Air Pollution

Scrapping the worst pollution-emitting stoves could prevent 22.5 million early deaths by 2100

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Martha Henriques
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The first large-scale study of cooking stoves that burn solid fuel such as coal or wood has estimated that phasing out the stoves could prevent about 260,000 premature deaths from indoor pollution globally each year.

More than 3 billion people '€“ that's in excess of 40% of the world's population '€“ use cooking stoves that burn solid fuel such as coal, wood or dried animal dung. These fuels result in the release of fine particulate matter, which exacerbates respiratory conditions such as asthma and has been linked to lung cancer. ... Read more about Scrapping the worst pollution-emitting stoves could prevent 22.5 million early deaths by 2100

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India's Air Pollution Is Now Causing 1.1. Million Deaths Each Year

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India's air now rivals China's as the world's deadliest, according to a new study published Tuesday amid warnings that efforts to curb pollution from coal will not yield results any time soon.

India's notoriously poor air quality causes nearly 1.1 million premature deaths every year, almost on a par with China, concluded a joint report by two US-based health research institutes.

But whereas deaths linked to air pollution in China have steadied in recent years, the rate has soared in India where smog readings in major cities routinely eclipse safe exposure levels. ... Read more about India's Air Pollution Is Now Causing 1.1. Million Deaths Each Year

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Recent heat spike unlike anything in 11,000 years

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SETH BORENSTEIN
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WASHINGTON (AP) '€” A new study looking at 11,000 years of climate temperatures shows the world in the middle of a dramatic U-turn, lurching from near-record cooling to a heat spike.

Research released Thursday in the journal Science uses fossils of tiny marine organisms to reconstruct global temperatures back to the end of the last ice age. It shows how the globe for several thousands of years was cooling until an unprecedented reversal in the 20th century. ... Read more about Recent heat spike unlike anything in 11,000 years

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UN says fertiliser crisis is damaging the planet

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Michael McCarthy
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The world is facing a fertiliser crisis, with far too little in some places, and far too much in others, a new report from the United Nations says today.

The mass application of nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients needed for plant growth has had huge benefits for world food and energy production, but it has also caused a web of water and air pollution that is damaging human health, causing toxic algal blooms, killing fish, threatening sensitive ecosystems and contributing to climate change, says the report, “Our Nutrient World”. ... Read more about UN says fertiliser crisis is damaging the planet

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Scrapping the worst pollution-emitting stoves could prevent 22.5 million early deaths by 2100

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Martha Henriques
Solid-fuel stoves lead to high levels of indoor pollution, which lead to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths globally each year.
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The first large-scale study of cooking stoves that burn solid fuel such as coal or wood has estimated that phasing out the stoves could prevent about 260,000 premature deaths from indoor pollution globally each year. ... Read more about Scrapping the worst pollution-emitting stoves could prevent 22.5 million early deaths by 2100

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More Than 9 in 10 People Breathe Bad Air, W.H.O. Study Says

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http://www.nytimes.com - Mike Ives
The Hong Kong skyline on Tuesday was obscured by haze from heavy pollution. Credit Anthony Wallace/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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HONG KONG — The World Health Organization said Tuesday that 92 percent of people breathe what it classifies as unhealthy air, in another sign that atmospheric pollution is a significant threat to global public health. ... Read more about More Than 9 in 10 People Breathe Bad Air, W.H.O. Study Says

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Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

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https://www.theguardian.com - John Vidal
 Smoke billows from industrial chimney stacks in Shanxi province, northern China. The country lost nearly 10% of its GDP to air pollution in 2013. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Study finds dirty air takes huge economic toll on poor countries and costs the world more than $5tn annually in lost work days and welfare costs ... Read more about Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

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Global air pollution crisis 'must not be left to private sector'

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 Pollution in New Delhi, India, last November. The city has earned the dubious distinction of being the world’s dirtiest city. Photograph: Tsering Topgyal/AP
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Energy authority says governments must take responsibility, and investment would pay for itself in health benefits.  The global air pollution crisis killing more than 6 million people a year must be tackled by governments as a matter of urgency and not just left to the private sector, a report from the world’s leading energy authority says.
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Air pollution kills 30,000 in Delhi every year

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/ - HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Air pollution is responsible for 10,000-30,000 deaths in Delhi annually and is the fifth largest cause of death in the country, states the ‘Body Burden 2015’ report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Tuesday. ... Read more about Air pollution kills 30,000 in Delhi every year

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