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How Climate Change and Air Pollution Affect Kids’ Health

By Tara Law Photo: Syed Mahamudur Rahman , Getty Images

A new scientific review article published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows just how dangerous climate-related threats are to children’s health. The researchers analyzed data about the specific effects of a rapidly warming planet and found that climate change, driven in large part by the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas, harms children’s mental and physical health from the time they are in the womb through childhood—with potentially lifelong effects. These dangers threaten many aspects of children’s health, from the development of their lungs, to their intellectual ability, to their mental health. Socially and economically disadvantaged children are especially affected, but all children are at risk. “It’s not just polar bears on melting icebergs,” says study co-author Frederica Perera, director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. “There is direct harm, now, to children’s health—and certainly their future is being jeopardized in a major way.”


Allergies in overdrive as extreme weather drives higher pollen count

By Tracey Lindeman Photo: Clemens Bilan , EPA

First, he had the symptoms. Then he saw the yellow fog. A thin layer of gold-coloured dust coated the patio furniture, the patio, his children’s swing set – everything in the garden of Ubaka Ogbogu’s home in the Canadian city of Edmonton.


Think Car Exhaust Is Bad? Wait ‘Til You Hear About Tire Pollution

By Angely Mercado Photo: Patrick T. Fallon , Getty Images

Tests conducted over two years by UK-based consultancy and research firm Emissions Analytics found that car tires produce up to 2,000 times more particle pollution than exhaust does. The tires release more than 1 trillion ultra-fine particles for each kilometer or 0.6 miles driven. These particles are so small that they can enter our organs via the bloodstream, the Guardian reports.


White House climate adviser says misinformation ‘absolutely’ a public health issue

By Zack Budryk

Asked whether climate misinformation disseminated on social media represents a public health threat, McCarthy responded, “Absolutely,” adding “it’s not just an island, there’s also greenwashing,” referencing the practice of companies or institutions misrepresenting their work as environmentally friendly.


Opinion: Switching from natural gas to electricity will reduce Colorado’s smog

By Eric Reinhardt

Seventy percent of Colorado’s homes burn gas for heating. Although burning fossil fuels like gas is the primary cause of the continued heating of the earth’s climate, this figure represents more than just a climate problem. It is also a major threat to our health and a substantial factor in the worsening air pollution crisis in Denver and the northern Front Range.


Block-by-block data shows pollution’s stark toll on people of color

By Darryl Fears Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times/Getty Images

Finding the most polluted places in the San Francisco Bay area is simple, a new air quality analysis shows: Locate places where mostly Black, Latino, Asian and low-income residents live, and pay them a visit.


Air pollution linked to increase risk of death from stroke: study

By Sharon Udasin

That threat also varies based on the size of the air pollution particles — with those patients who are exposed to the smallest particles and whose stroke was caused by a blood clot incurring the greatest risk of death, according to the study, published in the journal Neurology on Wednesday.


Public health expert promotes benefits of electric vehicles

By YCC Team

“Once I purchased my gently used – which was new to me – electric vehicle, I wanted to tell everybody in my community about how much money this was saving me, as well as talking with them about the impact that it would have on community health,” Francis says.


Pollution caused 1 in 6 deaths globally for five years, study says

By Kasha Patel Photo: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg News

In 2015, 1 in 6 deaths worldwide stemmed from poor air quality, unsafe water and toxic chemical pollution. That deadly toll — 9 million people each year — has continued unabated through 2019, killing more people than war, terrorism, road injuries, malaria, drugs and alcohol.