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tourists at the temple of heaven in heavy smog

Pollutionwatch: China shows how political will can take on air pollution

In four years, sulphur dioxide in the city was reduced by 70% and particle pollution by 36% by tackling the problem at source. Initially, old coal-powered industry and power stations were fitted with air pollution abatement systems before being replaced by cleaner facilities built to run on natural gas.

75% of mental health problems begin in childhood or adolescence

Growing up in dirty air ‘quadruples chances of developing depression’

Young people more likely to have depression at 18 if exposed to dirtier air at age 12 — Children who lived in areas with higher air pollution when younger are significantly more likely to have developed major depression by the age of 18, according to research. In the first analysis of how common air pollutants …

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household wood-burning stoves will come under new restrictions

New air pollution plans improve on EU rules, government claims

UK proposals include new regulations on farmers, wood-burning stoves and diesel cars — The government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with a pledge to improve air quality nationwide to the standards the World Health Organization (WH0) recommends. Farmers will be subject to such air …

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the uk's clean air strategy aims to slash particulate matter

UK anti-pollution drive undermined by leaving EU, say campaigners

As he launches new restrictions on pollution secretary Michael Gove says Brexit is a chance to go greener, but NGOs worry the regulatory bite is missing — Britain’s latest clean air strategy sets significantly tighter air pollution limits than the EU’s, but could lack the regulatory teeth to enforce them after Brexit. In the strategy …

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hanhan, three, receives nebuliser therapy after a beijing red alert for air pollution in 2015

Save millions of lives by tackling climate change, says WHO

Global warming and fossil fuel pollution already killing many, UN climate summit told — Tackling climate change would save at least a million lives a year, the World Health Organization has told the UN climate summit in Poland, making it a moral imperative. Cutting fossil fuel burning not only slows global warming but slashes air …

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farmers on the outskirts of guwahati, india

Climate change already a health emergency, say experts

Deadly heatwaves and spread of diseases affect people’s health today – report — People’s health is being damaged today by climate change through effects ranging from deadly heatwaves in Europe to rising dengue fever in the tropics, according to a report. Billions of hours of farmwork has been lost during high temperatures and global warming …

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