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How air pollution messes with our minds

From Chemical & Engineering News, May 31, 2020. Air pollution inflames the brain, sparking reactions that lead to diseases such as dementia and autism Neurotoxicologist Deborah Cory-Slechta had a somewhat macabre introduction to her current area of research. In 2012, a colleague at the University of Rochester kept pestering her, “You have to look at […]

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Covid-19 Flares Up in America’s Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’

From Wired, May 26, 2020. Researchers find that areas with high levels of airborne dust or toxic chemicals also have more deaths from the coronavirus. AIR IS POLITICAL. Research indicates race is the biggest predictor of whether a person lives near a heavily polluted area. Covid-19 is especially lethal for patients with respiratory problems. Now […]

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Cutting air pollution ‘can prevent deaths within weeks

From the Guardian, December 6, 2019. Cutting air pollution can prevent deaths within weeks, according to scientists. They found the health benefits of clean air were “almost immediate and substantial” and stretched into the long term, saving billions of dollars. The review examined the evidence for the reduction of illness after levels of toxic air […]

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Want cleaner roadside air? Plant hedges

From Earthsky, February 27, 2019. Urban air quality can really stink! In cities, scores of vehicles emit enormous quantities of pollutants into the air, and these pollutants can pose serious threats to your health. While a long-term fix for this problem will require emission reductions from tailpipes, quick exposure reductions could be achieved by planting […]

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U.S. Air Pollution Deaths Nearly Halved Over Two Decades

From Yale Environmental 360, October 19, 2018. The number of deaths related to air pollution in the United States shrank by 47 percent between 1990 and 2010, dropping from 135,000 per year to 71,000, according to new research published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. The decline in mortality is attributable to stricter regulations and improvements in […]

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Air Pollution Adversely Affecting Test Scores

From US News, September 9, 2018. POLLUTION HAS LONG BEEN associated with damaging side effects on the human body, causing respiratory problems, heart and liver dysfunction, as well as fatigue, headaches, and lower life expectancy. Now, new research shows the effects stretch much further than that and may adversely affect brain activity. A recent study […]

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No, the United States isn’t the cleanest country

From Politifact, August 23, 2018. “I want clean air. I want crystal clean water. And we’ve got it. We’ve got the cleanest country in the planet right now,” Trump said in an Aug. 21 rally in Charleston, W.Va. “There’s nobody cleaner than us, and it’s getting better and better.” Does the United States dominate when […]

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It’s easier to breathe in Beijing these days

From MNN News, August 20, 2018. As China continues to crack down on pollution, Beijing’s residents are breathing easier and seeing bluer skies. As reported by Bloomberg, of the seven months with the lowest monthly pollution readings since 2008, five of them have happened since the summer of 2017, with back-to-back low-pollution months this summer […]

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Trump Administration Unveils Its Plan to Relax Car Pollution Rules

From the New York Times, August 2, 2018. The Trump administration on Thursday put forth its long-awaited proposal to freeze antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars, significantly weakening one of President Barack Obama’s signature policies to combat global warming. The proposed new rules would also challenge the right of states, California in particular, to set […]

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Wisconsin Clean Cities Members Displace 32M Gallons of Petroleum in a Year

From NGT News, June 27, 2018. Wisconsin Clean Cities members displaced more than 32 million gallons of petroleum in 2017, the Milwaukee-based nonprofit has announced. Wisconsin Clean Cities – one of nearly 100 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions – partners with public, private and nonprofit sectors to reduce dependence on imported oil in […]

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