The when, where and what of air pollutant exposure

Scientists have linked air pollution with many health conditions including asthma, heart disease, lung cancer and premature death. Among air pollutants, fine particulate matter...

High levels of previously unsuspected pollutant uncovered in homes, environment

Scientists have found high levels of a previously unsuspected pollutant in homes, in an electronic waste recycling facility and in the natural environment. People...

Coal power plant regulations neglect a crucial pollutant

Researchers determine that particle-forming sulfur dioxide is the most damaging pollutant from Texas' coal-fired power plants that lack equipment to scrub emissions.

Harmful pesticides lurking in New York State homes

Despite the existence of chemical-free methods to eradicate pests, Americans use more than a billion pounds of pesticides per year. These chemicals are mostly...

Gas stations vent far more toxic fumes than previously thought

A study examined the release of vapors from gas station vent pipes, finding emissions were 10 times higher than estimates used in setback regulations...

Wildfire aerosols remain longer in atmosphere than expected

Light-absorbing brown carbon aerosols, emitted by wildfires, remain longer in the atmosphere than expected, which could have implications for climate predictions.

Weathering rates for mined lands exponentially higher than unmined sites

A new study found a dramatic increase in the chemical weathering rates of mined landscapes, which are melting away bedrock up to 45 times...

Light pollution makes fish more courageous

Artificial light at night also makes guppies more courageous during the day, according to a new behavioral study.

First evidence that soot from polluted air is reaching placenta

Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for the first time, in new research.

Air purifiers may benefit fetal growth

A new study reveals fetal growth may improve if pregnant women use portable air purifiers inside their homes.

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