Forest fires linked to low birth weight in newborns

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Better models of atmospheric ‘detergent’ can help predict climate change

Earth's atmosphere has a unique ability to cleanse itself by way of invisible molecules in the air that act as minuscule cleanup crews. The...

Air pollution caused 1.1 million deaths across Africa in 2019

Air pollution was responsible for 1.1 million deaths across Africa in 2019, with household air pollution accounting for 700,000 fatalities, while increased outdoor air...

Study links air pollution to nearly 6 million preterm births around the world

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Firefighter exposure to wildfire smoke compounds varies, depending on duties

Every summer, wildfires rage across the western U.S., and wildland firefighters are tasked with putting them out. But in the process, they inhale smoke...

Even low levels of air pollution can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, study...

Prolonged exposure to air pollution can be linked to an increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, even when levels are below the...

Breathing humid and salt-enriched air reduces respiratory droplet generation, study finds

Breathing water and salt suppresses the generation of respiratory droplets, and potentially reduces COVID-19 incidence and symptoms, researchers have found.

Best of both worlds: New organic–inorganic gas sensors for better air quality monitoring

With air pollution increasing year-on-year, the need for efficient, portable, and low-cost gas sensors that can detect toxic gases in real time grows stronger....

Study provides suggestions for keeping classroom air fresh

An new study shows how specific classroom configurations may affect air quality and necessitate additional measures -- beyond using an HVAC system or opening...

Mobility restrictions can have unexpected impacts on air quality

Reduced mobility induced by the COVID-19 restrictions had only minor influence on particulate pollution levels, according to atmosphere studies in the Po Valley region...

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