pm2.5 impact News

  • 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, ...

  • PM2.5 air pollution strongly linked to increased risk of heart attacks

    Long-term exposure to particulate matter pollution is strongly linked with heart attacks and angina, a new European study of over 100 000 people has shown. The results indicate that this association exists at levels below current European limits, and that the burden of disease due to particulate matter may have been largely underestimated.  In 2008, the EU adopted a new Air Quality Directive ...

  • Water associations challenge EPA steam power plant rule

    In a brief filed Monday in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the American Water Works Association and the National Association of Water Companies challenged a new rule on steam power plant discharges, arguing that it does not adequately protect drinking water consumers. In challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final Effluent Limitation Guidelines for ...

  • Integrated pollution, climate and energy access policies needed to meet WHO PM2.5 limits

    A new study finds that meeting WHO Air Quality Guidelines (AQG) on particulate emissions by 2030, thereby improving global human health, will require a combination of stringent policies on air pollution, climate change and access to clean cooking fuels. Outdoor and household air pollution has been estimated to be among the leading global causes of poor health and premature death. Increasing ...

  • Integrated pollution, climate and energy access policies needed to meet WHO PM2.5 limits

    A new study finds that meeting WHO Air Quality Guidelines (AQG) on particulate emissions by 2030, thereby improving global human health, will require a combination of stringent policies on air pollution, climate change and access to clean cooking fuels. Outdoor and household air pollution has been estimated to be among the leading global causes of poor health and premature death. Increasing ...

  • Liveable Cities: Exposure to Air Pollution of Dangerous Airborne Particles (PM2.5) and the Toxic Gas NO2 a focus at 22nd International Clean Air and Environment Conference.

    Ecotech, Australia’s leader in environmental monitoring solutions, released new studies among others at CASANZ 2015 (Clean Air Society Australia and New Zealand), held from 21 – 23 September in Melbourne, addressing the world’s biggest environmental risk – air pollution. Keynote speaker at the conference and Founder and Director of “Clean Air in London”, Simon ...


    By Ecotech Pty Ltd

  • Reducing the negative impacts of pesticides

    Ensuring that pesticides do not endanger public health or the environment is a key objective of the European Commission. Due to spray-drift, the effects of pesticides are often observed outside of crop fields, where they affect non-target plants, fungi and insects as well as humans. New research discusses the effects of pesticides on non-target species and demonstrates that employment of “best ...

  • The environmental impact of gold production

    New research has assessed the environmental impact of gold production using life cycle assessment and estimated embodied energy and greenhouse gases, embodied water and solid waste burden that each tonne of gold produces. Gold is a highly valued metal, used not only in jewellery, but also electronics and other industrial applications, dentistry and for investment. Like other metal industries, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The environmental impacts of natural disasters

    When natural disasters collide with human affairs there are often immediate losses of human life and widespread devastation to the built environment to contend with. But when these disasters strike the longer term environmental impacts can exact an additional and sometimes lasting toll on the health and wellbeing of the people affected. Two hundred million people were affected by ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Environmental impact of holidays

    Going on holiday needn't necessarily imply great environmental impact. According to a survey by NHTV, the international business school at Breda, in the Netherlands, 15% of holidays taken by Dutch people, whether at home or abroad, have a daily environmental footprint smaller than staying at home. In total, Dutch holidays contribute 14.4 megatonnes of CO2, or 7.9% of total Dutch emissions. The ...


  • Financial impacts of ‘cap and trade’

    So-called 'cap and trade' legislation has often been portrayed as a regressive policy - one that would hit poor people the hardest. A new MIT study concluded that this is not the case. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a cap-and-trade bill last year, and different versions of that bill had been working their way through the Senate until being yanked from consideration last month. The ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Climate change impact report

    The US Department of the Interior has released a report that assesses climate change risks and how these risks could impact water operations, hydropower, flood control and fish and wildlife in the western US. The report to Congress represents the first consistent and coordinated assessment of risks to future water supplies across eight major reclamation river basins. “Water is the ...

  • Impact of flood mitigation works

    InfoWorks RS is suited to determining the impact of flood mitigation works on the development of flood maps, an issue that arises more and more frequently as governments around the world seek solutions to unprecedented levels of flooding. Key to this is the software\'s ability to model open channels, floodplains, embankments and hydraulic structures, as well as its full flood-mapping capability, ...

  • Siemens Introduces Environmental Impact Calculator

    Siemens Building Technologies announced today it has introduced the Environmental Impact Calculator, a new application now available free-of-charge through the Apple Store. Siemens’ new tool allows energy engineers, facility managers and others to estimate a building’s baseline carbon footprint from purchased electricity, natural gas and heating oil. ...

  • Discover Environmental Impacts and Innovative Solutions

    Environmental issues are top of mind for many companies and their stakeholders. With public awareness of environmental issues on the rise, companies have started to respond in meaningful ways through their investment decisions, environmental goals, and impact reduction. In the past few years, several major disruptive weather events have interrupted business as usual, underlining the need to ...

  • Climate projections underestimate CO2 impact

    The climate may be 30–50 percent more sensitive to atmospheric carbon dioxide in the long term than previously thought, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience yesterday. Projections over the next hundreds of years of climate conditions, including global temperatures, may need to be adjusted to reflect this higher sensitivity. “Climate change is affecting water supplies for cities ...

  • Smithsonian exhibition reveals impact of soil

    Starting on Saturday, October 2, visitors to The Durham Museum will enjoy a journey into the skin of the earth and explore the amazing world of soils in the new exhibition, Dig It! The Secrets of Soil. Completely familiar yet largely unknown, soils help sustain virtually every form of life on Earth. Still, it is said that we know more about the dark side of the moon than we do about the Earth ...

  • Lab’s impact on Colorado’s economy triples

    The presence of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado is a $714 million annual boost to the state’s economy, according to data compiled in a soon to be released analysis by the University of Colorado. That’s more than three times what it was just three years ago, when the economic impact was $192 million. NREL is the nation’s ...

  • 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 ...

  • Corporate environmental impacts continue to grow

    The most comprehensive assessment of corporate sustainability activity to date shows that while companies around the world engage in a wide range of sustainability initiatives, the costs to the environment continue to grow. The sixth annual "State of Green Business" report (download free here), published by GreenBiz Group in ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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