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Spare the air

Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year. New data in a report from the UN’s global health body “is enough to make all of us extremely concerned,” Maria Neira, head of the WHO’s ... Read More »

Pollution particles ‘get into brain’

Tiny particles of pollution have been discovered inside samples of brain tissue, according to new research. Suspected of toxicity, the particles of iron oxide could conceivably contribute to diseases like Alzheimer’s – though evidence for this is lacking. The finding – described as “dreadfully shocking” by the researchers – raises a host of new questions about the health risks of ... Read More »

Volkswagen’s US diesel emissions settlement to cost $15 billion

Volkswagen AG’s settlement with nearly 500,000 U.S. diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15 billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter said on Monday. The settlement, to be announced on Tuesday in Washington, includes $10.033 billion to offer buybacks to owners of about 475,000 polluting vehicles and nearly $5 billion in funds ... Read More »

Israeli scientists track pollution from space

Called MODIS−Terra, MODIS−Aqua, and MISR, the satellites were launched by NASA from 2000 through 2002. Their combined data constitute an accurate survey of aerosol concentrations a few hundred metres above the Earth. Fifty−eight of these megacities have populations exceeding five million. The thickest layers of global smog−caused by traffic, industry, and natural minerals, among other factors, are found over the ... Read More »

Plants reduce city street pollution 8 times more than thought: Study

WASHINGTON: Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new study has revealed. futures trading strategies Thomas Pugh and colleagues explain that concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and microscopic particulate matter (PM) – both of which can ... Read More »