PUBLISHED: 11:30 03 April 2019 Nathalie Raffray Looking down the North Circular from Brent Cross towards Neasden. Two of its junctions - at Chartley Avenue and Drury Way - are among those with the most toxic air in Britain. Picture: Elliott Brown/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Archant Harlesden and Neasden are home to three of Britain’s 10 worst polluted areas, a new index of toxic air shows. Friends of the Earth analysed councils’ most recent annual Air Quality Status Reports, submitted to the government to show much nitrogen dioxide is in the air we breathe.Three areas in Brent saw average annual levels at nearly three times the European target of 40 micrograms per cubic metre.North Circular sites Chartley Avenue, in second place, and Ikea in Drury Way, in third place, averaged 115.39 micrograms and 102.1 micrograms respectively. Harlesden High Street in ninth place had levels of 91.83 micrograms per cubic metre.Fiona Mulaisho, chair of Clean Air for … [Read more...] about Brent listed three times in top 10 of worst air pollution breaches across the UK
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Ashok Sharma, Associated Press Updated 11:51 pm PDT, Thursday, October 25, 2018 An Indian farmer is seen through smoke as he walks back after burning paddy crop stubble on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab state, India, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. The Indian capital and large parts of north India gasp for breath for most of the year due to air pollution caused by dust, burning of crops, emissions from factories and the burning of coal and piles of garbage. less An Indian farmer is seen through smoke as he walks back after burning paddy crop stubble on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab state, India, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. The Indian capital and large parts of north ... more Photo: Prabhjot Gill, AP An Indian farmer burns crop stubble after harvesting paddy on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab state, India, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. The Indian capital and large parts of north India gasp for breath for most of … [Read more...] about Indian authorities brace for worst air pollution season
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
Exposure to air pollution may impede cognitive ability as people become older, with less-educated men the worst affected, a new study has found. Researchers from Beijing's Peking University and Yale University observed the maths and verbal skills of nearly 32,000 people in China over a period of four years, comparing the results to air pollution exposure, calculated from official air pollution index values. … [Read more...] about Air pollution can damage our intelligence, study finds
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.