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Want to monitor air pollution? Test a pigeon | Environment

Feral pigeons are exposed to the same environmental factors as humans, so help explore the affect of contaminants, say researchers A study in Manhattan found that lead levels in pigeons’ blood were linked to the rate of children with raised blood lead levels. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/REUTERSPigeons might

Pollutionwatch: ice resurfacing machines can cause poisoning

The machines that ensure smooth ice for athletes can be responsible for air pollution Watch the live streams from the Winter Olympics and you will see the ice rink resurfacing machines that ensure smooth ice for the athletes. Running any engine indoors is a bad idea, especially

Cleaning products a big source of urban air pollution, say scientists | Environment

Research shows paints, perfumes, sprays and other synthetic items contribute to high levels of ‘volatile organic compounds’ in air The study’s author Joost de Gouw said things like ‘cleaners, personal products, paints and glues’ are the main offenders when it comes to VOCs. Photograph: artisteer/Getty Images/iStockphotoHousehold cleaners,

UK given days to show it will comply with EU air quality laws | Environment

UK and eight other states will need to take drastic measures on illegal air pollution to avoid court referrals next week, says EU EU environment commissioner, Karmenu Vella, told member states to urgently address the ‘life-threatening problem’ of air pollution. Photograph: Lukasz Kobus/EU press officeThe EU has

London schools to be alerted on high air pollution days | Environment

Schools will receive an alert every time air pollution is high enough to pose an acute health risk, under new plans announced by Sadiq Khan Pupils from Bowes Primary School in Enfield, north London, campaign against air pollution outside their school. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PASchools in London will