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Air pollution kills 600,000 children every year- WHO report

GENEVA: Air pollution kills an estimated 600,000 children every year and causing symptoms ranging from loss of intelligence to obesity and ear infections but there is a limited amount parents can do, a World Health Organization report said on Monday. Parents should try to avoid household air pollution by using less polluting fuels for cooking and heating and not smoking but to reduce child exposure to ambient pollution they should need to lobby politicians to clean up the environment, WHO experts said. “Polluted air is…

Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia: study

PARIS: Urban air pollution, mostly from vehicles, is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to research published Wednesday. The link remained even after heavy drinking, smoking and other well established risk factors for dementia were ruled out, the researchers reported in medical journal BMJ Open. Worldwide, about seven percent of people over 65 suffer from Alzheimer's or some form of dementia, a percentage that rises to 40 percent above the age of 85. The number afflicted worldwide is expected…

Air pollution may account for 1 in 7 new diabetes cases worldwide

WASHINGTON: Air pollution could be responsible for 3.2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes every year globally, suggests a new analysis. “We estimate that about 14 percent of diabetes in the world occurs because of higher levels of air pollution, that’s one in seven cases,” said senior study author Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly of Washington University and the VA Saint Louis Health Care System in Missouri. “Risks exist at levels that are below what’s now currently considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the…

Pakistan moves to curb urban air pollution after court ruling

RAWALPINDI:  Pakistan’s environmental protection agency is installing air quality monitors and warning factories to add pollution filters after a panel of the country’s top judges ordered the government to detail its efforts to control worsening air pollution. The court ruling earlier this month followed a lawsuit by a Karachi man challenging the government’s failure to control air pollution in that port city. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, head of a three-member high court panel, ruled that the government must…

Islamabad air quality deteriorating rapidly: report

ISLAMABAD: The capital city is facing some serious air pollution as the number of vehicles, construction works, and toxic smoke from the factories including the steel mills keep increasing, local media reports say. “Islamabad may not have the worst air quality but it is high enough to have drawn the attention of the Supreme Court over the past years, issuing directions to monitor emissions from steel mills in particular. The declining air quality is the biggest environmental issue in Islamabad,” according to reports…

Consumer products surpass cars as source of urban air pollution

Consumer products such as shampoo, cleaning products and paint now contribute as much to urban air pollution as tailpipe emissions from vehicles, according to a new study. People use a lot more fuel than they do petroleum-based compounds in chemical products — about 15 times more by weight, according to the new assessment. Even so, lotions, paints and other products contribute about as much to air pollution as does the transportation sector. In the case of one type of pollution — tiny particles that can damage people’s…

Even brief exposure to low-level air pollution tied to deaths: study

WASHINGTON: Older adults are more likely to die on days when air pollution rises, even when contaminant levels are below the limit considered safe by U.S. regulators, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 22 million deaths nationwide to see if there was any connection between fatalities and fluctuations in daily concentrations of ozone, an unstable form of oxygen produced when pollution reacts with sunlight, and so-called PM 2.5, tiny particles that include dust, dirt, soot and smoke. Most of the deaths in the…

LHC censures govt for failing to curb smog, seeks air quality index data

LAHORE: Expressing extreme displeasure over the poor performance of the provincial environment department to curb smog, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday directed it to submit data showing level of air quality and smog on next hearing. Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, who headed the bench, irked when he was informed that data about air quality and smog was not available to the department concerned. Life expectancy was reducing owing to pollution, but the government was fast asleep, observed the chief justice, adding…

Pollution spikes in Delhi amid warnings no relief in sight

NEW DELHI: Air pollution in New Delhi worsened again Sunday and officials warned of little relief in sight from the smog, which has even caused one airline to cancel flights to the world's most polluted capital. The US embassy website Sunday showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants reached 676, about 27 times the World Health Organization's safe maximum, after falling slightly late last week. Delhi authorities have halted all construction, shut brick kilns and banned lorries from entering the…