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air pollution is devastating the lives of many millions across the country

UK is endangering people’s health by denying their right to clean air, says UN

World body urges Conservative government to ‘step up and show leadership’ on the air pollution crisis — The UK government is putting the health of millions of its citizens at risk by failing to tackle the country’s air pollution crisis, according the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. David Boyd said people’s …

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estimates say that stubble burning contributes as much as a quarter of the air pollution in delhi

How to beat air pollution? Stop burning the fields

Instead of contributing to smog by burning stubble, farmers are learning that waste products can be turned into profit — Deep breath. Autumn in India is smog season, the worst time of year for some of the world’s most polluted cities. There’s a reason for this. In addition to everyday problems such as traffic, industry, …

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Air pollution linked to greater risk of mouth cancer, finds study

Research in Taiwan has show a link between very high levels of air pollution and oral cancer — High levels of air pollution are linked to an increased risk of mouth cancer, new research has revealed. Scientists have previously linked high air pollution to a host of health problems, from an increased risk of dementia …

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UK’s children denied basic human right to clean air, says Unicef

Young people face a long term ‘health crisis’ unless the government acts to clean up pollution, says children’s charity — Children in the UK are being denied their basic human right to breathe clean air and facing a long term “health crisis” because of the toxic fumes they breathe on their way to and from …

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Air pollution in china is three times above world health organisation limits

Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals

Impact of high levels of toxic air ‘is equivalent to having lost a year of education’ — Air pollution causes a “huge” reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health. The research was conducted in China but …

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mosquito-borne disease will rise as climate change alters weather patterns

Tropical disease outbreaks are growing threat in Europe as temperatures rise

After West Nile virus kills 22 people in heatwave, experts warn of more mosquito and tick-borne diseases due to climate change — Europe is facing a growing threat of tropical disease outbreaks, as rising temperatures linked to climate change cause illnesses brought by travellers to spread more easily, health experts warned. This summer has seen …

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in india, 24 cities are expected to reach average summertime highs of 35C by 2050

Heat: the next big inequality issue

The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots — When July’s heatwave swept through the Canadian province of Quebec, killing more than 90 people in little over a week, the unrelenting sunshine threw the disparities between rich and …

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mosquitos such as aedes and anopheles are important vectors for malaria, yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, lymphatic filariasis and japanese encephalitis

‘We can’t let our guard down’ – as Paraguay eliminates malaria, regional outbreaks grow

Paraguay is the first South American country to eradicate malaria. But neighbouring cases are mounting – and climate change threatens to spread the disease — One recent morning, the halls of Senepa – Paraguay’s National Malaria Eradication Service – echoed to the sounds of folk songs and a violin. The health minister handed out medals, …

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Sonic doom: how noise pollution kills thousands each year

From heart disease to type 2 diabetes, noise is having dire effects on people’s health. So who is most at risk, what can be done about it – and can you protect yourself? — Shortly after I sat down to read up on the auditory and non-auditory effects of noise on health in the Lancet, …

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After 18 years, polio back in Papua New Guinea – WHO

PNG has not had a case of the disease since 1996, and was certified as polio-free in 2000 along with the rest of the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific region — (SYDNEY, Australia) An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the government said, with the …

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