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Air pollution violations from Chinese factories made public in new app

7/5/2014 - A new smart phone app was recently developed to enable anyone to not only view complete air quality readings but directly determine air pollution culprits. Surprisingly, it was developed in China for Chinese citizens. And it doesn't target cars and wood- or coal-burning chimneys; it targets industrial...

Air pollution causes developmental problems in infants, kills 7 million annually

4/4/2014 - In the quest for energy and increased production, mankind has sabotaged himself, destroying the very air he breathes. Nature's clean, sustainable, free energy sources have been bypassed, as industry empires rise up, shooting pollution from their stacks and skyscraper pipes. Air quality is often taken...

Beijing air pollution now 800% higher than WHO limits

2/26/2014 - China continues to sing the environmental blues, with air pollution levels in the capital city of Beijing now so high that they exceed the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended safety level by nearly eight-fold. Bloomberg reports that recent air samples taken by Beijing's Municipal Environmental...

Beijing air pollution now 800% higher than WHO limits

2/26/2014 - China continues to sing the environmental blues, with air pollution levels in the capital city of Beijing now so high that they exceed the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended safety level by nearly eight-fold. Bloomberg reports that recent air samples taken by Beijing's Municipal Environmental...

Beijing air pollution now 800% higher than WHO limits

2/26/2014 - China continues to sing the environmental blues, with air pollution levels in the capital city of Beijing now so high that they exceed the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended safety level by nearly eight-fold. Bloomberg reports that recent air samples taken by Beijing's Municipal Environmental...

Beijing air pollution reaches crisis levels; can China survive its toxic environment?

1/28/2014 - China is the world's worst industrial polluter, spewing tons of toxins derived from man-made production into the air, soil and water at a steady rate. It has refused to comply with the same standards adopted by other leading nations of the world. And the level of pollutants is starting to catch up...

Vitamin C lowers the harmful effects of air pollution, study finds

8/28/2013 - Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants on Earth, and its ability to aid tissue growth and repair is well-known. However, British researchers at the Imperial College of London have found another good reason to eat more oranges and lemons - vitamin C can also guard us against the negative...

Air pollution particulates promote hardening of the arteries and cardiovascular disease

6/6/2013 - As heart disease marches on as the leading killer of Americans and those in western societies, researchers isolate yet another factor to be implicated in the advancement of this largely preventable disease. Poor diet, lack of physical activity, smoking and environmental and household pollutants all...

Any decrease in air pollution leads to longer lives, study finds

12/8/2012 - Even a small decrease in air pollution can lead to significant increases in life expectancy, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and published in the journal Epidemiology. "Despite the fact that the U.S. population as a whole is exposed to much lower levels of air...

Does air pollution cause autism?

12/7/2012 - Exposure to air pollution in utero or during the first year of life may double a person's risk of developing autism, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "This work has broad potential public health implications,"...

Bad air could be destroying your brainpower

11/26/2012 - A memory that slips with age and progresses into the dreaded nightmare of dementia is often considered just a part of growing old. But a growing body of evidence shows lifestyle has a huge impact on causing thinking problems in the elderly. Now, new research recently presented in San Diego at The Gerontological...

Air pollution causes harmful physical changes in the brain

7/13/2011 - No one likes breathing polluted air. Exhaust fumes and particulate matter hanging in the air can make you cough and give you a headache. As NaturalNews has reported previously, it can harm your health in ways that aren't so obvious, as well. For example, Ohio State University researchers have found...

Air Pollution Linked to Low IQ in Children

7/24/2009 - When many doctors downplay the role of toxicity in the body and underestimate the damage it causes, it's nice to see research pointing to these effects. Researchers recently found that mothers who breathe in more polluted air during their pregnancy were more apt to have children with lower IQs. Two...

Indoor Air Pollution is a Serious Threat to Your Health

3/5/2009 - Indoor air pollution is arguably one of the most overlooked threats to human health, particularly affecting young children who spend an estimated 80% of their time indoors. Studies released in the past few years demonstrate clearly that poor indoor air quality not only increases asthma symptoms but...

Air Pollution Has Negative Effects on Heart Health

11/4/2008 - It would be natural to think that microscopic particles in polluted air would do damage to one's lungs, nose and throat. However, recent research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association has reported that such particles can in fact negatively affect the ability of the heart...

Air Pollution May be to Blame for Honeybee Population Collapse

10/17/2008 - Air pollution is making it harder for bees and other pollinating insects to find food, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Virginia. Pollutants such as ozone (smog) and nitrate radicals, formed mostly as a consequence of car exhaust, are binding with the volatile...

Air Pollution Raises Blood Pressure According to New Study

9/9/2008 - It seems like a healthy thing to do: getting outside. Maybe you like to go for walks or spend an hour gardening or riding your bike. Unfortunately, if you live where the air is polluted, you could be hurting your health by simply breathing the not-so-fresh air. That's the conclusion of a new Ohio...

Air Pollution Causes Blood Clots

9/7/2008 - Air pollution produced by the burning of fossil fuels can drastically increase people's risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. "We have known for...

California Air Pollution Found to Kill 24,000 A Year

9/6/2008 - Particulate pollution from the burning of fossil fuels kills 24,000 people per year in California, according to the newest figures from the California Air Resources Board. This is nearly three times higher than the 8,200 people previously believed by the state to die each year. "Our report concludes...

Flowers' Fragrance Diminished by Air Pollution

4/16/2008 - We have all wondered what was happening to the honey bees. Now, from recent research by the University of Virginia, we have an answer. Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying the fragrance of flowers and thereby inhibiting the ability of pollinating insects to follow scent trails...

Air Pollution Reduces Fetus Size and Decreases Male/Female Ratio

2/18/2008 - A study by researchers at Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia warns that women exposed to air pollution in urban areas during pregnancy have smaller fetuses than those in areas with cleaner air. This is the first study to show that air pollution affects fetal development. The air pollution...

Air pollution of cities more dangerous to health than living near Chernobyl radiation zone

5/23/2007 - Living with a smoker or in a major city places a person at greater risk of early death than living in the radioactive exclusion zone around Chernobyl, according to a study conducted by scientists at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Great Britain and published in the journal "BMC Public Health." Researcher...

Air pollution increases risk of heart disease and stroke, study says

2/8/2007 - A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has discovered a significant correlation between the air pollution around a woman's home and her risk of heart disease. While only women were studied, researchers believe that air pollution has the same effects on men. However, women are...

Two million people a year killed by air pollution, says WHO

10/6/2006 - According to new research examined by the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution in cities around the world causes roughly 2 million premature deaths each year. Yesterday members of the WHO's special program for health and the environment urged worldwide nations to adopt strict air pollution...

Researchers Show How Air Pollution Causes Heart Disease (press release)

9/13/2006 - New York University School of Medicine researchers provide some of the most compelling evidence yet that long-term exposure to air pollution—even at levels within federal standards—causes heart disease. Previous studies have linked air pollution to cardiovascular disease but until now it was poorly...

Fine Particle Air Pollution Associated With Respiratory and Cardiovascular Diseases (press release)

8/11/2006 - Being exposed to fine particle matter air pollution increases a person’s risk for hospital admission for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, according to a study in the March 8 issue of JAMA. Numerous studies have shown associations of chronic exposure to airborne particles and increased health...

Air pollution boosts autism risk by 50 percent in newborns

6/26/2006 - A recent study by the California Department of Health Services indicates that industrial air pollutants may increase the risk of autism by 50 percent in young children and unborn babies. The report was published online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers compared 959 children...

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