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Small increases in exposure to air pollution could affect mental health

Small increases in exposure to air pollution could affect mental health

Long-term exposure to air pollution and even small increases could affect mental health, UK study finds.   Asthma and cardiovascular disease are the most well-known damage caused by air pollution. However, autism spectrum and psychotics disorders, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment have been linked to air pollution. Other studies …

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How to control indoor air quality?

How to control indoor air quality?

Growing urbanization has forced people to spend up to 90% of their time indoors, in their homes, or in other spaces like work. Therefore, thinking about the quality and control of indoor air becomes crucial for human well-being.   This concern increased by the fact that indoor pollution is 1,000 …

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Air pollution is responsible for metabolic harm for males

Air pollution is responsible for metabolic harm for males

Air pollution could cause great metabolic harm for humans like alterations in glucose clearance, insulin responsiveness and hepatic cholesterol.    Air pollution is the leading environmental cause of chronic diseases and premature death in the world today. According to WHO (World Health Organization), in the year 2016, ambient air pollution …

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Despite U.S EPA effort, disparities in PM2.5 exposure persist

Despite U.S EPA effort, disparities in PM2.5 exposure persist

Scientists reported that the United States have made important strides in the global pollution control over the last 36 years, but they have been less successful in addressing disparities of exposure to PM2.5 between communities.   Actually, air pollution rate is unequally distributed across locations overall the world. For example, …

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Why should we ditch chemical fertilizers-based cultivation?

Why should we ditch chemical fertilizers-based cultivation?

One of the reasons of abandoning of traditionally cultivated Crops is the presence of chemical fertilizers that are used to increase crop quantity and quality and to influence the taste of many cultivated food. In fact, there is an increasing environmental concern about food-related illnesses connected to the use of …

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Microplastics in the stomachs of Atlantic Ocean fishes

Microplastics in the stomachs of Atlantic Ocean fishes

The number of identified pelagic and benthic fishes containing plastics and microplastics in their stomachs is about 475.   Plastic pollution has been identified as a major environmental problems for marine biota, beside the CO2 intake and its consequences. Plastic items are now commonly detected from urban coasts to the …

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Climate change and pollution, two serious pregnancy threats

Air pollution could cause hyperactivity disorder to your children

An environmental health study finds compelling evidence that links global climate change and air pollution to serious pregnancy threats : preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth in the United States.   The current climate crisis threatens many critical resources including sustainable food and water supplies and longer, more intense …

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Do we need a disposal solution or to restrict plastic production?

Do we need a disposal solution or to restrict plastic production?

Plastic accumulation in the marine environment causes significant environmental impacts, and unfortunately, this issue was exacerbated by the pandemic, where we will have “more masks than jellyfish in the Mediterranean,” said Laurent Lombard of Opération Mer Propre NGO. This ongoing problem forces us to rethink the responsability to restrict plastic …

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Protecting from COVID-19 or damaging the environment ?!!

Se protéger de COVID-19 ou détériorer l'environnement ?

The need to protect ourselves from COVID-19 imposed an unconscious tendency of damaging the environment: personal protective tools (PPE) like masks, gloves and gowns were crucial to protect not only medical personnel and workers frontline but everyone. In addition to these equipments, it’s recommended to use single-use containers, mainly in …

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Is it so complicated to reduce plastic pollution ?

Diminuer la pollution en plastique est-il très compliqué ?

Plastic pollution is becoming abundant in the environment mainly in marine waters, beaches, soils and biota. Thus, it has become a global problem and an urgent action is required to reduce this deteriorating tendency. It is estimated that nearly 3.0 and 5.3 million tonnes of micro-plastics and macro-plastics, respectively, are …

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Southern Ocean maintains 70% of global Nitrogen pollution

Southern Ocean maintains 70% of the total Nitrogen pollution

The Southern Ocean receives about 70% of the global oceanic pollution by the external nitrogen despite it’s covering only 30% of the global ocean area.   The reactive nitrogen ( NOx, NHy, and dissolved organic nitrogen) input to the open ocean has increased significantly since 1860, especially in the last …

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More salts … more microplastics in our dishes!

Plus de sels, plus de microplastiques

Table salt is a part of our daily life, and we are a subject to a great exposure to microplastics via its consumption without knowing about it.   Since the start of its marketing in 1950, the global plastic production has increased exponentially, reaching for example 348 million tonnes in …

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Air pollution could cause hyperactivity disorder to your children

Cause de pollution de l'air, vos enfants risquent de présenter des troubles d'hyperactivité

A recent study has established the link between gestational exposure to air pollution and hyperactivity disorders in children.   Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in the world, and most common in children. A first diagnosis in adulthood is frequent, although in most …

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How scientifics assess microplastics pollution ?

How scientifics assess microplastics pollution ?

Although the problems linked to microplastics pollution are currently being tackled in different fields, an effort to find cost-effective management solutions for the environment is still necessary.   Many studies have revealed the potential ecological effects of plastic pollution: while damage from larger plastic items such as sachets primarily causes …

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