Tag Archives: Air pollution

Poor Sleep? It’s Linked to Air pollution, Says Study

  Your exposure to air pollution or nitrogen dioxide and small particulates known as PM 2.5s are linked could impact the body note merely with breathing problems but also irritating your nose, your sinuses and the back of your throat, all leading to sleep disruption as well, said researchers. Martha Billings of the University of Washington said air pollutants entering ...

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Cloth Masks Worn by Nurses, Traffic Cops Dubious, Ineffective: Study

It is mere a psychological re-assurance to medical fraternity, especially nurses and the most visible traffic cops in cities who wear them religiously but not realising that they are durbious and ineffective giving them a false sense of security, scientists have warned. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in a first of its kind study, tested disposable surgical masks ...

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Earth Day: 150 Nations to Sign Paris Pact as Google Doodle Celebrates, Key Facts, Celebrity Quotes, and More

As Google with its beautiful doodle reminded people around the world about the Earth Day on April 22, nearly 155 nations will sign the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in New York. The agreement was approved by the 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention of the Climate Change (UNFCCC) ...

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Beijing Moves to Shut Down 2500 Polluting Firms, Will Delhi Learn From it?

Beijing and New Delhi, both capitals of Asia’s biggest neighbours and the most populated countries are facing similar fate though their culture and ruling styles differ. The life-threatening air pollution have shut down these cities during the Christmas weekend with highest pollution levels ever created. While Delhi took upon the European cities model of Odd-Even vehicular policy allowing only odd ...

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Beijing Battles Worst Pollution, Issues 2nd Smog Alert

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Similar to the smog seen in New Delhi, Beijing too is experiencing its worst smog alert that will stay in effect from Saturday, Dec. 20 to Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The red alert in China’s capital was issued as airborne particles reaching 500 is expected this time, which is more than 20 times the safety level of PM2.5 level prescribed ...

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Sea Traffic Main Culprit for Coastal Areas’ Pollution, Finds Study

Sea traffic, especially huge ships emitting nitrogen oxides and sulphates have been filling the air in coastal areas with nanoparticles which are dangerous and leading to unusual high death rates, revealed a study. The study by experts in Lund University compared high levels of nanoparticles in coastal areas with other emissions from cars or road traffic to arrive at the ...

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Over 35,000 Lives Lost to Air Pollution in the Last Decade: New Report

With the rising population, effects of modernization and globalization, people want to have the best of everything and the urge is leading to the destruction of natural resources, amounting to an enormous increase in pollution of all sorts. Of these, air pollution seems to be a major concern. The environment ministry on Thursday notified that India suffered over 35,000 mortalities ...

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Delhi Pollution Rattles Non-Smokers Too Equally

Heal Foundation has come out with more statistics about India’s capital Delhi’s pollution revealing that about 2 crore residents are at higher risk and children more prone lung diseases compared to other cities. A WHO report has already rattled Delhi authorities keeping it on top of all Indian metros while saying people are at higher risk of heart stroke, lung ...

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Taj Mahal Turning Yellow Due to Graveyard Nearby, Says Archaeological Survey of India

Reiterating the findings of several past studies, the Archaeological Survey of India officials have officially stated that the world heritage monument for love is indeed turning yellow due to the environmental factors, especially from the carbon dioxide particles released by nearby graveyard. In addition, the sewer lines around the Taj is another worrying factor. The fire from the Hindu graveyard ...

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Delhi-type Air Quality Monitoring to Extend to Other Cities: Minister

In view of complaints over Delhi pollution and deteriorating air quality monitoring, the Indian government has decided to increase these stations from the present 10 to more cities with 46 million population. Already, reports have highlighted the worsening air pollution in the capital compared to Beijing. Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha ...

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Traffic Driven Air-borne Pollutants Giving Rise to More Allergies: Study

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Traffic-related pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and ground-level ozone may trigger chemical changes in certain airborne allergens, boosting their potency, said a research study. Perhaps this could explain why an increasing number of airborne allergies are becoming more common forcing people to suffer more from airborne allergies during the allergy season, said researchers. “Scientists have long suspected that air pollution and ...

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City Pollution Causes Short-Memory Loss, Lower IQ in Kids: Study

Children exposed to air pollution in cities tend suffer with short-term memory loss and lower IQ than the children who live in rural and less polluted surroundings, said a study. The study conducted in US cities also shows that children in polluted cities and more prominent among those who carry a gene called the apolipoprotein E4 allele that causes Alzheimer’s ...

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Air Pollution Poses High Risk on Health of Makkah Pilgrims

The high level air pollutants released in Mecca during the holy pilgrimage of Muslims for hajj, where millions of people visit the city on foot as well as in vehicles, lead to an increase in the risk of heart attack in pilgrims, a study reveals. The Hajj is annual holy pilgrimage in which hundreds of thousands of Muslims converge on ...

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Air Pollution: Major Cause of Discolouration of Taj Mahal

The iconic marble dome and soaring minarets of India’s most iconic attraction, Taj Mahal, gets discoloured by turning brown due to the dust and airborne carbon particles, discovered in a study by a team of researchers from India and the US. “Our team was able to show that the pollutants discolouring the Taj Mahal are particulate matter, carbon from burning ...

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China Businesses Hijack Environmental Issues in Social Media

The government and corporations in China managed to hijack the issues regarding environment such as air pollution, raised by online activists in social media, a study suggests. While the online activists did force the Chinese government to take some actions to tackle the pollution problem, the business and government spheres dominated much of the conversation and used it to their ...

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Air pollution in Delhi worst during winter: Study

Air pollution in Delhi is worst during winter season, a study said adding that the residents are exposed to significantly higher levels of air pollutants in Delhi during winter season compared to summer season. The research was jointly conducted by the University of Birmingham (Britain), the Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, the Central Road Research Institute (India), and the Desert Research ...

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