Entries by James

Dirty air kills half a million people in Europe

Air pollution remains the leading environmental cause of premature death in Europe and annually is responsible for more than 500,000 deaths. This is stated in the latest report of the Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency (EAA). Although EEA data show that air pollution levels are gradually decreasing, in large part that is the result of effective […]

Paris banned cars from its streets for a day

The French capital celebrated its third annual Day Without Cars on October 1. The goal of the initiative, of course, was to raise awareness for the devastating effects of air pollution and to show what a world without cars would be like. Paris held a Car Free Day in 2015 and 2016 as well, but this was the […]

Foods that can protect you from air pollution

Once seen as localized problems of developing countries, air pollution has become a global phenomenon that is hard to shake. Even in areas where the atmospheric pollutants are within legally established limits, they can still increase the risk of acute and chronic health problems. Lifestyle changes, especially dietary and exercise habits, can reduce the risk of disease development and therefore reduce susceptibility […]

Smog-Eating Designs That Fight Air Pollution

Outdoor air pollution is ultimately responsible for more than 3 million deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization. Already the single biggest killer in the world, outdoor air pollution is expected to double its toll as urban populations increase and car numbers are projected to reach the two billion mark by 2050. While governments grapple with […]

The costs of fossil fuels are far greater than we think

The new report “Hidden Price Tags: How Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies Would Benefit Our Health”, recently published by European nonprofit Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), tried to make an economic comparison of fossil fuel subsidies and health costs from air pollution. “Most likely, we don’t get to know of this hidden price tag that makes […]

Pakistani Province Grows One Billion Trees and Restores 350,000 Hectares of Forest

A province in Pakistan has added 1 billion trees in just more than two years and surpassed an international commitment of restoring 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land. The “Billion Tree Tsunami” project is backed by cricketing legend Imran Khan’s, who now heads the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhaw.  […]