our hearts.<p>It's a scorching day in London. The warm, calm weather only exacerbates the coughing, wheezing and sniffling of a city gripped by an air pollution crisis.<p>But London's air problem is not just choking residents, it's stopping our hearts too. And researchers say it's past …

Diesel Fumes Take a Toll on Health : Earth Matters : Blogs

<i>Figure by the ICCT based on data from Anenberg et al. 2017.</i><p>It is no secret that many diesel cars and trucks emit more pollution under real-world …

Air pollution is significantly weakening our hearts, major new study finds

The hearts of people who live in polluted areas are weaker than those who regularly breathe cleaner air, according to a new study which adds to the …

The Worst Air Quality in the World, Mapped

Air pollution kills more people in the U.S. than cars or guns. Imagine how China feels.<p>Go to China to talk about climate change, and you’ll end up in …

UK government sued for third time over illegal air pollution from diesels

Environmental lawyers who have defeated ministers twice return to court in a bid to remove ‘major flaws’ from air quality plans<p>Environmental lawyers are taking the government to the high court for a third time in a bid to remove “major flaws” from minister’s plans to tackle the UK’s illegal levels …

Environmentalism