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Special air filter blocks small particles called UFPs from getting inside cars

While taking in the scenery during long road trips, passengers also may be taking in potentially harmful ultrafine particles (UFPs) that come into the car through outdoor air vents. Closing the vents reduces UFPs, but causes exhaled carbon dioxide to build up.

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Air pollution increases risk for hypertension in pregnant women

UF researchers compared birth data with Environmental Protection Agency estimates of air pollution, finding that heavy exposure to four air pollutants led to a significantly increased risk for developing a high blood pressure disorder during pregnancy. The research was published in the January issue of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Tracking air pollution aids policy makers

Last week, a team of scientists, which included Argonne’s David Streets, a senior energy and environmental policy scientist, published research showing that several different air pollutants from China reach the shores of the western United States.

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More diseases from air pollution uncovered by improved data material

Good health and personal registers in combination with model calculations of air pollution down to an individual address has helped Danish researchers to become among the very best in the world to detect harmful diseases deriving from polluted air.

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Particulate Air Pollution Leads to Increased Heart Attack Risk

Long-term exposure to particulate matter is associated with an increased risk for heart attack. Moreover, this association can already be observed in levels of particulate exposure below the current specified European limit values.

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New compounds discovered that are hundreds of times more mutagenic

These compounds were not previously known to exist, and raise additional concerns about the health impacts of heavily-polluted urban air or dietary exposure. It’s not yet been determined in what level the compounds might be present, and no health standards now exist for them.

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To curb China’s haze and air pollution, use water

A new idea to cut back on air pollution: spray water into the atmosphere from sprinklers atop tall buildings and towers, similar to watering a garden. This suggestion comes from Shaocai Yu of Zhejiang University in China, and North Carolina State University in the US.

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Lingering clouds - Microphysical effects determine macrophysical response for aerosol impacts on deep convective clouds

 Study shows why pollution results in larger, deeper and longer lasting storm clouds, leading to colder days and warmer nights

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Climate change scientists must turn their attention to clean skies

 Natural aerosols, such as emissions from volcanoes or plants, may contribute more uncertainty than previously thought to estimates of how the climate might respond to greenhouse gas emissions.

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IARC: Outdoor air pollution a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths

The specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), announced that it has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).

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