New sponge-like material has been invented by scientists in Ireland that can absorb toxic benzene from polluted air.
The study "suggests California's environmental regulations as a whole preferentially protect white, non-Hispanic people" from air pollution exposure.
Using data from over 6,000 cities, the World Health Organization estimates that about 99 percent of the global population lives in an area with harmful air.
A new search engine tool helps travelers find flights based off the lowest carbon emissions as part of a new sustainability initiative from Google.
Tiny particles of soot may have resulted in a 20 percent increase in coronavirus infections in counties across California, Oregon and Washington amid record-breaking wildfires last year.
"These data demonstrate the importance of policies and action ... that address reducing air pollutants," a representative for the Alzheimer's Association said.
If we pursue a smart approach, we can emerge from COVID-19 healthier, reducing emissions and ultimately more sustainable.
Plants don't just look beautiful—air purifying indoor plants also remove chemicals from the air by absorbing pollutants into their leaves, roots and soil.
Scientists have discovered polluted air has an impact on the health of babies while they are still in the womb.
Experts say climate change must be addressed to combat worsening wildfire seasons.
"This is the most significant event in the past 50 years," said environmental health scientist Pablo Méndez Lázaro.
Some studies suggest that poor air quality could play a role in the severity of coronavirus.
The author's of the assessment say cleaner air is also responsible for fewer work absences and premature births.
"Poisoning our environment means poisoning our own body," said researcher Yaron Ogen.
Lockdown measures across the world have led to large decreases in vehicle traffic and industrial activity.
"The pandemic is a reminder that there is no separation between humans and the environment," researcher Karen O'Neill said.
"I have never seen aerosol values so low in the Indo-Gangetic Plain at this time of year," said NASA scientist Pawan Gupta.
Residents of the city of Jalandhar in Punjab have been posting images on social media showing the snow-capped peaks of the the Dhauladhar mountain range.
"Long-term exposure to air pollution increases vulnerability to experiencing the most severe COVID-19 outcomes," a team of Harvard scientists wrote.
"Air pollution levels as observed by satellite are showing drastic improvements in many areas that have been undergoing restrictive quarantines," researcher Peter DeCarlo told Newsweek.
In North America, air pollution wipes 1.4 years off people's lives on average, which could mostly be avoided if we stopped burning fossil fuels.
New research suggests current air pollution standards are failing to protect human health and life.
Pollution in New Delhi peaked this month, reaching levels not seen in three years. In some parts of the city, the Air Quality Index approached 1,000—more than three times what is considered hazardous.
Air quality levels are expected to reach unhealthy levels throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and residents have been warned to avoid exposure.
Scientists looked at psychiatric children's hospital admissions in an Ohio city to investigate the link.
Exposure to air pollution has previously been linked to low birth weight and pre-term birth.
Scientists looked at data on millions of people to learn more about air pollution and mental health.
The researchers' conclusions are based on an 18-year study which involved over 7,000 subjects across six metropolitan areas in the United States.