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Science Snapshot: Globetrotting Sandstorms
What happens when dust travels from the Sahara to the Florida Everglades?
Science Snapshot: Globetrotting Sandstorms
Science Snapshot: Globetrotting Sandstorms

What happens when dust travels from the Sahara to the Florida Everglades?

What happens when dust travels from the Sahara to the Florida Everglades?

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How Wildfire Smoke Raises Infectious Disease Risk
Amanda Heidt | Sep 8, 2021 | 10+ min read
As fires blanket growing swathes of the West, scientists are beginning to understand more about how their smoke affects the transmission and severity of COVID-19 and other illnesses, and how it differs from that of other types of air pollution.
Study Looks for Effects of Fetal Exposure to Air Pollution
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2021 | 5 min read
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.
Analysis Links Poor Air Quality to Increased COVID-19 Deaths
Lisa Winter | Jul 14, 2020 | 2 min read
In the Netherlands, researchers identify a correlation between pollution and COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions, and deaths.
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Vegetation Filters Harmful Particulates from Air—But How Much?
Shawna Williams | Jan 6, 2020 | 5 min read
Studies on various roadside layouts and species tend to yield different results for plants’ effectiveness at alleviating pollution.
Infographic: How Air Pollution Could Affect the Brain
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Evidence is accumulating that breathing contaminated air might impair cognition.
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Trees Tested as Pollutant Traps
Anthony King | May 28, 2019 | 4 min read
Silver birch, elder, and yew win out in an experiment to see which species best capture the tiny particles from diesel pollution.
A Vast Majority of the World’s Population Breathes Unsafe Air
Catherine Offord | Apr 17, 2018 | 2 min read
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.
Facing Brexit, U.K. Makes Science Deal with U.S.
Catherine Offord | Sep 22, 2017 | 2 min read
The $88 million agreement is part of efforts by the UK government to increase transatlantic collaboration as the country prepares to leave the European Union.
Particulates from Coal Shorten Lives
Kate Yandell | Jul 10, 2013 | 1 min read
A policy to provide Northern Chinese residents with free coal for heat ended up reducing their life spans.
Green Cities Reduce Pollution
Jef Akst | Aug 30, 2012 | 1 min read
Trees and bushes growing in the world’s metropolises reduce air pollutants by 8 times more than previously realized.
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