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Climate change impacts on human health 13/07/2007

An American researcher recently reviewed the available scientific evidence of the effect of climate on diseases affecting humans. He notes that the potential for outbreaks of certain diseases will be increased with climate change. Nevertheless, he suggests that, by changing our sensitivity and even adaptive capacity, the impacts of climate mediated diseases could be mitigated….
Scientific committee suggests further research into possible indoor air pollutants 18/06/2007

Available data on indoor air risk assessment are limited, according to an EU scientific committee, which highlights the need for further research into possible indoor air pollutants as chemicals for intended use or unintentional emissions, radon, particles, microbes, pets, pests etc.

Health fears as ozone levels double 21/05/2007

Levels of a gas known to cause respiratory illness and exacerbate allergies and asthma have more than doubled in Scotland’s towns and cities in 15 years.

Policies “must link” air quality and climate 12/04/2007

Climate experts that advise the British government suggest that environment policies at European, national and local levels must observe the complex interactions between air pollution and climate change more frequently.
Urban air pollution ‘more dangerous than Chernobyl’ 03/04/2007

Air pollution in major cities may be more damaging to health than the radiation exposure suffered by survivors of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, according to a report published today.

New technology fights diesel pollution 02/04/2007

Every year cancers, lung disease and heart conditions stemming from exposure to vehicle pollution cost the Australian economy between three and five billion dollars.

EPA tells 20 states cut air pollution by ’08 29/03/2007

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalised rules directing 20 U.S. states to slash levels of tiny particles spewed by power plants, cars and other sources by 2010.

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the transport sector 29/03/2007

The transport sector is responsible for 21% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU-15 (excluding international aviation and maritime transport).

Parliament to set up climate committee 26/03/2007

The European parliament is to set up a temporary committee on climate change and its consequences

Mutagenic effects of urban air pollutants 08/03/2007

Air pollution seriously damages health and the environment because it is known to cause respiratory problems and ecosystem damage.

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