Phosphorus, an element in fertilizer, is essential to the growth of plant food. But the mineral is also harmful when overused. When it gets into surface water, it can lead to excessive plant growth in lakes and rivers and proliferation of toxic algae, harmful to human and animal health.
Similar to smoking, air pollution contains harmful toxins that can directly affect the kidneys.
Noise is a pollutant, with well-established effects on multiple aspects of physical and mental health, from cardiovascular disease to depression.
Study finds that people who live in areas with high levels of air pollution also report higher levels of psychological distress.
Study by researchers showed a significant correlation between higher air quality index concentrations and higher mortality rates.
Study indicates that India may be world’s top sulfur dioxide emitter.
Commonly used antibiotic drugs are making their way out into the environment, where they can harm microbes that are essential to a healthy environment.
Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study. Most plastics don't biodegrade in any meaningful sense, so the plastic waste humans have generated could be with us for hundreds or even thousands of years.
Air pollutants from the routine operation of confinement houses, cesspools, and waste sprayers affect nearby neighborhoods where they cause disruption of activities of daily living, stress, anxiety, mucous membrane irritation, respiratory conditions, reduced lung function, and acute blood pressure elevation.
Exposure to environmental pollutants during pregnancy may increase the risk of asthma for as many as three consecutive generations, according to new research.
Venetians regularly protest against the huge cruise ships docking in the city, but mass tourism is not the only problem they bring – the toxic air they pump out is harmful to locals and visitors alike.
Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and South Africa are among several African countries targeted by campaigns to get people cycling. Using bikes instead of cars could help to decongest polluted cities such as Kampala, where the Ugandan government optimistically introduced cycle lanes in 2015. The main emphasis, however, is on people for whom a bike is a way of speeding up long walks to school, clinics, work or markets – chiefly women.
Study of 60 million Americans -- about 97% of people age 65 and older in the United States -- shows that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when that exposure is at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) currently established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
New findings indicate the possibility that commonly experienced levels of air pollution not only affect heart and lung disease, but also sleep quality.
Traffic-related air pollution may increase cardiovascular disease risk by lowering levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), commonly known as "good" cholesterol, according to new research.
New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic fabrics are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals.
Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year.
Researchers found that as exposures to fine particulate air pollution in 272 Chinese cities increase, so do deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Bacteria that cause respiratory infections are directly affected by air pollution -- increasing the potential for infection and changing the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment.
Children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 24 with acute lymphocytic leukemia were 4.3 times more likely to live in the densest area of active oil and gas wells than those with other cancers. Oil and gas development has the potential to emit toxic substances into air and water, including carcinogens like benzene.