COVID-19 increases PM concentration in Tehran by 20%: study

The results of a study by Iranian researchers shows that the concentration of particulate matter (PM2.5) as the most important pollutant in Tehran air during the coronavirus outbreak has increased by about 20 percent compared to the same period last year.

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EPA rejects tougher air quality standards, says 2015 limits are sufficient

Trump administration argues current limits on soot are protective of public health, even as critics say stricter rules are needed to protect vulnerable communities.


Saharan dust plumes are a crucial part of Earth's biology and climate

The Saharan dust plume is a supersized version of ones that cross the Atlantic all the time, ferrying particles that irritate lungs but also fertilize plant and ocean life.

Seth Mullendore: It’s time to shut down polluting urban power plants

The link between pollution and coronavirus mortality rates makes it even more clear why we must shut down peaker power plants.

COVID-19, air pollution and health impacts: an interview with pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Denise Serebrisky

A frontline pediatric pulmonologist at Jacobi hospital in the Bronx discusses how pre-existing diseases affect her COVID-19 patients, and how air pollution causes or worsens several of those very same diseases.


Molly Rauch: Trump's EPA must strengthen standards for deadly particle pollution

Moms are nothing if not multitaskers. While sheltering in our homes and juggling even more responsibility for the care and education of our children, we are outraged at Andrew Wheeler's callous disregard for the health and wellbeing of our families.


Why air pollution hasn't fallen more with everyone driving less

Car traffic took a big dip beginning in late March, and headlines celebrated clean air around the U.S. But an NPR analysis of EPA data tells a more troubling story.

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Can the coal industry survive a knockout punch from the pandemic?

How Coronavirus impacts climate change

The pandemic is so disruptive that it can be measured in the planetary metrics of climate change.

Air quality in Western Pa. showed slight improvement in pandemic shutdown

As coronavirus restrictions closed businesses and reduced road traffic during much of March and April, some of the country's most polluted cities experienced better air quality.


As coronavirus ravages Louisiana, ‘cancer alley’ residents haven’t given up the fight against polluters

The state’s African Americans face some of the country’s worst pollution — and some of its most severe COVID-19 outcomes. The two may well be linked.

Air pollution could make people more vulnerable to COVID-19

Air pollution hits harder in communities of color. Such exposures could lead to increased risks for those infected by the novel coronavirus.

NC State prof: air quality standards should change

Professor Chris Frye blames EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for disbanding a science panel that determined federal air quality standards should be lowered.

How can we best protect our global life-support system?

As the novel coronavirus ravages the world — and economic signs point to a severe recession on the way — environmental emergencies remain real and capable of creating further catastrophe within just a few short years.

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