Bangladesh saw around 234,000 deaths, including 80,000 in urban areas, due to environmental pollution and related health risks in 2015, making it one of the worst affected countries in the world, revealed a World Bank report.
Asthma patients, with a specific genetic profile, exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and collaborators. The study appeared online in Scientific Reports.
Air pollution has smothered China's cities in recent decades. In response, the Chinese government has implemented measures to clean up its skies. But are those policies effective? Now an innovative study coauthored by an the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scholar shows that one of China's key antipollution laws is indeed working — but unevenly, with one particular set of polluters most readily adapting to it.
New research from Northumbria University has revealed that metal-related pollution began in the Balkans more than 500 years before it appeared in Western Europe, and persisted throughout the Dark Ages and Medieval Period, meaning the region played a far bigger role in mineral exploitation than previously believed.