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  • Quantifying the ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces

    Urban green spaces provide important ecosystem services in cities, from recreation to the mitigation of noise and air pollution. This study quantified the ecosystem services (ES) provided by green spaces in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, using new methods to evaluate high-resolution land-cover data. The findings show that different types of green space provide different ES, highlighting the ...

  • Quantifying the ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces

    A new study has quantified the ecosystem services (ES) provided by green spaces in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, using new methods to evaluate high-resolution land-cover data. The findings show that different types of green space provide different ecosystem services, highlighting the importance of careful design during city planning. The authors say their method to map ecosystem services supply ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Avoiding harmful ozone pollution this summer

    High summer temperatures combined with air pollution can cause ground-level ozone to form, which has serious effects on health, especially for older people or children, or those with asthma and other breathing problems. The European Environment Agency (EEA) presents some useful information on protecting your health from ground-level ozone this summer. To date, the highest concentrations ...

  • How toxic are unregulated wastewater pollutants?

    Spanish and Dutch researchers have evaluated the environmental impact of chemical pollutants in wastewater in Spain. The results suggest that the most problematic pollutants may be derived from newer pharmaceutical and personal care products, such as everyday painkillers and soaps, not yet regulated. Water pollution is the main environmental concern for EU citizens, according to an EC ...

  • 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 ...

  • Air Pollution Increases Asthma Rates at Schools

    LA Testing provides both outdoor and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing solutions to help identify airborne contaminants to protect students and teachers. Garden Grove, CA, August 5th, 2010 Asthma is a common childhood disease that new research indicates may be made worse for some children due to air pollution at their schools.  The Environmental Health ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Hot summer weather exacerbating ozone pollution

    Unusually high temperatures this summer may be contributing to poor air quality in many European cities. Thresholds to protect health from ground-level ozone have been exceeded across Europe in recent weeks, according to preliminary data reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Ozone pollution has serious effects on health, especially for older people and children, or those with ...

  • New Concerns About Air pollution impacts at Los Angeles International Airport

    For the first time, research conducted by scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) shows that airliner activity at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) worsens air quality over a far larger area than previously assumed. The study, to be published Thursday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology ...

  • Research by Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists raises new concerns about air pollution impacts at Los Angeles International Airport

    For the first time, research conducted by scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) shows that airliner activity at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) worsens air quality over a far larger area than previously assumed. The study, to be published Thursday in the journal Environmental Science and ...

  • SIMAIR: a new internet tool to evaluate local air quality

    A new computer-based tool has been developed in Sweden to help local authorities evaluate air pollution at street level. It allows the results to be compared easily with EU air quality standards. SIMAIR is a user-friendly, internet-based tool, designed for the road network throughout Sweden. It can assess concentration levels for four pollutants: fine particles (PM10), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ...

  • 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 ...

  • Air quality indicator for Sustainable Development 2008 provisional results

    The air quality indicator is one of the 68 indicators of the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy. It measures annual levels of pollution from particulates (PM10) and ozone (O3), the two pollutants thought to have the greatest health impacts, as well as the number of days on which levels of any one of a basket of five pollutants were 'moderate or higher'. Headline results * Urban ...


  • Volkswagen – EMIT can account for real-world diesel emissions

    Analysis of measurements from the last decade throughout Europe have demonstrated that ambient NOx and NO2concentrations are not decreasing in line with the published emission factors (Carslaw et al. 2011). On-road vehicle testing in the UK has highlighted that ...

  • EMIT 3.4 released

    A new version of EMIT is now available. EMIT is a simple, fast and comprehensive tool for compiling, editing and analysing emissions inventories. EMIT is invaluable in many situations, for example when carrying out emission calculations across large urban areas when dispersion modelling with ADMS-Urban, and when predicting the ...

  • Mediterranean ozone levels fall in rural areas, but rise in cities

    Air pollution legislation has led to reduced ozone pollution in rural areas in western Mediterranean countries; however, levels in urban and suburban areas are still increasing, new research concludes. This suggests that ground-level ozone, linked to human health issues as well as environmental damage, has the potential to become a more significant air quality issue than previously believed, the ...

  • Fingerprinting emissions from waste incinerators

    The use of MWIs to dispose of materials such as plastic, glass and food waste is increasing in the UK due to EU restrictions on the use of landfill. The European Industrial Emissions Directive, which aims to protect the environment and human health, imposes strict limits on emissions of heavy metals and other pollutants from MWIs. However, the impact of MWI emissions on ambient air pollution is ...

  • Euro MPs support congestion charges and road-pricing

    The European Parliament has adopted an own-initiative report on sustainable European transport policy, which says that the problem of urban congestion, which causes 40% of CO2 emissions and 70% of other pollutant emissions from vehicles, needs to be tackled more ambitiously, by applying a Europe-wide cooperation and coordination strategy. MEPs say better exploitation of existing infrastructure, ...


    By European Parliament

  • Biofuels beneficial to human health, says UC Berkeley

    In the recent fervor to quantify the impact of biofuels on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, the other public health benefits of ethanol have often been overlooked. In ongoing research at the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), researchers are finding that “a biofuel eliminating even 10-percent of current gasoline pollutant emissions would have a substantial impact on human health in ...

  • U.S. economic progress stagnant, says new report

    Global Warming, Income Gap, Urban Sprawl, and Debt Reduce America's Economic Welfare New analysis of the Genuine Progress Indicator shows that U.S. economic progress has been stagnant since the late 1970s. Oakland, Calif.--The U.S. economy has actually stagnated since the late 1970s as income inequality, environmental degradation, and our flailing international position take their toll on ...


    By Redefining Progress

  • 2016 SNO Conference Will Focus on Sustainable Nanotechnology Systems

    The 2016 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) conference will be held November 10-12, 2016. The conference sessions will be organized around selected “systems,” and sessions will be populated with talks on applications, effects and implications, analytical methods, and lifecycle aspects of nanomaterials within each system. The aims are to identity where nanomaterials and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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