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Wildfires 2020: Scientists fear smoke could lead to long-term lung damage

During the peak of the recent wildfires, cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, suffered some of the dirtiest air in the world, making breathing the air like smoking a pack of cigarettes in a day.

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Schemes boosting cycling and walking accelerate across the UK

One of the first "low-traffic neighbourhoods" to be created in the UK was in Hackney, east London, in the early 1970s, when residential roads were closed to through traffic but remained open to local residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

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The luxury air business is booming - as many Californians struggle to breathe

Carl Gambino, a luxury real estate agent with Compass in Los Angeles, said that his clients had started bringing up clean air as a must-have amenity in the last year. "Suddenly it's a topic of conversation," Gambino said.

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Oil and gas companies must monitor fracking emissions as Colorado adopts first-in-the-nation rules to reduce air pollution

Oil and gas companies will have to control and monitor emissions from fracking and meet tighter emission-performance standards on the electric motors used at drill sites, under some first-in-the-nation rules passed Wednesday night by Colorado air quality regulators.

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The Sudbury model: How one of the world’s major polluters went green

A Canadian mining town holds lessons after going from being the largest point source for sulfur dioxide to one of the country’s greenest communities.
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Are carbon markets for farmers worth the hype?

Private markets promise farmers monetization of a secondary crop: carbon stored in the soil. But questions loom about data ownership, consolidation, and increased pollution in communities of color.
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Some cities see air pollution surge after Covid lockdowns

As countries have emerged from strict Covid-19 lockdowns over the past months, air pollution has seen a significant surge, according to a new report released today.

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How to protect yourself from low air quality, pollution amid raging wildfires

Wildfire smoke can be harmful to both animals and humans, and people with preexisting lung conditions, children and pregnant women are especially at risk for becoming seriously ill from poor air quality.

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1 in 7 Americans have experienced dangerous air quality due to wildfires this year

Parts of the West Coast experienced very unhealthy or hazardous air from wildfires for the first time ever recorded. Millions endured that smoke for twice as long as the recent average.
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A French town is using human hair to clean oil pollution from the ocean

Citizens from the French town of Brignoles have accumulated 40 tons of hair in a warehouse, sent from salons far and wide. They plan to stuff nylon stockings with it in order to make floating tubes, which they will place near harbors to clean up ocean oil pollution.

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Particles from air pollution found in placentas of pregnant women: study

Potentially toxic carbon- and metal-rich air pollution particles from street traffic have been found in the placentas of pregnant women for the first time, according to new research.

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Climate disruption is now locked in. Next moves will be crucial

The Times spoke to two dozen experts who said decisions made now would spell the difference between a difficult future and something far worse.
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How can smoke from West Coast fires cause red sunsets in New York?

Last week, much of the Midwest and eastern US experienced hazy skies and red sunsets. The cause was smoke transported from the Western US by the jet stream and spread as far as Boston and even Europe.
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Shots from space show stubble burning has started in Punjab and Haryana

During the coronavirus-induced lockdown, Delhi reclaimed its clear blue skyline for obvious reasons. But with most of the activities having resumed, the haze is slowly creeping in.

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An extra Trump Supreme Court justice may help cement his environmental rollbacks

The loss of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg may also give Joe Biden trouble in implementing a plan to combat climate change.
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