air pollution Archives - State of the Planet

A water reservoir in the Louga region of Northern Senegal.

How Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Affect the Climate in the Sahel

A recent study is the first to show that pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions have directly affected the 20th century evolution of rainfall over a region.

by |March 13, 2019
airplane from the NASA Atmospheric Tomography Mission

Africa: An Air Pollution Wildcard

Atmospheric scientists discover surprising levels and unexpected types of pollution that seem to be originating in Africa.

by |December 14, 2018

Ideology and the Transition to Environmental Sustainability

Anti-regulatory ideology is an obstacle to the development of the technology needed to transition to environmental sustainability.

by |August 6, 2018
Windmill farm near Udumalpet in Tamil Nadu, India.

NatureNet Science Fellowship Now Accepting Applications for 2019

Apply for NatureNet Science Fellowships at Columbia University by September 7, 2018.

by |June 19, 2018

In India, Dirty Air Kills as Easily in the Country as in the City

A forthcoming study of northern India suggests that people living in rural areas are as likely to die prematurely from the effects of poor air quality as those living in cities.

by |May 16, 2018
treeway map

Planting a Park on the Cross-Bronx Expressway Would Save Money and Lives

Public health researchers run the numbers on creating a park on top of a section of the highway, finding it a worthwhile investment for community health.

by |February 1, 2018

Global Environment Report Card Sees Dirty Air, Failing Fisheries

Many countries are making progress on improving water sanitation and protecting marine ecosystems. But air pollution continues as a leading health problemĀ in many nations, and fisheries are deteriorating almost everywhere.

by |January 23, 2018
Agricultural fires like this one in Kenya are one source of air pollution in Africa.

Air Pollution May Kill More Africans Than HIV/AIDS

Researcher calls attention to a largely under-recognized health threat.

by |December 18, 2017

NASA Finds New Way to Track Ozone By Satellite

Ozone pollution near Earth’s surface is one of the main ingredients of summertime smog. But it not directly measurable from space, due to the abundance of ozone higher in the atmosphere, which masks the surface. Now, researchers have devised a way to use satellite measurements of the precursor gases that contribute to ozone formation to predict when and where ozone will form.

by |November 6, 2017

The Human and Financial Cost of Pollution

We need to ensure that our air, water and soil is free of poisons and to do that we need to take pollution control more seriously than we do today. Many industries have found that environmental regulation is compatible with long term production and profits.

by |October 23, 2017