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  • EPA Provides Grants to Help the Public in the U.S. Virgin Islands Learn More about Air and Water Pollution in their Community

    The United States EPA is providing a $25,000 "citizen science" grant to the St. Croix Environmental Association Vehicle Air Pollution Project. The Project will train at least 30 St. Croix high school and university students and 3 teachers to review vehicle air pollution information, collect and analyze vehicular traffic and air pollution data, and develop recommendations based on their research. ...

  • Beijing govt says air had less pollution in 1st part of year

    A key measure of air pollutants in China's capital showed a 19 percent drop in the first three months of the year, local authorities said Wednesday. Beijing's municipal government said Wednesday that the density of PM2.5 - harmful particles that are smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter - was 92.7 micrograms per cubic meter for the quarter, an improvement from 114 in the same period last year. The ...


    By Associated Press

  • Air quality linked to wellbeing at a regional level in Europe

    The impact of air quality on public welfare is important to policy development. However, it is difficult to make a clear link between the two when air pollution tends to be reported at a country level and wellbeing is an individual measure. A new study takes a step further towards linking the two by analysing regional level air quality across the EU and relating it to levels of life satisfaction. ...

  • Get what you pay for with air quality analysers

    Customers looking to save money on air quality analysers by purchasing reconditioned or recycled systems should look closely at the long-term costs involved before buying, say experts Enviro Technology. While old analysers may appear cheaper, spare parts for such equipment are in many cases either obsolete or close to becoming so, making future servicing or breakdowns time-consuming, costly or ...

  • Tourist cruise ships increase atmospheric pollution in the Arctic

    Levels of air pollution significantly increase on the island of Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic when tourist cruise ships are present, according to a recent study. With shipping levels rising in the region, the researchers recommend that stricter emissions regulations are introduced in order to limit the impact of pollution on the Arctic environment. Ship traffic is a major source of ...

  • Air pollution cutting China`s `vital` rain

    China's increasing air pollution has cut the light rainfall essential to the country's agriculture over the last 50 years, new research suggests. The research, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research last month, is based on rainfall data collected from weather stations across China. The number of light rain days — those with precipitation of less than ten millimetres — in northeast and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EPA Designates Idaho’s West Silver Valley as being in “Non-Attainment” for Fine Particle Air Pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken another step forward today to reduce pollution and protect air quality in Northern Idaho’s West Silver Valley. Late yesterday, the EPA officially finalized nationwide area designations for the 2012 annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard. As part of these area designations, the West Silver Valley has been designated a ...

  • The polluting problem of fireworks

    Spare a thought for the environment when you’re letting off fireworks during the forthcoming celebrations. Research to be published in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution suggests that smoke from fireworks can raise levels of notorious “PM10″ particles significantly. Darko Popović and colleagues at environmental consultancy MEIS in Šmarje-Sap, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • NRDC: It`s Not Just the Heat, It`s the Smog Pollution

    Most of the nation – from seaside suburbs to our national parks - has experienced health-threatening "bad air" days this year due to smog pollution, according to a new analysis of government air pollution data by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Led by California, about 250 communities and parks in nearly 40 states have experienced one or more "code orange" ...

  • New Swiss device to monitor carbon dioxide

    A new laser device installed on the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland will help scientists determine the source of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, on a real-time basis. Until now climatologists tracking carbon dioxide levels in high alpine regions have had to rely on individual samples painstakingly gathered and tested in distance laboratories. The site already hosts a pollution-monitoring ...

  • Met One Instruments at CSTEP August 22-23 2019

    The Centre for Air Pollution Studies (CAPS) at CSTEP is hosting its first flagship event—the India Clean Air Summit 2019 (#ICAS19)—at The Chancery Pavilion, Bengaluru. The two-day event, on 22-23 August, is being organised in collaboration with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and the Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment, Government of Karnataka. ICAS aims to ...

  • Towards a common air quality assessment method

    Air pollution indices are tools that can be used to compare air quality in different geographical regions. In a new study, researchers evaluated the 'BC indices', primarily designed to assess health risks from particular pollutants over a given time and space, to compare air quality in Italy, Germany and Poland. The indices could be useful for policy makers developing pollution control ...

  • Beijing air quality improves on day 4 of Olympic Games

    Beijing's air quality significantly improved over the last two days, with the sky clearly visible today after rains on 10 and 11 August washed away the pollution across the city. In what could be a sign that the measures taken by the Beijing authorities are working, official data measured an Air Pollution Index (API) of 32 on 12 August. This is far below the benchmark set by the Chinese ...

  • Chinese group launches app to shame polluters

    A Chinese environmental group launched a smartphone app on Monday that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported by factories to local ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Research Funding Aims to Improve Understanding of Climate Change Impacts on Indoor Air Quality

    Harvard College is one of only nine institutions that will share nearly $8 million from the US Environmental Protection Agency to study how climate change affects indoor air quality and the resulting health effects. The grant to Harvard will fund research looking at two cities in particular, Boston and Atlanta, to study global warmth’s effects on indoor air quality and health. The project ...

  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Joins Senator Booker, Mayor Baraka and ICC to Visit Newark’s Community Air Pollution Project Which Utilizes EPA Science

    Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy joined Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Isella Ramirez of Ironbound Community Corporation at the Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Center to visit the site of a first-of-its-kind community air monitor, which measures air quality in greater Newark where 25 percent of children suffer from asthma, three ...

  • Clean air - It does matter

    The venerable magazine The Economist posed an interesting observation recently that any attempt to put an economic value on fresh air, clean water or tropical rainforests can offend the delicate sensibilities of those who argue that the conservation of nature is a moral duty. Yet although the best things in life appear to be free, that does not mean they are without financial value. It simply ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Recession contributes to air pollutant emissions decrease in 2009

    Emissions of almost all main air pollutants fell across the EU-27 in 2009, according to the latest annual European Union air pollutant emission inventory report compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Some pollutants decreased significantly compared to the previous year, with analysis showing economic recession to be an important factor in this reduction. The drop was most evident for ...

  • Air pollutant emissions to exceed limits

    In 2010, around half of the European Union's Member States expect to surpass one or more of the legal limits set by the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC Directive). The annual status report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that 11 countries anticipate an exceedance of their ceilings for NOx — some by more than 40 %. Of the four pollutants ...

  • Air pollution`s impact on health: a European and N. American analysis

    A team of investigators has examined the effects of air pollution on human health using the databases of earlier studies from Europe, the United States and Canada. They concluded that PM10 and ozone are associated with an increase in mortality. Different modelling approaches do not significantly affect the results. Partly-funded by the EU, the APHENA project1 investigated whether the technique ...

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