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A new report estimates that 95 percent of people live in areas with dangerously high levels of fine particulate matter such as dust and soot.

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Environmental Magnetite in the Human Brain

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 6, 2016

Mineral nanoparticles similar to those that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease may enter the brain through the inhalation of polluted air.

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Global Air Quality Crisis Continues

By Tracy Vence | June 27, 2016

Air pollution is linked to 6.5 million premature deaths each year, according to a study.

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Global Air Quality Crisis

By Bob Grant | March 26, 2014

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 7 million people died in 2012 due to air pollution, making it the number-one environmental risk on the planet.

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Microbial Smog

By Jef Akst | February 3, 2014

Some 1,300 species of microbes, including some associated with allergies and lung disease, are adrift in Beijing’s thick smog.

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A Dire Air Pollution Warning

By Bob Grant | October 21, 2013

Contaminants in the air are officially carcinogens, according to the World Health Organization.

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