Air pollution has major impact on children in sport, study warns

Air pollution has major impact on children in sport, study warns

Source:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/11/air-pollution-has-major-impact-on-children-in-sport-study-warns?CMP=share_btn_tw  Jessica Murray Tue 11 Feb 2020 15.25 GMT Breathe GB warns of damage to lungs and performance in survey of training grounds Children at Manorfield primary in London at the launch of a Breathe GB study. Photograph: PinPep/Rex/Shutterstock Britain’s future sporting performance could be hampered by air pollution because some training grounds are in areas with dangerously high pollution levels, a report has revealed. The Breathe GB study analysed pollution levels at 94 sporting sites, with one of the highest recorded levels at Birmingham’s Perry Park, host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Other important training grounds, such as the running track where Sir Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu trained, have pollution levels that breach World Health Organization (WHO) recommended limits. The study suggests children exercising in areas of high pollution will experience stunted lung function that will limit their future sporting performance. Dr Ian Mudway, a senior lecturer in respiratory toxicology at King’s College London, said: “A child growing up with asthma in a polluted city will...
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World’s largest platform for air quality data launched at Tenth World Urban Forum

Source: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/worlds-largest-platform-air-quality-data-launched-tenth-world-urban  Abu Dhabi 10 February 2020  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with UN-Habitat and IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, today launched the world’s largest air quality data platform, bringing together real-time air pollution data from over 4,000 contributors, including citizens, communities, governments and the private sector to work towards healthier, more sustainable cities. Launched at the Tenth World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, this partnership – currently reaching over 15 million users and covering more than 7,000 cities worldwide – aims to sustain and grow the world’s foremost air quality databank. The data, shared on a single, UN-coordinated platform, will empower governments to take action to improve policy, allow citizens to make more informed health choices and demand action from their governments, while giving businesses the ability to make investment decisions that promote a cleaner, greener environment. The need to act is urgent. Globally, 7 million people die each year because of air pollution; 650,000 of these are children. Air pollutants...
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Prof. Spyros Pandis, 30 January 2020, The Cyprus Institute Colloquium Series

Prof. Spyros Pandis, 30 January 2020, The Cyprus Institute Colloquium Series

On 30 January 2020 at the premises of Cyprus Institute and following the Cyprus Institute Colloquium Series, it was a gret honor to receive a colloquium on Atmospheric Nanoparticles, Air Quality and Climate Change by Prof. Spyros Pandis, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Patras, Greece, and Carnegie Mellon University, USA. You can follow his presentation on the below video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENt7HHq5-Jk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR38HYeEcoJbaUQLkAlogeF0SfNhyfRnZfxgl6A2GtkXqt9De47QeJExoCQ ...
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Even short-term exposure to low levels of air pollution can increase risk of cardiac arrest

Even short-term exposure to low levels of air pollution can increase risk of cardiac arrest

By Gisela Crespo, CNN Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/28/health/air-pollution-heart-disease-study/index.html January 29, 2020 (CNN)Short-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a higher risk of sudden heart problems, especially among older people, according to a study published Monday.  The study, published in the journal The Lancet, indicates that even low levels of air pollution can increase the likelihood of cardiac arrest. Study researchers at The University of Sydney say there is an "urgent need to reassess" international guidelines on air quality.  The research is believed to be the largest of its kind to date, according to the study's authors. They looked at data from emergency medical responses in Japan over a two-year period, as well as the country's records on air pollution involving particulate matter. Particulate matter, or particulate pollution, is a mix of solid and liquid airborne droplets, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The particles, made up of dust, dirt, soot or smoke, originate from construction sites, unpaved roads, fields, smokestacks or fires, and can contain different chemicals....
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‘No Safe Level of Air Pollution’: Major Study Links Cardiac Arrests With Fine Particulate Matter Exposure

‘No Safe Level of Air Pollution’: Major Study Links Cardiac Arrests With Fine Particulate Matter Exposure

By Jordan Davidson  Source: https://www.ecowatch.com/air-pollution-cardiac-arrests-2644941669.html  28 January 2020 Researchers now say there is "no safe level" of air pollution exposure after a large-scale study found a correlation between exposure to fine particle matter, known as PM2.5, and cardiac arrests, according to the The Sydney Morning Herald. The researchers found that exposure to PM2.5 that even fell below global standards was hazardous, suggesting that tighter regulations and cleaner energy is required, according to the study, which was published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health. Scientists from the University of Sydney led the study, which analyzed air quality in Japan against 249,372 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. They concluded that even low-level exposure was associated with an increased risk of cardiac arrest for people over 65, as The Sydney Morning Herald reported. The researchers noticed that the risk of cardiac arrest grew by up to 4 percent for every increase of 10 units in the PM2.5 levels. "Our study supports recent evidence that there is no safe level of...
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2nd Partner’s Meeting of “Air quality services for a cleaner air in Cyprus -AQ-SERVE” Project

2nd Partner’s Meeting of “Air quality services for a cleaner air in Cyprus -AQ-SERVE” Project

On 13/01/2020 the 2nd Partner’s Meeting of “Air quality services for a cleaner air in Cyprus -AQ-SERVE” Project, took place at the Cyprus Institute premises in Nicosia, Cyprus. The purpose of the 2nd Partner’s meeting was: To review the status of the project and to monitor the progress of the work. The meeting assessed the fulfillment of all aspects, both scientific and managerial. To identify issues and risks, and to propose relevant address-actions and contingency planning To keep open lines of communication and foster team building A review of operational points was presented by the Management Team and the Coordinator. ...
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