There’s 2 sides of the coin when it comes to air pollution and COVID-19.   One the one hand, long-term lung damage from intense air pollution may worsen the disease, The Guardian reports.  

A week after Pittsburgh declared racism a public health crisis, a blanket of particulate matter clouded the skies over Steel City. Relentless pollution saw the city’s air “deemed unsafe to breathe” for 3 months last year, and is one of many public health woes that…

A new, more affordable pneumonia vaccine is high on the agenda at the inaugural Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia in Barcelona this week. Prohibitive costs mean 55 million children remain unvaccinated, many of them in middle-income countries that don’t get cut-rate…

Sydney was cloaked in an “apocalyptic” haze yesterday as bushfire smoke overtook the city amid weeks of wildfires in the region. One nearby “megafire” is as big as the city itself, VICE News reports.  

In 2017, 3,483 civilians were killed in the Afghan war. That same year, pollution was responsible for some 26,000 deaths.  Ancient cars and unchecked development pump toxins into the air. But nearly 75% of the deaths are attributable to household pollution.…

Air pollution is now as deadly as tobacco, according to the Lancet Countdown Report detailing concerning connections between climate change and health, Deutsche Welle reports.

California’s fast-moving wildfires are sending plumes of smoke and particulates over urban areas, triggering air quality alerts and other public health warnings, Vox reports.   Millions of people in Los Angeles and the Bay Area risk breathing difficulties because of the…

Life at 5100 meters comes with a host of challenges, but in Peru's La Rinconada, it's the thin air—just half the oxygen as at sea level—that interests scientists.  The world’s highest human settlement, La Rinconada is the global capital of chronic mountain sickness, a…

Air pollution—already linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, etc.—is now associated with a new risk: eye disease. China Medical University in Taiwan researchers linked air pollutants nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide to a higher risk of…

Air pollution is significantly associated with the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders, according to a new study published in PLOS Biology.