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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

Accounting for Short-Lived Forcers in Carbon Budgets

July 15, 2015 — New research shows how measures to reduce emissions of short-lived climate forcers can impact global carbon budgets for limiting climate change to below 2 degrees C over pre-industrial ... read more

Research Encourages the Consideration of Air Pollution When Planning Housing Near Transit

July 7, 2015 — Policymakers and developers lack a complete picture of the potential dangers of air pollution when advocating the construction of high-density housing (like apartment buildings) along traffic ... read more

June 12, 2015 — The rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affect plants' absorption of nitrogen, which is the nutrient that restricts crop growth in most terrestrial ecosystems. Researchers ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Most of us don’t consider forests a source of pollution. As natural bodies, they should be good for the environment. But a recent study in Japan shows that older cedar and cypress plantations are ... read more

Birth Weight Affected by Warm Temperatures During Pregnancy

June 9, 2015 — Exposure to high air temperature during pregnancy increases the risk of lower birth weight and can cause preterm birth, new research shows. This study suggests that warming temperatures on the planet ... read more

Stricter Limits for Ozone Pollution Would Boost Need for Science, Measurements

June 4, 2015 — A tougher federal standard for ozone pollution, under consideration to improve public health, would ramp up the importance of scientific measurements and models, according to a new ... read more

Air Pollution Below EPA Standards Linked With Higher Death Rates

June 4, 2015 — Death rates among people over 65 are higher in zip codes with more fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) than in those with lower levels of PM2.5, researchers have found. The harmful effects from ... read more

Lower Birth Weight Associated With Proximity of Mother's Home to Gas Wells

June 3, 2015 — Pregnant women living close to a high density of natural gas wells drilled with hydraulic fracturing were more likely to have babies with lower birth weights than women living farther from such ... read more

June 1, 2015 — Particles of less than 2.5 microns emitted by vehicles have negative repercussions for bronchiolitis, pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis in children. Should their concentrations be reduced to the ... read more

May 28, 2015 — More charged particles in urban environments come from motor vehicle emissions than anything else which makes living beside a busy road with lots of diesel-driven vehicles worse for your health than ... read more

Anti-Pollution Rules Have Uncertain Effects

May 26, 2015 — Air pollution regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are estimated to save thousands of lives annually. A new study, however, says these estimates are more uncertain than ... read more

Breastfeeding Protects Against Environmental Pollution

May 22, 2015 — Living in a city with a high level of vehicle traffic or close to a steel works means living with two intense sources of environmental pollution. However, a study indicates that the harmful pollution ... read more

Air Quality Effects of Natural Gas Extraction Detected in PA's Marcellus Shale Region

May 20, 2015 — Environmental engineers have taken a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. The group used a mobile air quality monitoring ... read more

Air Pollution and Impaired Lung Function Prove Independent Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline

May 18, 2015 — Studies have shown that both air pollution and impaired lung function can cause cognitive deficits, but it was unclear whether air pollution diminishes cognition by reducing breathing ability first ... read more

Link Between Vitamin E, Exposure to Air Pollution

May 15, 2015 — An association between the amount of vitamin E in the body, exposure to particulate pollution and lung function has been uncovered by a new study. The paper adds to growing evidence from previous ... read more

May 14, 2015 — Climate change -- in the form of a stronger sea breeze, the result of warmer soil temperatures -- contributed to the drop in high-ozone days in the Houston area, scientists have determined. They add ... read more

May 13, 2015 — People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure. Air ... read more

May 12, 2015 — A strong connection between high ozone days in the western US during late spring and La Nina, an ocean-atmosphere phenomena that affects global weather patterns, has been identified by researchers. ... read more

New Method Developed to Assess Cancer Risk of Pollutants

May 11, 2015 — A faster, more accurate method to assess cancer risk from certain common environmental pollutants has been developed by scientists. The study focused on an important class of pollutants known as ... read more

River Sediments a Dynamic Reserve of Pollutants

May 8, 2015 — Research has located the stretches in the River Deba and its tributaries posing the greatest potential hazard owing to their high metal content, has identified the sources of pollution and has ... read more

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