Air

By David Lary | Air Pollution

Polluted air affects 92% of global population, says WHO

<b>Nine out of 10 people on the planet breathe polluted air, even outdoors, the World Health Organisation said.</b><p>Some 92% of the population live in places where air pollution exceeds WHO limits, which can contribute to lung cancer, heart disease, and strokes.<p>The south-east Asia and western Pacific …

A Fuel Tanker In The Gulf of Mexico Has Been On Fire For 24 Hours

A large plume of smoke from the burning ship could be seen from the port of Veracruz.<p>A fuel tanker continued to burn off the Gulf coast of Mexico on Sunday, a day after it erupted in flames.<p>Firefighting boats were battling the blaze aboard the Burgos, which is owned by state oil company Petroleos …

Mexico

Toxic air pollution particles found in human brains

Toxic nanoparticles from air pollution have been discovered in human brains in “abundant” quantities, a newly published study reveals.<p>The detection of the particles, in brain tissue from 37 people, raises concerns because recent research has suggested links between these magnetite particles and …

Pollution

These Oil Wells in Iraq Have Been Burning For Months

A camera aboard the Landsat 8 satellite has been tracking the progress of oil fires in Iraq that have been burning since June. The dark plumes of …

War

Chicago installs air-quality sensors in high-traffic areas

Chicago wants to improve children’s respiratory health. By the end of 2016, the city will install 100 computer-supported air-quality sensors in the …

Air Quality

Air pollution threat hidden as research 'presumes people are at home': study

The true impact of air pollution has been obscured by the failure to consider people’s exposure as they move around during the day, according to a new study that has mapped the hotspots of New York’s air pollution based on where people gather for work or recreation.<p>The research cites air pollution …

The eco guide to air pollution

These days fresh air is hard to find, even in parks. Nearly a quarter of London’s green open spaces now breach laws on nitrogen dioxide pollution (the stuff that spews out of diesel exhausts).<p>When the air in the park is worse than at the side of the road, that’s a new low. If you’re a Londoner, …

Air Pollution

How effective are simple cloth masks against air pollution?

Results of a new study by environmental health scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that inexpensive cloth masks worn by …

How America's dirtiest city in 1969 became one of the greenest

One of America's dirtiest cities has completely altered its legacy as one of the country's greenest. Over the last few decades, Chattanooga, …

Environment

Comparing urban air pollution

Pollution in cities by hour of the day<p>Nitrogen dioxide<br>• Particulate matter<br>• Air quality<p>GAUGING the severity of air pollution can be a tricky task for …

Urbanization

Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities

<i>Please note: An erratum has been published for this article. To view the erratum, please click here.</i><p>Persons using assistive technology might not be …

In Amsterdam, Researchers Are Testing A Flower Grown To Suck Up Smog

A new type of honeysuckle, called Green Junkie, may work as an urban air filter.<p>Next to a busy residential street in Amsterdam, a series of plant-filled tubes is part of a new experiment that asks: Can specially grown flowers suck more smog from the air?<p>Researcher measuring how a new type of …

Amsterdam

The dangerous link between air pollution and mental illness

Even low levels of air pollution may put children at higher risk for developing a mental illness, according to a recent study out of Sweden — the …

Shipping air pollution causes 24,000 deaths a year in east Asia – study

A boom in shipping is aggravating air pollution in China and other nations in east Asia, causing thousands of deaths a year in a region with eight of the world’s 10 biggest container ports, scientists have said.<p>Ship traffic, often overlooked compared to cars and factories that are far bigger causes …

A quadcopter drone developed by McGill University computer scientists can make surprisingly accurate dot pictures of people. — Quartz

Scientists at McGill University have developed a robot that could conceivably rank as one of the world’s great artists. Well, sort of.<p>The team of scientists, led by Paul Kry, has written complex algorithms that allow a small quadcopter drone to fly in front of a canvas and to paint on it using …

Drones

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

A minibus belches black smoke; the lorry behind it in the traffic jam billows white fumes. Eyes smart in the smog as diesel gases from thousands of 10 and 15-year-old vehicles fill Nairobi’s hazy evening air, adding to pollution levels that are “beyond imagination”, according to one resident. This …

Transportation

Gone: Global Warming Claims a Lake — and a Way of Life

There used to be a lake in Bolivia. Lake Poopó. Then it disappeared — along with most of the villagers who depended on the lake, for generations.<p>The Andes bureau chief, Nicholas Casey, went with the Times photographer Josh Haner to Llapallapani, Bolivia, and wrote what is a cautionary tale about …

Global Warming

The Ozone Hole is Really Healing

On September 16, 1987, the Montreal Protocol was agreed and signed and later came into force on January 1, 1989. It is an international treaty that …

Ozone

Three-quarters of people living in cities want clean air zones, poll finds

The UK may be on its way out of the EU but more than three-quarters (76%) of people want clean air zones to bring their cities into line with European standards, according to a YouGov poll.<p>The poll comes as new forecasting suggests London will still breach the limits for another 14 years without …

City Politics

NASA's Massive Super Pressure Balloon Just Broke a Flight Duration Record

Long-lasting balloons could supplement satellites for experiments and communications.<p>NASA announced yesterday that its Balloon Program Office had ended the second test flight of its Super Pressure Balloon, or SPB. The balloon took off from New Zealand on May 16th and landed in Peru yesterday. It …

NASA

World’s largest purifier cleans air and turns pollution into jewelry

A designer created the largest air purifier in history, which could be used to clear the air in some of the most polluted cities around the world. A …

China

MEPs urge UK to honour new EU deal to halve deaths from air pollution

A post-Brexit UK government should respect a new EU deal designed to halve the number of premature deaths from air pollution, MEPs have said.<p>Brexit explained: Cameron's successor<p>The draft directive agreed on Thursday sets national limits for emissions from five pollutants by 2030: sulphur dioxide …

Air Pollution Kills 6.5 Million People Every Year, And It Could Get Worse Unless We Act Now

Poor air quality is now the fourth largest threat to our health, according to a new IEA report.<p>Exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution is linked to the premature deaths of about 6.5 million people every year, according to new International Energy Agency cautionary report this week. That makes …

Air Pollution

These countries have the deadliest air pollution. (Surprisingly, Georgia is No. 1.)

Every year, air pollution kills about 6.5 million people worldwide — linked to everything from lung cancer to heart disease to strokes. It’s an honest-to-goodness public health crisis. So the International Energy Agency just put out a huge report on how pollution got so bad and what we might do …

Environment

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

Once, Rajshahi’s sweltering summers were made worse by a familiar problem on the Asian subcontinent: windows would have to be shut, not because of the wind or monsoon, but because of the smog.<p>Dust blown up from dry riverbeds, fields and roads, and choking smog from ranks of brick kilns on the edge …

Air Pollution

Interactive Map Shows Where Toxic Air Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry Is Threatening 12.4 Million Americans

The interactive map shows the nation’s 1.2 million active oil and gas wells, compressors and...

Pollution

We Finally Know What Causes Volcanic Lightning

Volcanic lightning is one of nature’s most epic displays, but what exactly causes the phenomenon is a longstanding mystery. Now, by studying …

Lightning

Here's What Apple Didn't Mention During Its WWDC Keynote

iOS 10 will include an ‘Air Quality Index’ for China, and other lesser-known features<p>At one point during the WWDC keynote announcement today, a slide flashed showing a bunch of improvements Apple engineers made under the hood. Now, most of these didn't merit their own callouts during the keynote …

Air Quality

El Niño Has Pushed Our Planet Past a Major Climate Milestone

The monster El Niño of 2015-2016 is finally gone, but scientists are still coming to terms with its impacts on the planet. Among those impacts: …

Climate