Category: Air quality

City partners up to monitor particulate matter in the air

Read the full story at Austin Monitor.

Austin has begun working to better monitor the quality of its air. The Clean Air Force of Central Texas is working in partnership with the city of Austin’s Office of Sustainability and the Austin Independent School District to install PurpleAir monitors – a low-cost device that measures particulate matter in the air – in public schools across town as part of the Regional Air Quality Plan.

Chronic exposure to air pollution may increase risks for ICU admission or death among COVID-19 patients, study finds

Read the full story from the The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

A new study suggests that persistent exposure to air pollutants in residential communities can impact health outcomes for COVID-19 patients.

Exposure to toxic metals may increase risk of clogged arteries

Read the full story from the American Heart Association.

Toxic metals in the environment may increase the risk of atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the arteries that can prevent blood and oxygen from reaching major organs. Arsenic and cadmium, metals that can be found in food, water and tobacco, plus titanium, which can come from dental and orthopedic implants, cosmetics or auto manufacturing, were associated with a higher likelihood of having clogged arteries in the neck, leg and heart in this study of auto assembly workers in Spain.

Current global environmental, occupational and food safety standards may be insufficient to protect people from the adverse effects of metals, according to study authors.

Backed-up container ships filled cities with pollution

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Emissions at the Los Angeles port were modeled to have increased by 100% for a time during the pandemic.

Air pollution disproportionally affects people of color, lower-income residents in DC

Read the full story from the American Geophysical Union.

The rates of death and health burdens associated with air pollution are borne unequally and inequitably by people of color and those with lower household income and educational attainment in Washington, D.C., according to a new study. The study found that while deaths and health burdens associated with PM2.5 halved between 2000 and 2018 in the D.C. area, disparities and geographical segregations in health effects persist.

Hedges reduce pollution at breathing height in shallow street canyons, study confirms

Read the full story from the University of Surrey.

An extensive field study into air quality along a road lined with buildings has confirmed that hedges can help mitigate traffic-related pollution up to 1.7m, reducing the pollutants breathed by pedestrians, young children and cyclists.

More eyes on polluters: The growth of citizen monitoring

Read the full story at e360.

In pollution hotspots like western Pennsylvania — where petrochemical facilities are proliferating — local residents, distrustful of companies and government, are taking advantage of low-cost technologies to do their own monitoring of air, water, and noise pollution.

How we created the most detailed map ever of cancer-causing industrial air pollution

Read the full story from ProPublica.

We analyzed billions of rows of EPA data to do something the agency had never done before: map the spread of cancer-causing industrial air emissions down to the neighborhood level.

Groups urge the EPA to do its duty: Regulate factory farm emissions

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

Advocacy organizations petition federal regulators to rescind a George W. Bush deal that shields industrial animal feeding operations from clean air laws.

Biden administration signals it will keep Trump-era aircraft emissions rule

Read the full story at The Hill.

The Biden administration in a court filing Monday night indicated it will continue Trump-era regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made the filing Monday in a multi-state lawsuit brought in the waning days of the Trump administration. In the lawsuit, the EPA indicated it would not begin a new rulemaking process for the rule, proposed in July 2020.

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