NO2 pollution is dropping across the US due to Covid-19

It's one tiny light at the end of the long coronavirus tunnel. Nitrogen dioxide - a highly reactive gas - pollution has reached record lows across the world as stay-at-home orders, business closures and decreased ground and air travel puts a pause on the burning of fossil fuels.

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Toxics

Dozens of young people hospitalized for breathing and lung problems after vaping

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Toxics

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Climate

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Toxics

ER visits for asthma dropped 38% the year after one of Pittsburgh's biggest polluters shut down

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