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2011-05-11 06:34:00

LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study from the American Lung Association in California pinpoints the benefits in lives and dollars saved by adopting tough vehicle emission and technology standards, which the California Air Resources Board is now drafting, working closely with the feds to set a stringent national standard. According to the new report, The Road to Clean Air, California could avoid at least $7.2 billion per year in health and other societal costs and reduce...

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2011-04-28 10:29:19

The American Lung Association (ALA) released a report on Wednesday that lists the 25 smoggiest cities in the US, and although improvements in the quality of air have been seen, at least half of the residents remain living under unhealthy air pollution, Reuters reports. The report, titled "State of the Air 2011", credits the Clean Air Act for spearheading most of the improvements in air quality. "The progress the nation has made cleaning up coal-fired power plants, diesel emissions and other...

2011-04-27 07:31:00

FARGO, N.D., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After two consecutive years as the 'cleanest city in America' by the American Lung Association's annual "State of the Air Report" on air pollution, Fargo lost its title this year to Honolulu, Hawaii and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's not all bad news for North Dakota. Its grades for the eight counties with air quality monitors was again very good - all "A" marks for ozone and particulate pollution, with the exception of two "B" grades for...

2011-04-27 07:00:00

Though still home of worst air in U.S., State of the Air 2011 report shows positive trends across California, urges everyone to "take action" for cleaner air LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association released the State of the Air 2011 today, an annual report on air quality which includes lists of both the cleanest and most polluted areas in the country. While the report indicates that California still has some of the worst air in the nation, it...

2011-04-27 04:00:00

Report Shows Positive Nationwide Trends in Cleanup of Deadly Air Pollution Still, Half the Nation Has Unhealthy Levels of Air Pollution WASHINGTON, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the American Lung Association released its annual report on air quality, State of the Air 2011, which includes lists of the nation's most polluted metropolitan areas. This year's report finds that the majority of American cities most-polluted by ozone (smog) or year-round particle pollution...

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2011-04-19 10:00:00

The harmful effects of ozone that exist at low levels in the earth's atmosphere can be reduced when charging is done at night for electric vehicles, a new study has found. In the stratosphere, ozone becomes a protective layer of film that filters out ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer and DNA mutations in plants, reports AFP. However, ozone that is formed from the reaction between hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxide with sunlight can irritate the airways of people with cardiac or...

2011-04-11 22:24:48

Recent radical changes in air quality regulations in Delhi, India, have had a substantial positive effect on the health of city residents, according to new research co-authored by Andrew Foster, professor of economics and community health and an associate at Brown's Population Studies and Training Center. The findings from this first systematic study quantifying the heath effects of Delhi's environmental interventions are published in the online issue of Atmospheric Environment. The research...

2011-04-07 14:28:45

Study finds brain damage typical of aging and memory loss after short-term exposure to vehicle pollution If mice commuted, their brains might find it progressively harder to navigate the maze of Los Angeles freeways. A new study reveals that after short-term exposure to vehicle pollution, mice showed significant brain damage "” including signs associated with memory loss and Alzheimer's disease. The mind-numbing toxin is not an exhaust gas, but a mix of tiny particles from burning of...

2011-04-06 12:00:00

New Analysis Shows Over $50 Billion in Asthma Costs, Tens of Millions of Cases, Including 7 Million Children; Data Provided For All 50 States, With Focus on IL, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NH, OH, PA and WI. WASHINGTON, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a major first-ever report analyzing detailed asthma incidence and cost data, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) conclude that the...

2011-03-17 00:10:02

A promising new approach for checking the accuracy of measurements of hazardous indoor air pollutants may soon be ready for prime time, report researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Virginia Tech.* The measurement tool, a reference sample for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), would be a boon to testers of indoor air quality and to manufacturers of paints, rugs, cleaners and other building products. The researchers put their innovation"”thin...


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Acid Rain
2013-04-01 10:21:17

Acid rain is any form of precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that is possesses high levels of hydrogen ions. It can have harmful effects on aquatic animals, plants, and infrastructure. Acid rain is caused by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which react with the water molecules within the atmosphere to produce acids. Nitrogen oxides can be produced naturally by lightening strikes. Sulfur dioxide can be produced naturally by volcanic eruptions. The chemicals that are...

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2009-07-06 17:01:44

Arctic haze is a phenomenon that occurs in the atmosphere at high latitudes in the Arctic due to air pollution. What distinguishes Arctic haze from haze found elsewhere, is the ability of its chemical ingredients to endure in the atmosphere for a longer period of time compared to other pollutants. Due to limited snowfall, rain, or turbulent air to displace pollutants from the polar air in the spring, Arctic haze can continue for more than a month in the northern atmosphere. Arctic haze was...

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2009-07-06 16:44:13

Haze is a type of atmospheric phenomenon where dust, smoke and dry particles in the air obscure the sky's clarity. Haze is created through various activities including farming, traffic pollution,and even wildfires. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) categorizes the obscuration of the Earth's atmosphere by a list of different types of atmospheric phenomena. One of these is haze. The other classifications are: fog, ice fog, steam fog, mist, smoke, volcanic ash, dust, sand, and snow....

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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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