Local impacts of wildfire smoke connected to rise in recent deaths, researchers say

California deaths due to wildfire smoke on the rise, as most of the state was exposed to heavy concentrations of dangerous chemicals during massive wildfires.
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Smoke from California's record wildfires is its own disaster

The recent inundation of wildfire smoke in the Bay Area was associated with an increased number of patients seeking treatment for respiratory conditions and other ailments.

Australian coal mine fire affected foetuses exposed to smoke in utero, study finds

Unborn babies exposed to toxic smoke from the Hazelwood coal mine fire in 2014 were more likely to develop respiratory infections and wheezes as toddlers compared with babies who inhaled the smoke themselves, researchers find.

Pollution case against U.S. Steel dismissed

A federal judge finds the steelmaker did not violate federal Superfund law in the aftermath of two fires at its Clairton Coke Works.


“Lax oversight” threatens health fund for miners with black lung, watchdog finds

Just three bankruptcies of American coal companies have added more than $800 million in costs to a federal government program that funds health care for disabled coal miners.


Highway TRAP: How do we tackle highway air pollution?

Industry, individuals and all governments must work together, research says.


The deadly secret behind cremation

Toxic pollution is released from cremations every day because of a lack of action in tackling fumes.


Thai government takes heavy flak for toxic smog response

Academic experts and civic groups slammed government measures as too lenient and superficial.


Serena 'concerned' over Australian Open pollution after past lung problems

Serena Williams voiced concern over pollution from bushfire smoke at the Australian Open on Monday, saying that lung problems in the past could make her more vulnerable.

As air quality problem persists, local experts turn to technology

Houston city officials and university researchers develop technologies to more accurately inform the community when the air quality might be particularly concerning for the most vulnerable.


Families fight against toxic dust from Italy's Ilva steelworks

A steel plant in Taranto moves to tackle pollution, but locals say it is too little, too late.

Fire hazard: Children struggle to breathe as smoke chokes Amazon city

At Porto Velho health centres, lines of concerned parents waiting to get treatment for their children have lengthened as Amazon fires have escalated.


These toned-down — but still graphic — warning labels could appear on cigarette packages if the FDA gets its way

The Food and Drug Administration has released a new set of 13 graphic warning labels for traditional cigarettes that are toned down considerably for its first attempt in 2012.

Exposure to dispersant raised likelihood of neurological symptoms in Deepwater Horizon responders: study

U.S. Coast Guard members who were exposed to oil while responding to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe were twice as likely to experience headaches and dizziness as those who were not.

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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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