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The Air We Breathe

Air pollution is a problem. From Paris to Beijing and lots of other cities across the globe, heavy smog and dirty air impact day-to-day life. Car bans, school closings and face masks are becoming commonplace in some areas of the world.

Study: Pollution's Effects On Lifespan May Start In The Womb

By Cristina Mutchler | October 16, 2017

A new study found exposure to air pollution in utero could shorten life expectancy.

California Wildfires Are Causing Problems Well Beyond The Fires' Edge

By Lindsey Pulse | October 13, 2017

As of Friday, 10 counties had air quality that the Environmental Protection Agency considers "unhealthy."

China's Air Pollution Might Be Causing Its Residents To Die Early

By Gabrielle Ware | September 18, 2017

A new study says particle air pollution causes northern Chinese people to die about three years before those in the southern region.

In The US, Minorities Are Exposed To More Air Pollution

By Ethan Weston | September 14, 2017

Race, not income, age or education, is the main thing influencing how much pollution someone is exposed to. And minorities are exposed to the most.

Government Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Using Emissions-Cheating Software

By Ryan Biek | May 24, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency says Fiat Chrysler didn't disclose software features in a control system.

Polluted Environments Are Killing Millions Of Children Worldwide

By Briana Koeneman | March 6, 2017

According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 4 deaths among children under age 5 can be linked to environmental hazards.

Children Breathe Dangerous Pollution At Almost 8,000 Public Schools

By Ethan Weston | February 23, 2017

All over the country, students are breathing in air pollution that can cause major health issues. And the problem isn't just big city schools.

Air Pollution Could Be Contributing To Millions Of Premature Births

By Lindsey Pulse | February 17, 2017

Estimates in a new study say air pollution could be a factor in up to 3.4 million preterm births.

This Company Turns Air Pollution Into Ink

By Lindsey Pulse | February 9, 2017

Graviky Labs has figured out a way to turn air pollution into something useful.

Beijing Turns To Special Police Force To Combat Smog

By Ryan Biek | January 8, 2017

Beijing's mayor told state media the city has some regulations to combat smog but that the laws are poorly enforced.

Part Of London Passed Its Annual Pollution Level For 2017 — In 5 Days

By Lindsey Pulse | January 6, 2017

One road in the city had especially high levels.

This Designer Turns Running Shoes Into Protection From Pollution

By Danielle Dieterich | January 4, 2017

1.6 million people in China die every year because of air pollution, so many people protect themselves using face masks.

Paris' Solution To Air Pollution? Free Parking

By Lindsey Pulse | December 29, 2016

The city has seen alarming spikes in smog levels this year, so it's offering some drivers free parking for a day.

Paris Bans Cars To Fight Pollution — Again

By Lindsey Pulse | December 8, 2016

The city saw an intense spike in air pollution.

Nearly 600,000 Children Die From Breathing Toxic Air Every Year

By Briana Koeneman | October 31, 2016

And millions more live in places where they could easily meet the same fate.

When Life Gives You Air Pollution, Make ... Jewelry?

By Lindsey Pulse | September 30, 2016

The nearly 23-foot-tall tower is set to visit multiple cities in China before its global tour.

Air Pollution Is Letting Teeny, Tiny, Toxic Particles Into Your Brain

By Briana Koeneman | September 6, 2016

Researchers from Lancaster University have found tiny magnetic particles from air pollution lodged inside human brains.

IEA Report Says 6.5 Million People Die Each Year From Air Pollution

By Ethan Weston | June 27, 2016

More people die from air pollution each year than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries, according to a recent report.

Premature Births Linked To Air Pollution Cost The US $4.3B A Year

By Evan Thomas | March 29, 2016

Costs include not only intensive care immediately after birth, but also economic loss from disabilities as a result of premature birth.

How Pigeons Are Keeping Track Of London's Air Pollution Problem

By Ben Lawson | March 15, 2016

Ten pigeons wearing special high-tech backpacks were set free in London to track pollution levels at spots in the city.

Severe Air Pollution Might Have Killed Millions Worldwide

By Melissa Prax | February 13, 2016

New research suggests air pollution, both inside and outside the home, is the fourth leading contributor to deaths globally.

Italy's Pollution Problem Closes Pizza Ovens And Bans Cars

By Katie Link | December 28, 2015

Warm and dry temperatures in Italy have prompted officials to go to extreme lengths to reduce smog levels.

Pollution Canceled Recess In Beijing

By Samantha Crook | December 6, 2015

After the severe smog warning in northern China, education officials requested that Beijing students stay indoors.

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