The Most Detailed Map of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution in the U.S.

ProPublica’s analysis of five years of modeled EPA data identified more than 1,000 toxic hot spots across the country and found that an estimated 250,000 people living in them may be exposed to levels of…

Raising Awareness of the Health Impacts of Coal Plant Pollution

In 2000, 2004 and again in 2010, the Clean Air Task Force issued studies based on a methodology and model created by Abt Associates, U.S EPA’s own health benefits consultant, based on peer-reviewed, published studies…

Climate change is making people sick: A U.S. medical report

From rising levels of air pollution to increased water contamination and a widening range for disease-carrying mosquitoes, climate change is making people sick, a coalition of 11 US medical groups said Wednesday.

Planting healthy air: Trees, particulate matter pollution and extreme heat

This study from the Nature Conservancy reviews the positive cooling effects of urban trees planting on hot city climates and the quality of their air.


Increasing the use of electric cars could improve health outcomes

Replacing gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles in cities could significantly reduce air pollution–related death and illness, according to John Spengler of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Switching to electric vehicles could save lives, study finds

By Jamie Hailstone  Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images   03/30/22  
Moving to zero-emission vehicles and energy could help prevent up to 110,000 deaths in the United States, according to a new report.

US transition to electric vehicles would save over 100,000 lives by 2050 – study

By Nina Lakhani  Photo: Justin Sullivan   03/30/22  
A speedy nationwide transition to electric vehicles powered by renewable energy would save more than 100,000 American lives and $1.2tn in public health costs over the next three decades, according to a new report.

Air Pollution in American Indian Versus Non–American Indian Communities, 2000–2018

By Maggie Li, Markus Hilpert and Others   03/23/22  
Objectives. To compare fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations in American Indian (AI)-populated with those in non–AI-populated counties over time (2000–2018) in the contiguous United States. Methods. We used a multicriteria approach to classify counties as…

Older Wildfire Smoke Plumes Can Affect Climate

By Emily Dooley   03/23/22  
Aerosols carried in wildfire smoke plumes that are hundreds of hours old can still affect climate, according to a study out of the University of California, Davis.

Science needs data to solve problems. Climate change is making that harder

By Joan Meiners  Photo: Thomas Hawthorne   03/23/22  
Sometimes science becomes too hot to handle. That's what researchers at the University of Arizona found recently when they tried to test a new air pollution monitoring system around Tucson.

EPA acts to curb air, water pollution in poor communities

By Matthew Daly  Photo: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert   01/27/22  
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a series of enforcement actions Wednesday to address air pollution, unsafe drinking water and other problems afflicting minority communities in three Gulf Coast states, following a “Journey to Justice” tour…

Reducing emissions would yield dramatic health benefits by 2030

By Roberto Molar Candanosa  Photo: bhumann34/pixabay   11/30/21  
Air quality improvements resulting from a worldwide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would benefit human health and prevent economic losses, according to new research by scientists from NASA, Duke University, and Columbia University.

Climate Change is World’s Most Pressing Health Problem: WHO

By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster   10/12/21  
Climate change is the "single biggest health threat facing humanity," and governments must "act with urgency" to tackle the crisis, a World Health Organization (WHO) special report warns.

Wildfire smoke poses serious health hazard. But your indoor air can be kept clean

By Bernard J. Wolfson  Photo: Burak Arik   10/09/21  
The fierce wildfires that broke out across much of the western United States this summer, spreading smoke across hundreds of miles, continue to pose a serious health hazard to millions. More are expected this fall.…

We need to talk about your gas stove, your health and climate change

By Jeff Brady  Photo: Erano Bundoc/Getty Images/EyeEm   10/07/21  
Americans love their gas stoves. It's a romance fueled by a decades-old "cooking with gas" campaign from utilities that includes vintage advertisements, a cringeworthy 1980s rap video and, more recently, social media personalities. The details…

Climate Change Is The Greatest Threat To Public Health, Top Medical Journals Warn

By Lauren Sommer  Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images   09/07/21  
The rapidly warming climate is the "greatest threat" to global public health, more than 200 medical journals are warning in an unprecedented joint statement that urges world leaders to cut heat-trapping emissions to avoid "catastrophic…

Heavy smoke expected to linger above western Montana

Smoke from wildfires across the U.S. West has wafted over large swaths of western Montana on Friday, leading to unhealthy air quality in Missoula and Frenchtown. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality recommends that active…

Air Pollution and Climate Change Cost the Average American $2500 Per Year

By Aubrey Patti   06/17/21  
A report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) shows that air pollution and climate change cost each American an average of $2,500 per year in health care. The researchers used data from dozens of…

New research finds 1M deaths in 2017 attributable to fossil fuel combustion

By Brandie Jefferson   06/14/21  
An interdisciplinary group of researchers from across the globe has comprehensively examined the sources and health effects of air pollution — not just on a global scale, but also individually for more than 200 countries.

Heat and smog hit low-income communities and people of color hardest, scientists say

By Tik Root  Photo: Cassidy Araiza for The Washington Post   05/25/21  
As the world warms due to climate change, two studies released this week show that heat exposure and related health issues are already having an inordinate impact on people of color and low-income communities.

Is Outdoor Air Pollution Making My Asthma Worse?

By Markham Heid   05/25/21  
Kentucky has long been “coal country.” But that’s changing — and it’s good news for people with asthma. In Louisville, the state’s largest city, several coal-powered industrial plants recently converted to cleaner natural gas. Others…

Climate change impacting health care to the tune of $820B a year

By Veronica Marshall and Jackie Winchester   05/25/21  
Climate change is not just affecting the Earth and our air, it’s now affecting health care. A new report finds the financial impact tops $820 billion in health costs each year, and it could cost…

Children Exposed To Pollution In Utero More Likely To Develop Asthma

By Nexus Media News   05/25/21  
Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of ultrafine particulate pollution while they were in utero were more likely to develop asthma, new research has found. The study, published in the American Journal of…

Air pollution from farms leads to 17,900 U.S. deaths per year, study finds

By Sarah Kaplan  Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News   05/10/21  
The smell of hog feces was overwhelming, Elsie Herring said. The breezes that wafted from the hog farm next to her mother’s Duplin County, N.C., home carried hazardous gases: methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide.

Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – so why aren’t more companies doing it?

By Drew Shindell   05/07/21  
Methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, is a larger climate problem than the world anticipates, and cutting its emissions will be crucial to slow global warming, a new United Nations report warns. The greenhouse…

For Americans’ Health, a Dollar of Carbon Emissions Prevented Is Worth a Ton of Cure

By Timothy G. Singer and Frances C. Moore  Photo: Getty Images   04/17/21  
In late February, the Biden administration made a major announcement that has the potential to affect the health of Americans for generations. Notably, it had nothing directly to do with COVID-19 or even health care…

Air pollution: The silent killer called PM2.5 News

Millions of people die prematurely every year from diseases and cancer caused by air pollution. The first line of defence against this carnage is ambient air quality standards. Yet, according to researchers from McGill University,…

California’s wildfire smoke could be more harmful than vehicle emissions, study says

By Maanvi Singh  Photo: Allen J Schaben , Los Angeles Times   03/06/21  
The thick, grey wildfire smoke that shrouds California each autumn and winter could be more harmful to humans than pollution from cars and other sources, a new study has found.

Pollen seasons are getting longer, driven by climate change

Since 1990, pollen seasons have gotten longer and more pollen-filled, and climate change is responsible, according to a new study. The study found that, since 1990, pollen seasons lengthened by 20 days and contained 21% more pollen. The…

Healthy Planet, Healthy People. How Slowing Climate Change Saves Lives

By Aryn Baker  Photo: Florian Gaertner   02/24/21  
Just because the United States has re-joined the Paris Agreement doesn’t mean that the world is on a path to a better climate future. The 2015 agreement, in which signatories pledged to collectively cap global…

Wildfire Smoke Is Poisoning California’s Kids. Some Pay a Higher Price.

By Somini Sengupta  Photo: Chang W. Lee   11/26/20  
The fires sweeping across millions of acres in California aren’t just incinerating trees and houses. They’re also filling the lungs of California’s children with smoke, with potentially grave effects over the course of their lives.

Even Small Spikes in Air Pollution Can Threaten Children’s Mental Health, Research Suggests

By Sam Nickerson   09/27/19  
Climate change is making air pollution worse and is exacerbating smog-related health risks such as heart and lung diseases, pregnancy complications and development issues. Now, a...

Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

By Lauran Neergaard   09/18/19  
A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. During pregnancy it's been linked to premature births and low…

EPA veteran: Changing math on air pollution is deadly

By Christiane Amanpour   05/23/19  
Fmr. Associate EPA Director John Bachmann talks to Amanpour about the agency's controversial plan to change how it calculates the health risks of air pollution.

Study links air pollution to early death

By Scott Tong   11/19/18  
What’s the benefit of cleaner air? An extra two years of life for the average person in the world, a new study finds.

EPA quietly telling states they can pollute more

By Rene Marsh, Gregory Wallace and Ellie Kaufman  Photo by Mark Ralston   10/31/18  
The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly signaled it may allow states to release more ozone air pollution, commonly known as smog, dirtying the air in those states and neighboring ones, but the agency did not…

The Energy 202: Three misleading things about Trump’s clean air tweet

By Dino Grandoni   10/23/18  
President Trump boasted on Twitter Monday that the United States has the "Cleanest Air in the World - BY FAR!" He backed up that claim by tweeting out a map depicting little lung-choking soot hanging…

Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals

By Damian Carrington and Lily Kuo  Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty   08/27/18  
Air pollution causes a “huge” reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health.

Air Pollution Is Shortening Your Life. Here’s How Much.

By Somini Sengupta  Photo: Maddie McGarvey   08/22/18  
Air pollution is shaving months — and in some cases more than a year — off your life expectancy, depending on where you live, according to a study published Wednesday.

The Weight of Numbers: Air Pollution and PM2.5

Emanating from smokestacks, vehicle engines, construction projects, and fires large and small, airborne pollution – sometimes smaller than the width of a human hair, and very often the product of human activity – is not…