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Study Finds Smog Particles Can Reach Developing Fetus

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 11:11 AM

Air pollution can penetrate a pregnant woman's placenta and potentially threaten the health of a developing fetus, new research warns. The study is "the first to show that air pollution particles can reach the fetal side of the placenta," said study author Hannelore Bove, a postdoctoral researcher with the Centre for Environmental Sciences and Biomedical Research Institute at Hasselt University in Diepenbeek, Belgium.
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Beijing to exit 200 most polluted cities list

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 2:38 PM

China's capital of Beijing is on track to drop out from the list of the world's top 200 most-polluted cities this year, with hazardous smog concentrations falling to their lowest on record in August, data compiled by IQAir AirVisual showed. Beijing was ranked 122 among the most polluted cities in the world in 2018, according to a March report by environmental group Greenpeace.
 
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Air pollution due to crop burning set to fall this year

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 8:10 AM

Air-pollution due to crop burning in north-India is set to fall sharply this year because of extensive use of technology to chop-off farm stubble and mix it with the soil to make it more nutrient-rich, ICAR said. The practice of stubble burning around October raises the concentration of PM in the air to 1,000 micrograms/cubic metre, far outstripping the safety limit of 50-micrograms.