air pollution Archives - State of the Planet

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Traditional Cookstoves: Fueling a Health and Climate Crisis?

Switching to cleaner cookstoves can save lives, cut carbon emissions, and promote gender equality. At COP27, world leaders should take steps to ensure universal clean cooking access by 2030.

by Benjamin Ritter and Kevin Karl |November 14, 2022

Aging Populations, Low Economic Development May Amplify Future Air Pollution Health Impacts

Even if pollution goes down and climate change is slowed, deaths from air pollution in some regions may still rise.

by |October 24, 2022
New York City Gridlock

Data Dive: NYC Traffic Trends, Street Safety and Public Health

Professor Peter Muennig discusses the state of New York City’s streets, and what could be done to make them safer.

by |September 27, 2022
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Is Air Pollution Fueling Stronger Thunderstorms? Project Aims to Find Out

In Houston, researchers are studying how air pollution particles affect the strength and lifecycle of storms in order to improve weather and climate forecasting.

by |August 17, 2022
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Unraveling the Interconnections Between Air Pollutants and Climate Change

Getting rid of some air pollutants might aggravate global warming. Here’s how.

by |July 22, 2022

Biennial Index Finds the World Is Lagging on Environmental and Climate Goals

A handful of countries, including the United States, may emit half the world’s greenhouse gases by 2050.

by |June 1, 2022

Community-Led Science Uncovers High Air Pollution From Fracking in Ohio County

In a collaboration that included Columbia researchers, Belmont County residents set up a low-cost sensor network that is helping them fight for clean air.

by |May 25, 2022
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First Long-term Air Pollution Monitoring in Togo Reveals Concerning Levels

A new study finds that annual air pollution levels in the city of Lomé are, on average, four to five times greater than recommended by the World Health Organization.

by |March 31, 2022
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Faye McNeill Combats Air Pollution, From the Molecular to the Global Scale

The first woman to earn tenure in Columbia’s chemical engineering department, McNeill is working for cleaner air in developing countries.

by |March 8, 2022
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Study Shows Success of New York City’s Clean Heat Program

The ban of heating oil #6 has been effective in reducing air pollution.

by |December 8, 2021