Air pollution could be more damaging to our health than previously thought, according to a new study, which found that prolonged exposure to dirty air has a significant impact on our cognitive abilities, especially in older men.According to the study published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, breathing polluted air causes a "steep reduction" in scores on verbal and math tests.Researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) examined data from the national China Family Panel Studies longitudinal survey, mapping the cognitive test scores of nearly 32,000 people over the age of 10 between 2010 and 2014 against their exposure to short- and long-term air pollution. The team found that both verbal and math scores "decreased with increasing cumulative air pollution exposure," with the decline in verbal scores being particularly pronounced among older, less educated men."The damage air pollution has on aging brains likely imposes … [Read more...] about Air pollution is making us dumber, study shows
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Air pollution is shaving months — and in some cases more than a year — off your life expectancy, depending on where you live, according to a study published this week. Worldwide, outdoor air pollution reduces the average life expectancy at birth by one year. The effect is much more pronounced in some countries: It cuts the average Egyptian's life span by 1.9 years and the average Indian's by 1.5 years. In Russia, it's around nine months. CLOSER TO HOME In 1969, Chattanooga was ranked as the worst city in the nation for air pollution. In those days, residents of Lookout or Signal mountains often could see a brown layer of smog hovering over the downtown area — a thermal inversion held in place by the mountains and Missionary Ridge. Several large manufacturing facilities off South Broad Street spewed particles into the air, and local residents often complained that a shirt that was white in the morning would have a layer of black soot around the collar by late … [Read more...] about Air pollution is shortening your life. Here’s how much.
0 Have your say Air pollution in British cities is shortening people’s lives, damaging the health of children and increasing the burden on the NHS, political leaders (including the leader of Peterborough City Council) have warned the Government. Conservative Cllr John Holdich has joined London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his Labour counterparts in cities including Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol who signed an open letter to Theresa May urging her to launch “an ambitious national plan for clean air”.They want new clean air legislation, a vehicle renewal scheme to replace old vehicles that produce more pollution and funding for cities to create “clean air zones” and invest in cleaner public transport, cycling and walking schemes.Peterborough currently has the aspiration to be the UK’s Environment Capital.The letter was also addressed to Chancellor Philip Hammond and Environment Secretary Michael Gove and follows the first ever … [Read more...] about Air pollution shortening people’s lives Peterborough council leader warns Prime Minister
Viet Nam News ByDr. Delphine Natali* Air pollution is a growing problem in Hà Nội. According to GreenID, during the first trimester of 2018, the average level of air pollution was four times higher than the acceptable levels defined by the WHO. Find out what air pollution is, how it affects your health and how you can protect yourself. What is air pollution? Air is invisible but vital for animals and humans to breathe and plants to grow. Air is a mixture of gases and consists of mainly nitrogen (N2) with 78 per cent and oxygen (O2) with 21 per cent. Air also contains water vapor. Sources of air pollution can be natural (for example, volcanic activity) or due to human activity (such as industry, road traffic, agriculture and residential emission.). There are numerous air pollutants. The most dangerous are sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulate matter (PM), carbon monoxyde (CO) and ozone (O3). The smaller the PM are, the deeper they can … [Read more...] about Protecting yourself from air pollution
0 Have your say Yorkshire political leaders have joined widespread calls for Theresa May to take action on air pollution. Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake and Bradford Metropolitan District Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe were among a group 17 local and regional leaders to sign an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for action on “toxic air”.Leeds, York, Sheffield and Hull were in May named among the UK’s 30 cities which breach World Health Organisation limits for air pollution, highlighting the scale of the problem gripping the region.Leeds has already unveiled plans to create a Clean Air Zone after it was named as one of 29 local authorities whose roads breached legal pollution levels, including a proposal to charge high polluting vehicles up to £50 a day for entering certain parts of the city centre.Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “A key theme that … [Read more...] about Yorkshire leaders urge May to take air pollution action