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2009-07-21 15:00:00

La Plata/Leipzig. Increasing numbers of children around the world are suffering from respiratory problems "“ coughing, wheezing and asthma attacks. Although the key external causes of these diseases were identified a long time ago (traffic and industrial air pollution), it had not previously been possible to distinguish clearly between these two factors so as to have a targeted impact on them. Researchers at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of...

2009-07-16 09:03:31

To better assess the impact of pollution produced by large conurbations, a monitoring campaign is being organized in the Paris area during the whole month of July. Coordinated by two laboratories belonging to INSU-CNRS (1) and carried out as part of the European MEGAPOLI project, the campaign will mobilize around twenty teams from France and other European countries. The number of instruments used and their innovative nature make this campaign the largest ever carried out in Europe aimed at...

2009-06-23 18:50:42

U.S. researchers found particulate air pollution in Beijing was far worse than other recent Olympic Games. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, was done before, during and after the 2008 Olympics by scientists from Oregon State University and Peking University. Particulate matter air pollution in the Beijing Olympics were about double the levels of recent games in Athens, triple those of Atlanta and 3.5 times higher than the games in Sydney. However due to massive...

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2009-06-19 14:04:56

Particulate air pollution during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing constantly exceeded levels considered excessive by the World Health Organization, was far worse than other recent Olympic Games, and was about 30 percent higher than has been reported by Chinese environmental experts "“ even though some favorable weather conditions helped reduce the problem. The weather, in fact, turned out to be more valuable in addressing this concern than major programs by the Chinese government to...

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2009-06-10 08:35:00

Children could be at more of a risk from the air particles created by traffic pollution than was originally thought. An early result of a major London study indicates that the lung capacity of 8- and 9-year-olds is 5% worse than the national standard. Professor Jonathan Grigg at the Center for Pediatrics at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is leading the study. The particles, or "particulates," are formed in vehicle exhaust and are smaller than the thickness of a single...

2009-05-18 18:54:30

Inhalation of some particulates can cause some genes to become reprogrammed, affecting the development and outcome of cancers, Italian researchers said. Dr. Andrea Baccarelli of the University of Milan enrolled 63 healthy subjects who worked in a foundry near Milan. Blood DNA samples were collected on the morning of the first day of the work week, and again after three days of work. Comparing these samples revealed that significant changes had occurred in four genes associated with tumor...

2009-05-18 07:59:46

Exposure to particulate matter has been recognized as a contributing factor to lung cancer development for some time, but a new study indicates inhalation of certain particulates can actually cause some genes to become reprogrammed, affecting both the development and the outcome of cancers and other diseases.The research will be presented on Sunday, May 17, at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego."Recently, changes in gene programming due to a...

2009-05-15 11:03:00

NORRISTOWN, Pa., May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Protection Southeast Regional Director Joseph A. Feola today announced that Sunoco Inc. will pay $762,150 in civil penalties for air quality permit violations at its petroleum refinery in Marcus Hook, Delaware County. "Sunoco emitted nearly twice the permitted limit of particulate matter and an average of four times the permitted level of ammonia from a unit at this facility for more than one year," Feola said. "We take these...

2009-04-29 02:00:00

FARGO, N.D., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As cleanup from this year's record floods continue in the Fargo-Moorhead region, a new report from the American Lung Association is providing the city some badly needed good news. Fargo was the only city to be listed as the best cities for ozone pollution, short-term particle pollution and long-term particle pollution. According to the report, more than 40 million Americans live in areas that failed all three tests. The rest of the state...

2009-04-29 02:00:00

- 10th Annual State of the Air Report Publishes Local Air Quality Grades Online - WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 10th annual American Lung Association State of the Air report released today finds that six out of ten Americans -- 186.1 million people -- live in areas where air pollution levels endanger lives. State of the Air 2009 acknowledges substantial progress against air pollution in many areas of the country, but finds nearly every major city still burdened by...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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