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  • The cost of air pollution impacts on health

    Researchers have developed a new model to assess the health-related external costs arising from air pollution from ten major emission sectors. Applying the model at national and Europe-wide levels, they suggested that the major contributors to costs were industrial power production, agriculture, road traffic and domestic combustion. In recent years, policy action to reduce emissions has targeted ...

  • Health impacts of air pollution need better communication

    Reductions in air pollution in European cities significantly reduce the number of premature deaths, according to researchers. However, these results need to be communicated effectively to policy makers in order to have an impact. One of the four main target areas of the EU's Sixth Environment Action Programme (EAP)1 is Environment and Health, which includes air pollution. Particulate matter is ...

  • Health impacts of air pollution: the evidence reviewed

    The damaging health impacts of some key air pollutants can occur at lower atmospheric concentrations than indicated by the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality guidelines, set in 2005 and currently used in Europe. This is according to a new WHO report, which assesses scientific evidence to help inform European air pollution policies. The report highlights key findings of the ...

  • Global health impact of PM2.5 air pollution assessed

    PM2.5 air pollution can have a significant impact on human health, not only for local populations, but also in regions far from its source of emission, shows a new study. The study calculates ‘damage factors’ to human health of PM2.5 and in different parts of the world. PM2.5, made up of any particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, is emitted from various sources, ...

  • Research to address health impact of indoor air pollution

    Research will be launched to evaluate the health impact of indoor air pollution in urban public spaces by the International Ecological Economy Promotion Association (IEEPA), announced Li Junyang, secretary-general of the IEEPA, at a seminar in Beijing on July 24, 2016. The seminar was held to solicit opinions on the research from experts in government departments and universities as ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • World Health Assembly Passes Landmark Resolution on Air Pollution and Health

    The resolution identifies 13 measures member states should strive to implement, including actions such as: enabling health authorities to raise awareness on the dangers of air pollution, developing guidelines to limit exposure; and working with relevant private and public sector actors on sustainable solutions. In a pivotal decision the 68th World Health Assembly passed a resolution ...

  • Allergy or air pollution

    To give the trees their due, they do an excellent job at pollination, along with their bee helpers of course! However high pollen levels mixed with air pollutants is a key factor in the rise of allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis and other health problems like asthma. Pollution, particularly from gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide ...


    By Filtrex Global Limited

  • Air pollution causes cancer

    What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tackling air pollution in China

    Original story at MIT News A recent study estimates that about 1.6 million people in China die each year — roughly 4,000 a day — from heart, lung, and stroke disorders due to poor air quality. Most of the nation’s ...

  • Epa awards $32 million to understand health impacts of air pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $32 million to fund four new Clean Air Research Centers at universities conducting cutting edge air pollution research. The research will focus on the impacts of air pollution mixtures on people’s health. It is important to understand the health risks associated with exposure to multiple air pollutants because people are exposed to more ...

  • EPA and NIH announce challenge to develop personal air pollution and health sensors

    Members of the media are invited to attend an announcement on a new nationwide competition called the My Air, My Health Challenge at the Health Data Initiative Forum III: The Health Datapalooza. The competition is offering awards for developing a personal, portable sensor system that measures air pollution and a person’s physiological response to it. This event is open to the public. Press ...

  • Regional air pollution improvements have global health benefits

    Reductions in emissions of fine particle air pollution can prevent premature deaths, not just locally, but also in countries thousands of kilometres away, new research illustrates. The transcontinental study examines the effects of reducing air pollution emitted from Europe, North America, South and East Asia by 20% and shows that, for example, reductions in the EU would mean 3700 fewer premature ...

  • 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 ...

  • Lack of action on London Air Pollution a `threat to public health`

    National air pollution charity Environmental Protection UK (EPUK) has warned that continued inaction on air pollution will have a significant impact on the health of millions of Londoners. The charity has criticised the new London Air Quality Strategy, which it says is "not fit for purpose." London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has already admitted that the strategy will not ensure that London meets ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Air Pollution is Killing Millions around the World, says World Health Organization

    An estimated seven million people around the world in 2012 died prematurely as a result of air pollution– making dirty air the largest single environmental health risk we face, the World Health Organization reported today. The mortality rate more than doubles the organization’s previous estimate. The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources ...

  • Air pollution in underground railway areas and health risks for workers

    Due to the air pollution that has been found in underground railway areas and the amount of time that workers spend there during their work hours, questions have been raised regarding the long-term health risks. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety ANSES found that mass concentrations of fine particles measured in underground railway areas are much higher ...

  • MPs accuse Government of inaction on air pollution health crisis

    The House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee reported today that there is 'no meaningful evidence' to suggest that the Government is making progress towards resolving dangerous levels of air pollution in the UK. In the meantime more evidence has come to light about how air pollution shortens our lives and causes severe illness. The report, a follow up to the Committee's previous ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Air quality in Europe: pollution levels have dropped, but health concerns remain

    Some progress has been made towards improving air quality in Europe with levels of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and benzene all falling substantially in recent years, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) concludes. However, threats to human health and ecosystems remain, and urban citizens’ exposure to high levels of particulate matter (PM) and ozone are a particular ...

  • Reducing the € 45 billion health cost of air pollution from lorries

    Road charges for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs or lorries) should reflect the varied health effects of traffic pollution in different European countries. This means charges should be much higher in some countries compared to others, according to analysis from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Overall, air pollution is estimated to cause ...

  • Renewable heat incentive ignores air pollution health impacts warns EPUK

    The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today, risks increasing air pollution in urban areas, warns leading charity Environmental Protection UK. The RHI scheme will offer households regular payments for installing eligible renewable heat systems, including biomass burners such as wood fired boilers. Biomass heating systems can release ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

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