Aviation emissions' impacts on air quality larger than on climate

When you consider the full flight, which includes emissions from takeoff, cruise and landing, aircraft emissions are also responsible for around 16,000 premature deaths a year from impaired air quality. 

More than half of native European trees face extinction

More than half of Europe’s endemic trees are threatened with extinction as invasive diseases, pests, pollution and urban development take a growing toll on the landscape, according to a study.

Air pollution linked to risk of ′silent′ miscarriage

A big study examined the records of more than a quarter million pregnant women in Beijing from 2009 to 2017 in light of the womens' exposure to air pollution. Among the women 17,497 were found to have experienced silent miscarriages.

New Study Finds Dangerous Plastics in Children

Studies have found that microplastics are in the human food chain. Recently Plastic by-products have been discovered in blood and urine samples of young children. They were found in 97% to 100% of the test cases. 

There’s no getting away from microplastic contamination

Wherever that plastic is ending up, we know that it's breaking down over time, disintegrating into micro particles less than 5mm in size, and some even breakdown to the nanoscale at less than one micrometer (size of bacteria).

Millions of children develop asthma due to traffic-related pollution

About 4 million children worldwide develop asthma each year because of inhaling nitrogen dioxide air pollution, according to a study published today by U.S. researchers.

50 years later, Agent Orange toxic byproducts found in Vietnam soil

New research has revealed that toxic byproducts of the herbicide Agent Orange used by the US military continue to contaminate soils in Vietnam today.

Breathing polluted air is like losing a year's education

Researchers found that males, old people and low-income people may actually be losing more like a few years of education the longer they breathed dirty air.

Excessive Pollution Causes Toxic Black Snowfall In Siberia

Three cities in the coal-mining region in Siberia have turned into a ghostly dark snowscape after being covered with black snow. The blame has been pointed at coal plants which have failed to filter its fumes.

Tasmania's lakes among most contaminated in the world

Metal contamination levels in some of Tasmania’s lakes are among the highest in the world, a new study has found, while those within the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area have also been badly polluted by mining.

Childhood lead exposure linked to poor adult mental health

Previous studies have identified a link between lead and intelligence, but this study looked at changes in personality and mental health as a result of exposure to the heavy metal.

Underground pollution in London is 30 times higher than busy roads

UK report has found that spending one hour on the London tube is more toxic than spending all day on above ground in ambient London air.

Living with air pollution

Globally, long-term exposure to outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths, according to the World Health Organization, and 9 out of 10 people breathe outdoor and/or indoor polluted air.

Air pollution linked to autism: study

The study of children in Shanghai found that exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) from vehicle exhausts, industrial emissions and other sources of pollution increased the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by up to 78%.

Large source of banned ozone depleting substance uncovered

Recent studies have shown that global emissions of carbon tetrachloride, that contributes to the destruction of the Earth's ozone layer, have not declined as expected, with about 40,000 tonnes still being emitted each year.