Air Pollution and Suicide Risk: An Underestimated Public Health Concern

Emerging research is shedding light on a startling connection between air pollution and suicide rates, underscoring the far-reaching effects of environmental pollutants on mental health. 

Bottled water contains 100 times more plastic nanoparticles

The average litre of bottled water has nearly a quarter of a million pieces of microplastics and tiny, invisible nanoplastics, new research has found. 

Earth's freshwater is getting saltier, and people are to blame

Human activities are making the globe saltier, specifically in our soils, fresh water and air, according to a new study. The excess salt has already caused serious issues in freshwater supplies in recent decades.

Global warming could cause leaf photosynthesis to fail

Global warming could push tropical forests to a point where photosynthesis fails and trees die. The ramifications are huge, scientists say.

Air pollution linked with global rise in antibiotic resistance

This is the first study to comprehensively estimate the link between increased antibiotic resistance and air pollution globally.

'Nowhere' on the planet is safe from air pollution

Almost no area of land on Earth has levels of air pollution deemed safe by the World Health Organisation, a new study has found.

Sitting in traffic for just 2 hours can lead to brain damage

A team at the University of British Columbia says brain scans show increased impairments in brain function after exposure to traffic pollution. In fact, signs of decreased brain function can start to appear in as little as two hours.

A Shocking 99% of Us Are Now Breathing Unhealthy Air

We often take the air we breathe for granted, but new data reveals that the pollutants behind millions of preventable deaths now taint the air most of us breathe at unhealthy levels.

Lead Exposure May Have Lowered The IQ of Half of Americans

Childhood lead exposure in the United States is ubiquitous and much more concerning than previous estimates have suggested, according to a new study.

One Day Of Air Pollution - Life Lasting Outcomes

Children exposed to air pollution, such as wildfire smoke and car exhaust, for as little as one day may be doomed to higher rates of heart disease and other ailments in adulthood, according to a new study.

Air pollution recognized as a cause of death

For the first time in the UK - and possibly the world - air pollution has been recognized as a cause of a person's death. London court has found that air pollution "made a material contribution" to the death of a nine-year-old.

Being Around Cars is Bad For Your Mental Health

There is a twofold increase in terms of common mental disorder cases directly attributable to residential annual exposures to PM2.5 greater than 15.5 micrograms per cubic meter.

Air pollution killed nearly half a million newborns in 2019

Hundreds of thousands of newborns, mostly in India and sub-Saharan Africa, died from air pollution in 2019, a study has found. Noxious fumes from cooking fuels are blamed for causing the majority of the babies' deaths.

More evidence of a link between air pollution and early death

The new research builds on a 2017 study that showed that long-term exposure to PM2.5 pollution and ozone increases the risk of premature death among the elderly in the U.S.

The Highest-Ever Concentration of Microplastics

According to a recent study, up to 1.9 million pieces of microplastic is located in a 5 cm-thick layer covering just one square metre. It is the highest levels of microplastics yet recorded on the ocean floor.