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  • Mapping human health risk in urban environments

    A new study demonstrates how mapping software can be used to analyse data on heavy metal soil pollution in an urban environment. The researchers incorporated land use information to gain realistic estimates of potential risks to human health that could help inform land use planning. Human activities, including industrial manufacturing and road travel, contaminate the soil with heavy metals such ...

  • Health ratings for urban environments provided by new software

    New software has been developed to rate the health risks of different activities in the urban environment, for example, cycling or driving in different areas of a city. ‘CENSE’ is based on a variety of different pollutants and environmental health hazards encountered in urban environments and may provide a useful tool for urban planning and improving residents’ quality of life, ...

  • New Study Links Urban Pollutants to Parkinson’s Disease

    EMSL Analytical offers environmental testing services to protect people from exposure to pollutants and hazardous materials. Cinnaminson, NJ, Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently analyzed data from 35,000 patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  The findings, published in the “American Journal of Epidemiology,” examined data ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Ozone levels still pose risk to health and vegetation

    Peak levels of ozone pollution have fallen at rural and urban sites in both Europe and the US in recent years, a new study shows. However, the research also found that limits to protect health and ecosystems are still being exceeded. After particulate matter, ground-level ozone is considered to be the second most important air pollutant in terms of its effects on human health. However, its ...

  • Quantification of the interactive effects of ozone pollution on health and ecosystems

    For the first time, researchers have quantified the link between heat waves, the removal of ozone from the atmosphere by vegetation, ground-level ozone concentrations and its impact on human health and ecosystems. They found that high ozone levels, enhanced by effectively ‘turning-off’ the loss of ozone to the vegetated surface, could have caused around 460 extra deaths during a UK ...

  • 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 ...

  • Careful urban tree planting and pruning needed to reduce trapping of air pollution

    Careful planting and pruning is needed to ensure that air pollution in tree-lined streets is minimised, new research suggests. While planting trees in urban areas can have many benefits, such as enhancing biodiversity, trees can trap particulate matter pollution, say the study’s authors. Particulate matter (PM) air pollution is a component of vehicle exhaust emissions and PM2.5 (particles ...

  • Land use affects potential health risks of cadmium and lead soil contaminants

    Exposure to polluted soil can affect human health, but the risk may vary depending on the soil type. A recent study has shown that the differing amounts of cadmium and lead that can be dissolved in the human digestive system can be predicted for contaminated agricultural, urban and woody habitat soils using a model. Its authors suggest this is a useful method for assessing the risks of ...

  • WHO calls for stronger action on climate-related health risks

    Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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

  • Combating the hazards of waste: New strategies to fight health, environmental risks

    Some 3.5 billion people, or half of the world’s population, are without access to crucial waste management services, posing significant environmental and health hazards and harming economies. This staggering statistic is the baseline for a new document released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) today. The ...

  • Combating the hazards of waste: New strategies to fight health, environmental risks

    Some 3.5 billion people, or half of the world’s population, are without access to crucial waste management services, posing significant environmental and health hazards and harming economies. This staggering statistic is the baseline for a new document released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) today. The ...

  • Transport remains main source of health-damaging pollutants, say EEA

    A report launched this week by the European Environment Agency shows that road transport remains the single main source of sulphur oxides (SOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), and the second-most important source of fine particulate emissions (PM10 and PM2.5) in the EU-27. This report contains essential data that helps understand the evolution of air ...

  • Los Angelenos` cancer risk from air pollution down 15%

    A scientific study by regional air regulators in Southern California shows that, although overall cancer risk from air pollution has declined 15 percent in the past seven years, air quality in the Los Angeles Basin remains among the worst in the nation. 'This reduction in cancer risk shows that we are on the right track in tackling toxic air pollution,' said William Burke, Governing Board ...

  • Health and the environment - a call for action

    A ‘blueprint’ for striking a balance between environmental quality and public health, released by three of Canada’s leading health organizations, provides compelling evidence that health impacts of environmental degradation are becoming a major concern to Canadians. The Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Groundwater pollution in Europe: an overview

    An overview of groundwater contaminants in Europe is provided by a recent study, which calls for more integrated monitoring using a range of indicators. Groundwater contamination presents serious health and environmental concerns. A number of Directives, including the Water Framework, Groundwater, Nitrates, Industrial Emissions and Landfill Directives, together aim to protect groundwater from ...

  • Third Africa environment outlook addresses key environmental risks for human health and draws pathways for sustainable future

    Africa's leaders should put implementing environment and health issues at the top of their national and continent-wide policies if growing challenges such as air pollution, vector-borne diseases and chemical exposure are to be addressed, according to a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released today. African Environment Outlook-3 (AEO-3), commissioned by the African ...

  • Diesel Emissions, Health and the Law

    When diesel is used as an engine fuel, it is inevitable that you will produce Products of Incomplete Combustion (PICs). Hence, we never just produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) alone, but rather a myriad of hydrocarbons including aromatics (e.g. benzene, toluene) aldehydes and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a semi-volatile phase or bound with carbonaceous particulate, and ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • World Health Day: Climate and clean air coalition targets indoor and outdoor air pollution

    As one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental initiatives, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) renewed its call today for rapid action to reduce some of the greatest hazards to human health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the health dangers presented by air pollution are far larger than previously thought. “Air ...

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