Scores More Heart Attacks and Strokes on High Pollution Days, Figures Show

Scores of children and adults are being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment on days of high pollution in cities across England, figures show. Each year emergency services see more than 120 additional cardiac arrests, more than 230 additional strokes and nearly 200 more people with asthma requiring hospital treatment …

77 Health Organizations Call for Climate Action to Fight Public Health Emergency

More than 70 leading public health groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, agree that the climate crisis is also a health emergency. So far 77 organizations representing nurses, doctors, hospitals, volunteers and public health professionals have signed on to The Call to Action on …

US Awards Nearly $10m to Clean Up Polluting School Buses

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $9.3 million (£7.1m) to replace 473 old and polluting diesel school buses. The new funding will be spread across 145 school bus fleets in 43 states or territories and is sourced through the governmentbody’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The …

Fiat Chrysler Recalling 965,000 U.S., Canadian Vehicles over Excess Emissions

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will recall about 965,000 gasoline-powered vehicles in the United States and Canada that do not meet emissions standards and will replace their catalytic converters, officials said on Wednesday. The recall, reported earlier by Reuters, was prompted by in-use emissions investigations conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency …

Air Pollution Particles Found in Mothers’ Placentas

Scientists have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas. Toxic air is already strongly linked to harm in foetuses but how the damage is done is unknown. The new study, involving mothers living in London, UK, revealed sooty …

EU Efficiency Improvements ‘Could Avoid 27,500 Premature Deaths by 2030’

Domestic energy efficiency improvements in the EU could avoid up to 27,500 premature deaths from indoor cold by 2030. That’s according to several new research projects at the University of Manchester – one of these projects illustrates the economic value of these changes could be up to €2.5 billion (£2.2bn) …