All articles related to "air pollution":

Weakened mercury controls could lead to health harms

The Trump administration has weakened regulations regarding the release of mercury and other toxic metals from coal- and oil-fired power plants. Environmental and public health experts say the move is an attack on air quality and could harm health—particularly that of children.…

COVID-19 pandemic highlights longstanding health inequities in U.S.

Preliminary data has shown that African Americans are dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than whites, even though they make up a smaller percentage of the population. Nancy Krieger says that the pandemic is highlighting health inequities that have existed for many…

Air pollution linked with higher COVID-19 death rates

People with COVID-19 who live in U.S. regions with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die from the disease than people who live in less polluted areas, according to a new nationwide study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of…

We rely on fossil fuels—but ‘they’re killing us’

Air pollution is killing almost 8.8 million people each year—more annual deaths than tobacco smoking, HIV, and vector-borne illnesses such as malaria and dengue, according to a new study from a European research team. The authors of the paper called air pollution…

Climate in the clinic

Physicians, health leaders discuss how to address the health impacts of climate change February 19, 2020 – Climate change—and how it affects health—should be front and center for doctors, health care workers, and hospitals. That was the key message at a February…

Silica dust could harm health of Mass. commuter rail workers

Sand used on train tracks to improve traction could pose a health threat for Massachusetts commuter rail employees working in train cabs, according to a recent news report. A February 6, 2020 WCVB Channel 5 article described how corrosion in the sand…

Op-ed: EPA isn’t upholding mandate limiting cross-state air pollution

Three eastern states recently sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for unlawfully allowing pollution from other states to contaminate their air. A December 5, 2019 op-ed in Bloomberg Environment co-authored by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health research fellow Lucas…

Public health leaders call for withdrawal of controversial EPA proposal

Letters signed by 60 public health school deans and program directors, including Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams were sent on November 26, 2019 to President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing strong…

Children’s health especially at risk from climate change

Climate change is predicted to harm children more than adults, according to a new report from The Lancet. A November 13, 2019 New York Times article about the report noted that if fossil fuel emissions aren’t limited in the years to come,…