Four study participants in t shirts and shorts sit around a table in a stainless steel chamber. All four are looking at personal electronics and wearing a breathing mask connected to a nearby machine via blue tubing.
A New Culprit in Air Pollution: Reactions Triggered by Human Skin
Oil on human skin reacts with ozone to produce highly reactive radicals that can generate toxic airborne chemicals in indoor spaces.
A New Culprit in Air Pollution: Reactions Triggered by Human Skin
A New Culprit in Air Pollution: Reactions Triggered by Human Skin

Oil on human skin reacts with ozone to produce highly reactive radicals that can generate toxic airborne chemicals in indoor spaces.

Oil on human skin reacts with ozone to produce highly reactive radicals that can generate toxic airborne chemicals in indoor spaces.

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Gaia Theorist James Lovelock Dies at 103
Andy Carstens | Jul 29, 2022
Lovelock’s environmental research improved humanity’s understanding of pollutants, but he’s best known for his hypothesis that Earth behaves like a self-regulating organism, which changed how scientists view the planet.
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Opinion: Climate Change Is Dangerous to Your Health
Mark Kessel and Rick Elbaum | Apr 4, 2022
In addition to causing more frequent natural disasters, global warming can have long-term health effects, which range from heat stress to mosquito-borne disease.
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Sex Ratios at Birth Linked to Pollutants
Chloe Tenn | Dec 3, 2021
A large, long-term study across the US and Sweden finds potential correlations between specific pollutants and the proportions of male and female babies born.
Study Looks for Effects of Fetal Exposure to Air Pollution
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2021
By measuring various pollutants in the immediate vicinity of pregnant women and tracking brain development of their children, researchers in Barcelona aim to untangle any influence the former has on the latter.
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A Federal Judge Ditches EPA’s Science Transparency Rule
Asher Jones | Feb 8, 2021
The Trump-era regulation, which allowed certain studies to be downplayed in the development of environmental regulations, drew sharp criticism from scientists and environmental groups.
Q&A: Pollution Linked to 15 Percent Increase in COVID-19 Deaths
Lisa Winter | Nov 10, 2020
Jos Lelieveld of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry explains how fine particulate might contribute to deaths from COVID-19.
Analysis Links Poor Air Quality to Increased COVID-19 Deaths
Lisa Winter | Jul 14, 2020
In the Netherlands, researchers identify a correlation between pollution and COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions, and deaths.
Wrist-Mounted Air Pollution Detector
Claire Jarvis | May 1, 2020
A novel sampler records data on a broad range of environmental contaminants.
Infographic: Fashionable Detector
Claire Jarvis | May 1, 2020
Researchers set out to make an air pollution detector study subjects would want to wear.
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Vegetation Filters Harmful Particulates from Air—But How Much?
Shawna Williams | Jan 6, 2020
Studies on various roadside layouts and species tend to yield different results for plants’ effectiveness at alleviating pollution.
EPA Science Board Criticizes Proposed Regulatory Rollbacks
Emily Makowski | Jan 3, 2020
Most of the panel’s members were appointed by the Trump administration.
Air Pollution Tied to Brain Cancer: Study
Emily Makowski | Nov 13, 2019
Inhaling combustion-produced particles may lead to the development of brain tumors.
Infographic: How Air Pollution Could Affect the Brain
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2019
Evidence is accumulating that breathing contaminated air might impair cognition.
Air Pollution May Damage People’s Brains
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2019
Contaminants in the atmosphere appear to have harmful effects on neurodevelopment and cognitive function.
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Pregnant Moms’ Air Pollution Exposure May Affect Babies’ Health
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 23, 2019
A number of epidemiological studies support a link between air quality and poor health outcomes, and researchers are searching for explanations in the lab.
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Metabolites May Predict Lung Injury in 9/11 First Responders
Emma Yasinski | Sep 3, 2019
Firefighters who didn’t develop obstructive airway disease after the World Trade Center attacks had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and other factors that hint at possible protective effects of diet.
Even Healthy Tissues Carry Clusters of Cells with Mutations: Study
Ashley Yeager | Jun 7, 2019
Most of the genetic alterations are harmless, but some may contribute to cancer.
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Trees Tested as Pollutant Traps
Anthony King | May 28, 2019
Silver birch, elder, and yew win out in an experiment to see which species best capture the tiny particles from diesel pollution.
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Air Pollution Linked to Decline in Cognitive Performance
Shawna Williams | Aug 28, 2018
A study compares verbal and math test scores to air quality measurements in China and finds a correlation.